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No Huddle 4.29.08

So what did we learn so far this week… that Roger Clemens really likes country music and the women that sing it. Can you believe this cat (allegedly) had a 10-year affair with Mindy McCready that began when she was 15? The wheels have come off the Rocket Man’s ship in 2008.   

             

Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets Head Coach, won the 2007 – 08 NBA Coach of The Year Award. It’s been a great year for the B-Ball team in the Big Easy… and CP3 just sent Kidd’s Mavericks home from the playoffs tonight. 

Miami Dolphins select Michigan tackle Jake Long #1 in the 2008 NFL Draft. Many believe that this was a good choice for the ‘Phins because he can be moved from left takle to guard if he cannot handle the speed rushers in the league. Our position is that Miami and the St. Louis Rams will be greatly disappointed with their choices. The took good players not great… yet, they have to pay them like great players. The best player in the draft was selected by the Oakland Raiders.

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Clemens Asked To Pitched Before Congress

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Photo By: Chris O’Meara

Before the Mitchell Report was released, Roger “Rocket” Clemens was a lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer for his work done on the baseball diamond. After the report’s release, Clemens is finding that he has lost more than his fastball during the past several weeks. His reputation has taken a major hit after being implicated by Brian McNamee as someone that used steroids.

McNamee – a former strength coach with the Yankees and Blue Jays – worked with the Rocket during the period that he pitched for both clubs. McNamee said he injected him with steriods in 1998, and with both steroids and HGH in 2000-01. In his defense, Clemens said the injections were an anesthetic, lidocaine, as well as vitamin B12.

The United States Congress has asked Clemens to testify before them. The invitation came via House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). 

There is no truth to the rumor that bullpen ace Marion Rivera will be making a relief appearance to bail the Rocket out of this situation.


Barry Bonds & The Hypocrisy

I’m fed up with this crazed pursuit of Barry Bonds! All reasonable thinking people probably believe he took steroids, HGH or something during the early 2000’s. It doesn’t matter if he has or hasn’t tested positive for anything. I don’t want to revisit the subject(s) of the grand jury testimony, BALCO or his homeboy Greg Anderson.

A lot of players were using performance enhancing drugs not just BB. The owners, media and the players union were complicit in the conspiracy to allow this steroid phase to thrive and they should be equally held in contempt.

My beef is with the “holier than thou” attitude that fans, broadcasters and writers take regarding BB. If he wasn’t pursuing baseball’s most treasured record – MLB HR Total – his name wouldn’t make the paper. Please kill that noise because the history of this game is filled with people cheating and breaking the rules.

Tell me why there is no outrage from baseball writers and historians over the cheating pitchers are doing when they doctor baseballs? They cannot talk about America’s Pastime without a casual mention of past pitching legends that scuffed, spit on or greased up the baseballs. Of course these same hypocrits voted these guys into the Hall of Fame (i.e. Phil Niekro).

Guys have corked bats, taken “greenies,” stolen signs, hit batters and gambled on baseball games. Yet the most vilified person in the history of MLB is BB. The reason why he is the focus of so much criticism is because the writers and commentators hate him.

Let me give it to you this way… they hate him because he hasn’t allowed them to be his pal. In other words, they want to be him. Most media people are wanna-be, frustrated athletes. Either they played a sport and couldn’t make it or never played. Therefore, they decided to that a career in sports journalism (i.e. tv, radio, print) was the next best thing.

The big secret is that sports commentators treat athletes very nicely for the access they are given. They get the “insider” label… they are at all the celebrity parties… they hang out with the jocks. Not one of them will risk their access being cut off and their perceived celebrity.

That’s why these hypocrits are hellbent on destroying BB. They are out for revenge on arguably the greatest baseball player who has ever lived because he didn’t let them in.