Who's your No. 1 overall fantasy pick NOW?! A-Rod
clobbers 3 HR and collects 10 RBI, becoming the first
to have that many in Yankee Stadium.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Are fans so sure that the NFL doesn't
have a steroid problem that the league's hearings in
front of Congress today register barely a blip on the
Or are fans so cynical that performance enhancers (not
just 'roids, but undetectable stuff like HGH) are so
ingrained as a part of pro football that fans can't be
Congress sure seems ready to give the NFL a
Unlike the MLB hearings, Congress didn't subpoena a
single current player, even though there are enough
high-profile examples to find someone to testify.
Unlike the MLB hearings, Congress isn't parading a
panel of parents whose kids were hurt by steroid use,
even though it defies logic that 'roids aren't a
bigger problem in high school football than
Unlike the MLB hearings, Congress won't spend hours
browbeating league officials over lax policy; expect
unending praise for the NFL's aggressiveness,
especially relative to MLB.
(In fact, the NFL is busting out a new, even
stronger element, allowing it to triple
player testing in a single year.)
If nothing else, I would have expected Congress to
seize the hot topic and trot out one of the reportedly
seven percent of junior high girls who have
dabbled in 'roids (according to an AP story), either for sports help or poor body
While Congress squabbles and preens like the worst
kind of middle-school cliques, the NFL will skate on
the tough questions, like:
"Do you think steroid use has anything to do with the
staggering premature death rate of your
Phil Jax Watch
If it wasn't for the Knicks' horrible
payroll and equally bad management, it's reasonable to
think Phil Jackson would coach there.
But that albatross of "IF" means that should Jackson
return at all, it will likely be to the Lakers, where
he at least it's the devil he knows.
Holding HCA: Don't write off the Nets
or Sixers until they get their two games at
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Michelle Wie: Could play in Brit Open -- if she qualifies
NFL Draft: Highest-rated draft in broadcast history (Wow!)
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David Wells: Joins "Who Else Saw This Coming?" injury list|
Chad Fox: Go figure! A Cubs pitcher hits the 15-day DL
More Closer Injuries: Isringhausen and Benitez hurt, too
Oh, who am I kidding? The Heat and Pistons look
like they're on a collision course for the Best. East
Another night, another star in Miami: With Shaq
limited, Zo Mourning had the best game of his
comeback: 21 and 9 in only 16 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Sonics took a 2-0 lead on Sacto
and look like the team that started the season. Jerome
James (19/9) had another big game.
DEN-SA: The Nuggets are playing the
"disrespect" card, which seems totally ludicrous given
the way they beat the Spurs in Game 1.
WAS-CHI: Someone get Gilbert Arenas a Pampers
so he can keep up with Ben Gordon before the Wizards'
playoff run is over before it starts.
MEM-PHX: Who needs playoff defense? The Suns
may allow more than 100 points in every playoff
game, yet still continue to win.
New game: Count the problems with the
BCS's newest proposed solution!
The BCS will (1) merely replace the media poll
in its (2) same-old three-piece formula (along
with (3) the coaches poll and (4) the
computers) with a (5) new arcane poll.
The new poll will possibly be made up of (6)
ex-coaches and (7) ex-administrators (and, in
one report, (8) players).
So the BCS apparently (9) rejected an NCAA
Tournament-style committee, even though fans have come
to accept that format.
And they apparently have (10) rejected the
longtime Quickie idea to allow fans themselves to have
a say as part of the poll.
Funniest plan detail: The BCS honcho
said they would use a "code of ethics," which includes
mandating that voters actually watch games and not
have colleagues fill out their ballots for
Stop and think about that.
It begs a huge question: If the BCS feels it
needs an ethics code, does that mean that they have
evidence of participants NOT actually watching games
or filling out ballots themselves?
Everyone suspected this was happening; this "ethics
code" talk just confirms that it's an actual
problem. What a farce.
One more for MLB's "10 Days Suspension" List (aka
Best. Euphemism. Ever.) Once again, it's a player no
one has heard of (a minor-leaguer, in fact).
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Always Pats-Watching: Signed Steelers ex-pat CB Chad
Scott; talking with Seahawks ex-pat LB Chad
Legal File: Don't discount the huge impact of the
decision to award benefits to Mike Webster's estate
based on damage suffered during his NFL
Johan Watch: Wins his 17th straight decision in a gem
(1 R, 8 IP, 8 K) over the Royals, 2-1.
Meanwhile, Harden vs. Beuhrle turned into a double-ND;
the game, however, was an exciting one, with the A's
snapping Chicago's 8-game win streak.
Police Blotter: Packers RB Ahman Green was arrested
Monday night for disorderly conduct related to an
incident at Green's house.
The NCAA is going to carefully examine American Indian
nicknames, mascots and logos, and 30 colleges are on
the "review" list. This is a good step.