Archive for February, 2009

Marbury’s Second Chance

Posted: 28th February 2009 by David Burnett in Basketball, NBA
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Just about all of us would like to get a second chance at something.  If life was fair do-overs would be a mandatory part of it.   But the reality is some of us get a another chance to fix a mistake, but most of us don’t, forcing us to live with the consequences.   […]

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Tiger In Top Form

Posted: 26th February 2009 by David Burnett in Golf, Tiger, Tiger Woods
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The sun is shining on golf again.  Tiger Woods is back swinging for real.  He is competing for the first time since his now legendary win in the US Open last summer.   That stunning victory, in America’s most important tournament came as he played with a torn ACL in his knee and fractured bones […]

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The question touched a raw nerve.  Some argue that it was out of line and out of place at a basketball press conference.  Others are stunned that a non-journalist, activist, law school student did the asking.  How dare he?  Still more wonder why UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun lost his cool and went ballistic. The […]

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Its hard to dislike Charles Barkley.  He is refreshingly different from any other celebrity.  What makes him unique is that he never seems to be afraid to speak his mind.  He will say just about anything.  And say it usually without the typical PR/BS filter that most sports stars and entertainers employ.  Often what the […]

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Goodbye Marvin

Posted: 23rd February 2009 by David Burnett in NFL, Released
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Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison – touchdown.   Those words were said more times than any pitch and catch combination in NFL history.   The tandem of Manning and Harrison was largely responsible for the complete turnaround of the Indianapolis Colts franchise.   They moved the Colts from longtime losers to TV ratings darlings, helping […]

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  Frantic February is the time of year when college basketball teams start making their closing arguments for selection to the NCAA Tournament.  For sheer unpredictability, chaos, nail biting and whining there is nothing like the weeks leading up to March Madness.   Every year it seems there is a surprising Cinderella.  The unexpected team […]

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Hindsight being what it is, it’s beginning to look like Alex Rodriguez should have told reporters to get lost rather than hold that press conference the other day.  From the moment A-Rod said his unnamed “cousin” helped him to procure and then inject “boli” as he called it, the floodgates of doubt opened up. Now it […]

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Its still almost two months before the season starts for one of my favorite sports – Indy Car racing. Like a lot of sports these days Indy Car faces a major challenge because of the economy. Despite the likely tough times ahead, its biggest star – Danica Patrick – seems to be shining brighter than […]

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After a couple of weeks of debating the athletic value of steroids and marijuana, I was reminded last night that in the end, sports are just games. And games are supposed to be fun. What did it for me was another edition of the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Actually it was another edition of the […]

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We have now entered into the theater of the absurd. MLB commissioner Bud Selig tells USA Today that he is considering a suspension of Alex Rodriguez. It doesn’t get more ridiculous than this. Okay, I get it. An unnamed someone with unknown motives leaks A-Rod’s 2003 steroid test results to a national magazine, which of […]

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Why Only A-Rod?

Posted: 11th February 2009 by David Burnett in A-Rod, Drugs, Major League Baseball, Steroids
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Let me get back to a question I asked the other day about the latest steroids scandal: Why Alex Rodriguez? Why only him? What was the motive for releasing his name and his alone when there are 103 other players who also allegedly failed the test for steroids. Why weren’t other names leaked? Something is […]

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I’m glad Alex Rodriguez has now come clean about steroid use while with the Texas Rangers. Unlike many athletes, the ever image conscious, Alex Rodriguez is often thoughtful, poised, well-spoken and generally well-mannered. That A-Rod came out in the confessional-style interview with Peter Gammons on ESPN. It was a measured and impressive performance, the kind […]

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Et Tu A-Rod?

Posted: 8th February 2009 by David Burnett in A-Rod, Major League Baseball, Steroids
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Baseball’s latest steroid revelation now fingering the Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez leaves me with a lot of questions. Such as: Why only A-Rod? Who else is on the list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive for steroids in 2003? Who leaked the details of the test results to Sports Illustrated and why? Why weren’t the […]

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I’m sure you’ve seen the picture by now. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps taking a huge hit from a marijuana filled bong at a party with other like-minded young people. Obviously eight gold medals and worldwide acclaim do not guarantee wisdom and common sense. But does Phelps’ marijuana misstep deserve widespread condemnation? Is this really […]

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