Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Can you get a prescription for ecstasy?

Just when you thought it had all happened and the off-field shenanigans of athletes couldn't be topped, something spectacular happens. This is truly unbelievable.

Doesn't Bobby usually try to tell everyone about what a family it is up there in Tallahassee? If so, apparently families steal from each other.

Some highlights:

  • In a sworn, taped interview on May 28, Rouse said Nicholson entered the home and carried out two portable stereos, a DVD player and a pair of headphones.
  • Rouse also said Nicholson had sustained a substantial cut on a finger. ... In gaining entry, the suspects appeared to cut themselves as they left blood there and on one of Bookers' roommate's sheets. Police later found drops of blood at the exterior of the home of Nicholson's girlfriend.
  • Rouse was arrested and charged with three felonies: burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and unrelated possessions of a controlled substance without a prescription, which was ecstasy.
  • Nicholson, who was accused of a sexual assault in Miami and sent home from the Orange Bowl, was selected by the Bengals in the fifth round. Nicholson, who has pleaded no contest to a DUI arrest and had another incident with Tallahassee police that led to dropped charges of resisting arrest, has not been charged in the sexual assault case.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dan Marino: Juicer?

Who is the most accomplished athlete and suspected steroid user to never win a championship in his sport?

Up until today, the answer to that question was (fairly or unfairly) most likely Barry Bonds. But it now seems like that honor should go to someone else. That's because the honor should probably go to the guy who could never win the big one for the Miami Dolphins -- Dan Marino.

Check it out at SNAC's site. There's Dan, listed amongst the convicted and those convicted by the jury of public opinion, and right in between Jim Courier (gasp?) and Bryce Paup (another blast from the past).

Again, if you're all worked up about Barry Bonds and what he did or didn't do, I hope that you are righteously indignant about Terrell Davis, Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang, and Dan Marino too. And if you think that only the folks listed on SNAC's page are the only users of performance enhancing drugs (PED), you're kidding yourself. Given what they're testing for, my guess is there are more PED users in baseball today than there were two or five years ago.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Another star recruit

I wonder if Fred Rouse was still in school when this kid came for his recruiting visit. Yes, I know it's a different sport. But something tells me these two guys would have gotten along famously.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Where be Wiggins 2.0?

Last week we heard all about the new and improved Wiggins... but WTF is he?

My guesses (from most likely to least likely):

1. New Wiggins restricted Old Wiggins web access.
2. Wiggins will be back and soon. He'll tell us about how he ALMOST DIED en route to making his next post/comment.
3. His World Cup research went really well.
4. His World Cup research didn't happen at all.
5. He's despondent over FSU's baseball tailspin. (But c'mon - haven't I always told you that no one gets a team ready for March better than Mike Martin?)
6. Wiggins met the love of his life... the new guy is really happy with Wiggins.
7. He was "featured" on one of those Dateline/child predator specials.

...

287,652. Wiggins met a woman.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Barry, Barry, Barry

It seems that everyone with a keyboard or a microphone is telling us what we should think about Barry Bonds and how his career stacks up against that of Barry Bonds lately. Some things are left out most of the time, so I thought I'd re-mention them here.

1. - Yes, Ruth out paced his peers by a wider margin than Bonds. By far. Yes, Ruth hit more homers than entire other teams did at some point during his career. Bonds has never come close to accomplishing such a thing. But it's not that simple.

Ruth wasn't also walked as frequently as Barry has been. Granted, intentional walks weren't tracked back in Ruth's day, but that's because they didn't happen frequently enough to be of any interest. That's not the case for Bonds though.

Take 2004 for instance. Barry was intentionally walked 120 times. That doesn't include the unintentional intentional walks (you know, when there's nothing close to the plate). That total alone would be enough to rank Bonds ahead of Gary Sheffield, Larry Walker, Eddie Matthews, Cal Ripken, and Brooks Robinson on the all-time list. But 120 is what Barry racked up in a single season! For his career (entering this season), Barry's 607 intentional walks was far and away the most of all time. In fact, it's more than Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey had combined.

That part of the game has changed, even just from Aaron's day. Opposing managers are afraid to pitch to some hitters. They refuse to challenge them. That didn't used to happen. Back in the day, you went after your opponents. If other teams didn't intentionally walk Barry (and if they actually threw him strikes when the catcher was still squatting), Bonds would have many more home runs.

2. Others have talked about the rule changes since Ruth's day. Ruth likely picked up some homers from what would be ground-rule/automatic doubles today. He also likely lost others because they curved foul after going over the fence. Someone has claimed to have estimated that there were at least 50 of these lost home run balls, but he claims to have done so by recreating the trajectory of Ruth's hits from newspaper accounts. That seems to be pretty speculative. It's a particularly interesting conclusion when the author also concludes that Ruth didn't benefit from the short porches in Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds down the right field line. How is it that he had 50+ homers curve foul, but that he didn't have many which went right down the line? Those that curved foul must have been right on the line. It's hard to believe those were the only balls he pulled.

Sure, Barry's playing in smaller parks. But he's facing stronger pitchers. And more pitchers. In all, that leads me to another point. But the real point here is that we're talking clearly different eras. This isn't an apples to apples comparison.

3. Take the bottom third of players off of rosters in Ruth's day and replace them with blacks and foreigners. That's essentially what Bonds is doing. Yes, there's been expansion and yes, Americans play other sports now. But there are more opportunities to develop your skills in America now, as there are around the world.

If Pedro Martinez, Dontrelle Willis, and Armando Benitez weren't on the mound to face Bonds (and they were instead replaced by white hurlers from AA), how many homers would Barry hit? How many would Ruth have hit if he'd faced Pedro's grandfather or Willis's great-grandfather?

We'll never know. But don't simply discount Barry's performance because he didn't dominate his competitors by the same margin that Ruth did. Ruth was competing against a very different set of people.

4. If you don't like Barry or diminish what he has accomplished because you think he did/is doing steroids (HGH or whatever), what about those he's competing against? Sure, we don't have names and the details behind many others. But the facts are that more major and minor league pitchers have tested positive for illegal, performance enhancing substances than position players. Maybe my logic isn't right, but that also makes me think that there are more pitchers who are beating the test (when they should be testing positive) than there are position players doing the same.

I had more points, but I can't remember them right now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

One Mint Julep

Okay...

Here we go.

A new life for Wiggins.

A clean slate.

A new image - A new alignment of friends (long story) - A new car (soon) - A new job (hopefully soon) - A new place to live (as soon as I get the job)...

And most importantly - a new attitude.

That's right - no more bitching. No more useless crap. We are getting to the good stuff.

This weekend I will do some research and put up SOMETHING about the world cup. A primer of some sort. It will ROCK your world, bitches.

Hopefully.

I am going to do the things I need to do - and the things that make me happy.

Nothing more.

My life will be good, and all will be well - and anyone who actually reads this crap (meaning Mike - assuming even HE reads this crap) will be happier for it as well.

I promise.

Here endeth the pledge.

Now back to your regularly scheduled mint julep. Damn, those Kentuckians knew what they were doing...

Monday, May 1, 2006

Things I Don't Understand

There are a lot of things that I just don't understand. For instance, in all of this Reggie Bush stuff (free house for his parents, the family getting $100,000 cash, etc, etc), why hasn't anyone asked the one question that I want asked? That questions is, of course, if $100,000, use of a house for free for a year, plus whatever other perks were out there weren't enough to land the rights to be Reggie Bush's marketing person, what did the winning team give Reggie and his family? It must have been quite the package.

Oh well. The world is upside down anyway. Miami baseball sucks. FSU lost to Savannah State over the weekend. The Gators, top ranked in the pre-season, are now looking at not even making the regionals. Craziness everywhere.

I'm going back into my hole now.