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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Clemens On the Hill Wed(2-12): Your Steroids Prep Guide

  • June 7, 1991 - Steroids is added to the list of banned substances

  • April, 2001 - Baseball implements its first random drug-testing program in the minor leagues.

  • May 28, 2002 - Ken Caminiti is quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying that he used steroids during his MVP season in 1996

  • December 12, 2003 - Greg Anderson(Bonds Trainer); Bay Area Lab Cooperative(BALCO) president Victor Conte; and BALCO vice president James Valente are charged in 42-count federal indictment of running a steroid-distribution ring.

  • December 2, 2004 - SF Chronicle reports Jason Giambi admits using steroids

  • December 3, 2004 - SF Chronicle reports Barry Bonds admits to using Clear and Cream substances but denies knowing they were steroids

  • March 17, 2005 - House Government Reform Committee holds hearings about steroids, Mark McGwire is evasive, Canseco sells some more books, Sammy Sosa pretends he doesn't know english and Rafael Palmeiro gets serious with his finger wagging denials.

  • April 3, 2005 - First player is suspended under the testing policy, Tampa Bay outfielder Alex Sanchez

  • November 15, 2007 - Bonds indicted on perjury charges

  • December 13, 2007 - Mitchell Report is Released(List of players mentioned)

  • January 4, 2008 - Players Roger Clemens, Chuck Knoblauch and Andy Pettitte were invited along with trainers Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski

  • January 28, 2008 - Clemens and his people release a statistical report that attempts to show he didn't have an unreasonable increase in productivity

  • February 4, 2008 - Andy Pettitte gives his deposition in a closed door meeting with the House Oversight Committee

  • February 5, 2008 - Roger Clemens gives his deposition in a closed door meeting with the House Oversight Committee

  • February 6, 2008 - Brian Mcnamee gives his deposition in a closed door meeting with the House Oversight Committee. Meanwhile Clemens spent the day meeting one-on-one with members of the committee.

  • February 6,2008 - Brian Mcnamee and his attorneys release photo's of used needles and syringes that supposedly contain Clemen's DNA as well as Steroids

  • February 8, 2008 - Brian Mcnamee claims he also injected Clemens wife prior to her appearing in a swimsuit along side Clemens in and issue of Sport Illustrated

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Non-Sports: Making Good Use of Her Valentines Day

So while I will spend the day making sure my girl is good to me for another year. One of my Twitter buds is using her time to make the world a better place. Check out her efforts here.



Get involved in helping kids of you can. Even if you don't want to get involved, it is nice to see the good one person chooses to do.

Seattle Seahawks Offseason


The Seattle Seahawks Offseason has been all about coaches so far. With the confirmed return of Mike Homgren the succession plan after the 2008 season is in place. The plan has Jim Mora Jr. taking over when Holmgren retires at the end of this season. The most recent coaching move is the fact that Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn went to the other Washington to be an offensive coordinator and two weeks later defaulted his way into the head coaching job, which he seems slightly under qualified for.


The biggest glaring weakness for the Seahawks this season was the run game. Homlgren acknowledged this during the season when he basically announced that the team was going to go to the passing game as a primary(solitary?) weapon. While I can certainly lay some of the blame for the decline in rushing at the feet of Shawn Alexander who seemes to be stretching out that Madden Curse a little longer than most guys. He was unable to lower his shoulders and punch through a hole all season. He spent way to much time dancing around behind the line.


The thing is it might not be him who changed so much. The biggest impact on the Seahawks rushing game is the fact that they now have to punch through holes. Prior to letting pro-bowl guard Steve Hutchinson go to Minnesota there wasn't nearly as much punching through holes as there was waltzing through alleys. Now with Hutchinson gone to Minnesota, Seattle can't seem to run the ball and Minnesota just set the single game record for rushing yardage (though I think Adrian Peterson deserves a fair amount of credit there).


The question becomes, which area to focus on in order to improve the run game? It may not be the Seahawks question to answer as much as it is the drafts question to answer. Around the end of the first round when the Seahawks #25 pick comes up they are more likely to find a running back than they are a good fit for their offensive line. In a world of teal and lime fantasy they will have answered the line questions by picking up Alan Faneca through free agency. Though this will be one of the moments where we find out how much Seattle is willing to pay to step up to the next level. As far that draft pick, they are likely to pick up Rashard Mendenhall(RB-UI) while the Seahawks still have a lot of money tied up in Alexander. Homlgren however made it very clear that they would not be staying with the status quo when he he said the the running game required a " major offseason fix". That certainly doesn't sound like any amount of salary is going to keep Alexanders starting spot safe.


Another possibilty is that the Seahawks look to upgrade at Tight End. Marcus Pollard has certainly not been the performer they had hoped for when they signed him out of free agency. He was especially disappointing in the playoff loss to Green Bay. The Seahawks could look to Fred Davis(TE-USC) while most teams aren't going to take a tight end in the first round, Davis might be one the guys who would be worth it.


With this being the final year for Mike Holmgren. He is now in a position where veteran leaders on his team can rally players around that sentiment. I am guessing from Holmgren's background that this had little to do with his decision but that doesn't change the fact it might work to his advantage.



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Jim Zorn: Totally Prepared to Coach the Redskins

I have already posted about the Washington Redskins Hire of Jim Zorn. I know no one likes a guy who says I told you so. But every body likes being the guy who says it. I TOLD YOU SO.

Zorn held his first press conference yesterday. He echoed the surprise most felt upon hearing that he got the job saying "I was a bit taken back, if you will," Zorn then said. "I wasn't speechless, because my first words were: 'Certainly, I'd like to do that.' It was a bit shocking. After that I got my game face on and tried to get after it."

Yeah Jim, that screams competent. If you are surprised that you got a job how qualified can you be. Then Jim told us just how competent and prepared he is. He referred to the Redskins' colors as "maroon and black" instead of burgundy and gold. Look I can forgive you on Maroon instead of Burgundy. My girl is responsible for any color distinction beyond Red in my house. But how did you confuse Gold with Black. I mean it obviously isn't a matter of confusion. He literally is such a giddy 12-year old girl that he just blurted out the wrong word. That is even more concerning.

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