What's that smell? Oh, it's the stench of Palmeiro
taint. And with Raffy seemingly taking the rest of the
season off, Miggy's on his own.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Baseball's steroid scandal taints
anything it touches.
Holy smokes: Is Miguel Tejada the source for
Palmeiro's positive steroid test?!
Let's recap the denials:
*Tejada says it wasn't him.
*The O's say it wasn't him.
*And, to confuse things even more, Palmeiro says he
didn't name Tejada at all (as a source says he
But again, remember: The taint has *everything*
to do with perception, and perception is driven by
hazy, complicated, denial-ridden stories like
Tejada does admit to giving Raffy a shot of the
perfectly legal B-12 (mmm ... B-12) a while ago. Miggy
had the stuff, it was tested and it was clean.
Here's what we may not KNOW, but BELIEVE by
Tejada is linked: He may not have given
Palmeiro the money shot and it may have been perfectly
legal, but all fans remember is "Tejada," "Palmeiro"
And Palmeiro is a rat: He may not have thrown a
teammate under a bus, but by now fans are willing to
believe the worst about him.
It looks like Palmeiro picked the right time to decide
not to return to the team for the rest of the
ChiSox Choke Watch
CHICAGO -- To much attention, Ozzie
Guillen said he'd consider quitting if the White Sox
won the World Series.
But did any of the crackerjack Chicago media ask him
what he'd do if the White Sox choke away the
The ChiSox stepped closer to that precipice, losing
4-1 in 11 to the Twins, while the Indians powered past
the Royals and now sit 1.5 GB.
AL East Update
While the Red Sox idled, the Yankees
pulled another half-game ahead in the East with a 7-6,
series-sweeping W over the O's. You can hear the
cringing from New England from here.
The good news for Boston: They get to play woeful
Baltimore next, and this ain't the O's team that has
played the Sox to a draw in 15 other games this
The Yankees host the Blue Jays this weekend in their
final homestand of the season (unless, of course,
they return a week from Monday for a cataclysmic
one-game playoff with Boston).
NFL Game of the Week, but don't be
fooled: A Steelers win here shouldn't make Pittsburgh
fans feel any better about last January.
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Remember last season's huge regular-season win by the
Steelers over the then unbeatable Pats? Yeah, I barely
do, too. Why? Because in the grand scheme of things,
it meant nothing.
That said, given the Steelers' early-season diet of
cupcakes, perhaps a W would give their fans confidence
that maybe this year the team can beat the Pats when
More Week 3 Subplots
Key Injury Watch:
OAK/PHI: McNabb. Sure, because last week's injury
watch meant so much when he went out an dominated the
49ers. Plus: Moss vs. T.O.!
ATL/BUF: All eyes on Vick's hammy. He's been upgraded
Is 2-0 a Fluke?
CIN/CHI: If the Bengals can move their offense against
that tough Bears D, the early record is a sign of a
huge season to come.
Is 0-2 a Fluke?
NYG/SD: Aren't these two teams' records supposed to be
flip-flopped? Chargers need to turn the season around
on Sunday night. (Expect boos for Eli.)
TB/GB: Could the Bucs really move to 3-0 at the
expense of sending the Packers to 0-3, doing it at
Mike Tice Hot Seat Watch:
NO/MIN: Saints back on the real road, as opposed to
last week's surreal road laughably spun as "home." Of
course, home won't be hospitable for the Vikings if
they fall behind (listen for boos!)
CLE/IND: Still waiting on that monster game from
See Big 5, right, for more.
D-Train for NL Cy?
How much extra value does a pitcher
deliver when the manager so values his hitting that he
puts him *7th* in the batting order?
Dontrelle Willis batted 7th, unprecedented in the ESPN
Era, and won his MLB-leading 22nd game (8IP, 5H, 1R,
7K), nudging his Cy comp with Chris Carpenter that
I certainly hope the same purists who hold it against
David Ortiz for AL MVP because he doesn't field apply
the same bias to Carp because he doesn't hit as well
Put another way: If A-Rod is that much more valuable
than Ortiz because he fields slickly (or at all), why
isn't D-Train given the same consideration for the
extra element of his bat?
CFB Wknd Preview
Rose-Impacting Game of Week:
GA Tech (15) at VA Tech (4):
Hokies lucky to play this one at home. The Wreck is
underrated and should give them a game.
Rita Forces Schedule Change:
Tennessee (10) at LSU (3):
Game moved to Monday. After L to Gators, Vols
can play SEC/BCS spoiler vs. sympathetic Tigers. (More
Notre Dame Watch:
ND (16) at Washington:
Pitting UW's Ty Willingham against the team that fired
him last winter, the irony of the matchup eclipses
what a blowout this will be.
Heisman Watch: L'ville QB Brian Brohm could
continue to put up silly numbers vs. overmatched South
More: Remember when Iowa/OH St looked huge?...
USC could regain my No. 1 vote with a convincing win
at Oregon... Upset alert: Wisconsin over Michigan in
Buster Olney called it yesterday in his blog: Ratting
out other players could be a worse offense (to players
AND fans) than using steroids.
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NFL W3 Office-Pool Picks: ATL, CIN, TB, IND, StL, CAR,
MIN, JAX, PHI, DAL, SEA, PIT, SD (SNF), KC (MNF). (LW:
6-10, Season: 15-17)|
AL West: OAK had Boston's problem. While they sat
idle, their rival won; LAA topped TEX for their 6th
straight W. Now up 3G.
NL Wild: Willis' W doesn't advance FLA's cause,
because HOU and PHI both won. PHI's Jimmy Rollins
extended his hit streak to 27.
Keep an eye out for new anti-steroid TV ads from the
NFL and MLB. Let me know if you think they're
The death of boxer Leavander Johnson from ring
injuries once again brings in topic of whether boxing
is too brutal to continue.
Gary Payton officially joins the Heat: Between Glove
and J-Will (not to mention 'Toine), will Wade's career