Blogging the Bloggers: Guerrero’s sting, say ‘no’ to Rush, T.O.’s next stop, and more

THE BIG LEAD has the details on Lisa Guerrero’s recent sting on the Tennessee hotels that allegedly filled a creep’s request to get a room next to Erin Andrews (which led to the peephole tape). Did you know that she posed for Playboy a while back? (NSFW)

– Over at YARDBARKER, Brendan Haywood argues that the NFL should just say no to Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the Rams.

THE SPORTING BLOG reports that one Miami scalper took his “job” waaaay too seriously.

– The folks in Buffalo are already talking about trading Terrell Owens, and THE HERD’S WORD wonders where he could land.

DEADSPIN details how Francisco Garcia will miss four months because of a freak rubber ball incident.

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Police arrest suspect in Erin Andrews nude video case

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Police arrested a man yesterday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport accused of making lewd videos of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews. Michael David Barrett faces multiple federal charges: interstate stalking, violation of privacy, attempting to sell the videos, and posting the videos on the Internet.

The charges against Barrett were filed in Los Angeles, where TMZ is based and where Andrews first became aware of the videos. She is identified in the federal complaint as E.A.

Andrews’ attorney, Marshall Grossman, said he called her Friday night with news of the arrest. She was greatly relieved, he said.

“I think she’s probably sleeping more soundly tonight than she has since these videos surfaced,” Grossman said.

FBI agents said seven of the eight videos posted online were taken through a modified door peephole while the 31-year-old Andrews was alone and undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville, Tenn., in September 2008.

FBI agents said they believe Barrett called many hotels to find out where Andrews was staying and requested a hotel room next to hers. Investigators said the eighth video was likely taken at another hotel, which Andrews couldn’t identify.

Barrett tried to sell the videos to TMZ, but an employee there informed Andrews’ attorneys, according to the complaint.

FBI agents matched information in the e-mail to Barrett, and also examined telephone records and credit card charges from Barrett’s Nashville hotel stay. Agents also concluded that the videos of Andrews were likely recorded from a cell phone camera.

Barrett sought to place Andrews under surveillance to harass and intimidate her, and to cause substantial emotional distress, the federal complaint said. He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

Without a doubt, this has been one of the most unsavory stories of the year. With recent news of Ted Williams’ cryogenically frozen body being desecrated, I never want to turn on the news again. Just when you think American society has its act together, somebody pulls a vicious stunt on someone as harmless as Erin Andrews. At least they caught the creep.

Blogging the Bloggers: Erin on Oprah, awful NBA jerseys and more

AWFUL ANNOUNCING reports (via SI) that Erin Andrews will appear on Oprah to discuss the peephole video.

BALL DON’T LIE continues its flurry of top 10 lists during the NBA offseason, and this one’s a treat. They count down the worst uniforms of the last 10 years, and there are some doozies.

FIVE TOOL TOOL offers up 10 ways to improve fantasy football.

BLEACHER REPORT has eight beautiful reasons why we should watch the U.S. Open, starting with Maria Sharapova.

JERSEY CHASER has pics from Thomas Jones’s birthday party that prove he’s into the number “2” and strippers.

Erin Andrews poses for GQ

It’s not quite the photo spread that her fans around the country were hoping for, but Erin Andrews posed for some shots and answered a few questions in GQ.

She’s ready to bolt Atlanta, where she lives, for New York City. “Jesse Palmer always says to me, ‘What are you waiting for?’ ” says Andrews, 31, referring to her on-air colleague. “I have no ties to Atlanta, so ideally, I’ll get there ASAP and start playing.”

Home prices in Atlanta just dropped 5% across the board.

Erin Andrews’ 911 call surfaces

Erin Andrews is having one hell of a month. First she was videoed naked via a peephole in the privacy of her hotel room, now she’s got perv paparazzi hanging out on the outside of her house just waiting to snap a picture of her.

Audio of a 911 call Andrews made after spotting two members of the paparazzi outside her home has surfaced online and during the call, Erin vents her frustration over what has happened the past couple months.

“I have been in the news recently about being in the hotel naked and I have paparazzi outside and I was told by law enforcement that if I did, to call 911,” Andrews told a 911 operator, before offering a description of the men. She then added “I did nothing wrong and I’m being treated like fucking Britney Spears and it sucks.”

Erin must feel like she’s in a real life movie of “Enemy of the State,” where she’s being video taped through peepholes and having (what should be) private conversations being put online for everyone to hear.

I feel bad for her. Yes, she has cashed in on her sexuality. But nobody deserves to have their privacy invaded like this. The peephole prank crossed the line and while the 911 call was nowhere near as bad as being shown over the internet in your birthday suit while in your hotel room, it still must be infuriating to Andrews.

She’d probably have to quit ESPN, but if I were her I’d give the double-fingered salute to everyone and pose in Playboy. What the hell – everyone has already seen me naked anyway? Might as well get paid (very well) for it. That might be the wrong attitude to have and I’m sure she would never go that route, but I’d want to be compensated for all the bullshit that I had to endure over the past couple weeks.

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