Can the damn list of major league steroid users just be released and put all of this leaking of names to an end? David Ortiz has become the latest player to be outed and deemed a steroid user in 2003. Nothing is shocking any more when it comes to baseball. At this point I’d believe the mascots were on steroids. I’ll say it again- the guys that should really be pissed off are the Hank Aarons of the baseball world. Guys that helped to make the game what it once was and held improbable records that were a part of Americana. Now the game is forever tainted and seeing names like Barry Bonds on top of the HR list makes me cringe and want to look away. Hey baseball, here is a little advice that is real simple. Start hitting shift/8 and see what appears. Start using them.
I’m finally able to watch the Tour de France on Versus this year and wouldn’t you know it- Lance Armstrong isn’t going to win it. The 37 year old Texan just doesn’t have the stamina or the legs to compete with Alberto Contador in the mountain stages- nor should he. Contador is 26 and in the prime of his career. The Spaniards only weakness is said to be he can be a little overly aggressive on stages that ultimately have cost him in the past. However, many believe Contador would be going for a third straight Tour victory if it wasn’t for the ban handed down to the Astana team for a doping allegation that Contador wasn’t even involved in.
As for Armstrong, age will always be the great equalizer. Besides golf and Tom Watson, most athletes will never sniff a major victory once age becomes a factor. The big question for this years tour was could Armstrong keep up with Contador and the top riders. Yesterday answered that question for me and millions of other interested viewers. It’s just a shame that age once again has reared it’s ugly head and taken another great athlete from us.
Damn. Fifty-nine year old Tom Watson almost pulled off the most miraculous sports feat in my entire life-time. Well, maybe second to the 1980 U.S. hockeyteam. Watching Watson come within a 6 foot putt of winning the British Open was something I’ll never forget. Unfortunetely a large part of not being able to forget it is because he missed the putt. If he pars the 72nd hole he would’ve become the oldest player ever to win a major tournament and no doubt is remembered for the next century as the old man who won the British Open. Now he goes down as the old man who choked on the 72nd hole and lost the British Open. Ok, choked is a little harsh-let’s say he gagged. It’s really too bad. Watson turned back the clock and gave us all a glimpse at what he once was. He made all golf fans forget about Tiger for at least one weekend and realize that golf is still a game of hitting greens and fairways and putting. We weren’t caught up in the titanium drivers and 300+ drives. Watson captured the imagination of the old and young and it’s unfortunate that he’ll go down as a footnote in the Open’s history instead of the most incredible story in the history of golf. -DM
As I wake up, hoping that I don’t pull a muscle in my back rolling out of bed, I gingerly make my way upstairs to turn on the British Open. Like many other viewers, I’ll be pulling for the 59 year old Tom Watson as he tries to become the oldest player EVER to win a major. When Tiger Woods was bounced out on friday after not making the cut, my interest level took a major hit. However, the chance to witness Watson make history out ways any major victory Woods will go for until he gets to number 18 and attempts to break Jack’s record. Watson not only is a great story for the senior citizens out there, but for the slightly younger generation who just missed out on his greatness. Golf is the one sport that still on occasion allows a glimpse at players of the past who once were the torch bearers of their time. Most players over 40 drop out of contention though on Saturday and are hardly ever on the leader board come Sunday. The fact that Watson has a chance to win it all today is a story unto itself. However, if Watson wins the British Open it will be the story of the year. Maybe the decade. -DM
This is always the time of year where I start to see the ads for other trophy companies. All trying desperately to peddle their crap to you by putting fancy and exciting words in front of their product. Words like incredible, ultimate,unbelievable and amazing are just a few. The only thing that’s unbelievable is the fact that these guys are trying to sell the same pee wee football trophy I played for when I was 8 years old to 25+ year old guys who are in fantasy leagues with their buddies. Come on, how does the saying go?- You can polish a piece of shit, but it’s still a piece of shit. Who’s playing for these other trophies? If I walked in to my fantasy league 15 years ago with one of those trophies my friends would’ve kicked me out of the league–and I was the commissioner. If you’re still thinking about a trophy for your league I think you’ve come to the right place. If you want a trophy to donate to the local youth league you need to go to another site. Believe me, you’ll have no problem finding them. Just google search CRAP. -DM
I’ll be in Chicago again and a few of my friends have mentioned to me that the Sears Tower recently opened it’s new glass viewing deck on the 103rd floor known as the “Ledge.” Made mainly out of glass that is 1.5 inches thick and sticking out from the side of the building, observers are able to truly get a bird’s eye view of the windy city. What separates this viewing deck from others is that the floor of the “Ledge” is also entirely glass. That first step must be a real challenge. I gotta say that I’m not one for high places, but this may be one that I’m going to have to go check out.
The free agency period in the NBA has started and players are starting to move. It’s that time of year when all good players refuse to go to a horrible team and the rich get richer. After all, why go to the Timberwolves when the Lakers are calling? As a Cavs fan I’ve seen my fair share of players refuse to go to Cleveland even though more money was on the table. The Cavs were just not that good and were closer to a punch line in a joke than to an NBA title. However, things can change in a hurry when you have a star on your team. Lebron James is the main reason why players at the end of their career and even in their prime may choose Cleveland. He’s a rare player that can open up the floor for other players to flourish and when need be take over a game by himself. Only 2 or 3 exist in the league. However, he’s also the reason why those same players may avoid Cleveland. Lebron may be gone after next season. For this reason free agents may be reluctant to choose Cleveland when another team is offering multiple years and a chance to win for years to come. If Lebron leaves Cleveland the thought of a championship goes with him. A newly acquired free agent would feel like Tom Hanks in ” Cast Away” and would be hoping for Wilson to keep him company. I don’t expect Lebron to commit to a contract any time soon and I don’t see a major free agent signing any long term deal with the Cavs. It’s a one year deal and a shot at glory that will draw them Cleveland’s way.
Wow. It has taken a few days for it to finally sink in, but I’m now pretty sure that Shaq as a Cavalier was not some sick joke. The Big Diesel is actually going to Cleveland. Now I realize that he’s past his prime and the days where he’ll go coast to coast are long gone. However, he can still dominate the paint and he’s one of the only guys that Dwight Howard can’t push around. With that said, Shaq still needs to play with a hunger in his heart as large as the hunger that was in his belly a few years ago. The Shaq that played on the Suns last year is the same guy that needs to show up in Cleveland. It’s no secret that the Cavs are out to win it all and just need a few more pieces to add to that illusive championship puzzle. Hopefully Shaq is that one piece that finishes that puzzle after you’ve had it sitting on your dining room table for about 3 years- looking so close, but feeling so far from completion. -DM