Okay, okay, we get it: He's the top ace in the NL.
Earns 16th W out-pitching the struggling D-Train and
limiting Florida to 3 hits in a 109-pitch CG.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Word of the Day:
That's the steroid Rafael Palmeiro was reportedly
busted for taking (via NY Times).
It's also not something you pick up at the local GNC,
along with your energy snacks.
As a result, this latest twist doesn't help clarify
Raffy's insta-famous "intentions."
If stanozolol (previously most associated with
disgraced Ben Johnson) doesn't come in diet
supplements, it eats away at Palmeiro's story.
Further compacting his problems, he reportedly has
known about the test result since May, but kept it
quiet, even from teammates.
As always, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up. With
the chance to get in front of this months ago, he
swung and missed.
Aside from his prepared statement Monday, Palmeiro has
let the story run wild away from him, with no further
MLB is busy defending its policies. The media is in a
pig pile to topple him. Fans are wearying of the
spectacle already, but wary of his story.
Before this new Word of the Day is repeated too many
more times, Palmeiro simply must deliver a few more
words of his own: Explanation.
Largest. Trade. Ever. 5 teams, 13
players. Let's simplify: Antoine Walker and Jason
Williams will join Shaq and Dwyane in Miami.
They'll be fine for 82 games, but no team with a
3-point gunner like Walker or a 4th-quarter gawker
like Williams can win a conference title.
(However, the Heat's 5-year, $100 million deal for
Shaq? Next to drafting Wade, that's the smartest move
made in franchise history.)
But don't get snowed by people throwing around that
"Ever" superlative. The names involved read like a
Who's Who of Negligible Impact:
Posey, Emmett, Ostertag, Borchardt, Woods, R. Butler,
Snyder, Lopez, Eddie Jones and two unknown players
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T.O.: No Budging
The Eagles aren't budging. Neither is
T.O., unless "budging" means "shooting 3-pointers on a
pickup court in front of the media."
Something's got to give. If the Eagles hold out, it's
Owens' holdout that will crumble first. Every day
nothing happens is in Philly's favor.
But it just might be an empty victory for the team
when it breaks him, if a disgruntled T.O. is the
MLB Tues. Wrap
Manny being Manny: 3-run HR, 4 RBI in
Boston's W over KC. Note the sudden lack of griping
about him from Red Sox Nation.
Nats being Nats: Yet another 1-run loss.
If anything, it justifies the 1st-half skepticism over
DC's Pythagorean record.
A's being A's: Beat Twins to win their 6th in a
row (16-3 since All-Star break). WP Danny Haren is 8-0
in his last 13 starts.
Chipper being Chipper: In standard effort, hits
a HR and has 4 RBI before leaving the game with some
type of injury (wrist).
Rocket being Rocket: The day before his 43rd
b-day, Clemens reached the 10-win mark for the 19th
time in his 22 seasons, on 4 H in 7 IP.
Pac-10 Media Day
The Trojans' only question: Does 2.5
titles in a row round up to a three-peat?
The Pac-10 is USC, then everyone else. The Trojans'
real comp is the one or two other teams nationally
that might go unbeaten.
Meanwhile, the league has a lock on the Heisman if USC
QB Matt Leinart even sniffs the numbers (or record) he
had last year.
Quickie 50/50: NV
Impressions of Nevada:
Sports gambling: For many, it's the raison
UNLV hoops: 1990 squad was arguably best
college hoops team of ESPN Era. '91 team that lost to
Duke in FF shrouded in conspiracy theory.
Needs major pro team: Which league will be the
first to reap the haul? (NBA is going All-Star there
in '07; prelude to Vegas Bucks?)
Vote Best of Nevada
And yet, in many ways, the Mariners P couldn't have
picked a better time to get busted for 'roid use.
Compared to Raffy, he's a nobody.
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Kudos to Insider Jerry Crasnick for legwork to get the
data on HOF voters knee-jerk flip-flopping on Raffy.
His survey results are a must-read.
The odd thing isn't Deion being tested weekly for
'roids last year; it's that the NFL has no system in
place to monitor players not in the league.
NHL signings are coming fast and furiously (which is
how the league better play this season). The most
notable: Yzerman re-signs with Detroit.
Thanks to all readers who submitted "sports love"
stories on Tuesday. Got a ton of submissions. Look for
a selection of them later on Page 2.
Last word on Raffy: When Jason Giambi is extending
sympathy, you know you've got a PR problem.