Not all lying drug cheats are created equal
Hey, Ryan Braun?
Take your lying, cheating, denying, performance enhancing drug-taking self and go run the 100 metres or something.
Seriously, if this guy shows up at spring training next year and says anything other than “I’m sorry, I cheated, I lied, I misled everyone” they should run him out of the game for good.
Of all the drug cheats though all the years, I think the Milwaukee Brewer was has been the worst of them.
All that crap about the defiant denial last year – when he got away with hanging some poor work-a-day delivery guy out to dry – made yesterday’s news that he was cheating again and will be suspended for the rest of this season even more bothersome.
Look, we’ve heard fake denials so many times our eyes kind of glaze over now, don’t they?
Ben Johnson started it with the murky white substance in the water bottle and the “I did not knowingly” take steroids.
Roger Clemens bores me; the mis-remembering stuff is a crock, in my opinion.
Lance Armstrong? Don’t make me laugh, he’s the poster boy for trying to pull a fast one over on millions of fans.
Some have come clean, Tyson Gay most recently, and I’d far rather fans have to deal with that that some lying scumbag standing before a microphone and going off like someone had caused him horrible personal pain for no reason at all.
Yes, I know there are others and that PED-taking athletes will be with us in all sports for all time; human nature and the laws of statistics would indicate that somewhere, someone is trying to gain some kind of unfair advantage.
But this Braun crap, after seeing that assault on his accusers last year, just rankles me more than all the others.
We are basically a forgiving society, if someone stands up and says, “yeah, I did this bad thing, I’m sorry I did, I ask your forgiveness, it won’t happen again, I made a mistake and am now paying for it” we tend to give them some kind of break.
It’s never the same after, never should be, but the anger dissipates more quickly if someone admits they screwed up, even if it’s only when faced with incontrovertible evidence.
His over the top reaction last season and his suspension this year sickens me for some reason. Guess it was how vehement he was, how he bamboozled teammates and fans and coaches with what, as it turns out, were blatant lies.
No, he’s not first and nor will he be the last but this one is so over-the-top I hope he never plays a game in the majors again.
End of rant.
King Doug I?
Got a nice ring to it and since those crazy kids over in Britain don’t seem to have a name for the baby yet, I’m thinking there’s still time to make my case, no?
Any help you can be would be greatly appreciated.
RIP Dennis Farina.
Now, aside from how excellent he was in Get Shorty, his Joe Fontana character on Law and Order has to go down as one of the best ever in that franchise of shows, no?
Now, I spend an awful lot of downtime over the course of a season working in hotel rooms with various Law and Orders and CSIs and NCISs and Mentalists – and lately far too much Bones – as late morning and afternoon white noise so I can say this with full confidence.
If you were putting together an all-star team of Law and Order it would have to be:
That work for you?
And if you don’t rank the various series in this order we might have some serious issues:
Law and Order.
Law and Order SVU.
Law and Order Criminal Intent.
Law and Order LA
And you want to know why Jerry Orbach has to top the list?
Given the fact the Tallest Of Foreheads at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment seems hellbent on putting history to bed and letting the teams build their own legacies starting right now, I fully expect some kind of ceremony early next basketball season to raise this banner to the roof:
Summer League MVP, 2013.
I joke. Sort of.
But, yep, the kid was named MVP of the league yesterday in balloting done by a panel of media and it brings two thoughts quickly to mind:
Big whoop although I guess it’s better to be the MVP than not be.
How in the world did they find a media panel who hadn’t stuck pins in their eyes from having to watch so much Summer League basketball that they were able to vote for an MVP?
But, truth be told, when I saw the kid play and when I talked to people whose opinions I respect, there was no doubt that Valanciunas was dominant. Yes, he was playing inferior opposition a lot of the time and should have dominated but subtle things like better footwork, more comfort and command of defensive principles and initiating offence either out of double teams or at the elbow were vastly better than last season and that’s what should have caught people’s eyes.
Oh, and one other thing:
I’m seeing a whole lot of piling on Terrence Ross these days and it’s comical. No, the kid wasn’t great but he wasn’t horrible and fans and – yes – some of us who are all of a sudden writing him off are so ridiculously wrong they should have all rights to comment on things NBA taken away from them.
It was five freaking Summer League games and, no, he didn’t light it up but he was okay. And he will be okay; forget any other nonsense you might hear.