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December 22, 2011



Jets-Giants Week 15

Both of our teams lost. The Giants (7-7) lost to the Redskins (5-9) 27-10. The Jets (8-6) were manhandled, AGAIN, by the Iggles 45-19.

Neither team choked but the Giants left their enthusiasm home and the Jets continued to think that the Eagles were QB’d by Joe Montana.

The G-men gave up 3 INTs, allowed 3 sacks, and had 2 drops by Nicks that looked like sure TDs.                                                                                                                           The Jets had 2 INTs, 4 sacks, lost 2 fumbles, gave up 420 yards, and didn’t take advantage of Philly’s 5 fumbles.

Positive Reactions                                                                                                        Gwen Knapp (SF Chronicle) pointed out some valid objections by the MLBPA to the test results for HGH use and high levels testosterone presence. She wrote, “The naiveté will not die. Nine of baseball’s MVPs had been linked to performance-enhancing drugs, yet when reports surfaced this weekend about a drug case against the 2011 National League MVP, Ryan Braun, countless commentators and fans expressed shock.

His lawyers and other handlers will play off this naiveté. They’ve already started. Expect distortion of the fact that, according to ESPN, Braun is accused of failing not solely one, but two completely different tests showing that he had introduced testosterone into his body. One detects elevated levels. The other determines whether the testosterone was produced naturally.                                                                                                              Basketball and football have yet to see even one MVP formally linked to performance-enhancing drugs (although Dana Stubblefield, the 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was caught in the BALCO investigation). That fact is far more shocking than the fact that Braun has been implicated, along with nine other baseball MVPs.”                         Sally Jenkins (DC Post) added, “Do you swallow something when you don’t know what’s in it? Not if you have an IQ above room temperature. So why should NFL players, or any other athletes for that matter, be expected to swallow the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) method for HGH drug testing without independent scientific verification that it’s reliable, or fair, or applicable to them?                                            The union has taken the brunt of public criticism for the delay in implementing an HGH test, but WADA is equally to blame for its lack of transparency and refusal to answer some basic questions the union is asking — questions that Congress and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also should be asking. Questions such as: Is there enough independently published medical science that validates the test? How was it devised, and its parameters established?                                                                                                 One of the primary things the NFLPA is asking for and hasn’t gotten is the population study WADA used to develop the test. WADA claims to detect HGH by measuring isoform ratios in human blood: If you show a ratio beyond what WADA scientists consider your natural limit, you are considered guilty of HGH use. But natural limits can vary significantly among people. If you’re an NFL player, you don’t necessarily want to be compared with a Romanian gymnast.                                                                               The NFLPA quotes Martin Bidlingmaier, co-founder of the HGH test, who has said that gender, age, body composition, injury history, type of sport, diet and the effects of chronic exercise could all be relevant, and the ratios should be based on “a suitable reference population.” Is WADA’s reference population suitable for 300-pound NFL players? Is it suitable for 6-foot-6 NBA players? Whom did WADA conduct its trials on? Downhill skiers? How big were they, where do they live, what were their diets, their living conditions, their habits? WADA has only provided the NFLPA with some summary info, and not the study itself.”                                                                            


Gwen also reported that the sentence for Barry Bonds’ conviction for felony obstruction of a Grand Jury’s investigation was published. He didn’t receive a life sentence in a “Super-Max.” He WAS sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $4,000 fine.

Compare that to the $50million+ of OUR money spent on the case and ask yourself- was it all worth it? I don’t think so!

Apparently Bonds doesn’t think it’s over because he’s appealing his conviction. He doesn’t want to lug around the tag of a convicted felon.

That’s the type of tag that survives even after death and might even extend into the  MLB-HOF voting years. I feel that might be the real reason for the appeal. 

No Positives                                                                                                                 Michael Hunt (Milwaukee Sentinel Journal) gave us a view from a Brewers fan’s slant on the Braun hoo-haa, “What if Braun is merely the victim of circumstance? What if, for example, in being treated for a medical condition instead of trying to give himself a competitive advantage at his job, Braun put something in his body that made the dope-testing machines flip like Ozzie Smith?                                                                                 Braun and baseball have been embarrassed by the way the news got out before either side was prepared to deal with the bombshell. There is nothing to do now except wait on more definitive results.                                                                                                           There is the practical, if not cynical, viewpoint posted in a blog by former MLB pitcher Dirk Heyhurst, who is no Ryan Braun. Yet Heyhurst might not be stretching it when he contends that crime still pays in baseball.                                                                           “It sure does,” he wrote. “If it didn’t people would be less inclined to commit it.” Other players might think that way, but I don’t believe Braun is so self-absorbed that he would trade a couple of months back home in Malibu while his teammates sunk without their best player.                                                                                                                    Braun came up as a cocky kid, but since becoming the face of the franchise he has been careful to never publicly put himself above the team. He took a below-market contract to keep him in a Brewers’ uniform essentially for life, but still it is more than $135 million guaranteed over the next decade we’re talking here.                                                     Nevertheless, it has not been in Braun’s personality to coast. He works longer and harder at his craft than most players I’ve seen, in spite of his riches. He left money on the table. These are not characteristics of someone looking for a shortcut.                                                That’s why I’m still willing to give Braun the benefit of the doubt. This could all be one big mistake.                                                                                                                                 Time will tell.”                                                                                                                    



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