Congrats to the Spartans' women's hoops team, which
makes it 2-for-2 for MSU in the Final Four. (Tennessee
makes it back too; Vols' 4th straight FF.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"The Punter Used Steroids."
That sounds more like a "Chappelle Show" skit than a "60 Minutes" segment.
But with all the hand-wringing this month about
steroids in baseball, isn't it about time the NFL was
put under the glare?
Fan cynicism is so strong that many (if not most)
simply assume that NFL players are juicing like crazy
-- that it's just part of the game. (Compared to baseball, where it's "cheating!")
True, the NFL has a tougher drug policy than MLB, but -- then again -- it seems to have the
much larger problem.
And I'm betting that there's a much wider issue with
steroids among high school football players than high
school baseball players.
"What about the children?!" was enough to drag MLB in
front of Congress, but I'm not holding my breath for
an NFL hearing.
Adding insult to injury, the exposé taints the Super
Bowl, claiming Carolina Panthers players filled roid prescriptions in the
days leading up to the biggest game in sports.
And even worse, there are hints that the NFL has a
huge HGH scandal looming. It's not the NFL's fault;
there's simply no good test for it.
That just makes it the most likely prospect to be
players' No. 1 pick in the Enhancement Draft.
Wrapping a punter into a steroid scandal makes for
easy jokes, but it shouldn't diminish yet another
angle to sports' biggest epidemic.
NFL Roid Testing
Tougher testing! That was the NFL's
message yesterday, and it wants to work with the union
to bolster current policies.
It's easy to believe the sincerity of the league's
interest; the claim that the timing with the exposé is
totally coincidental is what's sketchy.
The most unlikely ascent in the NBA
this season was completed last night, when Seattle
clinched a playoff spot.
I buy Stein's vote for Nate McMillan as Coach of the
Year; he basically took the same (crappy)
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team as last season and turned them into winners.
They also made a telegenic, jumpshooting offense
fashionable again. (And yet the doubters persist: You
can't argue the long-term results!)
Brown Return Hazy
If Larry Brown doesn't return this season, I
don't have high hopes for the Pistons' chances of
repeating as champs of the East, let alone champs of
The Pistons won four straight immediately after his
surgery, but have since dropped four of five. Respite:
After a game vs. the Kings tonight, the April sked is
loaded with patsies.
If Detroit can't go 7-4 to close the season, that's a
signal a playoff run without Brown will be a
Oh, calm down: It's not like it was
Bronson Arroyo throwing behind A-Rod; it was Boston P
John Halama, actually an A-Rod buddy.
Rather than throw a punch or glare, the star laughed
it off. Yes, they can all just get
"NIT Team of Destiny!" Ever heard that
phrase before? Sounds kind of strange, doesn't it? But
it always seems like an NIT champ emerges with some
back-story of motivation.
No team fits the label like St. Joe's (of the "Goon
Incident"), which will face S. Carolina in the NIT
title game. The best part will be to see John Bryant
take the court.
The Enormous Omelet Sandwich of high
school hoops all-star games. (Wait: That's the other
No LeBrons or Howards, and the overall prep-to-pro
potential of the class is low.
There are still at least a half-dozen kids that will
use double-digit scoring in a no-defense exhibition as
reason to make the NBA leap.
That, and the looming threat of a 20-year-old NBA age
My rooting interest: Having had a "Hoosiers"
moment a decade ago in the mega-gym at li'l Logansport
(Ind.) High, I'm pulling for Berries coach Al Rhodes,
who is coaching the West squad. (8, ESPN)
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In wild irony, MLB medical advisor who talked so tough
vs. Congress accused of "enhancing" his resume. (Med
school in Mexico? Isn't that a punchline?)
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Bonds watch: SFG prez Peter Magowan thinks he'll be
"back sooner rather than later," but no specific info
on a timetable.
Happy retirement to Andres "Big Cat" Galarraga, a
solid 1B with solid career stats: .288, 399 HR, 2333
hits, 1425 RBI.
North Dakota state senator trying to pass a bill that
would have Bud Selig reinstate Roger Maris' 61 as the
MLB HR record. That's ludicrous.
Gonzaga star Adam Morrison will put off the NBA for at
least one more season (and maybe leading Zags past
early Tourney choke? I'm not bitter ...)
Too Ridiculous NOT to Be True: Rockies P (and Nuggets
fan) Shawn Chacon got ejected from the Suns-Nuggets
game on Monday night by the Suns' owner.
QB Adrian McPherson, Quickie pick for Biggest Impact
Player of the 2005 NFL Draft, apparently had a great
workout for NFL scouts yesterday.