I've had enough!
Here are just some of the things we learned in yesterday's so-called "sports" world.
Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens are both big, fat liars. Both have lied so often, and about so many different things, neither of them will be prosecuted because no one, federal investigators included, is able to make heads-or-tails of their lies. Heck, I'm not even sure if Clemens and McNamee can keep all their lies straight. The congressional hearing was the biggest waste of time on the planet.
Kelvin Sampson is still calling recruits illegally, even after he's been punished at two different universities for it. Now it appears that he's sullied the previously good reputation of Indiana University. And worse yet, it appears the Athletic Director knew of Sampson's past, and either boldly ignored it or just decided to take a flier and hoped he'd change his ways. No dice. As the saying goes, a leopard doesn't change their spots.
The one actual sports news story from yesterday also got screwed. The Mavericks and Nets had a deal in place to trade Jason Kidd for a whole host of players, expiring contracts, etc. Unfortunately, Devean George was one of the players involved going from Dallas to New Jersey and guess what? He doesn't want to leave. Even stranger, he has an obscure provision that allows him a no-trade clause in his contract. I say obscure because George is on a one-year deal that he signed at the beginning of this season. Who the heck gets a no-trade provision on a one-year contract? Anyway, he decided to exercise that clause because, let's be honest, who the hell wants to go to New Jersey when you've been playing for Mark Cuban? Needless to say, the Dallas fans were brutal on George last night, and several times is almost got U-G-L-Y.
And lastly, UK fans were going bonkers/borderline insane over the stomping they suffered at the hands of Vanderbilt two nights ago. For those of you who missed it, they were handed their worst beat-down in close to 20 years. They only scored 11pts. in the first half. Any witty quip I could write here would just be piling on. I won't do that.
So in the interest of public service, I would like to get the sports world off to a fresh start. Let's refocus on the games. Out of the abyss of darkness comes light. Yesterday might have been one of the worst in sports news, but today is going to be one of the best.
For NASCAR fans, like myself, the Twin 125 qualifying races at Daytona are today. That marks the official countdown to the Superbowl of racing, the Daytona 500. And for real NASCAR geeks, once again like myself, it's time to start evaluating drivers for my fantasy team.
The baseball fans can finally come out of their winter hibernation, as pitchers and catchers report to most camps today. That means that there are only a scant number of days before all of Spring Training in full-effect. For you fantasy players, again I'm guilty, you can officially begin answering some of those offseason question marks you had about your teams. In my case, I need to see if Randy Johnson's back is healed enough for me to warrant keeping him in my keeper league. I'm sure you have similiar questions.
And not to be forgotten, if you're a golf fan, you have another tournament in a beautiful location. The Northern Trust Open (formerly the Nissan Open, or the LA Open for those of you who go way back) in beutiful Pacific Palisades tees off today. For those of you who are not golf fans, but have HDTV, I highly suggest you flip over every now and then this weekend to see the view in HD. No better Zen for a sports fan than that. Definitely worth the look.
So cheer up sports fans. The dark days of needles, gauze, and abcesses on the ass are behind us. We're going full steam ahead toward the light. The light that is the goodness of sports.
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