Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday musings...

Back with some more things I think are true for the weekend of December 15th:

- The Mitchell Report would've been much more credible had Bud Selig, Donald Fehr and Sen. George Mitchell sat down and put together a comprehensive agenda with the sole purpose of trying to rid the game of performance enhancing drugs. No names, no witchhunts and no punishment for previous transgressions. Give the investigators full subpoena power and have full cooperation from the players association, every team's front office and owners. If you truly want to look forward and return to a day where your stars are role models like you say you want to, then a sham and completely unbalanced 400 report just doesn't cut it.

- Am I the only one who thinks the Jets can actually give the Pats a game for at least a half Sunday in Foxboro. The biggest factor won't be the snow, sleet or rain, it'll be the wind that will gust up to 70 MPH.

- It's amazing how easy NBA basketball looks when Kevin Garnett has talent around him, doesn't it!

- Vanessa Marcil is flat out the definition of sexy. Just check her out....

- I didn't think it was possible, but the Diamondbacks and A's actually got a pretty even shake on the Dan Haren deal. The A's got six solid prospects in which three where the D-backs top 10 kids. Carlos Gonzalez is just 22 and ready to blossom in the outfield while Bret Anderson could be another lefty stud by the Bay in the Oakland rotation. On the other hand, the D-Backs now have a bonafide top 2 in Brandon Webb and Haren.

- I wish Pats/Jets weren't on at 1pm because I would love to sit back and enjoy the Browns/Bills matchup from Cleveland. It's a play-off like atmosphere with wintry weather, two young stud qb's and an AFC wild card possibly left hanging in the balance.

- Thank you NFL Network for adding Tom Hammond to the booth Thursday night with Cris Collinsworth. It was a pure delight to listen to and a 1,000 percent upgrade on anything Bryant Gumbel's done as a play by play guy in the booth.

- In five years, there will be a college football playoff format.

- The URI Rams continue to impress. Now 10-1 and fresh off an upset of Syracuse, 91-89 in which the Rams were down several times in the final minutes with top scorer Wil Daniels in foul trouble. Hats off to Jim Baron, who clearly is the top coach in the state right now.

- It was great to see the Raw 15th Anniversary Show last Monday. Bringing Lita, Trish Stratus, the Million Dollar Man and yes, even Bastion Booger back brings a smile to any WWE fan's face.

- The NHL Network's commercials for HD games are hilarious! Joe Thornton checking out his own butt is laugh out loud funny.

- Wouldn't the new Imus in the Morning Show be better off with just Charles, Tony, Bernie and Lou as sidekick* s? Just a thought.

- LSU all over Ohio State on January 7th.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Why I want Barry Bonds to be innocent

"I want to thank my family, friends and fans for their unwavering support. It means everything to me. Despite the charges that have been filed against me, I still have confidence in the judicial system and especially in the judgment of the citizens who will decide this case. And I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated because I am innocent."

This is the statement from Barry Bonds website on Friday after pleading not guilty to perjury charges in Federal Court. I read it and say to myself: self, am I crazy to want to believe him?

Am I nuts to want to like this guy because he's on the other end of a witchhunt that's go on for years?

And to answer myself sometimes, I tend to think why is Barry Bonds the only one being hunted by everyone in America. Yes, I know he's a jerk to us, and yes I'm one of them, in the media. I get that. But he's always been a jerk since the day he started playing baseball. That's never changed. There are tons of jerks in sports, but we don't take millions of government money to get them for not uttering the word "knowingly." And that's what we have here. Barry Bonds is not in trouble and risking going to prison because he took steroids. That's never been in dispute. It's because he won't admit to "knowingly" taking them. That's what rubs America the wrong way.

Yet, my question back to America is this: if Barry Bonds came out today and said he knowingly took steroids, would everything be ok? Would we then just lump him in with everyone else in the steroid era? Would he be just like Guillermo Mota, who got a rousing ovation at Shea Stadium when he came back from his steroid suspension with the Mets?
Let's be honest here. America just doesn't like Barry Bonds because he's an arrogant jerk who cheated like everyone else, but just won't put it on our terms. So, it's just easier to hate him.

To me, that's just pure hypocrisy and that's why, when push comes to shove, I would have no problem if Barry Bonds is found not guilty. If that happens, then what's America to do?