December 20, 2009 |
Once again, amid the kindling that has become the USC football program, "Fight On" is being drowned out by two other sounds. Cough, cough. More smoke here, strange smoke, scary smoke, stupid smoke, adding to a cloud that ensures the NCAA will keep looking for that illegal burn. Just some kid driving his girlfriend's car. Just another silly ember that could have been doused with a little more prudence and a little less arrogance. Is it really that hard to monitor some kid driving his girlfriend's car?
December 1, 2009 |
The news of the day is not that tennis fined Serena Williams. It is that tennis did something. For many, including this typist, the action was a shocker. Not the size of the fine, the existence of one. This is a sport that tiptoes around its superstars like lion trainers at the zoo during feeding time. Outbursts such as Williams' tirade of intimidation against a lineswoman in the semifinals of this year's U.S. Open usually send the mice in blazers scurrying to the basement. Tennis runs via a dysfunctional collection of Grand Slam officials, men's and women's tour officials, men's and women's tournament directors and players' agents.
August 25, 2009 |
Are you ready for some football? Not as ready as Roger Goodell is, trust me. You might tire of all the non-football NFL news of the last several weeks, but at least you're not living it. The commissioner must long for the days when "Cable fight" meant trying to get the NFL Network in more households, not trying to pry apart Oakland Raiders coaches. Goodell is fond of saying the NFL is the "ultimate reality show," and who can argue? Not with every other story having to do with Michael Vick coming back, Plaxico Burress going away and Brett Favre doing a little of both.
August 19, 2009 |
The doubters are everywhere. Never mind that Albert Pujols has never been publicly linked to anything stronger than cough syrup. You just don't do what he has done and escape suspicion. Not now. Not after Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Roger Clemens and a finger-wagging Rafael Palmeiro "He hits the ball a long way and they're going to say, 'Ah-ha, I wonder.' And it is unfair," Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said. "There's no question it's unfair." Never mind that the St. Louis Cardinals slugger has never failed a drug test since mandatory testing went into effect.
July 3, 2009 |
Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez will be going through uncharted territory when he returns to the lineup today after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Phillies reliever J.C. Romero returned from his suspension June 3, but Ramirez is the first high-profile player to serve time under MLB's drug testing policy. Below is a look at six players who were publicly linked to performance-enhancing drugs, and how they fared afterward. Barry Bonds Position: LF How it went down: In December 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bonds testified before a BALCO grand jury in December 2003 that he used substances that he believed were an arthritis balm and flaxseed oil, but were actually an anabolic steroid and THG. In March 2006, the book "Game of Shadows" documented Bond's testimony and his use of performance-enhancing drugs while playing with the San Francisco Giants, including human growth hormone.
February 5, 2009 |
Even in a sports world with statistics spilling out of its hat like Larry Fitzgerald's hair, it's been quite the week for numbers. Football is celebrating six, the record number of Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl championships. Basketball is celebrating 61, the record number of points Kobe Bryant scored at Madison Square Garden. Baseball is, well, baseball, which means it's not celebrating numbers, but mourning them. They are 18.35 million and five.