The only people more hypocritical or dishonest than Alex Rodriguez are sportswriters, sports talk radio people, Bud Selig and anyone in Major League Baseball. They all keep saying they wish A-Rod would go just away, yet the writers dedicate a full column or page to writing about him, the talk-show hosts talk about him for an hour or more, and Selig and Major League Baseball ignore performance-enhancing drug users and even celebrated them when they resurrected baseball in the late 1990s.
Don't be fooled by the suspensions of 12 players Monday. Why? Because MLB never actually caught these guys. With all the talk of drug testing, none of these guys tested positive. What that means is there are many, many more who are playing today that are still using because tests haven't been developed yet. MLB players have proven they can juice and go undetected. That should be the scary thing to MLB, owners and fans.
Seems to me that a specific phrase could be written into all sports' contracts, not just baseball's, that a drug violation shall void the contract. It could be written so that a team would retain rights to the player for the length of the contract that was voided so as to not lose the rights to the player. Perhaps, even, a player would have to come back and play under a provisional contract that would pay based on how well he performs after being drug-free for a year or two.
Don Mattingly's candid admission that his job was in jeopardy, following Magic Johnson's "It was never discussed," underscores the role Donnie's integrity played in the Dodgers' recent turnaround.
Here is an amazing statistic about the Dodgers' amazing streak. During the first 72 games of the season, the Dodgers' record was 30-42. They won more games than that in their next 38 games, going 31-7.
Adrian Gonzalez would finish last in the Milwaukee Brewers' sausage race and, at best, third out of four in the Washington Nationals' dead presidents race.
I don't know where Mike Scioscia studied baseball, but you rarely see a lineup with an average .221 rally-killer batting third.
Perhaps the Angels should try firing Mickey Hatcher again.
On the grid
Gary Klein, a fine sports reporter for The Times, says that the Trojans should win their first four games versus Hawaii, Washington State, Boston College and Utah State.
Paul L. Hovsepian
Comparing Coach Mora to Coach Carroll [Aug. 7]? Mr. Dufresne, I interfaced with Pete Carroll. I knew Pete Carroll. Coach Carroll was a friend of mine. Mr. Dufresne, Jim Mora is no Pete Carroll.
I'm happy to see that the culture change at USC has been so complete that the entire Marqise Lee autograph incident can be discovered, investigated and closed all within a couple of days! It's such a welcome departure after years of foot-dragging and obstruction on the multitude of other investigations they've had to perform.
Is it relevant that the Johnny Manziel autograph incident turns up new details every day, because the national sports media is investigating it (as opposed to the Aggies themselves)? Probably not, I'm sure everyone has complete and total faith in USC's ability to investigate itself. After all, who has more experience investigating corruption than these folks? No one. Well done, guys.
Heaven forbid that anyone steal the "B", "C", or "S" keys from Chris Dufresne's keyboard, since he'd be as incapable of writing a single column blessing his adored USC, and bashing his abhorred SEC and BCS as he, apparently, is with them.
One very important piece of information that was left out of the Aug. 5 article about secondary ticket sales, at least in the case of USC, is that in order to even purchase season tickets between the 10-yard lines, you must have a Support Group membership. These memberships cost between $3,500 and $30,000 per year. So even if a ticket did sell for 300% over the printed price, it's about break even for the season-ticket holder on the low end.
Johnny Football might be a Heisman Trophy winner, but he clearly fell a few hundred points short of the Mensa Society. Come clean, Manziel: The cover-up is always worse than the crime.
No good answer
Question: What is the most annoying news article?
1. Anything about A-Rod and suspensions
2. Anything about Tim Tebow and his ability to play quarterback
3. Anything about Johnny Manziel (a.k.a. "Johnny "Clueless")
4. Anything about any of the Kardashians
5. All of the above
Las Vegas odds are out and the Lakers have been made slight favorites ... to win the D League.
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