Thursday, February 19, 2009

Chuck Is Back

posted by IntrinsicBent

Charles Barkley was back on TNT's Thursday Night NBA Doubleheader tonight for the first time since his recent legal woes.
Charles was serving a suspension after a DUI incident that occurred in Arizona and was graphically captured by video, audio, and a sweaty mug shot photo.

Chuck seemed uncharacteristically timid in his first night back on the air. Barkley is a fan and athlete favorite due to his shoot from the lip style of honest commentating.

During Barkley's absence, TNT subbed with other ex-NBAers including Karl Malone and Chris Webber.

99 Economic Problems But A Pay Per View Ain't One

posted by MMA Daddy

Say what you will about UFC President Dana White and the Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA empire he has built, but it stands as one of the few recession resistant entertainment enterprises in existence today.


With the most recent UFC 94 event breaking Las Vegas live attendance and pay per view records, White looks like he will continue growing his brand of MMA promotion while others falter and flail.

UFC 100 is scheduled to be held somewhere around July this year, and may be the pinnacle event of 2009. It's rumored that the UFC is planning to have every weight class champ challenged with a fight for their belt at this event, barring any injuries to the participants.

Many aspects of fight fans' lives are being tightened during this economic downturn, but the belt's not yet hitting the UFC notch.

Sports Hero(es) Of The Week

posted by IntrinsicBent

In this era of economic turmoil, juicing baseball players, bong hitting backstrokers, and other daily headline downers, this article reminds us that right still exists, and sometimes putting basic human decency ahead of win at all costs is still the road to choose.

I'm not going to butcher the article by trying to give a summary. This is a good read.

If you don't feel touched by this story, check yourself for a pulse. This also supports my theory that anything ending with the consumption of pizza is usually awesome.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

A Time to Differentiate

posted by MoneyMouth

No, this isn't geeky calculus talk. We're talking about baseball here. Nerds, go back to your TI-83 and your online girlfriends.

http://images.smarter.com/blogs/arod2.jpgThe latest news that A-Rod and 103 other players tested positive for steroids in MLB's 2003 tests is tragic for two reasons.

Number 1: This is definitely a steroid era in baseball that will forever mark this period of time and any record that was broken during its duration. These leaked results just show how pervasive steroid use has been in baseball, and the fact that some big names like A-Rod are a part of these positive results makes it all the more painful.

Number 2: These names were never supposed to be released. Players agreed in 2003 to these initial tests on the basis that they would be kept confidential and that this was simply a survey to investigate the true level of steroid use within baseball. What would have never marred a man's career could now cost him a trip to the hall of fame. A-Rod, along with plenty of other players, stopped using -- or found better chemists -- and have never tested positive again for a banned substance once MLB declared these substances illegal.

I'm not sure why I feel compelled to stick up for A-Rod, Tejada, or any other shmoe that was stupid enough to take performance enhancing drugs before 2004, but I think it's time we start differentiating between those players who tested positive after 2003 and those who tested positive or were linked to steroids before 2004. The fact of the matter is that before 2004, steroids, precursors, and performance-enhancing drugs were not considered to be illegal for baseball players to take. And while we all consider it to be cheating, there have been plenty of other well-known cheaters throughout baseball who have actually been praised for their desire to win. These users were no doubt stupid for doing what they did, but I think it's time we give these guys a break. Forget the discussion of asterisks and bans, these guys have earned their places in the record books, no matter how dirty that place is.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Ster-Rod?

posted by IntrinsicBent

It is being reported today by ESPN radio that New York Yankee 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003.
This was before the the MLB had a testing policy which included punitive actions.  The results were from testing done by Major League Baseball in 2003 to give them insight whether there was a problem with performance enhancing drugs in their sport.

Here's where it begins to get greasy.  MLB never had intentions of the results of this testing to get out.  They coded the samples which were in a lab, and had the key to the codes (names and codes) in another office in a different state.  Seems the Feds are pretty good at the whole sleuthing game and after obtaining the information during a subpoena search, had no problem connecting the dots.

A-Rod's comment was a wimpy statement of he won't say anything and inquiries should go to the union about it.  The union is mum to this point as well. 

We need to officially turn the page on hoping that great players that came through the last decade and a half were anything but dirty.  Baseball, the sport that you could compare using the numbers of the game has forever been sullied and is left as a 3 stage sport: Before Testing (BT), During Drugging (DD), and After Testing (AT).

This latest finding also kills the all time home run record as many were hopeful that Rodriguez would smash this record and wipe away the stain that was Barry Bonds.

I say give everyone a pass, test the crap out of the players for every conceivable cheating mechanism, put real teeth in the punishment, and move on.

No word on whether or not Madonna or Joe Torre had any comments on this matter.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Regarding Michael Phelps

posted by BiCoastal Bias

This is one situation where I wish I wasn't right (see my Olympics post of last summer where I suggested he get a therapist to deal with the post-Olympic letdown). We saw this four years ago, and we're seeing it again now. Phelps hasn't quite learned to deal with his time outside of the swimming pool.

Yes, he is just a 23 year old - and yes, he is held to a higher standard. But rightfully so.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Cowher's Stock Plumets

posted by MoneyMouth

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Since BiCoastal is in denial that there was championship football game played last week that didn't involve "the genius" Bill Belichick and his beloved Patriots, I'll do us all a favor and bring us back to the aftermath of one of the most amazing Super Bowl games I have ever witnessed.  And while I would like to point out that Boldin's career is going down hill from here and make the bold prediction that Matt Leinart will once again return to the Super Bowl, I have to take a moment to talk about Bill Cowher.

Poor Bill Cowher.

It was only three seasons ago that Cowher was winning his first Super Bowl and vindicating his successful coaching career.  When Cowher retired after 15 seasons with the Steelers, he had won 8 division titles, secured ten playoff births, coached 6 AFC championship games and made two Super Bowl appearances.  And with the 2006 Super Bowl win, he had assured himself that if at anytime he wanted to coach football again after retiring in 2007, he could all but pick his team and name his asking price.

That is until Mike Tomlin came along and showed the world that Bill Cowher is overrated. 

With the Steelers' win on Sunday, Tomlin has helped to reaffirm the growing trend in the NFL that you don't need a big-time coach to lead your team to the Super Bowl, you just need a guy who can work within a good system.  Unfortunately for Cowher, that means he's one week too late in announcing his return to coaching (there is/was an attractive position still available in Kansas City that would have fallen head-over-heels for a pre-Super Bowl XLIII Bill Cowher).  Now all he can hope for is a catastrophe of a season for the 2009 Steelers or else his stock is just going to continue to plumet. 

So the question is: why pay several million to hire Cowher as your head coach when you can use that several million to spread across a great coaching staff and probably produce just as good of an outcome?  I'll let you chew on that one for a while. 

Monday, February 02, 2009

Sports Douche of the Week

posted by BiCoastal Bias


Here at the Frappe, we don't write about tennis very often - and to be honest, I feel kinda funny blogging about this particular sport the day after the Super Bowl. But, something must be said about Novak Djokovic.

During the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last week, Djokovic retired in the fourth set of his match against Andy Roddick who was leading 2 sets to 1 and was already up a break. I don't think Djokovic gave any reason for giving up, other than a lack of energy due to the heat.

As they would say in Djokovic's native land of Serbia - this guy needs some cajones.

Yes, it was ridiculously hot, but Roddick seemed willing to go on. And yes, Djokovic's match the night before went late, but isn't that part of the job description? What's worse is that Djokovic waited until he was clearly going to lose to throw in the towel. At what point is it better just to let your opponent finish you off rather than bare the humiliation of being a quitter?

Wait, the humiliation gets better. It was only four months ago that Roddick accused Djokovic of being a gigantic wus, wondering aloud whether Djokovic's problems involved bird flu, SARS, and and maybe even anthrax, and then saying "You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time."

After those comments, Djokovic knocked Roddick out of the US Open, which only goes to show that the guy can play when he's provoked. But apparently Djokovic's feelings have healed, because not even playing against Roddick could give him the motivation to finish out the fourth set in the Australian Open last week.

Djokovic already had a reputation for quitting matches due to supposed medical reasons more than anyone else on the tour - but now he's even quitting against the very guy who called him out on it - and without even giving a legitimate reason other than that the conditions and the schedule of the tournament were too much for him.

All of us knew a Djokovic growing up - he was the kid who would "accidentally" step on your last ping pong ball right before you crushed him for the sixth straight game. The difference between Djokovic and that kid was that Djokovic actually has talent - which is what makes Djokovic all the more despicable.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Officiating Stays Consistent In The Big Game

posted by IntrinsicBent

The Sports Frappe has been reporting all year on the consistency of officiating gaffes that have affected the outcomes of contests this season in the National Football League.

Tonight in an awesome matchup between the first time to get there Cardinals and the trying to be the first to win 6 Steelers, it is this blogger's opinion that this has happened again.

But I will never know for sure.

Teams cannot challenge calls in the last 2 minutes of halves. Wasn't it the responsibility of the officials to at least look at the Kurt Warner intended pass that was ruled a fumble? I'm sure I saw a ball come loose as the arm was moving forward. Why should I feel the burden to figure things out? If I disagree with the way something was called, that's one thing. If I have no confidence because the officials don't give any effort to look to be sure, that's horrendous.

The game was great in the last quarter after looking like the Steelers would run away with it in the 1st quarter.

Take nothing away from the Steelers and especially quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who thread the needle and found Santonio Holmes in a miracle play to score the go ahead touchdown.

But something should be done with the NFL officiating. All the rules and procedures are in place.

Use them.

Michael Phelps thinks the refs showed poor judgement.