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Archive for March, 2007

…. Tough times

I’ve written many times about how baseball players seem to be held to a different standard. Here’s a NY Times article about the hell faced by many ex-football players that should give anyone pause:

…. The night that Sylvia Mackey and Eleanor Perfetto first met, back in October at a Baltimore Ravens reception for former National Football League players and their families, their connection was immediate. As she sat on a couch with her husband, Mrs. Mackey watched Dr. Perfetto cradle the hand of her husband as he blankly shuffled across the floor toward the Mackeys.

“Your husband has dementia,” Mrs. Mackey said.

“Yours does, too,” Dr. Perfetto replied.

…. Mrs. Mackey said that she regularly communicates with about 10 women like Dr. Perfetto as they learn to handle their husbands’ dementia, which often begins as early as their 50s.

“I know about 20 in all,” Mrs. Mackey said. “And if I know 20, there are probably 60 or 80 out there.”

This is the world professional athletes live in. A world in which their post-career prospects are dramatically affected by the damage they have wrought on their bodies; the sacrifices and risks they have taken for the game they love. It is all too apparent that the game doesn’t love back.

Next time you hear someone ranting about how bad PED’s are for an athlete, remember what every athlete already knows…. the game itself is bad for athletes.

…. I got a big mouth


I was on the radio twice in the last week, at 360thePitch, you can hear my Outside Radio piece here, and my Big League Baseball Report piece here. Maybe some of my best interviews ever, no?

PS….. I can’t get them to work. Anyone else have this problem?

…. I got a B-I-G Mouth!

OBM blogfather David Pinto made the grade on Jamie Mottran’s list of the 20 most influential sports bloggers. Congrats to the Muse.

…. Wasted days and wasted nights

The NY Times has the audacity to publish this premium content-only horseshit by noted steroids expert George Vescey, with the headache-inducing title, The Anti-Doping Fight Is About More Than Celebrities:

…. It isn’t important if big-time sports names are busted. The main thing is that Tuesday’s raid may have saved the life of somebody’s son, somebody’s brother, who is putting bad stuff into his system.

Yeah, and I guess it isn’t important if people reading his article got the impression that, well, steroids are a high priority in the real world.

…. (Tuesday’s) raid, criticized by Albany police and sheriff’s officials yesterday as being a misuse of resources, originated in New York because the involvement of users and doctors in Albany County gave Soares jurisdiction.

“The money, the time, and the effort could have been better used here locally,” Inspector John Burke of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department told an Albany television station. “There’s no reason to spend this kind of money, when you have the kind of problems we have locally with cocaine and crack cocaine.”

Millions of dollars wasted, chasing a couple of guys down who have been selling steroids, so that they can go to jail for six months, or four months. Millions of dollars being made by newspapers and magazines, with “Chicken Little” stories about how the kids need to be protected from nothing. CSI, NYPD Blue, 24, Boston Legal…. look at the list of the best dramas on television, and learn from it. Americans are dying to watch people of high morals take down the bad guys. We can’t get enough of it. What, are there, four CSI shows?

Meanwhile, in real life, it’s all about money. Even saving the kids. “Tuesday’s raid may have saved the life of somebody’s son….” Vecsey has just joined the ranks of the soapboxers on the other side of the street.

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