Month: February 2009

Who’s On First Who’s On Second And Who’s The Idiot Who Felt Pitt Deserved To Be Ranked #1 ?


 
 

 

Who’s On First  Who’s   On  Second  And Who’s   The Idiot   Who  Felt  Pitt  Deserved  To  Be  Ranked  #1….?

 

 

 

Well it  can’t  have  gone  unnoticed  that  another   number  one  ranked  team   had fallen as  the curse  seemingly   goes on   concerning  the aspirations   of a  number of  programs  within   men’s  college  basketball. 

 

 

Sam  Young (23) and  Brad Wanamaker   of  Pitt  try   to pressurize   Providence's  Geoff  McDermott (center)  during  the  game  between  the  two  teams.
Sam Young (23) and Brad Wanamaker of Pitt try to pressurize Providence's Geoff McDermott during the game between the two teams. Providence would go on to defeat Pitt 81-73 in the game played in Providence , RI,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne ................

 

 

 

Last night   that   ignominious   distinction    went   to  the Pitt   Panthers. And  let’s  just   say they   were  ripe   for  the  plucking  as  a  virgin   on  her first   night  of  illicit   pleasure.   Suffice  to  say   that  for  all  of  the  predetermined   belief  that  this  might’ve   been  the  best    team  in the  nation  when  it  came  to    men’s  basketball.   The effort  put   forth   was about  as  welcoming  as  seeing     Rosie   O’Donnell    dressed   in  nothing    but   a  thong. 

 

 

 

Jamie Dixon  coach  of  the  Pitt  Panthers   disputes  a  call  during  the  game  against  Providence.
Jamie Dixon coach of the Pitt Panthers disputes a call with the officials during the game against Providence . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne .....................

 

 

 

The  team   did   nothing   to  underscore   the   ineptitude  shown   and  in  allowing  themselves to  be  completely    manhandled   by Providence   went  a long  way   in suggesting  why  it  is  that   the  rankings  just  aren’t   worth  the  paper  they’re  written  on.  The  Friars   basically    bitch  slapped    the Panthers  up   and   down  the   court  like  an    unwanted  step-child.  Though  I’m  not  about  to  suggest  that they  were   deserving   of  this  fate.  But  unless   you’re   going  to  come  out  and   play  with   heart.  Then   why  the  hell   bother  to  turn   up  at  all  ?

 

 

 

Pitts'  Tyrell Biggs  in the background   tries  to  defend   the  play  of  Providence's   Randall  Hanke    during  the  second   half  of  the  game   between  the  two  teams .
Pitts' Tyrell Biggs in the background tries to defend the play of Providence's Randall Hanke during the game between the two teams . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne ..............

 

 

 

The Big East    for  all   of  its   inadequacies   is  still  a   conference   that  warrants   the  attention  of  all  who   know   something  about  the  game  of  basketball.  Especially  at the  college  level.  And  therein  lies   the  misnomer    as  the   pundits  and   analysts  alike   tend   to just   see  what  they  want  to  see. Rather than   looking   intuitively   at   the  teams    overall.    With   five   teams  ranked  in the  top   25  and    all  of  them  equally   mindful  of the  fact  that   they’re  capable  of  beating    up  on   one  another.  It   oughtn’t  to  have   come  as   a  surprise    that   this   was upset   was   in  the  offing.  It’s  not as  if   the  Panthers  have   stood   head  and  shoulders   above   everyone  else ?   If anything  coach  Jamie  Dixon’s   team    merely   proved  to   us  all  along    what   many  of   us   have   known.    You’re   only   as  good   as   your   last  victory   would   suggest   and  not  much   more  beyond  that.

 

 

Pitt players  on the   bench face  the  inevitable  in  the  waning  moments  of the  team's  loss  to Providence  81-73 .
Pitt players on the bench face the inevitable in the waning moments of the team's loss to Providence 81-73. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne .....................

 

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And The Survey Says …………..


 
And    The  Survey Says  ………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  once  again   it’d  appear  that   the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and   their  Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan McNabb  may   be  coming to  an  impasse.  With  McNabb  seeking  an  extension  to  his  contract , the  player  has  also   made  it   clear  that   he’d  also   like  to  see  what   direction  that    they’re  apparently   going  in.    In  particular   when  it  comes  to   strengthening   the  roster.  

 

 

Eagles' Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan  McNabb ..........     picture   appears  courtesy of ap/photo/Matt  Dorsey .............
Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dorsey ...............

 

 

For  the  last   two   years   the   team  has   been   underserved   in  terms  of  its   receiving   corps  and  the   lack  of   a  real   running  game.  Owner   Jeffey  Lurie  and   General  Manager  Joe  Banner   haven’t  exactly   been forthcoming   when  it  comes  to  putting  a  competitive  team  on  the  field  of  play. Looking     primarily at   McNabb  and   Brian  Westbrook   this   team   lives  and   dies   by  the   performance    of  their   aging   veterans.  And  but   for  their   defense   it   has  to  be  said   that   there   isn’t   much  to  this   team  athletically   or   competitively.

 

 

 

 

Coach  Andy  Reid  has  been  through   his  own  torrent  of   emotions  with  the  Eagles   on   and   off  the  field. And  the  toll  that  it  has   taken  on  him   emotionally   could  well  be  leading   him   to  make  a  decision    that   has  been   long  overdue.    If  nothing   else   this  last   season  he  was  able  to  perhaps  pull  of   his  best   coaching   accomplishment   in  years.    Making  lemonade  out   of  let’s   just   say  sour  lemons   was  quite  astonishing  when  one   considers  the  season  that   the  team  had.   

 

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles' coach  Andy  Reid (left), cornerback Asante'  Samuel   and team owner   Jeffrey  Lurie  pictured  after  the  player's  acquisition  from   the  New  England Patriots  in  2008.   picture  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Matt  Rourke ..............
Philadelphia Eagles' coach Andy Reid (left), cornerback Asante' Samuel and team owner Jeffrey Luria. The player along with the coach and team owner are seen here at the press conference to publicize Samuel's acquisition by the Eagles from the New England Patriots . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Roarke ................................

 

 

 

They’d  been  left   for  dead   for   sure   and  managed   to   come  back   from  the  abyss  to  make  it  all  the  way   to  the  NFC  championship  game.  There  they’d   fall  to   the  unlikely  Arizona  Cardinals.   The   game   itself   basically  sealed  the  Eagles’  fate   for  the   season  and  any   postseason  ambitions  that  they  had.  If nothing  else   it  proves   that   the  franchise   was  capable  of  facing   adversity  head  on.   But  when  it came  to  that  final   push  it  was  clearly   beyond   them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia   Eagles’  fans  are   loyal   to  a  fault.   But   at the  end  of  the  day  there’s  only   so  much  that  they  can  bare.    And  it  can’t   have   escaped  anyone’s  notice  that   went  things   aren’t   going   right   for  the   franchise   they   the   fans   tend  to  let   their   emotions  run  away  with  them.   And  in  doing   so  they   tend to  go  overboard   when  it  comes  to  voicing     either   approval or   disapproval  as   to   where  the  franchise  is  going  or  what  it  is  that  they’ve   achieved. 

 

 

 

Philadelphia  Eagles'  GM  Joe  Banner .   Of  late   Banner  has been  under  pressure   to  improve  the  roster  of   the  franchise.   And  his  veteran   quarterback  McNabb has  let  it be known  that  he's  not  yet  prepared to  sign a new  contract  until  he's  seen   what   improvements  are  made  by  the  organization.    picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  David Hirschfield ................
Eagles' GM Joe Banner of late has been under a great deal of pressure to improve the team's roster. Team quarterback Donovan McNabb has let it be known that he's not yet prepared to sign a new contract as of yet until he's seen the improvements that'll be made by the organization. Under no illusions Banner knows that it's now or never for the franchise as a whole. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David Hirschfield ......................

 

 

 

It   has  to  be  said  that  when   it was  announced    that   McNabb   had  been  drafted  by  the  franchise.   His   arrival    was  accepted  with  all  the  fervor   of   a  group  who’d  thought   that   they’d   been   betrayed   by  an  ownership  and  management  who  clearly  didn’t   know what  the  hell  it was  that  they  were  doing.  McNabb  through   the  ensuing    years   has  proven to  the  fans   that   he  could   lead   the  franchise.  Albeit   that   his   leadership   skills   have   come  into   question  repeatedly  over   the    years.   In-fighting   and   very  little  real   communication   or  leadership   has  all  but   led   this   franchise  to  implode.     Self   indulgent    behavior   and   no  one  is   prepared  to   held   accountable  for  their   actions.   And   one   could   see  that   in  Andy   Reid ,  here   was  a  coach   who’d   all  but  lost   the   team  when  it  really  mattered.  Confidence   in them  may   well   have   been  the   real   issue.

 

 

 

 

If  the  quarterback’s   demands  aren’t   met   then   it   has  to  be  said  the    team  has   to   move   in a  completely  new   direction  altogether.    Contract  extension  or   not  this   team   has   progressively    either  made it  to  the   top  of  the  mountain.   But   then  all   too   quickly  fallen  off   the  summit    inexplicably  without   a  reason  as  to   its   shortcomings.    It   were  as  if   it’s    half    expected  to  be  that   way,  season  in,  season   out    for  the  franchise.   Mediocrity  and    the   contrivance  that   as  long   as  they   defeat  the   Dallas   Cowboys  and  the New York  Giants during  the   regular   season   that  is  enough   for  the  team   in  terms  of  success.

 

 

 

 

Reid   and  McNabb  congratulate  one  another  on  the  sidelines   during  an  NFL  game .
Reid and McNabb congratulate one anotjher on the sidelines during an NFL game . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ David Embley .......................

 

 

 

If   we’re   going  to   question  the   actions   as  to   what    McNabb  is  after then  we’ve  also   got  to  look  at   whether    or  not  what  he’s   trying  to   achieve  is  actually  worthwhile.    In  the  past   he’s   made  this   type  of   request   before .   He    got   his   wish    when  the   team  made  the   trade   for  the  often   troubled,  talented  and   mercurial  Terrell  Owens.   Not   quite   a  match  made   in  heaven.    But   it  proved   profitable  in  the   fact that   it  took  them  to  the  Promised Land   by  way  of a    Superbowl  appearance.   However   in   the    aftermath  of  the    loss  to  the  New  England  Patriots .     It   soured   the   relationship   between  the  two   players   and   we   were  left   wondering    who  of   the    two   may   well  have  been  the  more   immature  ?    Name  calling  and   other   such   child  like   tendencies  and   it   has  to  be  said   watching  the  events  that’ve   unfolded   in  Philadelphia    has  been   akin   to  watching   a    daytime   soap  opera.  Only   in   this   case   there’s   no sex   ,  murder   or   hint  of    the  questioning   of  a  cast member’s   sexuality.   There   may   well   have   been  Owens   questioning   McNabb’s   intestinal   fortitude    at  the   end  of  the   game  itself  .  But   that   was  then   and  this   is   now.    And   it’d  appear    that   it’s   the  player   who’s   now   questioning  the   resolve  of   the  franchise   and  its  overall   ambition.  

 

 

 

 

 

And   should   the  unthinkable   happen   and  they   seek  a   parting  of  the  ways.   Then   I’d   like  to  think   that    both  parties  will    have  thought   this   out    thoroughly .    It’s   not as  if    McNabb   can’t   survive   without    Philadelphia.  The   question   is   however  can   the  Philadelphia   Eagles    survive   without  Donovan  McNabb  ?.    Because  if  anything   the   fans   before  McNabb   didn’t  really    have   all  that   much  to   really   cheer about   as  to  their    fortunes.    Now   in  the  wake  of  what   could   be  a   monumental   mistake.   I   doubt   that  they’re   going   to   like    the   view   of   someone   else   helming  this   team.     McNabb   may   well  be   testing  that  resolve  or   he   may   well    be   looking  to    maneuver   his  way   out   of  Philly.    But  in  reality    should    push    come  to   shove  ,   someone  if  not   both   parties   will  be   looking   to   profit   from  this   all.      The  question  is   who   at  this  present    moment  in  time   has  the  upper   hand   in  this   all  ? 

Sifford Was Allowed To Come In Through The Front Door , Tiger Merely Nudged It Ajar ……….


 

 

 

 

Sifford  Was  Allowed   To  Come  In  Through  The  Front  Door  , Tiger  Merely   Nudged   It  Ajar ……………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie  Sifford  was  the   first   African  American  to  be  allowed  to  play  on the  PGA  Tour.    And   he  also   holds  the   distinction to be  the   first   minority  to  have   played   in  a  Major.   That  being   said   those   advancements  within  the   game  of   golf  and  the  very   fact  that   now  seated  atop  of  the  world  golf  rankings   a  minority  in the  guise of  Tiger  Woods.   It  has  to  be  asked   where  are   the  next set  of   minorities  going  to  be  coming  from  when  it  comes  to  competing   on  the  PGA Tour ? I  know  that   Woods   probably  laments  the   fact  that  we’ve   yet  to  see  anyone  from  the  African  American   mould  set  forth  and   compete   on the  Tour.

 

 

 

Charlie Sifford  reacts after  sinking  a short  putt to  finish  the 1969 Los Angeles Open. He'd force  a  playoff  and go on to win  beating  Harold  Henning  on  the  first playoff  hole .
Charlie Sifford reacts after sinking a short putt to finish the 1969 Los Angeles Open. He'd force a playoff and go on to win beating Harold Henning at the first extra playoff hole .

 

 

 

And   though  with  the  notable   exception  of  Native  American  Indian  Notah  Begay III .  We’ve   not  seen an  ethnic   minority of  the  African  American  persuasion  compete   full  time  on  the  PGA  Tour.   The   PGA itself   has   programs  in  place   to   bring  the  sport  to  the  masses.  And   in    particular   to   minorities.  But  it’d   appear  that  their  enthusiasm  doesn’t   seem  to  be  shared  for  the  game.  Other   than  to   watch  Woods   compete  at the  highest  echelons of  the  game. 

 

 

Sifford  acknowledges  the  applause of the  crowd  having  just defeated  Harold  Henning  on the  firs  playoff  hole  of the  1969 Los  Angeles  Open .
Sifford acknowledges the applause of the crowd having just defeated Harold Henning at the first playoff hole of the 1969 Los Angeles Open.

 

 

 

Now  comes   the  worrisome   task   as   to   how  to  address   this  anomaly.   Prior  to  1961   the   game  was   segregated  and   the   only   course of  redress that  many   African  Americans   had   by  way  of  competing   was   to   play   in  games   that  were   organized   by  the   United  Golf  Association. One  has  also   has  to  remember  that   at   the   time   the  PGA   had  it   written  into   its   bye-laws   that    their   events  were   only   open  to  Caucasians.   So  if  anything   for  these   men   they   were   not   only   being   handicapped  by  the  game  itself  but  also  by  the  PGA Tour.   As   they  weren’t  even   afforded  the    respect   that   one  would  deem   befitting  to them.

 

 

 

 

It may  well   suggest    how  far  the   game   has now   come.   As  we’ve  witnessed  seeing   Woods  become  a  success   on  the  Tour.   As   well   as  him   becoming   its   main   attraction.   But  it  also  portends to   the   fact that   once   Woods  decides  to  leave   the  Tour.  We   may   not  see   the  interest   now  being  shown  in the  game.    And  at  the  same  time  we’ve   yet  to  see   an  African  American   come  to  the  fore  on  the  PGA  Tour  by  way  of  competing  at   any  level.     It’d   would  be   remiss  to  suggest  that   there’s   still   some  inherent   racism  on the  PGA  Tour.  Nothing   could  be   further   from    the  truth.   But   what  has   become   alarmingly   clear    is   that    African  American  males or  females  haven’t   gravitated  towards  the sport    by   way   competing   professionally.   One   can   suggest   that   because   many   African  Americans   live  in  the  city   they’re   not   given   access   to  the   game   first hand.  And   at   the   same  time   the   expense   of   the   game  , even   starting  can   run  into  the  hundreds   if  not  thousands  of dollars.      The  affinity  that   they   may  well  have   however   is  just  to  watch   Woods   compete. Rather  than  they   are picking   up   the  mantle   of  wanting  to   follow   in  his   footsteps.

 

 

Oregon State  graduate Vincent Johnson  the  recipient of  the  Charlie  Sifford Exemption  Award.   The  exemption  is done  in  collaboration  between  the  PGA Tour and  one  of  its main  sponsors  financial  concern Northern Trust Co,.  It will  allow  the  recipient  a chance  to  participate  in  a PGA Tour  event.  In this  case  the  Northern Trust  Co Open.
Oregon State graduate Vincent Johnson and the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Exemption Award. The recipient being a minority is afforded the chance to compete in a PGA sanctioned tour event. It is done in collaboration between the PGA Tour and one of its corporate sponsors financial concern Northern Trust Co. The event in question in which Johnson will be a contestant will be the Northern Trust Co Open. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Todd Mayhew ..............

 

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No There Weren’t Any Buzzer Beaters Here ………..


 

 

No  There  Weren’t Any   Buzzer  Beaters   Here …………………

 

 

 

 

 

Last  night   in  one  of  the   more  inglorious  games   played   on   the  court   of   a  college  basketball   venue.   The   game   between   Penn  State  and   number  sixteenth   ranked Illinois   left   a  great   deal    to be desired.   Between    the   two    teams   they    managed   to  show   their   ineptitude    on  both   ends   of  the   court. 

 

 

Andrew  Jones  of  Penn  St  and   Mike  Tisdale  and  Calvin  Brock  of  Illinois   contest   a  rebound  during  the  game.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  .....................
Andrew Jones of Penn State and Mike Tisdale and Calvin Brock of Illinois contest a rebound during the game played Champaign , Illinois. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ..............

  

 

 

What   was   even    more   startling     that   had   one   not   looked     clearly   at    the   result . You’d   have   thought  that  it  was   a  game   either   being  played    by    two    high   school   teams   or   perhaps   that   of   females   at  the college    level.   The  two   teams   between  them  could  only  muster   up    71   points  in total.    That  if  anything    gives    you  a  clear   indication  as  to    how   bad  this  must’ve   been.

 

 

Bruce  Weber  of  Illinois   shouts   instructions  to   his  players  during  the   game .    picture  appears   courtesy of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  ............
Coach Bruce Weber of Illinois shouts instructions to his players during the game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ...............

 

  

Now  don’t  get me   wrong   it’s   not   every   college   men’s   game   that’ll    produce a  high   scoring   game.  And   at  the   same  time   one  would   expect   some    sort  of   proficiency    both     teams   when   it  comes  to  showing    some   commitment   to    playing   hard.   Whatever  took   place   last   night   between  the  two    teams   was    short    on  skills   and    even   shorter  on   the   entertainment   factor.    As   to  what  this   says  about   Illinois’   basketball   program  .  I’ll   leave    that   up   to   you    to   decide.

 

 

Jamelle  Cornley (2)  of  Penn  State  tries  to  elude  the defensive  play   of  Illinois'  Mike  Davis  and  Mike  Tisdale  .    picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Darrell Hoemann ...............
Jamelle Cornley (2) of Penn State tries to elude the defensive play of Illinois' Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann .............

 

 

 

The  box  score   if  anything    shows   us   how    dire   things   must’ve   been  last   night  as  both   teams  tried   to  muster   up   some   offensive    prowess.   It   can  only  be  explained   by   the  mere   fact  that   neither   team   had    heart  to   play.   Or    that    they   were   both    completely    out  of  sorts    on  the   court.    It   was   a  lackluster    performance   by   both    teams.   And    even   if   Penn  State    did   prevail   in  the end    winning   38-33.   Certainly   they   can’t have    felt   comfortable   with   that   sort   of  display  at  the  end  of  the  day,  win   or   no  win.

 

 

 

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How Can It Have All Spiraled Out Of Control Like This ………?


 

 

 How  Can   It   Have  All   Spiraled   Out  Of  Control   Like  This   ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With  the  abrupt   firing  and  departure    of  Terry Porter  from  the  Phoenix  Suns.  It  can  be  said  that   fallout  from it  all   has  been  staggering.    Never  mind  the  fact  that  it’d  been   rumored  that   the  franchise   was  prepared  to   trade their   All  Star  forward  with a  view   to changing  the  whole  identity  of the  team. 

 

 

Alvin Gentry (foreground)  and  Steve  Kerr  have  some  fun  whilst  awaiting  questions   from  the  convened press.......
Alvin Gentry (foreground) and GM Steve Kerr have some fun whilst awaiting questions from the convened press. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ David D Garrabant .............

 

 

 

 

This  season   the  team   has  not   so  much  stumbled  but   merely    fell   out  of   starting   gate.  And   they’ve    yet  to   show  any  glimpse  as  to  what   had   made  them  so  successful   under  their  former  coach  Mike  D’Antoni.    General  Manager  Steve Kerr  has  bungled  his   way   through   transactions  that   they  weren’t  exactly   of   benefit  to  the  team  overall.     Since   the  trade   of   the   Shawn  Marion  and  Marcus  Banks   whereby  in   return   they  obtained   15  time  All  Star  center  Shaquille  O’Neal from  the  Miami Heat.   The  team  has   really   struggled    to show   some   semblance    of  consistency.   And    even   with  the   acquisition  also  of  Jason  Richardson     things   have  somewhat   gotten  back  on  an even  keel.    But  the   player  himself   has   proven  what   those   within  the  league   have   known all   along.  He’s   something   of  a  knucklehead.    He’s   been   suspended   for   one   game     by the  team  after a  traffic  incident  that’s  somewhat   disturbing.

 

 

 

Suns' cheerleaders   perform  at  the 2009 All  Star  Game   held  at  the  US Airways   Center  in Phoenix  ,  Az.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Dennis   Brunton ............
Suns' cheerleaders perform at the 2009 All Star Game at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Az. picture appeaers courtesy of ap/photo/ Dennis Brunton ..............

 

 

 

 

 

They’re  still  the   same   offensive  minded   team   and   albeit  that  Porter   was  brought  in  to   put  some  defensive  toughness   into the   team.   The  same   old  persona   remains  on  a  team  that’s   still   trying  to   find  a  new  identity.   Kerr  for  his   part   hasn’t   really provided the   fans   with a  sound  explanation   as  to the   travails   of  the  team.  But   one   would   dare   believe that   the  fans  themselves   must’ve  been   baying   for  his   blood upon  the  announcement   that   Terry Porter  had  been   fired.  Never   mind  the   fact  that  he’s   offered   no  specifics  other  than to   suggest   that   the  team  is   now going   in  another   direction.    As  to   what  direction  might  be   is  open   to  a   great   deal  of  debate  and   conjecture.

 

  

 

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A-Fraud It Was The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times Not More Of The Same ..


 

 

 

A-Fraud  ….  It Was The  Best Of Times And The Worst  Of  Times Not  More  of  The  Same 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If  baseball   didn’t  need  to   shoot  itself  in the  foot   again. Then  the  allegations  now  coming  out  concerning  the  game’s  perceived  best  player is  somewhat of  a disturbing  one.   The  article  written  in Sports  Illustrated  alleging   Alex  Rodriguez’s  use  of  steroids  in  2003  speaks  as  to  what’s  still   wrong   with the  game.    Granted  at the  time   there  was  no  steroid   policy   in the  league.    It  does  beg  the   question  why   in  2007   when   conducting   an  interview  with  journalist  Katie  Couric   in 2007 on  the CBS’  magazine  program  60 Minutes. The  player  stated   that  he’s   never    used  an  illicit   substance ?  Couric  specifically   asked  the  player  with    regard to   steroids and   he  implicitly   replied  “No”.

 

 

 

 

Rodriguez’s response  as  it  now  stands  is that  any  comments  forthcoming  will  have  to  come  by  way  of  the  Players’  Union.  When  questioned  about  this   prior  to  the  incident  becoming  public by  Selena  Roberts. He commented  that  it  would be  addressed   by  the  union. His  agent  Scott   Boras whilst  not making  a  statement  on  his  client’s   behalf .   His  only   comment   has  been  to  make  the  case  that while   Rodriguez  is  out  of  the  country  at  present.  He  cannot  make   a  statement   substantiating  or  denying  the  allegations.  

 

 

 

Rodriguez along  with  his  then  wife   Cynthia  and  Katie Couric  in  their  "60 Minutes" interview  of  December 2007....
Rodriguez with his then wife Cynthia and journalist Katie Couric in their "60 Minutes" interview conducted in December 2007 ................. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Mark Cuthbert ................

 

Rodriguez along  with his  then wife  Cynthia  and  Katie Couric in  their “60 Minutes” interview  nducted  in  December 2007 .

 

 

 

 

No  wrong doing  there   mind  you   as  his   answer  to  the  question wasn’t  to  a  law   enforcement  official.    Nor  was  it   part  of   any ongoing   legal   proceeding.  But   what   does  that  say  as  to  the  player’s  veracity  and  persuasiveness  when  it comes  to   making   himself   a  likeable  commodity.  The highest  paid  player  in the  game  and   one   whose  leadership  skills  have  always  come into  question.     His  abilities  are   without   doubt  are  unquestionable.  But  it  does  set  a  troubling   ball  in  motion.  This   all comes  back  to  2003  when  the   game   was  conducting   testing   though  it  wasn’t   part  of  the  yet  to be  edict   for   a  steroid   policy  which   was  adopted   in  2004.

 

 

 

 

 

Though  at the  time  the  player  was  on the  Texas Rangers  roster.  It  can  be  said  that  it shouldn’t  make this   situation any the   less  dire.  Rodriguez  for  his  part  has  been  more than  happy  to  make   himself   the   ever  so  likeable  commodity   as  a  player  who’s   amenable  to  corporate  sponsors. Bearing  in  mind  also  the  player that  year  would    go  on  to  win  the  AL  MVP  award  for  that  season.   It  may  sullen  his   reputation  but  at the   same  time  it  points  to  the  nonsensical   farce  as  to  the  overall   policy  and  how  it  was  adopted  by  Major League  Baseball.  

 

 

 

Rodriguez  and  his  family   his  ex wife Cynthia  and  their  two  young daughters  in Miami  Beach , Fl .    picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Paul Robertson...........................
Rodriguez and his family , his ex wife Cynthia and their two young daughters leave a restaurant in Miami Beach , Fl . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark Robertson ........................

 

 

 Rodriguez and his family, his  ex  wife  Cynthia  and  his two  young  daughters in Miami Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2004   Rodriguez  was  traded to  the  New York  Yankees  for  Yankees’  first  baseman  Alfonso  Soriano.   There  are  those  who  are  questioning  the  privacy  aspect of  this  all. And the  fact that  the   article   itself  was   researched  and  verified.  But  the  league   itself  and   the  pretentious   stance   that  it   has   taken  with  the  issue.    Sealed  or not   the  fact  of the  matter  is  that   had  they   dealt   with  this   very   issue   with  some   expediency  rather   than   being  complicit   in   much  of  the  subterfuge   that  has  taken  place.  Then  perhaps  we’d  not  be  in a  situation where  at almost  every  turn  we’re   now   questioning  the   statistics   of  many  of  the  players  in  the  game.   The  league  has  its   policy  in  place and   several  players   have   received   the  mandatory   50  game  ban  for  a  first   transgression.  But  simply   put  though  the  numbers  are   down   the  suspicion  is  still   there   that   players   are  still   using   some  form  of  an    a  banned  substance.  And  no  matter   how   ,much  testing  is  being  done  and  the  voraciousness  of  it all.  It   really   has  done   very   little   to stem  the   tide  of   suspicion  allround.

 

 

 

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