Friday Tidbits 2/22/08

22 February 2008

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House Hunters NBA Edition
Sacramento traded Mike Bibby to Atlanta for Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright, and Shelden Williams.  The Jason Kidd deal got done finally after they drug Keith Van Horn off his couch.  Roy Tarpley, Rolando Blackman, and Popeye Jonesmust not have been available.  Dallas lost their first game with Kidd.  The sophomores beat the rookies for the sixth straight time.  Daniel Gibson drained 11 three-pointers en route to 33 points and the game’s MVP.  Houston will honor Hakeem Olajuwon with a monument later this year.  He’s also been nominated as a finalist in the Hall of Fame voting.  That should be a no-brainer.  Jason Kapono defended his title in the three-point shootout.  He tied the record (25) in the Finals.  Dwight Howard took the Slam Dunk Contest. His first and third dunks were amazing.  His Superman dunk was completely overrated in my opinion since he didn’t actualy dunk it.  The East beat the West in the All-Star Game.  LeBron James won his second All-Star MVP award.  He messed around and nearly got back-to-back triple-doubles (27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists & 31, 14, 12) .  He got one against Houston, but his team lost.  KG returned.  He scored 4.  The Celtics lost.  They also lost his second game.  Chris Bosh poured in 40.  Luol Deng played.  Seattle traded Kurt Thomas to the Spurs for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson, and a draft pick. I guess they’re gearing up for Shaq and Gasol.  Seattle tried to throw in Xavier McDaniel…just kidding. Kobe dropped 41 in a win over Shaq’s Suns.  Mo Cheeks got a contract extension from the Sixers.  Cleveland, Seattle, and Chicago made a huge trade.  Cleveland get Ben Wallace Delonte West, Kevin McHale’s favorite player Joe Smith, and Wally Szczerbiak.  Chicago will get Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown.  Seattle gets Ira Newball, Adrian Griffin, and Donyell Marshall.  No word on whether Bill Cartwright, Craig Ehlo, or Jack Sikma were considered in this deal.  Houston traded Mike James and Bonzi Wells to New Orleans for Bobby Jackson, Adam Haluska, and a draft pick.  Minnesota traded slam dunk gury Gerald Green to Houston for Kirk Snyder and a 2nd round pick McHale will waste.  Tony Parker is back.  Daniel Gibson (ankle) will miss a month.  Manu scored 44 against the Wolves.  The Rockets have won ten straight.  The West has nine teams over .600.  Talk about loaded.  The East has three.

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Peter Forsberg will not return this year.  Not so fast.  Perhaps he will.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Carey Price vs. Philly.  Marty Turco vs. Detroit.  He also won his 200th game this week.  Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. Colorado.  Phoenix’s Mikael Tellqvist vs. Los Angeles.  Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Minnesota.  NY Islanders’ Rick DiPietro vs. Tampa Bay.  Rod Brind’Amour tore his ACL, which will likely knock him out of action for the rest of the season.  The Rangers signed defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Dan Girardi.  Philly Forwards Joffrey Lupul (ankle) and Steve Downie (concussion) will miss some time.  Calgary draft pick Mickey Renaud collapsed and died in his home.  He was 19.  Sad.  Chicago signed D Brent Seabrook to a three-year deal.  Wayne Gretzky picked up his 100th win.  New York Islander D Andy Sutton will be out a while with a torn hamstring.  The Kings traded D Jaroslav Modry to Philly for a third round draft pick.   Nicklas Lindstrom will miss a few weeks with a knee injury.  Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had a hat trick vs. Tampa Bay.  So did Los Angeles’ Alexander Frolov vs. St. Louis. 
 

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Cincinnati locked up Brandon Phillips with a four-year, $27 million deal.  He had a 30-30 season last year.  Erik Bedard signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Mariners.  They’ll sign him long-term. Chien-Ming Wang lost his arbitration case.  Felipe Lopez, Brian Fuentes, and Jose Valverde also lost.  Milwauke P Yovani Gallardo had knee surgery.  Trot Nixon is trying to catch on with Arizona.  Bret Boone took his steroid bat to Washington.  Speaking of cheaters, Andy Pettitte spoke.  Blah, blah, blah.  Sorry you used or sorry you got caught? Curt Schilling will rehab his shoulder as Boston requested. Hank Steinbrenner used the “well, he’s doing it too defense” as he suggests that the NFL’s steroid issue is worse than baseball’s.  It is probably true, but that defense is weak, especially for a team that has had Giambi, Sheffield, Clemens, Pettitte, and Knoblach, to name a few, be named in recent years.  Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons apologized for their PED use.  Miguel Tejada didn’t want to talk about it.  Texas signed 2B Ian Kinsler to a five-year $22 million deal.  Houston P Shawn Chacon signed a one-year deal.  Ryan Howard won his arbitration.  He’ll get $10 million next year.  By baseball terms that’s a bargain (Carlos Silva will average $12 million a season over the next four).  Josh Fogg signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati. Arizona signed GM Josh Byrnes to an eight-year deal .

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Keyshawn Johnson may make a comeback.  At least our ears will get a rest.  Atlana cut Byron Leftwich and Alge Crumpler.  Washington hired Sherman Smith as its Offensive Coordinator since they promoted their to head coach after two weeks on the job.  The Chiefs cut John Welbourn.  Start the offseason police blotter.  Buffalo WR Roscoe Parrish got nabbed driving drunk.  Cincy franchised G Stacy Andrews.  The Bears cut Moose loose and extended Alex Brown two years.  Billy Cundiff signed a two-year deal with Kansas City.  They’ll also franchise Jared Allen.  Baltimore will franchise Terrell Suggs.  There is a question as to whether it should be at LB or DE.  The Colts franchised Dallas Clark, but he turned around and signed a six-year deal with them.  As I suggested last week, New England offered Zach Thomas a contract.  The 49ers cut LB Derek Smith.  Pittsburgh signed DE Travis Kirschke to a two-year deal.  Tennessee franchised Albert Haynesworth.  Seattle franchised CB Marcus Trufant.  The Vikings cut Dwight Smith.  Jamal Lewis signed an extension with Cleveland.  Randy Moss didn’t get franchised.
 
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Michael Beasley had 40 points and 17 rebounds as #22 Kansas State smoked Missouri 100-63.  Cincinnati suspended F Alvin Mitchell for rule violations.  #25 Marquette routed #24 Pitt 72-54.  UAB pushed #1 Memphis to the limit, but lost 79-78.  My beloved Syracuse beat their top rival #8 Georgetwon 77-70.  Eric Gordon scored 28 as #12 Indiana beat #9 Michigan State 80-61.  Oklahoma State upset #16 Texas A&M 59-54.  Wake Forest beat #2 Duke (yeah) 86-73.  Miami also beat Duke 96-95 (I’m giddy).  #7 Texas blasted #22 Texas A&M 77-50.  Arkansas State coach Dickey Nutt resigned.  Coach K and Roy Williams have had a little war of words this week.  #14 Indiana beat #15 Purdue 77-68.  Bradley beat #18 Drake 72-71.  John Calipari won his 400th career game.  Nebraska beat #25 Kansas State 71-64.  It sounds like Kelvin Sampson will get canned from Indiana.
 
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USC WR Vidal Hazelton had surgery on his stomach muscles. Ouch.  He played like that last year.  That’s pretty tough.  UCLA QB Patrick Cowan had cartilage removed from his knee.  South Carolina WR Dion Lecorn was charged with drug possession.  Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt lost his scholarship and was suspended for the first five games next year.  LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux was suspended for violating team rules.  

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Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500.
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Phil Mickelson won the Northern Trust Open.  Tiger Woods rallied from a three hole deficit with five to play in the Accenture Match Play Championship agasint J.B. Holmes.  He’s pretty good.  He continued with a win over Arron Oberholser.  Phil was sent packing by Stuart Appleby.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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When I think of 80′s baseball managers, one of the first to come to mind is Whitey Herzog.  He was the face of that frachise, leading them to three World Series appearances including the 1982 title over the Milwaukee Brewers.  Along with the three division titles he won with St. Louis, he also won three straight with Kansas City from 1976-78.  He skippered each of those teams to 100 win seasons.  He currently ranks 30th on the all-time managerial wins list with 1281 wins.  His winning percentage was a solid .532.  His awards include  1976 & 1982 UPI Manager of the Year, 1982 The Sporting News Manager of the year,  1985 BBWAAManager of the Year, and 1981 & 1982 UPI Executive of the Year.  I usually don’t push for rats to make it into the Hall of Fame, but the White Rat is the exception.

**UPDATE:  Whitey Herzog has been elected to the Hall of Fame **

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References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch

Here’s a look at some middle infielders who should improve on last year’s stats.  Keep them in mind when you’re drafting your fantasy baseball team.  They could be great bargains. 

Adam Everett (.232, 18 runs, 11 doubles, 15 RBI)
He’s not going to set the world on fire, but he should get more at bats as the Twins new starting SS.  His glove has always been his meal ticket, but he should be able to get back in the 25+ doubles and the 50 run & RBI range.

Rafael Furcal (.270, 87 runs, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 25 steals)
Furcal was slowed last year by an ankle injury, which is healthy as camp opens.  If he can stay healthy, his power numbers (doubles, triples, home runs, and RBI) will increase as well as his speed numbers (runs and stolen bases).

Tadahito Iguchi (.267, 67 runs, 9 HRs, 43 RBIs, and 14 steals)
In 2006 Iguchi hit .281 with 97 runs, 18 HRs, 67 RBI, and 11 steals.  I wouldn’t expect a huge increase in his numbers, given the fact that he went to pitcher-friendly San Diego, but I think he can get that average up.

Nick Punto (.210, 53 runs, 25 RBI)
After breaking through with a solid season, Punto fell apart in 2007.  He barely made it above .200.  His glove was amazing last year at third base, which should get him a good share of at bats.  The Twins will have new starters at 2B, SS, and 3B this year.  Punto will likely see time at all three positions, unless he can be the spark plug he was in 2006 when he played so well they had to keep him in.  Either way, I think he bounces back and his flexibility will help in daily leagues.

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Where did I hide those steroids?
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Miguel Tejada (.296, 72 runs, 19 Doubles, 18 HR, 81 RBI)
Should Miggy avoid incarceration and/or an indictment, I think a change of scenery will do the Miggy good.  I fully expect his runs, doubles, and RBIs to go up.  I’m not sure about his HR production in the new ballpark.

*Although Luis Castillo had a solid year last season, I expect him to get into the 100+ run range in that offense for a full year.

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One of my best friends made the move a few years ago from New York City to London.  He’s always been somewhat of an introvert, so I am equally impressed with both his decision to take a risk, and the way he’s successfully pulled it off.

With the globalization of sport (NBA European Division?, NFL games in London, Buffalo Bills move to Toronto?, etc.) many of us our offering up resistance to these changes.  Here to offer us his London perspective is my good friend “The King”. 

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Should the English Premier League Football be hit with a yellow card?
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“I have one problem with American sports today that I need to vent and it’s now taking over even here in England.  Maybe you can take it up on your blog and bring some attention to it before it’s too late.   That is the  commercialization of sport.   For Christ sake, going to a college Football game now feels like an NFL experience in some places.   It’s all about money, tv rights, etc.  Have you heard about this ridiculous idea of English Premier League Football (soccer) now moving abroad and scheduling one league game a season for each team overseas?  This was direct response from the NFL having “successfully ” playing one game a year here in Europe and generating a bunch of revenue.  Dolphins  – Giants.  But it’s causing massive shockwaves here in a country where tradition is king.  Seems the American way is spreading over here to the owners and it’s not good.  Alas, how does this really effect American sports fans (your readers). Well, read the link I provided about NBA’s european expansion plans all for money.  Where does this quest for increased tv, ad, etc revenue stop for the love of the sport!  We are no longer seen as fans, we are customers! Will we care about games between the NY Knicks and the Singapore Slingers? Can a game between the Dallas Cowboys and London Dragons really help the game?  You think those are hypothetical?  Not if you actually see what is going on around the world right now as we speak it’s not.   Read this about the NBA’s planThis quest for money needs to stop at some point.  Teams need to realize that they play for fans, the fans don’t play for them.  Have a read about the English League and it may be a preminition of whats surely to come in the States if it hasn’t already.

First of all, I’d like to thank The King for his unique perspective.  I agree wholeheartedly that the commecialization of sports and the continual push for more revenue continues to separate the fan from the ownership.  They deal in numbers that ordinary fans can’t even begin to contemplate.  For example, if one of us blew the sort of money the Yankees did (even proportionate to our income) in signing Carl Pavano, we would likely be hurting for several years.  However, when you’re dealing with big business like the Yankees are, you can shrug it off and just sign Roger Clemens to a $28 million pro-rated one-year deal.  Everyone comes down on the players for their enormous contracts, but they rarely cast their stare on the management’s bankroll.  It seems like everything is for sale.  Candlestick Park and the Boston Garden are just a couple examples of the corporate greed.  Even we as fans are up for sale.  Do you think they care about us or the revenue we provide them?  How else can you justify taking away a home game from diehard fans.  When new stadiums are built, what is usually the most imporant thing?  Corporate suites.  They would rather wine and dine the corporate types than provide affordable seating to the fans who really support the team.  We hear over and over again that it’s a business.  Well, it wasn’t always that way.  You hear that it’s entertainment.  It wasn’t always that way.  It was once a sport. 

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What a difference a game makes.  If the Angels close out Boston in Game Five of the 1986 ALCS perhaps I’m lobbying for Gene Mauch, especially if they were able to defeat the Mets.  Gene also had his chances in 1982 when the Angels jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Harvey’s Wallbangers (Milwaukee Brewers).   His 1964 Phillies team blew a 6.5 game lead with 12 games to go.  They lost the first ten of those games because he overworked his pitchers.  As it stands Gene is on the outside looking in to Cooperstown despite ranking 12th on the all-time managerial wins list with 1902.  Along with thos 1902 victories came 2037 losses for a winning percentage of .483.    Despite managing 26 seasons, Skip never made it to the World Series.  In fact, he only won those two divsion titles (’82 & ’86).  He managed two 100 loss teams (’61 Phillies and ’69 Expos) that each had 20+ game losing streaks.  Gene Mauch’s career was ful of near misses.  The same can be said of his Hall of Fame aspirations.

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Yogi Berra of the St. Louis Stockhams (left) steals home on Los Angeles Sunrise catcher Gene Mauch (right) during the 1942 (exact date unknown) American Legion baseball sectional tournament in Hastings, Neb.
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References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines

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Here’s a look at some First Sackers who should improve on last year’s stats.  Keep them in mind when you’re drafting your fantasy baseball team.  They could be great bargains. 

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Albert Pujols (.327, 32 HRs, and 103 RBIs)
These are hardly numbers that require a bounceback, but he had been hitting in the .330s with 40+ HRs and 120+ RBI.  He’s not in for a major bounceback, but I expect him to improve his power numbers and get back into the elite company he’s accustomed to.

Travis Hafner (.266, 24 HR, 100 RBI)
Those numbers aren’t terrible…if we’re talking about Nick Swisher or Adam LaRoche.  However, Travis Hafner was expected to produce more like Ryan Howard or David Ortiz.  His off-year will likely lead to a slide come draft day.  He very well could be the steal of your draft.

Richie Sexson (.205, 21 HR, 63 RBI)
What the heck happened to Richie?  Not that he was going to challenge for the batting title, but come on you’ve got to at least bat your weight.  Can he start for your team?  I suppose.  If you ignore your first base and address your other needs, Richie is still worth a shot.

Jason Giambi (.236, 14 HR, 39 RBI)
Quick, someone get Giambi some HGH.  He was able to produce when healthy, but that was an issue last year.  I wouldn’t pencil him in as a starter, but he’s worth taking a gamble on in late rounds. 

Lyle Overbay (.240, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Saying he sucked out loud last year would be an understatement.  He was even worse against righties last year (.224).  While I wouldn’t feel comfortable with him as my starting first baseman, I can see stashing him on your bench and hoping for a turnaround.

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I’ve scoured the fantasy baskeball waiver wires to find gems so you don’t have to.

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Rafer Alston
- In his last five games Rafer has averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.6 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 46% from the floor and 88.9% from the line.

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Earl Watson - Watson has been dishing the rock like a madman of late (9.0 assists per game over his last five).  Throw in 11.2 points, 3.8 reboudns, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 three-pointers during the stretch.  He’s shot 52.4% from the floor and hasn’t missed a free throw.

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Leon Powe - He’ll come back to Earth when KG returns, but in his last five games Leon has averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 60.5% from the field and 76.2% from the line.  He also qualifies at both SF & PF. 

Thaddeus Young - Thaddeus has been coming on in his last five games averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.  He can’t hit a free throw (50% during the stretch), but he can’t miss from the floor (67.5%).  He also qualifies at both SF & PF. 

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Sean Williams - His numbers won’t blow you away, but if you need help in the post, Sean may be able to help.  He has averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.25 blocks over his past four games while shooting a remarkable 79.2% from the floor.  He qualifies at both PF & C.

Well, that’s it from the Waiver Wire Bin.  Free free to leave your comments.

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?
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As I suggested last week in my Friday Tidbits, the New England Patriots have offered Zach Thomas a contract.  In a text to The Miami Herald, Drew Rosenhaus wrote “‘We had a great visit in New England.  They offered him a contract and we will continue negotiations.”  Obviously nobody is surprised by this developement.  The Patriots motto is “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  With Junior Seau leaning towards retirement, Zach Thomas would be a nice stop-gap measure (assuming he’s healthy) until they can develop some young talent at linebacker.  That is what the Patriots ultimately need to do.  However, if he can squeeze a year or two of solid play out of Zach Thomas in the meantime at a discounted rate, Bill Belichick will do so.

Thomas missed 11 games last year, but he still recorded 52 tackles.  140-160 tackles are the norm for this All-Pro.  He could easily be plugged into the Patriots system (again, assuming he’s healthy) and shine.  It just depends on what kind of offers he’ll get from other teams.  The Patriots likely represent the best chance he has at winning a Super Bowl.  If the offers are close, I don’t see how he could go anywhere other than New England. 

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The Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee-Andy Pettitte circus has certainly got a lot of play in recent weeks, but there is a bigger picture.  Just how rampant was the steroid use for the Yankees.  Besides the aforementioned Clemens and Pettitte, Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton, Darren Holmes, Jason Grimsley, Dan Naulty, David Justice, Jose Canseco, Glenallen Hill, Rondell White, Kevin Brown, Matt Lawton, and Denny Neagle were named in the Mitchell report.  In all 20 current and former Yankees were named.  That’s quite a collection of cheaters.

It’s hard to compare MLB to the NFL, especially when you just know that steroid use in the NFL is far more severe than in baseball, but the Yankees are the equivalent of the Cincinnati Bengals.  Think about all of the arrests and suspensions “Sin”cinnati racked up.  They became a laughing stock of the league.  They helped bring about the new law of the land that Roger Goodell is trying to implement.  Yet the Yankees aren’t asked to bear that same cross.  Perhaps because they all came at once, or the fact that dozens of other players were named, or that no arrests were made, has aided the Yankees here.   It just puzzles me is all.

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Another thing that puzzles me is the way Shawn Merriman skated following his suspension.  Here is a past post from my Sporting News blog:  “When I read about “Lights Out” I got a strange feeling about him. It seemed unnatural the way he went at it full steam all the time. Who knows how long Merriman used steroids, but what gets me is the little reaction. Shawne Merrim*n is one of the best young defensive players in the NFL. In baseball terms, he’s like a David Wright or Ryan Howard. Can you imagine the hoopla that Wright or Howard would receive if they got caught using steroids and subsequently suspended a quarter of the season? The attention would be almost what MeO receives on a weekly basis. The Chargers are trying to keep up with Sinsinnati with arrests and suspension. Certainly Steve Foley, Terrence Kiel, and now Merrim*n are doing there part. I just ask, where’s the outrage? When Palmier* got busted, there was a heck of a lot more attention than this is getting. Why the double standard? Someone please enlighten me.”  Shawn Merriman made the Pro Bowl that year.  Do you think Howard or Wright would make the All-Star team if they were suspended for steroids?  Rodney Harrison, who is already a villian in this league, received little negative press following his HGH suspension.  What gives?  Heck, the league is tougher on their coaches (Wade Wilson) than their players.

To bring it full circle, I go back to baseball and my beloved Boston Red Sox.  I find it a little odd that George Mitchell, who has ties to the Red Sox, failed to find any matches to Red Sox players while they were in Boston.  Sure, Roger Clemens was mentioned, but it began while he was on the Blue Jays.  Same with Mo Vaughn (Mets).  The rest (Eric Gagne, Brendan Donnelly, Steve Woodard, Jose Canseco, Manny Alexander, Paxton Crawford, Jeremy Giambi, Josias Manzanillo, Chris Donnels, Mike Lansing, Kent Mercker, and Mike Stanton) were mainly relievers that they brought in from other organizations.  I’m not saying Boston is full of juicers, but I just find it a little odd that they didn’t find anyone.

You can ask a million questions about the steroids issue and never come away satisified with the answers.  All you get is tired.  That’s what I am when it comes to this issue.  Tired.  The good news is soon we’ll be able to talk about what we love about baseball….the game. 

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If you’ve been following basketball closely, you’ll know the following players have been playing out of their minds.  If not, it’s time to play catch up.  Here are some of the hottest players in the league.

Guards

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Stephen Jackson
-  Jackson has been very solid this year, but over his past three games he’s averaging 28.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals, and 3.7 three-pointers while shooting 48% from the floor and 85% from the line.  On February 11th, Jackson went for 41 against Washington.

Larry Hughes - In his past three games Larry has averaging 26.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and 3.0 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 54.7% from the floor and 81.3% from the line while averaging only 0.7 turnovers.Forwards

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Shawn Marion
- Since coming over in the Shaq trade, Marion has delivered.  In those three games The Matrix has averageed 20.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers while shooting 44.6% from the floor and 88.9% from the line.  Of course the Heat have lost every game though.

Antawn Jamison
- In his last three games Jamison has averaged 27.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game.   He shot 48.4% from the floor and 88.9% from the line while averaging only 0.7 turnovers.

Centers
Brendan Haywood
- Haywood is another player who debuted in the Waiver Wire Bin only to graduate to the En Fuego files.  In his past three games Haywood has averaged 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks while shooting an unheard of 68.8% from the floor and 84.2% from the line.

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