Saturday, February 28, 2009
"This organization sucks!!"
"They're never willing to spend any money!!"
"No way I'm re-newing my season tickets!!""
"They want us to give 'em money for a new stadium, but they don't want to give us a contending team.!!"
"Beers cost $10-dollars!!"
Did I leave any complaints out??....Well, I imagine you all had a few others...So go ahead and kick the dog, slam the garage door, swear up a blue streak. (Let's see if we can hold off on pounding the kids or wife, though, all right?)
Now....before we get to why all of you need to take a valium and just calm the bleep down...a quick recap of what took place on Friday in an economy that experts say is the worst anybody has seen it since the Great Depression.
NFL teams -- every one of them, it seems, except the Chargers -- spent a total of nearly
$300-million dollars on just a few free agents....The Washington Redskins dumped $154-million by themselves, with the bulk of it going to the bulky defense tackle Albert Haynesworth, formerly of the Tennesse Titans....The New York Jets layed out a bundle for former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott...The New England Patriots provided a safe haven for washed-up running back and former Jacksonville Jaguar Fred Taylor.
To wrankle the left-out Chargers even more....two of their division rivals also struck on Friday....The Denver Broncos went wild, picking up running backs J.J. Arrington and Correll Buckhalter, and were also rumored to be on the verge of grabbing former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins...Denver also grabbed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney away from New England and safety Renaldo Hill from Miami...even the bottom-of-the-barrel Chiefs made an addition, signing former Patriots Super Bowl-winning linebacker Mike Vrabel.
In lesser moves, running back Maurice Morris moved from Seattle to Detroit (good luck with that, Maurice)....quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went from Cincinnati to Buffalo (huh?)...Jacksonville grabbed safety Sean Considine from Philadelphia....Center Jason Brown (heard of him?) is no longer a Raven, but now a Ram....and there a few others.
Surely all of these signings signal the end for the Chargers...With all of this talent moving to new teams while A.J. Smith twiddles his fingers, how in the world are the Bolts expected to compete??
OK...now I've given you your hissy-fit....But now....let's take a look at the reality of the situation.
First question: what do the Redskins, Jets, Patriots, Broncos, Chiefs, Jaguars, Bills, Lions and Rams -- all of whom picked up new players Friday -- have in common??
C'mon gang!.....Easy question....don't have it yet??....Let's put it another way....how many playoff games did those nine team combine to play in last season??
Now, of course, maybe the Haynesworth turns around the fortunes of the 'Skins and they move past the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants to the top of the NFC East....but I say: Fat (Albert) Chance.
Is Jason Campbell still the Redskins QB?? I rest my case.
Bart Scott could transform the Jets, but if Brett Favre couldn't transform the Jets, what makes you think Bart Scott can??
The thing is that most big free agency signing are nothing more than something to talk about during the off-season....something for the newspapers to write about, and something for the football experts to rage on about.
"Haynesworth is the best defensive tackle in football," was heard more than just a few times Friday. "He'll make a big difference in Washington."
Maybe he will....but more likely he won't.
For one thing, football is all about proving yourself on the football field each and every Sunday...to your teammates, to your peers, to your fans, to those who chronicle the game....Most guys fight like they're trying to save their lifes everytime they suit up....But what's the motivation for a guy like Haynesworth, now??
He's got his $100-million dollar deal -- the richest ever for any player in history who's not a quarterback...What more does he have left to prove??....How many big-name Washington signings over the last half-decade have truly earned the gigantic salary deals they've received from the egotistical Daniel Snyder??
Here's another thing to consider before you toss your Chargers blow-up seat cushion into the garbage for good....Last season, of the 12 teams to make the postseason, how many had added big-name, significant free agent players prior to the season??
Answer: Big...Fat.....well, one (Michael Turner signed by Atlanta).
In most cases the teams who grabbed the big names wound up with slimmer checkbooks and fewer wins. (See: Favre, New York...the big-spending Cowboys....the Redskins, as usual....Julius Jones, Seattle).
The bottom line is that bad teams are the ones who constantly spin their wheels by throwing big dollars at players who very rarely live up to the contracts they sign....Reason #1: they become fat cats when they get the fat paychecks....Reason #2: they're being paid for what they accomplished in the past rather than what they're likely to accomplish in the future...Reason #3: football is a TEAM game, and it's entire units of offense and defense that come together to win championships, not single players.
That said, the Chargers do still have plenty of work to do before they conviene for training camp in July...There are some holes to fill and some areas to shore up.
But, in most cases, these improvements are rarely made with big-name free agent signings (ask the Broncos how cornerback Dre' Bly worked out for them)...(By the way, these improvements are also rarely made on draft day)....
Final message to you hissy-fit throwing Chargers fans:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Vaughn is taking two-strike breaking balls, working the count without fear, and he stayed within himself and hit a two-strike double to right to plate Meredith, right down the line. If Cory stays with this approach and doesn't start overswinging after he hits his first mammoth HR, he will hit over .300 this year and be an impact offensive player.
If you've never played frisbee golf, the discs are HARD. Not like the frisbee you throw around in the park. I was worried poor Pogi would break a rib or something but he must have gotten thwacked in the fat, good placement. The college kid who threw the disc came up and apologized, and Pogi got some nice petting. Anyway I was frazzled enough that I was done playing frisbee for today. We went for cheesesteaks at Georgino's in Golden Hill and that settled things into a much more positive place. Still, I went to have fun tossing the frisbee, and wound up seeing my friend whacked in the arm, my dog whacked in the side, and my dog almost run over. At least DVD was nice enough to cut short the sure $38 he was going to take from both Chris and I, and converted the skins he had already won into our lunch. That was good.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
PROVO, Utah -- If you thought it was tough to take SDSU's loss to BYU on Tuesday night, imagine what I had to deal with....At least you got to wake up in San Diego the next morning.
I had to wake up here, amongst the celebrating Mormons.....the headlines in the morning newspaper saluting the virtues of Jimmer.....walking around town in my San Diego State gear, looking for a place to hide.
There's no place I'd rather not be.
Provo, Utah....where it's still tough to find a beer or light up a smoke....where a cup of coffee in the morning is a hassle, and a Diet Coke is like pulling teeth.
A place where the woman's place is still the home, like it was in the rest of America in the 40's....A place where blacks still must feel out-of-place....A place where's there's no place at all for gays or lesbians.
A place where the Mormon church rules, and BYU athletes sneak around campus trying to bend the rules....A place where you're free to do as you please, as long as what you do pleases them.
Walking around the downtown area of Provo on Wednesday afternoon, I felt as close as I could ever feel what it must have been like for blacks to walk around Birmingham in the 60's.
In this day and age -- unreal.
Fortunately, today I will return to San Diego...and I'll be happy to arrive home. And I will bring along with me a rare victory. SDSU's great women's basketball team, led by the incomparable coach Beth Burns, ripped BYU last night, 59-47, and it wasn't even that close. The Cougars needed a 16-2 run in garbage time to just to make it appear closer.
At least somebody from San Diego State can beat BYU. With the victory the Aztec women completed a season sweep for the first time since 1995.
And even though the men's team now seems doomed to another disheartening appearance in the NIT, these ladies look like they're going places....A win over TCU at Cox Arena this coming Saturday would be SDSU's 20th of the season and all but clinch an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
If they get there, the Aztecs would get to play at home the first two rounds, because Cox is a first-round NCAA Tourney site.....As it stands now, the Aztecs are 13-0 at home and have won 15 straight going back to last season.
Of course, they could use a little more attention -- the season's largest home crowd to date has been just under 3,000....I know you're unlikely to simply take my recommendation, but you should show up Saturday at Cox (2 p.m.) to see the TCU game. The Lady Frogs are half-game up on the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference standings and beat SDSU the first time around by three.
There's a lot riding on Saturday....And you ought to take the opportunity to climb aboard for the ride.
Then see how long it might last come March Madness.
That, by the way, is a madness I can live with....The madness in this backwards town -- well, that's a different story.
Interruption of the Aztecs' offense
Turns the game from good to bad in the last 15 minutes.
No classic post scorer.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Trust is a major issue in any relationship (just ask my wife). Lack of trust is why I have problems believing that the San Diego State men’s basketball team is really going to make it to the NCAA Tournament this season.
When you look at the Aztecs, you honestly can’t see where they could go wrong. They have a coach in Steve Fisher with an NCAA Championship pedigree. They have -- in Lorrenzo Wade -- the Mountain West Conference’s most complete player. And they have -- in Richie Williams, Kyle Spain, Ryan Amoroso, Tim Shelton, Billy White, D.J. Gay and Mehdi Cheriet -- the deepest collection of talent perhaps anywhere on the West Coast.
Wade, Spain and Williams are three of the greatest players ever to wear the Red and Black -- and all three are in their senior seasons. They’ve been through all the wars. Everything they’ve worked for and planned for has set them up for this moment.
Teetering on the bubble. Four games left. Three of the four at Cox Arena, where they’ve lost only once all season. The only road game a trip to T.C.U., to face a team they beat the first time around by 17 and which has lost seven of its last eight games.
Win four games -- and regardless of what else happens -- they’ll finish 22-7 and they’ll be in the Big Dance. It’s all right there for them. They’ve got to do it. They just have to. They will.
Or will they?
Well…here’s where I start to run into those trust issues. And who could possibly blame me?
We all know that when the Aztecs play at their best, there’s no team in the Mountain West who can take them down. But we also know that the Aztecs don’t always play at their best. And that, my friends, is where we run into problems.
Earlier this season, during non-conference play, SDSU had three solid opportunities to post one -- just one -- resume-building victory. But on each occasion, they failed -- losing to Arizona State, Arizona and St. Mary’s.
As a result, the Aztecs entered conference play with little or no margin for error. Nevertheless, errors have been made. A loss at Wyoming, which currently sits in the bottom half of the conference standings…a rather kick-back effort and loss at B.Y.U….A first-place showdown at Utah dissolving into a mess of a second half…and then a mess of an entire game last weekend at New Mexico.
Every time SDSU has glimpsed the promised land, they have cowered in its presence. And now opportunity knocks one last time. If Wade, Spain and Williams don’t answer this time, the door will shut forever.
It won’t be easy. Included in the three home games are visits from both B.Y.U. and U.N.L.V. -- who along with the Aztecs were the preseason conference favorites. Neither the Cougars nor the Runnin’ Rebs can afford to lose either. So which team in going to stand up?
There’s also the sticky matter of having to deal with Utah, which is surprisingly at the top of the league standings, currently at 10-2. SDSU, BYU and New Mexico are 8-4. UNLV is 8-5. The good news is that the Utes still have to play BYU, New Mexico and UNLV. The bad news is that if they hang on to first place, they’d all but be guaranteed a spot in the NCAA’s.
With only three bids likely this season, BYU -- which has one quality non-conference win at Utah State -- and UNLV -- which has two, versus Arizona and at Louisville -- would probably fall in line ahead of the Aztecs. If the conference nets four NCAA teams, it might come down to State and New Mexico, and we know who just beat who by 26 points last Saturday afternoon.
The Aztecs could somehow win all four of their remaining games, and still have to win the MWC Tournament as well.
And though they are certainly more than capable of doing all of that….I -- well -- I still have those trust issues.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
- So far, so good for the Chargers' offseason. Aside from the moronic radio ramblings of a couple of callers-turned-hosts, people seem to understand what's happening with the team's franchise-tagging of Darren Sproles. It was an unpleasant necessity in order to preserve the Chargers' championship dreams for next season. Sproles was too valuable to let walk. He's one of the top-5 players on the team in terms of overall impact. If the Chargers can work out a long-term deal that nets out less per year than the franchise tag, then so be it. If not, at least for one more season the Bolts will return with their key playmakers in place. And that's important because...
- I've said this many times before but not in this blog yet, so here it is: as currently configured, the window of opportunity for the Chargers to win a Super Bowl is one year. As in, next year. Sure, with Philip Rivers around you'd like to think that the team will be competitive for years to come. And surely it will. But I'm talking about THIS team as is, the team with Rivers AND LT AND Merriman AND Sproles AND McNeill, etc. There's no chance A.J. Smith can put this back together again once it falls off the wall. So anything that needs to be done to compete inside that championship window, including franchise-tagging a jitterbug return man/utility player, is fine by me.
- Of course, this also means that LT needs to return. I'm getting a little nervous about the talk of renegotiating with Tomlinson, adding incentives, asking for LT to accept a pay cut, etc. This is a very delicate dance, one that I would be concerned about the most diplomatic front office being able to execute. Given the Chargers' missteps already in this arena, any further stubbing of LT's toes could create an untenable situation. I'm not looking forward to the press conference where Smith throws up his hands and says "we tried our best but now we have to move on"...
- Chuck Long has a 3rd floor office at an SDSU campus office building, where Jeff Schemmel is giving him "projects" to work on for the betterment of the athletic department? Seeing as Chuck Long's previous "project" didn't turn out so well for State, maybe instead of asking old Chuckles to develop one-sheets on improving attendance (charge $$ to watch the team from Sunday through Friday was apparently his first suggestion, "that way Aztecs fans could see the football team at their best!") they should just hand him a really thick Sudoku book and tell him to report back when it's all done. Or better yet, have him turn some of that 700K salary into an online poker bankroll, and stake me in a series of tournaments. I'll promise to give SDSU 50% of my winnings. This is guaranteed to be more profitable and a better use of money than what they are doing now...
- I think if SDSU is forced to keep paying Long, at least they could make a good old-fashioned mockery of him...some suggestions: instead of a 3rd floor non-descript office, how about a plexiglass office located right in the middle of the quad? Students could pay $1 for rotten fruit and vegetables to throw at the walls of the office, attempting to interrupt Long's Sudoku rythym. Another guaranteed revenue builder! Or, two words: CHUCKY MONTEZUMA! Give him a conch shell, a headdress and a dream. Further suggestions for Long's alternative employment at SDSU will be accepted in the comments section...
- I was talking with Mike May, the head of Media Relations at SDSU yesterday. We both agreed that the men's basketball team needs at least a #2 regular season finish in the MWC to secure an at-large berth in the NCAA's. But Mike brought up an interesting but troubling scenario: SDSU, New Mexico and Utah all finish 12-4 in the MWC, and the Aztecs earn the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Vegas winds up as a 4/5 seed and winds up facing #1 in the semis. UNLV beats SDSU, and New Mexico upsets Utah in the semis. Vegas beats UNM in the finals to clinch the auto berth. Utah gets an at-large thanks to their gaudy RPI. And with a conference tournament finals run, the conference regular season co-champion Lobos earn the eye of the committee. So, the MWC gets THREE teams in the tourney, and the conference's #1 tournament seed is left out. Mike, stop dreaming up nightmare scenarios!
- I guess it goes without saying that tomorrow's game at New Mexico is a huge swing game on the schedule. IF the Aztecs pulled out the win, they would be in great shape to run the table the rest of the way and grab the regular season conference title outright. A loss and they aren't doomed by any means, but probably HAVE to run the table to have any shot outside of the conference tournament. No pressure, boys...SDSU will need to get much, much better shooting from outside than they have been able to muster in recent games.
- It's not unique or revelatory to note that the "Bleacher Bums" show on XX is the worst talk show in the history of sports radio. Anybody who's ever listened to the show with an IQ above 75 or a blood-alcohol level below .23 has learned this in short order. But at least The Great Mistake was hoped to provide something at least remotely interesting while it was on the air...you know, "radio by the fans for the fans", etc. Keeping It Real, Yo? I've been driving in the afternoons the last few days, and punished myself multiple times by at least punching in for a minute. Some of the Amazingly Unique Topics included "what was the moment when you fell in love with sports?" and "what was the game that broke your heart?" What, the Pete Rose topic wasn't available? Basically these ass clowns are cycling through each of the old saws that veteran hosts hope to never use, and turning them into daily staples. But the clincher for me was yesterday, in the 1 minute drive to the gym, hearing Jordan turn into Pom-Pom Waving Padre Schill Jordan, talking up the "inspiring" nature of David Eckstein and managing to summon a supportive sentence for every aspect of the Hometown 9. Dude. Sad. Dude.
- Let me just put it this way: I've worked in radio, one way or another, since I came to college in 1990. Thanks to that, I have listened to AM radio, in all forms and fashions, almost non-stop ever since. Now, I listen to FM music almost all the time. And chasing me from AM is like chasing a hungry dog from a bowl full of kibble.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- Also last night...watched the Wyoming/SDSU game when I got home. The Cowboys are not the equal of SDSU and the final outcome was rarely in doubt. However, I was less than impressed with the Aztecs' performance last night. Outside of Billy White's spring-loaded brilliance underneath, with a 12 for 12 shooting night that was comprised entirely of dunks and layups, the Aztecs' offense was spotty at best. Kyle Spain and Lorrenzo Wade were forcing their shots more often than not, and the outside shooting was abysmal, led by DJ Gay's 0-7 effort. On the plus side Tim Shelton had an effective night and Richie Williams was solid as usual. I am still hopeful for SDSU's chances in the Mountain West but agree with some observers that the Aztecs have yet to play their best game, and we're getting pretty late in the season. Hopefully a solid week will bring better health and fortune to SDSU, because next Saturday's game at New Mexico is looming pretty large as far as their hopes of taking the MWC regular season title.
- If it wasn't for Dwight Howard the NBA All-Star Saturday Night would have been a total yawner. The Haier Shooting Stars was really, really boring. Seeing Bill Laimbeer in an oversized jersey just isn't doing it for me. The 3-point shootout was a clankfest. Honestly, you get out of it what you put in...Daequan Cook, Jason Kapono, Rashard Lewis and Mike Bibby aren't exactly the bright lights of the NBA. And the dunk contest seemed flat to me, except for Dwight Howard's two megadunks, the 12-foot rim and the off-the-side-of-the-backboard thunder jam. Of course Nate Robinson won the fan vote by dunking over Howard, but if Dwight doesn't agree to play 7-foot prop, little Nate's just probably failing at some between-the-legs dunk 6 or 20 times and Howard wins going away. And of course, the biggest moment of the dunk contest was actually on the sideline, when LeBron James announced he would participate next year. Hopefully King James will lure Howard back into the contest, he seemed pretty disappointed not to have won.
- I will probably watch at least part of the NBA All-Star Game today, which I would rank a distant 2nd behind the MLB All-Star Game, but well ahead of the other sports. At least the NBA game gives you some spectacular highlights for the first couple of hours, and then, as long as the game is close, the superstars start D'ing up in the 4th quarter and the game gets good. That's what I'm hoping for tonight. Now, off to the gym before the action starts!
- I'll be back tomorrow with more weekend reaction along with the first re-installment of the High Fidelity Top 5. '80s SYNTH BANDS is the category. I will unveil my first choice tomorrow morning (if you heard my last XTRA show it will be familiar to you) and then take your comments and post a reader pick later in the day!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- Player in the Spotlight: Ryan Amoroso. Ammo had done a good job defensively on Luke Nevill in his SDSU career, and that continued last night. Nevill held to 12 points and 3 rebounds with 4 blocks, a pedestrian game for the all-MWC center. But on the offensive side of the court, Ryan comes up empty with a 1-for-4 night from the field and just three points. A disappointing night overall, but he at least gets defensive credit, and it's hard to get a shot if the ball's just in Spain's hands in the 2nd half. The numbers:
- Ammo vs. Nevill: Ryan Amoroso plays 25 minutes, 1-4 FGs, 3pts, 8 rebounds, 4 fouls, 2 TOs
- Nevil vs. Ammo: Luke Nevill plays 31 minutes, 3-7 FGs, 12ptrs, 3 rebounds, 4 BK, 4 fouls, 4 TOs
- Utah's lesser lights: compared to San Diego State, the Utes' role players were positively celestial. Borha, Brown and Green combined for 36 points, led by Shaun Green's 7-11 FG, 21 point effort. The Aztecs' comparative trio of White, Williams and Gay combined for 12 points on 5-14 shooting. Throw in Ammo, (3pts), Shelton (7pts, a bonus), Matt Thomas (0 points in 9 minutes), and Mehdi Cheriet (to be read in a French accent: zero points! Sacrebleu!), and you STILL aren't within 14 of Utah's second-option scorers.
- I'd just like to point out that I accurately predicted Utah's final point total EXACTLY. Just missed SDSU's by 13.
- I've always felt like my local gym was run shabbily. A regular told me once to never use the jacuzzi, and showed me the ringworm scar which was his proof. All week, the pool (which I use almost every time I'm there) is drained for cleaning. OK, good. But yesterday as I walked up, the whole GYM was closed with yellow tape for "health reasons". WTF? Oh, but it's supposed to be open again this morning! I'm sure they've cleaned up that little health risk in one day, no problem. College Grove gym is pretty nice, as it turns out. Maybe I'll start going there more often...or just keep going to the place 2 minutes from my house, and wait for the class action lawsuit. Why does my ear keep itching after all?
- Each day we are getting closer to something bigger and more exciting in this space. Stay tuned for more intense and independent local coverage! As always please feel free to link to me, friend me on Facebook, and get the comments section rolling!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
- Tonight's SDSU/Utah game is surprisingly important. When Utah came off the court at Cox Arena on January 10th, I was sure they were a non-factor in the conference. Ted Leitner and I were setting there courtside and both agreed the Utes were nowhere near the team athletically or in terms of overall basketball acumen. Since then, the Utes have gone 6-1, including home squeakers over BYU and New Mexico. Utah could still conceivably lose both of those road games on the 28th and March 3rd, but to keep things in their control the Aztecs need to storm Huntsman Center and win tonight. The last time they did so, they wound up winning the Mountain West, in 2006. If Steve Fisher's guys can get it done tonight, they will likely win the West again.
- But can the Aztecs pull off a road win in Salt Lake City without a healthy squad? Yes, but Utah gets a much better shot at the win if they don't have Wade to deal with. An ineffective and weakened Wade might be an even bigger problem than no Wade at all.
- Regardless, my player in the spotlight is Ryan Amoroso. He has pulled off some of the best games of his career against Luke Nevill and the Utes, matching him point-for-point and rebound-for-rebound in basically every game:
- I watched the two home games of that set in person and was impressed each time with Amoroso's footwork, rooting Nevill out of scoring areas. That will be tougher on Utah's home court but he remains the key to the game.
- Keep an eye on the producion of Utah's lesser lights, such as Lawrence Borha, Carlon Brown, and Shaun Green. It's always the secondary players who flourish on their home court. Tonight, Cheriet's offense isn't a bonus, it's a necessity. Gay will have to hit shots and FT's, and the same goes for Spain. Last year's team would lose this game by 6. Healthy, Aztecs win by 5. In their uncertain state, this game really feels like a toss-up for me, so I'll take the leap of faith for another big basket late, this one from Richie Williams knifing through the lane past Nevill, and an Aztecs win by 1, 68-67.
- And so it ends. Matt Bush is a Blue Jay, and the Padres have a bag of rocks (otherwise known as a PTBNL or cash) to show for their #1 overall pick in 2004. Tim Stauffer is still in the system but not on the 40-man roster; he's nowhere near the radar of a team hungry for pitching. That's the #3 overall pick in 2003. Sandy Alderson has been the popular whipping boy of Padres fans in this city, and he certainly didn't engender much warmth or affection during his term at the top of the team. But he had no responsibility for Stauffer and Bush, the two biggest reasons why the Padres have been passed by every team in the NL West.
- Who is responsible for Matt Bush? It's easy from the outside to say Kevin Towers and Bill Gayton. But I have been told by multiple sources in and around the organization that the braintrust had battled between Stephen Drew and Justin Verlander, and settled for the most part on Drew as their pick. They were then told 3 days prior to the draft quite suddenly and unexpectedly that their budget would be about 1/3 of what they had previously been told. A scramble led to an upside signability pick from down the street. The guys paid to find talent were crushed, all their work had been for nothing. So blame John Moores on the way out the door for breaking the heart of his baseball men by leading them on and then dumping them at the corner on the weekend before draft day 2004.
- This is Getting Uncomfortable: OK, so Cheri Olvera is a crazy woman who scuttled a Hawaii wedding by refusing to sign the pre-nup, and took swings at Brian Giles, and tried to run him over, and stole his checks for a spending binge. Those are some of the allegations in Brian Giles' countersuit, an attempt to stem the tide of negative sentiment after the video showing Giles slapping Olvera down in a Phoenix nightclub. If we're going to listen to Olvera's claims (including a misacarriage at Giles' hands, which he denies), we might as well listen to his claims too. Oh-kay, abusive relationship all around, got it, slowly backing away...but here's thing: everything Brian says could be true, but the video is him slapping her to the ground. That's sticky, and that's why Giles is a tough guy to support right now.
- I am with Chris Young and not Curt Schilling on this one: the other 103 names on the list should be protected. That was the deal the players agreed to as they eventually submitted to much more stringent PED testing...the 2003 test was confidential and a survey test. The players knew it was coming and 104 still tested positive, an indictment of either their stupidity 0r the pervasiveness of PED abuse. I lean to the latter. But regardless, they took those tests after negotiating their confidentiality, and to have that breached is wrong. It's salacious and sensational to hear that ARod's a doper, and we want 103 more gotchas (wow! Jeff Fassero's a DOPER MAN! GOTCHA! Doug Mientkiewicz? WHAMMO!) to satisfy the thirst of the hungry baseball mob. But it was the grudging willingness of those PED-injecting baseball players to test that led to what is in place now, so I think it is only fair to keep those results a secret. It will never happen, of course, more names will eventually be revealed...but Young's point that there are both false positives and false negatives in that set of results is a valid one.
- The death of Jeremy Lusk is shocking, particularly in that the video is being played on the Today Show this morning. Inappropriate, maybe? If showing Chris Young getting his nose broken was a mortal sin for Channel 4, maybe showing a guy getting his spine crushed and dying should be a no-no. (Update: it appears the video could have been a similar crash in which he did not die. The tastelessness remains, but waiting to confirm.) My heart goes out to his family and anyone who knows him. For the sport, is this a deal breaker? Can they continue competitively pushing the envelope with bigger and more dangerous jumps and just allow deaths to continue?
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