Archive for February 19th, 2009

19
Feb
09

Rick Reilly Tries to Rewrite History

Rick Reilly wrote an interesting concept article the other day for ESPN where he awards MVP awards to players who were beaten out by steroid users. However, I find that he makes some ridiculous assumptions within his piece.

For example, “here’s yours from 2001, Luis Gonzalez, after you finished behind The Barry Bonds Pharmacy. We won’t even mention the home run title you would’ve won that year.” Now, while there is no tangible evidence that Gonzo used steroids, there was that spike from 31 homers in 2000 and then 2001’s 57, followed by a return to the 28 home run range that he had been in the rest of his career. But sure, we’ll assume that Gonzo did it clean.

Reilly isn’t done with picking and choosing his assumptions though, moving on to awarding Albert Pujols 3 more MVP awards saying:

[Pujols] hit .335 and averaged 41 bombs [from 2002 to 2004] and yet you finished second behind the clearly creaming Bonds in ’02 and ’03 and third behind Bonds and Adrian Beltre in ’04. We’re throwing out Beltre since, while he denies ever using PEDs, he fell off the face of the planet once baseball put in stricter steroid suspensions in 2005. If he wasn’t cheating, I’m the Queen Mother.

So, Beltre is suspect despite insisting he never used steroids and had his best year in a contract push, so immediately Reilly assumes that Beltre is guilty. Sure, that’s some sound logic.

This is what I hate about the Steroids Era, everyone is suspect, but then reporters will pick and choose who they think WASN’T using. Sure, you’ll say Luis Gonzalez is clean because he’s a nice guy, ignoring that he produced a stat-line completely out of line with any of his other career numbers. Sure, Reilly will accuse Beltre who hasn’t been listed in any steroids talk because he’s a sourpuss and not fun for reporters to talk to, but ignore a player like Ivan Rodriguez who played with all the other Rangers users, noticeably shrank in size and production and jobbed Pedro of the ’99 MVP. But oops, there I am making an assumption!

Here’s the deal, people won awards by cheating, people played in the big leagues or stayed in the big leagues through cheating, and the reason it happened was that everyone was getting paid. Reporters didn’t write the stories because interest in baseball was high and newspapers need readers. Owners didn’t press because fans were in the seats and buying foam fingers. The players didn’t care because everyone’s salaries were rising rising rising.

Now, an entire era is tainted, a whole slew of players will forever be in doubt unless there is some way to retroactively test everyone. So it goes. That unfortunately is the way it is. The only thing to do is to accept it, ensure that there is nothing going on anymore and the drugs can’t still be used. However, we can’t just pick and choose anecdotal evidence and decide who did and didn’t, it’s irresponsible, it’s unfair and it’s wrong.

Reilly should know better, I know he only has to write like 50 words but c’mon, you can do better.

[ESPN]

19
Feb
09

Think He’ll Sign with the MLS?

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That’s 6 year old Frenchman Madin Mohammed plying his soccer skills, who is already being compared to Zinedine Zidane and has Real Madrid and Chelsea scouting him. To be fair, I also look that good on a soccer field when I play against 6 year olds. I fucking DOMINATE those little kids.

Christian Lazaoui, president of Roubaix, Madin’s local club, said “He has an amazing talent. He plays every day and has a great passion for football. “He can cross the ball, control it, swerve, pass between the legs – he is spectacular with the ball… he really is magic with it.” I’m sure that that is in reference to Madin, but I’m gonna take it as a compliment of my own skills.

[Telegraph]

19
Feb
09

Rugby Be Violent

Rugby baffles me still, I understand the rules and all but I just don’t see the appeal. Then again, maybe I’m more of a delicate flower than most rugby players. By which obviously I mean that I’m super tough I just don’t want to play. Yeah!

Anyhoo, here is some rugby game with a prime example of why I have nothing to do with this sport. Fast forward in the clip to about the 50 second mark to see a rocking take-down that leaves the opposing player on the ground quite dazed. Enjoy!

19
Feb
09

Ovechkin is Really Really Good at Hockey

You cannot stop Alexander Ovechkin. You cannot hope to contain Alexander Ovechkin. You can only watch and marvel at everything he can do, because seemingly there isn’t anything on the ice he CANNOT. For instance, here he is scoring a goal after tripping and sliding on his butt, because, you know, that’s easy…

That young man has some game.

19
Feb
09

Hero Pilot to Rescue Brewers Before They Crash

After their plane crash landed in the Hudson River, the flight crew has been feted, celebrated and honored from the captain getting an invite to the inauguration to a special cocktail being made in his honor and now, even the co-pilot gets to get in on the fun. Jeff Skiles, the flight’s first officer and a Wisconsin native will throw the first pitch at the home opener for the Milwaukee Brewers.

“Jeff Skiles is a great representative of the state of Wisconsin,” said Rick Schlesinger, the team’s executive vice president for business operations. “We are honored to have Jeff throw out the first pitch on Opening Day.”

Seeing that the Brewers just resigned Eric Gagne, who did his absolute best to singlehandedly prevent the Brewers from reaching the playoffs, depending on how good Skiles’ pitch is maybe they should sign him for the bullpen too. Hell, I’m sure he throws faster than Trevor Hoffman…

Also, what other professions can you think of besides State Police officers, airline pilots and 70s porn stars can you think of that still rock the mustache as a group?

[JS Online]




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