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Two Words For You:
Atlanta Braves GM John Schuerholz admitted that
he had "suspicions" about player steroid use,
according to a newspaper report today.
I KNEW, BUT ...: The dean of baseball GMs says
he was powerless to stop it.
"If we had our suspicions, all we could do was ask the
player, and if the player said no, we were done,"
Schuerholz said. "We had nowhere to go. Our hands were
tied behind our backs."
I knew that steroids can cause impotence, but this is
What a crock! If any GM thought the player was
cheating, why didn't he report it to MLB? Instead,
he's going to hide behind claims of powerlessness?
That reasoning is almost as sketchy as the 'roid use
"I want to make this clear: As general managers, we
didn't turn our heads away from players who might be
using steroids because it was a benefit to us. No, if
we turned our heads, it was out of frustration because
there was nothing we could do about it. Sadly, we
didn't have the authority to test players or fix the
Hmm, let's see. He could have:
Reported it to MLB.
Reported it to the owner.
Threatened to tell the media.
Saved their own weak skins.
The GMs' emerging brand of hindsight rationalization
should draw as much outrage from fans as players
The cover-up IS as bad as the crime, and
suddenly, every GM has to face more than: What did
you know and when did you know it?
But this, too:
Why didn't you do anything?
Bryant won't sidestep the shadow of the
public humiliation of his infidelity.
(Nor the lingering question: What, exactly, will
the former accuser never tell?)
But his solo failures on the court -- without Shaq --
will be a far more damning legacy he'll be burdened
NFL Free Agency
Today's biggest NFL news won't even
have to do with F.A., but with the opening of the
trade pipeline: Moss to Oakland.
There are few NFL trades, so the rare blockbuster
is extra-special, but it also makes the free
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Nashville Rhythm: ABA laughingstock says "no" to playoffs
agency/trade segment of the NFL's offseason a wee bit dull.
Especially this year, where the free-agent crop is
When RB LaMont Jordan is the headliner on
offense, you've got trouble.
On D, it's all about the DBs: Three notable
offerings at the NFL's new glamour position: Samari
Rolle (TEN), Fred Smoot (DC), Gary Baxter (BAL) and
Ken Lucas (SEA).
Frankly, the most exciting way to spend the offseason
is to watch the Pats, who just gave the heave-ho to
Troy "Two-Way" Brown (who may very well re-sign, just
at a pay cut).
Quick! Name the "Nats' 9!" (Extra
credit if you're not from D.C.; only half-credit if
you are -- you should know by now!)
As the Nats take the field for their spring-training
opener vs. the Mets (1, ESPN), the enthusiasm for them
is infectious. (Even a D.C. ex-pat like me has one of
those must-have script-"W" Nats hats.)
But we'll see where the fan base stands when the team
is double-digit games behind the Braves, Mets and
Marlins in June.
With spring comes new hope -- and fair
(See Odds/Ends for Nats 9.)
Where's the Glove?
Hawks release Payton, so where will he
end up? (Better question: Where should he end
Back with the Celtics?
Pros: Atlantic Div. title?
Cons: First-round p'off exit
Joining the Heat?
Pros: Guaranteed Finals trip?
Cons: Memories of '04 Finals
Joining the Suns?
Pros: NBA's most fun O; no D!
Cons: Would back up NBA's MVP
Joining the T'wolves?
Pros: Play with reigning MVP
Cons: Postseason? Try Lottery
NHL: Scab Skaters?
There will be an NHL this fall,
even if it takes replacement players to make it
happen, according to the owners.
"Scab Skating," however improbable (or catchy),
begs an interesting question:
What would have more success:
An NHL of replacements? Or ...
Players forming a new league?
Edge to owners: Hard-core fans may mind, but
would casual fans even know the difference? (Wait:
What casual fans?)
56 percent of players. It may be "obvious" or "just
part of the game" now, but it's a post-career epidemic of even more premature death in waiting.
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ACC Bubble Watch 1: Bubbler Ga Tech at 4 Wake Forest.
If Wreck can pull off the upset W, they help their
chances A LOT (7, ESPN).
ACC Bubble Watch 2: Virginia Tech's slim chances just
went on a diet, with a loss at feisty (but
AI scores 48 on the Bucks: Yawn. He's scored 40-plus
in last 3 G vs. MIL. (But 45 after 3 quarters? Now
Why would the Pirates alienate their best player (P
Oliver Perez) by low-balling him in contract
negotiations, simply because they can?