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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.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.
It is the first time South America would host an Olympics event. The city has budgeted $14.4 billion to the effort, the largest amount of any of the four finalists, according to IOC figures.
The final vote was down to Rio and Madrid, Spain. In earlier voting, Chicago, Illinois, and then Tokyo, Japan, were eliminated from contention.
After the cities made their presentations to the IOC on Friday, the IOC members sat down to cast their votes in a secret ballot.
Congratulations to Brazil, and broader South America, for playing host to the 2016 Games. Strictly on the principle of rooting for the home team, I was hoping Chicago would win it. But I really can’t hate on the IOC’s decision. It’s Rio freakin’ de Janeiro! Sounds like a pretty nice place to have games hosted.
President Obama made the 11th hour decision to fly to Denmark and try to use some of his clout to lobby on his hometown’s behalf. He, along with First Lady Michelle Obama (who KILLED in her speech), were the U.S.’s best possible hand, but it didn’t work out. You have to wonder if this was a snub. U.S. media seems to think so. I don’t think President Obama would have made the trip unless the White House was given some type of assurance that his presence would make a difference. Considering that Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting, it honestly doesn’t look like it did.
Because everything amounts to politics, I wonder what the backlash will be. Obama’s opponents, chiefly the GOP, have been critical of Obama for flying to Denmark, arguing that there are more important priorities. Nevermind that the other candidate countries were represented by their respective leaders. Or that it was about 3am in the morning Chicago time when Obama was addressing the committee. They are the party of descent and this case was no different.
It’s going to be interesting to see what the haters say since Chicago didn’t get the games. Honestly, half of the reason I wanted them to win was simply to watch the GOP stumble over themselves to applaud Obama’s last second decision. Since that didn’t happen, I wonder if they’ll walk about with their chests inflated.
Besides Rio, there’s definitely one group of people ecstatic about this…
Chicagoans for Rio! *cough*traitors*cough*
I haven’t posted anything about the Yankees in a few weeks, I know. That’s honestly because I’ve seldom had the opportunity to watch a game in it’s entirety. Work has taken up large chunks of my day and I would be remiss to talk about games I haven’t watched! It simply ain’t allowed. *finishes chiseling ‘Yankees-Fan 10 Commandments’ tablet*
Anyway, I did want to briefly talk about El Capitan of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter. Last night he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s Lou Gehrig’s team record for most career hits, catipulting to the top of a list of Yankee legends. After Gehrig, there’s Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Bernie Williams, and Yogi Berra. Jeter now sits atop a list, and that raises an interesting question: What’s Jeter’s place in Yankee history? Baseball history?
If I absolutely had to answer that question, he’s a top 3 or 4 shortstop in baseball history. I have no idea how to rank him as a Yankee. But in my opinion, this is an unfair question, largely because it’s an attempt to compare Derek Jeter with players from a different generation. Why can’t we just assess Jeter’s body of work at face value? Why must we see how it stacks up against players who played 6 decades before him? He’s earned his place among the greats and that should be enough. Constructing an arbitrary ranking is silly.
Four time champion. All Star and World Series MVP. Most hits all time for a shortstop. Most hits as a Yankee. He’ll have the Yankee steals record, currently held by Ricky Henderson, soon enough. He’ll also have well over 3,000 hits before it’s all said and done.
His place in history? He’s an all-time great, Hall of Famer. What do you think?
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is ready to disqualify Semenya from future events and advise her to have immediate surgery because her condition carries grave health risks. They have also not ruled out stripping Semenya of her 800m world championships gold medal.
Tests conducted during the world athletics championships in Berlin last month, where Semenya’s gender became the subject of heated debate following her victory in the 800m, revealed evidence she is a hermaphrodite, someone with both male and female sexual characteristics.
Semenya, 18, has three times the amount of testosterone that a “normal” female would have. According to a source closely involved with the Semenya examinations IAAF testing, which included various scans, has revealed she has internal testes – the male sexual organs which produce testosterone.
Wow. I guess Semenya was only half lying? I feel bad because private details that I doubt she wants aired out for the world to know are now on front street. That’s the way the nut cracks, though. Cookie crumbles. I meant to say, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
In all seriousness, one can only hope Semanya is treated like a human being during these difficult times.
Today Newsday Reports:
The Jets are seriously exploring the possibility of trading for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, according to a league source familiar with the Jets’ situation.
Marshall, who was suspended Friday by the Broncos for conduct detrimental to the team, is one of the most talented but troubled receivers in the game. He has expressed a desire for a new contract through much of the offseason and preseason and also has asked to be traded.
Although coach Rex Ryan repeatedly has said he is satisfied with his receivers, the Jets have taken a look at acquiring an established receiver. Jerricho Cotchery is the Jets’ only proven veteran receiver.
Much has been made about Brandon Marshall’s off-the-field issues, and with good reason. He has proven to be a questionable character that has mad a lot of poor decisions. His most recent troubles raised eyebrows and even earned him a vacation suspension from the league. There’s no question that he carries a lot of baggage. So, should the Jets pull the trigger if it’s possible?
If you look at the Jets’ roster, the most glaring weakness is clearly the wide-receiver corp. When Jericho Cotchery and Chansi Stuckey are your top two receivers, there is reason for concern. This issue is compounded by the fact that the team has a rookie-quarterback starting under center this season. Mark Sanchez needs to be equipped with as many weapons as possible to maximize chances for success. Who better than a proven deep-ball threat with good hands and good route-running ability?
His childish actions could actually benefit the Jets if a trade does happen. Marshall, who desperately wants to be traded, may be talented, but he doesn’t seem very bright. His actions that earned him a suspension a few days ago certainly made him less than attractive to teams that may have been considering him. Who wants to trade away their 1st round pick, in addition to other players and/or cash considerations, for a player with that kind of character? The Broncos are simply going to have to lower their asking price if they are to successfully move him off their roster. So now we have a pro-bowl wide-receiver who could possibly be had for a second-round pick? Where do I sign?
And regarding his character, it’s definitely a gamble. There’s precedent, though. Remember that WR that played for the lowly Oakland Raiders? It was an unhappy marriage from the get-go. He had a hard-time adjusting and never really clicked in that losing situation. Well, after being traded to the New England Cheaters Patriots, he doesn’t seem to be doing too bad, does he?
Many times, all players like Brandon Marshall and Randy Moss need is a change of scenery. It’s something Marshall’s been begging for and I find it hard to believe he will act like this with a new team. He wants to get paid. Put him on a new team, and I’m willing to bet he plays his heart out in an effort to wow his new home for long-term, guaranteed money.
I could be wrong. Who knows? Who cares? Some risks are worth taking. The Jets need to give the team the best chance to win. If it’s a deal that makes sense, I hope they pull the trigger.
This is what happens when the Yankees serve you 10-0. Actually, this is what happens when you only manage a measly one hit against Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin!
He’s easily my favorite manager in baseball. He keeps it a hunnit (he’s an honest guy, for you slang-challenged readers out there), and it’s an approach more managers should take. It would make those post-game interviews much more interesting and would ultimately break MLB into the Coors Light commercial business, a market the NFL currently corners.
You can call Ozzie a lot of things, but don’t call him fake. Belee dat.