Even though it doesn't affect your bracket, admit it:
You picked Bama A&M, so your bracket unofficially tips
off 0-1. (Bad sign.) Congrats, Golden Grizz.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
79 percent of MLB players say steroids
contributed to baseball's record performances,
according to a new USA Today survey.
Inside the key numbers:
How good is testing?
69 percent: Fine as is now
24 percent: Not strict enough
My conclusion: Don't let the players control
How many players use?
80 percent: Less than half
12 percent: Half or more
My conclusion: 80 percent of players should be
Should records have asterisk?
26 percent: Yes asterisk!
62 percent: No asterisk.
My conclusion: Well, we know 26 percent who
How about amphetamine use?
35 percent: Half or more(!)
53 percent: Less than half.
My conclusion: There's baseball's real
The template has been set: If a player
wants out of testifying before Congress, all he has to
do is be a star witness for Justice Department
investigations into steroid distribution.
Too bad he won't be there: He's a rare exhibit
of an MLB player whose performance was obviously
helped by steroids and admitted it (albeit not
to fans or the media).
Thomas to testify: Talk about playing hurt! The
Big Hurt will travel from Arizona to D.C. to testify
Thursday, according to his trainer.
Temple ousted in NIT first-round, and
coach John Chaney's career might be done, too.
It's not like he's going to have much say: School
administrators will review his performance and dictate
to him what his fate will be.
(Oh, who am I kidding? The Goon Thing is probably
going to cost him his job. I'd be surprised if he was
back next year.)
And yet, Gary Barnett is still
Some good ol' boys didn't get the memo:
NASCAR's era of moonshine-guzzlin', yee-ha-whoopin'
and stock-car-cheatin' is long-gone.
Integrity of the sport -- particularly at the Major
Sport level (NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA) -- is the most
important part of a league's brand.
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Bengals running game: Agree to 5-year deal with RB Rudi J.
AI: Good news: 36 in Sixers W; Bad news: Chips thumb bone
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Pittsburgh: Hoops team stuck in S. Dakota in travel snafu
BALCO case: Delayed while trainer works out plea deal?
Tuesday's suspensions of three crew chiefs for
cheating probably didn't go far enough. NASCAR is the
least transparent of any major sport.
"Cheating scandal" is enough to stop a sports'
progress in its tracks, driving away sponsors and new
fans alike. Just ask baseball.
XLIV in NYC!
You won't find a bigger "if" than the
NFL's expected offer to have New York City host Super
Bowl XLIV in 2010...
IF the city has its stadium. (Wait: The
NFL isn't interested in playing in the Meadowlands in
February? But why not?)
Mexico City Cards
Why did the NFL pick the Arizona
Cardinals to play in the league's first-ever
non-U.S. regular-season game, in Mexico City?
Conspiracy theories abound:
Cards need fans that badly.
Fun, young, exciting team!
Position as "Mexico's Team!"
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My real Final Four?
Topeka 2-seed Anna Benson
Racine 1-seed "Housewives"
Stockton 3-seed D.C. Nats
Rockford 10-seed Ron Artest
I'm all Danced out, so I turned my attention to
the 4th Annual Page 2 Invitational Tournament,
picking through a bracket of the year's biggest names
See Q It Up to vote, and decide between 8/9
Cream vs. Clear; 7/10 Trump vs. Martha; and the
always-dangerous 5/12 Paris Hilton vs. 411. And so
many, many others.
For the record: I've got Anna B. over
"Cinde-Ron" Artest in my championship.
The hottest office pool in the country
is the first-ever Daily/Morning Quickie Tournament
Challenge group, and you're invited to join!
Only one day left to
Group: Daily Quickie Readers
Password to join: None needed
(Already in another group? No worries! Use the "Create
Another Entry" function; you get to play in up to five
See Q It Up for a link, enter, then join me in the
Morning Quickie every weekday from 9-10 a.m. ET on
SportsNation to discuss/mock/gripe.
(And don't forget to get your complete NCAA rundown in
the Tourney Quickie.)
42 of NCAA Tourney teams graduated less than half
their players from 1994 to 1997. LSU didn't graduate
anyone in that span. Old data, but damning.
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Kudos to the NFL, which is going to ban blind-side
plays on "unsuspecting" players, like Sapp's hit on
Clifton a few years ago.|
Bonds reports he'll be at full strength in 3 to 4
Jermaine O'Neal's shoulder may keep him out for the
rest of the season, which would sink any remaining
chances the Pacers had.
Shaq was playing agent for Phil Jackson last night,
setting his market value at $15 million (with a GM
role) and $20 mil if it's with the Lakers.
Tedy Bruschi is reportedly back in the hospital, where
docs are looking at heart troubles. Wishing him a full
Looking for the best names in the Tournament? Or maybe
scouting future baby names? See Q It Up for a link to
my "All-Name" Teams.