Forget the upgraded "50-100-Out" MLB roid-punishment
plan. The jaw-dropper is the proposed ban on
amphetamines. What: They'll ban EVERYONE?
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Two Words For You:
"Heat-Suns" Finals: How do you like the
sound of that?
If there's any title series to "save" the NBA, it's
the league's largest superstar (and best sidekick)
versus its most telegenic team.
And, based on the way Miami and Phoenix swept out
their first-round opponents Sunday, that's where we're
Heat bruising, Suns cruising: The styles may be
a contrast, but the results are the same.
Heat-Suns Finals predictions are far less outrageous
than the fact we're going to wait another week
for the 4/5 series to end ...
... Even though the semis will, by all evidence, be
just as broom-worthy as the first round.
Do we really have to wait five or six more
weeks for what fans hope is the inevitable?
NBA: Almost Over
"Playoff basketball you don't play in
skirts" was Nate Mac's reply to Adelman's pregame
griping about Seattle's grabbing. Then Seattle went out
and took a 3-1 lead on Sacto, rallying from 12-point halftime deficit behind Ray Allen's 45 points.
Aside from Nate's regrettable misogyny, "No skirts!"
nicely describes the other 3-1 series: The Pistons
over the Sixers. Back in Detroit tomorrow, it's as
good as over.
NBA: Still Wide Open!
Tonight is huge:
Near-Must-Win: Wizards down 2-1 at home vs.
Chicago, but the Bulls have yet to show they can win
More "Road Rules": Rockets-Mavs returns to
Dallas tied at 2, and the Van Gundy-Cuban rhetoric
over Yao's fouls is escalating.
Reclaiming HCA? Up 2-1, Spurs can reduce
Nuggets bandwagon to rubble with a win tonight in
Denver. Ginobili rules!
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MJ-Rip Ham shooting contests for cash: Zzz ... Who cares?
MLB 'Roid Update
Selig's "50-100-Out" is a p.r.
checkmate vs. the union; like Fehr will balk? (Well,
he's shown himself p.r. clueless before ...)
The amphetamines thing, though, is the
absolutely must-watch detail.
Take a guess at what percent of baseball players use
an unbanned substance: 50 percent? 75?
Whatever your guess, I'll take the over.
And don't expect ex-players, Bunning-style, to get all
high-horse about "good ol' days" -- greenies have been
MLB's secret epidemic for decades.
I'm just shocked that Selig would want to pull the
curtain back on this. The two truths fans don't
really want to face about baseball:
The sport is built on greenbacks ... and
MLB Weekend Wrap
As May begins, the Orioles have become
baseball's hottest team. Balto won its 8th straight on
Sunday as Miggy homered for 4th straight game.
The real reason the O's are the easiest bandwagon
for fans everywhere to jump on is because they are
winning in the AL East.
Who doesn't want to see the Yankees and Red Sox fail
(outside of NYC and BOS). Fortunately, the Yanks are
making it easy (lost 2 of 3 to TOR).
Meanwhile, everyone tip their cap to Johan
Santana, whose sick 17-game winning streak ended vs.
the Angels with a 2-1 loss.
Santana is still the AL Cy fave, but not if ChiSox P
Jon Garland keeps throwing 4-hit shutouts (first AL
pitcher to 5 wins).
Cavs drop out, even though coaching the
best talent in the league is Phil's m.o.
(Report via NY Post)
Did Phil say no, or did Cavs owner Gilbert not want to
pony up the cheddar necessary to make it
Oklahoma Heisman-winning QB dismissed from Chiefs
mini-camp with barely a look; won't be invited to regular
camp later this summer. "Cleanup, Aisle 4!"
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Shaq does no good for his image ungraciously
belittling Nets coach "Laura" Frank after the Heat
swept the Nets. Just take the broom and go
What next for the Nets? There will be offseason rumors
of trading Kidd, but the better move would be to ship
Jefferson, made expendable by Vince.
The Broncos are going to bring in Panthers P (and NFL
punchline) Todd Sauerbrun. Someone alert Rocky-area
pharmacies (via Denver Post).
More NFL mini-camp news: Not much. Well, what do you
expect off a weekend of basically walk-throughs for
new draftees and tryouts for UFAs?
Flutie to Pats: And is it even a question that there
will be some Super Bowl XL scenario where he comes in
after a Brady injury to win the game?