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You can’t make this stuff up:
The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams.
But here’s the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, “only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.”
That’s right. [Don “Moose”] Lewis, who calls himself the commissioner of the AABA, will exclude blacks and all foreigners from his new league, which the newspaper said will be based in Atlanta.
According to the Chronicle, Lewis said he wants to emphasize “fundamental basketball” instead of “street ball” played by “people of color.”
“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” Lewis told the paper. “I don’t hate anyone of color.”
Oh, well there you have it. He doesn’t hate the colored folk. Phew! For a minute there he had me worried! How is this possible in 2010? That some imbecile can arbitrarily decide to exclude all persons of color from his league? He offered another reason, too:
Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?
Word. He’s not racist at all. I seriously hope this league gets stopped dead in its tracks. This should be offense to both black and whites alike, at least the ones that live in the 21st century. This is a blatantly racist dolt who obviously still thinks segregation is the law of the land. I would hope the people of Augusta disagree.
You know what would be sweet? If white “street ball” players like Jason “White Chocolate” Williams or Grayson “The Professor” Boucher signed up for this league and did some crazy street ball shit ad nauseum. I wonder what Mr. Lewis would have to say then?
NEW YORK — Mark McGwire finally came clean Monday, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998.
McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade.
“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”
McGwire also used human growth hormone, a person close to McGwire said, speaking on condition of anonymity because McGwire didn’t include that detail in his statement.
McGwire’s decision to admit using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, his final big league team. Tony La Russa, McGwire’s manager in Oakland and St. Louis, has been among McGwire’s biggest supporters and thinks returning to the field can restore the former slugger’s reputation.
“I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come,” McGwire said. “It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected.”
He became the second major baseball star in less than a year to admit using illegal steroids, following the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez last February.
Others have been tainted but have denied knowingly using illegal drugs, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and David Ortiz.
This has been the least surprising news to break since Sisqo admitted he was gay. Oh, he hasn’t admitted that yet? Well, nevermind, but you get my drift. This was widely known. That McGwire picked today to spill the beans raises interesting questions. The first question I asked is “why now?” Because he got a job as the hitting coach for the Cardinals and knew he would be inundated with questions from the press on a daily basis? Probably, and the ESPN article certainly suggests that such may be the case.
I wonder, though, if any other factors contributed to his decision. If I was in McGwire’s shoes, I’d consider it this way: There was a Steroids Era and I played in it. Period. Anyone that doesn’t fully acknowledge that this was a widespread thing that touched a lot of players is probably, well, Mark McGwire prior to today. Having said that, Major League Baseball is going to have to figure out a way to move forward from all this. I’m specifically talking about the Hall Of Fame implications here.
Before I begin, let me just say that I think the Hall Of Fame should choose the BEST and GREATEST players. PERIOD. The baseball writers who make the decisions should crunch numbers and make an objective determination. That’s it. By the way, you can read an excellent opinion piece on how there are cheaters from different eras in baseball here. But more on that in a future post.
583 home runs; 1,400+ RBIs; 12 time all-star; slugged almost .600 and had an on-base percentage of nearly .400; did I mention FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THREE HOME RUNS? This is first ballot stuff, and the man is on ballot #4 and he hasn’t even cracked 25%. It’s not looking good. And the clear reason–and many of the beat writers responsible for voting players in have made this clear–is the steroid cloud.
It’s not just him, either. Nobody that’s been accused of taking steroids, or had evidence presented which affirms such a charge, stands a chance. But something is happening. Remember, this was the Steroids Era! That means there are hundreds of players that were using performance enhancing drugs. Hundreds! Including great names like Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and now Mark McGwire. There are many who I haven’t mentioned, and even more whose names haven’t yet surfaced. Too many players took part in steroid use for owners and other baseball powers-that-be to get a pass. Commissioner included. The case I’m trying to make is that at some point baseball is going to have to stop pointing the fingers at the players and accept the fact that everyone is culpable; from commissioner to player. From there, there needs to be the realization that you cannot possibly keep these MLB greats out of the Hall Of Fame because of the unfortunate steroid culture they happened to have played in.
Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.
I’m sure a lot of these players that were are saying the same thing. And I’m sure he honestly means that. What an awful time to
be a baseball player. But getting back to Big Mac, I think these factors weighed on his decision. At the end of the day, the one thing that separates him from David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, besides that they are still playing and have an opportunity to “redeem themselves” and he does not, is the fact that they came clean (term used loosely, particularly for Big Papi) and he hasn’t. If the time comes when people who admitted to using steroids are allowed into the HOF, and I believe it will happen, who do you think the writer’s are more likely to choose? The baseball greats who came clean (albeit because their name showed up on a list that got out) or the stubborn player who, although it was common knowledge, refused to come clean? I think we know the answer. I think Mark McGwire knows the answer as well. This is the first step to not only get the questions to stop, but also to salvage his last chance into the hall.
Now if only Barry Bonds were as smart.
I also plan on going over what the legal implications are for Mr. McGwire. The man did go to Congress and put his hands over his ears every time a steroids question came up.
Oh, and… can Pete Rose get in now? No? Okay.
I hate to pick on now-suspended NFL player Donte’ Stallworth, but in my view his situation serves as a suitable baseline for the recent transgressions of athletes and their subsequent penalties. I did it with Michael Vick, and now I’m doing it with Plaxico Burress. Just to remind you, Stallworth got into his Bentley almost twice the legal BAC limit in Florida, killing a man. His sentence? 30 days. 30 days!
Now consider this:
Are you kidding me?! You mean to tell me that shooting oneself in a club is a more serious crime than vehicular homicide? In my opinion, the stupidity of both individuals are strikingly similar. They each recklessly endangered themselves, and the lives of others. Stallworth’s crime seemed more serious to me, though. I don’t know, something about a person being killed. In Burress’ case, nobody reported the crime, nobody else was injured, and the club was allegedly aware he was carrying. So in other words, it appears the only reason why this has gone as far as it has is because he was a high-profile celebrity.
- If you’re comparing this to Stallworth’s situation, don’t. Different state and different circumstances. Stallworth could have fled the scene and he didn’t. He also tried saving the victim’s life. There were no attempts to hide, or hide from, the crime.
- Geography: It’s New York and Mayor Bloomberg is engaged in a serious fight for better gun control.
- His gun was off safety and it magically discharged. More to the story.
- If you’re a superstar and are at a venue you feel requires you to carry the toolie, you shouldn’t be there.
- The gun was transported across state lines (from NY to Antonio Pierce’s NJ home) and he had hospital staff essentially lie for him. These, in addition to being criminal offenses, can both be viewed as guilty actions and knowledge of the severity of the situation.
- He accidentally shot himself in the damn club……FAIL.
These are all good points, and I’m sure that if the Stallworth incident didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t really have an issue with the punishment. After all, Plaxico was beyond stupid for getting himself into that situation to begin with. I can’t even say I really feel sorry for him. My surprise about his sentence is purely comparitively speaking.
The stupidity involved in the two cases may be similar, but the cases do have different circumstances, which makes it hard to really compare. And like BBW said, maybe I shouldn’t. However, something just tells me that this case and its punishment has been enhanced due to who Plaxico is.
What are your thoughts?
Today, we learned shocking news regarding QB Brett Favre’s playing future:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brett Favre’s latest retirement lasted all of three weeks.
The three-time MVP has done about-face for the second time in as many years and will play for the Vikings this season.
If the wait for Favre’s decision seemed neverending, it was resolved Tuesday in a few short hours: the 39-year-old Favre jumped on a team plane in Mississippi and was picked up at the St. Paul airport by coach Brad Childress himself.
Congratulations, #4. You have officially worn out your welcome. Everyone not named Bus Cook is now sick of you. Go ahead and add “Most Annoying Athlete Alive” to your mantle of trophies and sports accolades.
Another short-lived retirement? Brett Favre needs to go away. I mean, really go away. Doesn’t he have ‘Wrangler’ commercials to shoot? I can’t think of an athlete that’s ever been this annoying. This guy retires and unretires more than boxers do. I don’t know why, but for some reason he comes across as a selfish guy that likes being the center of attention. He needs to be talked about all the time. It’s not about winning, and he made that all too clear when he pump-faked out of retirement for a disastrous stint with Jets last season. Instead, it’s about getting back at an old acquaintance: the Green Bay Packers.
As a Jets fan, I never got the sense that he was passionate about winning in New York. All the passion he once had seemingly faded the second the Packers discarded him like some used Depends. That passion has been replaced with a borderline-pathetic desire to prove to Green Bay that they made the wrong decision moving on with their lives.
Brett Favre is like the ex-girlfriend who’s life mission is to make sure you see her with every other guy on the planet. Her intentions are to appear as though she is doing fine without you, but it’s obvious that her out-of-character promiscuity signals that her subsequent relationships are, in the end, still about you. Favre has even gone as far as signing with division rival Minnesota Vikings?! Two teams later, it’s clearly still about the Packers. He’s being childish in his struggles to find a way to deal with getting dumped. And it shows.
Tavaris Jackson must be vexed right now. He’s been working hard in training camp all pre-season, and out of nowhere, the guy who channels his inner-Allen Iverson and purposely misses camp comes out of nowhere and takes the starting job. But he isn’t the only one tired of this broken record. It’s pretty bad when you have other NFL legends voicing their frustration, too.
It must be incredibly difficult for professional athletes to walk away from their livelihood. Not only do they have to quit the game they love, they have to find something else to do with their newly found free time. Brett Favre is not the first athlete to experience a post-sports-life crisis, but he definitely the most irritating.
I nearly vomited when I typed that headline, but stick with me because I have a point which I believe to be valid!
It’s sometimes very annoying how the critics of the Obama Administration are quick to deliver a verdict on his agenda so quickly. The ‘First 100 Days’, made famous by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, has become a concept
by which every president has been measured since the 1930s. I think that concept is rather pointless, especially if you’re going to call an administration’s entire 4-year term in office a failure based on the first 100 days. Or 200 days. Or 6 months. After the last administration, people obviously want change, and they want to see it quickly. But as a pragmatist, my expectations are much more measured and realistic.
In the case of Health Care reform, President Obama campaigned on ensuring affordable health care for all Americans. After all, it makes no sense for a country as rich as ours to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 46 million uninsured people. Those who do have health insurance, myself included, are finding that it’s extremely expensive, and that’s only if you’re actually healthy. Becoming sick is financial suicide in today’s system.
So, in an effort to help out people who need health care, and also to make the system more affordable, Obama proposed full scale reform that included something call the ‘public option‘. All that would do is give people the option of choosing between either private insurance or public, government-provided health insurance. The government has greater leverage than private insurers, so they would get lower rates with hospitals and doctors, thus providing the most affordable alternative. Those that want to keep their private insurance can do so, and others looking for something cheaper at least have a choice. This would obviously benefit the 46 million without, and also the millions more who have health insurance they can’t afford. It would also force insurance companies to offer competitive rates if they want to keep their customers. Simply put, it is the holy grail for reform. Without it, any other ‘reforms’ will amount to slapping fresh paint on a hooptie.
That’s why I was extremely disappointed when I heard this:
WASHINGTON – Bowing to Republican pressure and an uneasy public, President Barack Obama’s administration signaled Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.
Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan. Such a concession probably would enrage Obama’s liberal supporters but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.
Wow. Mounting opposition? From who? Marginalized politicians? Crazy town-hallers? The health insurance industry that puts the batteries in the backs of politicians and crazy town-hallers? The answer is nobody that should really matter. In November, Obama was voted overwhelmingly into office because people liked his campaign’s platform more than his opponent’s. A MAJOR part of his platform, arguably the biggest, is health care reform. The center-piece of the plan for reform is the public option. Period. And now he’s bending to pressure from a regional party that got a resounding ‘no thanks’ last November when they offered their ideas?
The Republicans are known as ‘The Party of No’. You see Mr. President, there’s actually a very good reason for that. It’s because they are going to say, yes you guessed it, NO to every single idea you propose. Why are you even giving them the time of day? Never mind what ‘The Party of No’ wants, it’s the people who voted for you who are your bosses. Your constituency want something done, so make it happen. End of story. And when you make it happen, don’t half-ass it, either. Bending to pressure from a party that is already programmed to disagree with you makes zero sense. Health Care reform without a ‘public option’ makes even less sense.
President Bush was a man that made a ton of bad decisions. He was a pretty awful president by most reasonable measuring sticks. But the one thing I honestly respected about him was his conviction. In his mind, there wasn’t a decision he made that was wrong. Obviously, the consequences of his decisions have been pretty catastrophic, but the point is he never, ever bowed to pressure from the opposition. Hell, the entire country was against him, and that didn’t even stop him.
Obama, in my opinion, needs some of that. You have the majority of the country clearly in favor of the ‘public option’, and you’re bowing to pressure from a marginalized, regional, minority party that was going to say no anyway?
Although I don’t want to say he’s failed 7 months into office, I’m definitely worried. This wasn’t just some side issue that he tried to work on. If he ends up passing health care reform without a public option, the liberal base will never forgive him. He will have lost them on the key issue that got him elected, thus making prospects for reelection difficult unlikely impossible up in the air. So, I don’t think the administration is a failed one, but if there’s no public option, they’ve definitely failed on this issue, and Obama’s lack of conviction on an issue as important as this one may be signs of what to expect from him.
Hopefully he gets it done, though. I don’t think that’s an unrealistic expectation at all.