Archive for August, 2012

The truth is still the truth, but if it is served up too raw, it has a way of upsetting delicate sensibilities and ultimately backfiring on the truthsayer.

That’s what happened this week to Allen Pinkett, the former Notre Dame star running back from the 1980s and now longtime analyst on the Fighting Irish radio broadcasts.

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I’m still trying to figure out what is the point of the NFL taking such a hardline against its referees. What is the league trying to prove? The referees have the most critical front line role in enforcing the rules and integrity of the sport as well as ensuring players’ safety on the field.

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I suppose I’m just tired of the media and fans piling on T.O. He was good enough to be known simply by his initials. That ought to tell you something about Terrell Owens.

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Yes, there are those, like myself, who believe he didn’t win all of his races clean, but based on the reaction I’m seeing on the Internet, and in comments, and interviews, Armstrong’s good works for now seem to far outweigh the avalanche of accusations against him.

But why is that? What makes Lance Armstrong so different from other big name athletes who‘ve been suspected of PED use but who have not received a similar benefit of the doubt?

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With his standout performance against Kansas City Friday night, rookie Russell Wilson has probably locked up the starting quarterback spot for the Seattle Seahawks.I don’t see how he can’t be first on the depth chart now. Wilson, who started for the first time, was sensational for the visiting Seahawks, who dismantled the Chiefs early and kept pouring it on.

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There are a lot of ways to look at one of Sport’s most complex and confounding figures. Lance Armstrong is undoubtedly the world’s greatest cyclist, a courageous cancer survivor, a philanthropist, and a hero. But he is also an all-time hypocrite and liar.

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Two other rookie quarterbacks, the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck and the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III, have drawn most of the attention this season. They are much taller and thus deemed more NFL ready than Russell Wilson. And because of that they were drafted number one and number two overall in this year’s draft.

But don’t be surprised if “little” Russell Wilson, drafted in the third round, turns out to be better than both of them, and maybe even become a future Drew Brees.

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At what point is enough, enough? When do the medical professionals, coaches, team executives and other sensible people in authority step in and protect a player from himself, and perhaps save his life?
I sure hope the powers that be with the Indianapolis Colts are asking themselves these questions today about wide receiver Austin Collie, who has now suffered what has been confirmed as yet another concussion.

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