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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Clemens and McNamee Before Congress: Recap

I gave a little recap on the previous steroids timeline in a previous post. So I won't get too deep into the past here because the meeting today didn't really bring anything new to light.

One of the intersting choices made was that the only people present were Roger Clemens and Brian Mcnamee and Charles Scheeler, one of the authors of the Mitchell Report. First off where the hell were Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch. Second and possibly even more questionable, if the Mitchell Report needed a representative, who do you think we shoudl go with for that. Gee I just can't decide, hmmm I don't know how 'bout SEN. MITCHELL

The biggest thing I noticed was that throughout the course of the hearing the body language shifted. While Clemens seemed to grow stronger and more confident as the questioning continued. While Mcnamee seemed to wilt as the questioning went on. While Clemens certainly seemed to have some issues. Most notably the fact that the Chair of the Committee, Henry Waxman, seemed set against him. The Major set backs seemed to be on McNamee's side.The lowest point for McNamee is debatable but it was likely at the point Rep. Christopher Shays accused McNamee of being a "drug dealer," which finally got McNamee fired up.

"I only did what players asked," McNamee said, "and it was wrong."
When McNamee tried to claim that because of that he wasn't a drug dealer, Shays pounced.
"You were a DRUG DEALER," he bellowed. "You were dealing drugs."
"That's your opinion," McNamee retorted.
"No," Shays snapped. "That's not opinion. You were dealing drugs. You're telling me that as a former police officer, you weren't dealing drugs?"
"Dealing in them?" McNamee answered. "Yes."
"Were they LEGAL drugs?" Shays went on.
"No," McNamee said, almost in a whisper.
Shays shook his head, like a teacher who had just caught a kid in the back of the class trying to fake an assignment.
"Then you were a drug dealer," he said.


If that wasn't the low point for McNamee then it possible came when Dan Burton began his alloted 5 minutes

''That's a lie, right?'' he said after reading his comments back to him.
''This is really disgusting,'' Burton said. ''You're hear as a sworn witness yet we have lie after lie after lie. I don't know what to believe. I know one thing I don't believe. That's you!''


Other than a few exceptions, the attitudes ran down party lines. With the Republicans seeming to support Clemens other than notable exception Rep. Mark Souder. Souder seemed upset with Clemens as well as MLB owners and Bud Selig. Judging by Souders remarks I am guessing he is looking to make a whole new subcommittee solely for over seeing baseball. Good god let it go.

The Democrats seemed to fall in behind McNamee, with their exception being Rep. William Lacy Clay. Not only did Clay pretty much say "why don't you use my 5 minutes to give a little speach about how this is all about the children" When Clemens only used four and half minutes. Clay used the remaining 30-seconds to ask "A colleague of mine, Mr. Capuano of Massachusetts, wants to know what uniform you're going to wear to the Hall of Fame." Really!? I can't imagine why people are upset that congress is wasting time on this.

While I watched this all morning I followed along as ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark described all the action My favorite gem form all this was

Just a thought as the questioning of the Rocket gets rolling:
Since he's under oath, any chance one of these congressmen could ask Roger what the heck actually happened when he threw that bat at Mike Piazza?
He didn't really think that was the ball, did he?
Sorry to digress. Just thinking.


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Kidd to Dallas "imminent": Why The East Just Won the Finals

According to ESPN the rumors that the Kidd-to-Dallas deal was imminent, which beacme the rumor that the Kidd-to-Dallas talks have stalled, are now back to the rumors that the deal is about to happen.

I would love to see this move happen. It would take a team that has been on the cusp of great, and push them over the hump. I also love how competitive that the West has become, though it is certainly at the expense of the talent in the East. This may however help the Eastern Conference Champ more than it helps any team in the West. We are back to the point where you almost know that the NBA Finals will be anti-climactic. Who ever wins the West will likely be beat up over consecutive 6 or 7 game series. While the winner of the East will probably have coasted to a finals meeting between Boston and Detroit. Which ever one wins will probably have a lot more rest than the winner out of the West.

In the proposed deal in return for Kidd, Dallas would send 24-year-old point guard Devin Harris, veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse, and a bunch of expiring contracts to make the money work.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason

The Offseason plans of the Jacksonville Jaguars are somewhat cloudy. The Jags reached a level of success that the team can be somewhat satisfied with. It is hard to look back at the final game against the Patriots and then say "we have this deficiency and that deficiency".

If the Jaguars have a need it is probably at defensive end. With Reggie Hayward's injuries seem to linger enough to hold him back last season he will be a big question mark. Bobbie McCray will be a free agent and may draw more from a free agency pool that is light on defensive end, than the Jags are willing to pay to keep him . They also need to resign Grady Jackson but since that is likely, it will probably be the DE that they address in the Draft.

A likely prospect is Calais Campbell(DE-Miami). Campbell is a giant physical prospect at 6'8" 280 lb. which could be intriguing to a defensive team like Jacksonville. While he didn't really perform up to expectations in his final season at Miami, it is likely that a leader like Head Coach , Jack Del Rio, would see him as someone he could bring that potential out of.

Jack Del Rio is also in interesting part of this equation. With his former career as the Linebacker and play caller on the field for the teams he was on. Del Rio seems to have his hand in the defense of former defensive coordinator Mike Smith. With Smith now having moved on to become the head coach of the Falcons in Atlanta. It will be interesting to see if Del Rio will take a stronger hand in the defense or if he will bring in a defensive coordinator that has a little bigger presence than Mike Smith.

In either case the Jags look like they are a strong contending team for the near future. As long as they continue the upward mobility that they have shown over the last few seasons. So long as they don't rest on the success that they have enjoyed.

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Guest Posting for a Goddess

How can you say no to good looking girl, especially one who knows her football? Well I couldn't. So when Amy over at Gridiron Goddess requested some guest posts while she is moving from glorious So cal out to the middle of the desert. Ok it's actually Las Vegas but still farther from her beloved Trojans can never be good.

Head on over to Gridiron Goddess to check out some of her work. My first post over there went up this morning.

Linking up with RonDean

Danica Patrick is hot.THE END

I guess the people at SI thought that Tiger Woods hadn't been the subject of enough controversy after that whole Golf Week Noose Cover(SportsbyBrooks)

90dayjane says she is gonna kill herself in 90 days but I am more of a 25000dayArthur fan, I mean I pretty much procrastinate everything.

Honestly Chris Mihm has more games missed than points scored this season(ESPN)

Is there really a big call for jack-shack material of a dead chick(FanHouse)

Kenechi Udeze has a form of cancer, it will be weeks til the type is known. Just want to wish him well (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

They keep telling me Kidd is such a great teammate, Riiiiiight(FanHouse)

When (not if people, WHEN)Shaq shows that he is a broken down shell of himself, the feud with Bill Walton is going to leave him looking foolish(FanHouse)