Want to see the awesome power of the media? Witness
the one-sided pig-pile on Bonds, following his candid,
combative, often hilarious Tuesday press event. QUICKIE LIVE! 9-10 a.m.
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Two Words For You:
On rumors: "This is old stuff, like watching
'Sanford and Son' -- rerun after rerun after rerun.
It's almost comical ... Are you guys jealous? Upset?
Defending Barry: The media has an obligation to
ask, of course, but we're quickly approaching the
tipping point of obsessive to the point where fans
will tune the media out (raving lunatic columnists
On scrutiny chasing Ruth: "Because Babe Ruth is
one of the greatest baseball players ever, and Babe
Ruth ain't black. I'm black. Blacks, we go through a
little more. I'm not a racist, but I live in the real
Defending Barry: He's so right about this, it's
not funny. Literally.
On lying: "All you guys [media] lied. Should
you have an asterisk behind your name? All of you
lied. All of you have said something wrong. All of you
have dirt. All of you. When your closet's clean, then
come clean somebody else's. But clean yours first,
Defending Barry: Score the point to Bonds! If
the curtain ever got pulled back on the media ... oh
On cheating: "I don't know what cheating is. I
don't know if steroids is going to help you in
baseball, I just don't believe it. I don't believe
steroids can help you, eye-hand coordination,
technically hit a baseball."
Defending Barry: Bonds is right about eye-hand,
but sidesteps the elephant-in-room issue of
On asterisks: "You cannot rehash the past, and
we'll crush a lot of things out of the sports world.
We can go back into the 1800's and basically asterisk
a lot of sports, if that's what you want."
Defending Barry: For example, go back and read
David Schoenfield's brilliant Page 2 analysis of who the real single-season Home Run Champ should be.
On fan support: "From all the places I've gone
-- and I've traveled all over -- it's 'Barry, keep your
head up, we're behind you ... I've never heard that
Defending Barry: The litmus test isn't fan
reaction on the road (every good player is booed on
the road); it's fan support in SF, which seems
On Canseco: "I don't know Jose. I was better
than Jose then, and I've been better than him his
Defending Barry: Not necessary. Did you know both were rookies in '86?
On roid-testing: "[Let's] allow the drug
testing program to work. Allow it to work. Let's go
forward. You cannot rehash the past. Y'all stop
watching Redd Fox in rerun shows."
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Redd Foxx/"Sanford and Son": Boost from Bonds reference?
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Pay-per-view polygraph: Canseco proffers Worst. TV. Ever.|
Okla St: Just as I eye 'Boys as FF pick, lose to Nebraska
Rockets: 8-G W streak snapped by those never-quit Sonics
Defending Barry: His point is well-taken,
although it would be nice if while we went forward,
players who cheated in the past would step forward.
Care to out anyone, BB?
On Giambi-ish "apology": "What are you [the
media] going to apologize for when you're
Defending Barry: Silly, Bonds; the media
On rumors, again: "Why do you keep asking me
the same questions? I'm not a child."
Defending Barry: You'd never know it from the
hysterical commentators, but give Barry a TKO.
The media tried to pounce yesterday, and he punched back, with
glib answers that should make you respect him
more, not less.
Bledsoe to Dallas
So much for "moving forward": Instead,
the Cowboys and Parcells will continue to mortgage the
future with an over-the-hill QB ...
... And a coach perhaps so obsessed by being displaced
on the "All-Time" list by that other Bill that
Parcells can't think straight.
Henson vs. Bledsoe: Don't think this ends the
Cowboys QB controversy; it's just "Drew-Drew," instead
I'm a Nash-for-MVP guy, but I may have
to re-evaluate Shaq's candidacy after the Heat lost to those rising Baby Bulls.
Shaq went down early in the first with a knee
injury (details pending), and the Heat lost.
Well, Nash-for-MVP'ers looked to the Suns' awful Ls
while Nash was out with an injury; why shouldn't Shaq
get similar in absentia credit?
NHL Rule Changes
Proposed NHL rule changes sound nice --
if you're already a fan. But retaining the diehards
was never the NHL's problem.
The NHL's problem is that it needs to
create fans, and the new rules are incremental
fixes. To develop new fans, the NHL needs RADICAL
Case study: Arena football, quickly streaking
past the NHL in fan relevance and popularity. Why? AFL
didn't try to offer NFL-style football in the spring;
they got innovative (on and off the
I'd Do Anything
New IDA season casting now. I was
looking over the prize list, and one caught my
1-on-1 time: Maria Sharapova.
I'm assuming this is after the Best. 18th B-Day.
Ever. coming this April 19. Uh, but who's counting
Sort of makes "Final Four with Dickie V," "Bat Boy for
the Giants" and "Hang with Rusty Wallace" missing, umm, that certain something.
But, hey, whatever floats your boat. (See Q It Up)
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|Because who wants him?|
|No way! This team is legit!|
As noted here Tuesday, the Seahawks signing Hasselbeck
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Abolish the RPI! Any ranking system that maintains
Kansas is No. 1, even after a third straight losses,
doesn't deserve to impact March Madness.
Off-kilter Milton Bradley says he's playing center for
the Dodgers, but manager Jim Tracy says CF (J.D. Drew other candidate) not set in
stone yet. (Edge to crazy guy.)
Kudos to Bob Johnson, eponymous owner of the NBA's
Bobcats, for floating the idea for a "money-back
guarantee" on next year's season tickets.
Update: Start of Golf's February Bracket Madness moved
to Thursday, after bad rains in California. So I've
moved my preview to tomorrow, too.