Remember that old George Carlin routine?
Well we can add something else to Mr. Carlin’s list. In football, we really don’t care if you cheat. In fact we reward you with accolades. Bill Belicheat was awarded the AP’s Coach of the Year honor today. Now this is hardly surprising, considering the Patriots’ unbeaten regular season, but how is it that a guy who was caught cheating can be named the best at what he does? Yes, I understand that they may have never actually received any benefit from the filming of the Jets’ sideline this year. But are we naive enough to believe this was the first occurrence?
This isn’t the first time a cheater has been rewarded either. Remember Shawne Merriman? Merriman was rewarded the year he tested positive for steroids with an invite to Hawaii, named first team all-pro by the AP, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News, etc. He finished 3rd in voting for the AP’s DPoY.
Quite a contrast from baseball. In baseball if there is a hint of any type of cheating, whether it be steroids or a corked bat, the media will hunt you down and kill you. That may be a little overboard, but you get the idea. There is a witch hunt in baseball, and maybe even worse are these reporters who wave their hall of fame ballots around like they mean anything. “He won’t get my vote!” Well let me ask you a question- who the heck do you think you are? Why should I care if player x gets ‘your vote’ or not? Continue reading
For those who are baseball fans, tomorrow is poised to be a flurry of information. The Mitchell report, now in the hands of Major League Baseball, is expected to be released Thursday. Would it surprise me if one of the major media outlets got their hands on it early? Of course not. But everyone will have access when it is released.
I’m usually not a Howard Bryant (ESPN columnist) fan, but his story about the Mitchell report is must read if you are interested at all in what will happen after the report is released. I warn you, it is a long read however. My favorite part of that piece is this-
While much of the emphasis regarding steroid use has focused on West Coast teams such as Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, three players who admitted to using steroids — Canseco, Jeremy Giambi and Paxton Crawford — spent time with the Red Sox. Another, the former American League MVP Mo Vaughn, admitted that in 1998 he used Pro-HGH, an oral form of human growth hormone. In 2000, Boston police found steroids and syringes in a car owned by shortstop Manny Alexander that had been loaned to the team batboy.
I have written before, and make no apologies for the fact that I am openly rooting for a dozen Red Sox players to be named here. Including MVPapi himself. But seriously, do you think Mitchell will allow that to happen? According to this ESPN report, there will be 60-80 player names in that report. With that many players, we would have to assume that nearly every team will have someone represented. Though some teams might escape, seeing as how California labs and the Mets clubhouse attendant seem to be major players in the report. You would think that an AL Midwest team like Kansas City might escape scrutiny, but then they go and sign players that have already tested positive. After the jump, fun with the Mitchell report scoreboard!
Let me say this up front- I am not a Jet fan. What I am wondering is why the punishment for the Patriots’ sideline videography isn’t going to include forfeiting the game that they were caught cheating in? I don’t quite understand the logic to this. Sure, I think that losing draft picks is a serious penalty, but I don’t think it should be the only penalty. I’ve read from football insiders that the penalty could be as severe as a second round pick and a fifth round pick, more than likely not in the same draft. My question is why not make them forfeit the Jets game and take away a second round pick? Wouldn’t that be a serious deterrent from cheating?