PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur Lincoln ex Jordan Babineaux, who went from a longshot undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas to a Dallas Cowboys killer, is at least temporarily out of an NFL job.
Babineaux, 30, was waived by the Tennessee Titans Tuesday in what has been labeled a salary cap move by the Titans. The brother of Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was due $1.6 million in salary for 2013, but was deemed expendable after the Titans signed safety George Wilson last month.
Babineaux, who played two seasons in Tennessee, made his mark in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. They signed him out of Southern Arkansas after the 2004 draft, he spent most of that season on the practice squad, then started to make the kind of plays that earned him the nickname “Big Play Babs.”
His signature moment came in a wild card playoff game against the Cowboys in 2007. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the holder for a chip-shot field goal that would have given Dallas a 23-21 lead in the final seconds, let the snap go through his hands.
Romo, however, picked up the loose football, took off around left end and looked like he would score a touchdown. Babineaux, coming out of nowhere from the back side of the play, ran down Romo a yard short of the goal line to save the game for the Seahawks.
A few months later he was at it again against the Cowboys, intercepting a Drew Brees pass late in the game to set up a winning field goal for the Seahawks. He also made a big play in Seattle’s 2008 wild card playoff game against Washington, intercepting a pass and returning it 57-yards for a touchdown.
Babineaux, who played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle, was the team’s starting safety until the Seahawks drafted West Orange-Stark’s Earl Thomas in 2010. Thomas’ presence led the Seahawks to use Babineaux in its nickel and dime defensive packages and on special teams. The following season he signed with Tennessee.
The highlight of his two years with the Titants was a 97-yard interception-return touchdown in October of 2011 against Cleveland.
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Foshee, Pirates too much for Bulldogs, 6-0
Eric Foshee was for sure the man Tuesday night for the Vidor Pirates against the Nederland Bulldogs.
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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