For Whom The Bells Toll ……….. It Tolls For Thee !

There’s not a great deal happening in the world of sports at present and with the Opening Day of baseball (MLB) set for this Thursday beyond that there isn’t a great deal to actually have the sport’s fan greatly enamored. The NBA regular season is slowly approaching the final straight and there too a number of teams are striving to gain some form of momentum in order to have themselves playoff ready for the postseason .

For Whom The Bells Toll ……….. It Tolls For Thee !

There’s not a great deal happening in the world of sports at present and with the Opening Day of baseball (MLB) set for this Thursday beyond that there isn’t a great deal to actually have the sport’s fan greatly enamored. The NBA regular season is slowly approaching the final straight and there too a number of teams are striving to gain some form of momentum in order to have themselves playoff ready for the postseason .

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With the NBA postseason set to commence in the second week or third week of April (April 16th), it’s easy to understand why these teams contending for a playoff berth would want to hit form of consistency that sets them on the right track as the playoffs approach . My own thoughts are that the teams looking to make a postseason berth are going to have to raise the level of their game as the playoffs approach.

A work colleague of mine brought up the subject of the NFL labor dispute and the lockout and made the statement that how is that all of a sudden the league now sets to paint the NFLPA in a dark light bearing in mind that they were the ones who sought instigate the lockout because the Executive Committee of the union were unwilling to acquiesce to a number of conditions that league proposed ? With Neil being a labor relation’s lawyer I found it somewhat surprising that he raised that point ! One of the sticking points now appears to be the league’s wish to have a comprehensive drug testing policy as it relates to PED’s and in particular HGH . For some reason I was under the impression that the league already had what they’d deemed to be a comprehensive drug testing policy but obviously it’s no better than the policy that MLB hierarchy has in place . Now if this is one of the real sticking points said to be many that the league and the union are said to be far apart on then it this lockout suddenly becomes not merely about money but a great deal more.

I know that the league (NFL) does test for certain prohibitive substances , namely marijuana , anabolic steroids and certain other illicit opiates but if they weren’t already testing for HGH then this is the question I’ve got to ask what the hell is going on within the NFL and their own credibility as it relates to the use of HGH ? Given the fact that we’ve all seen the dangers of abusing steroids and in particular a number of these opiates how is it that they’ve continued to not address the issue of HGH being used by the players . I know that it’s use has to be closely scrutinized by a medical professional. But herein lies the caveat if it’s only now that the league hierarchy under NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to address this issue then clearly there’s something that the NFL and owners weren’t prepared to make public unless they’re prepared to use it as leverage against the union. At the same time in the midst of this all Tennessee Titans’ owner Bud Adams issued a public statement saying that it is his belief that a 2011-12 season will commence on time . Unless Bud Adams is actually fully aware of some upcoming turn of events then clearly the league feels that they now hold the upper hand in any proposed return to the table concerning resolving the labor negotiations.. I’m not so sure that now appears to the case as I do believe that Goodell and the owners have been out-maneuvered by the NFLPA headed by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith .

Courtesy of NFL.com

NFL wants its players tested for human growth hormone

By Steve Wyche of NFL.com

The NFL believes now is the time to include human growth hormone testing in its banned substances policy and is pushing players to add it to a collective bargaining agreement — whenever one is reached.

The NFL and NFL Players Association discussed the policy before the union decertified March 11 and league owners imposed a lockout March 12, but no details were provided regarding where things stood.

News of the league’s insistence on HGH testing being part of the new CBA was first reported Thursday by FoxSports.com.

Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president of law and labor policy, said Friday that the league has pushed for HGH testing since 2008, but with the opportunity to re-cast terms of a labor deal, it has become a priority. The NFLPA had resisted it in the past because of HGH testing methods and the reliability of results.

Blood testing remains the most reliable means to detect the presence of HGH, and that has been the sticking point — not both sides’ desire for fair play, Birch said.

“In terms of the policy, we’ve always been in lockstep with the players,” Birch said. “It’s an important tool in deterring — that’s maybe the most important part — and detecting those who are using (HGH). It helps the public understand what they are seeing is legitimate and that it’s not the result of artificial means. It’s equally important to players to know that someone hasn’t gained an artificial advantage over them.”

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At this juncture the whole labor dispute nonsensical and personally with each passing day with the damage being done to the image of both parties , I now feel that the fans couldn’t give a sh_t how things turn out. It’s not as if the league or players have ever had the fans’ best interests at heart any time during their deliberations !

With the trial of Barry Bonds now hitting its stride it’s amazing to see to read or hear about the testimony now be given by the number of witnesses subpoenad to appear at the trial by the prosecution in this case the US Justice Department and the attorneys representing the People of the US. With Jason Giambi having testified that he was a recipient of steroids from Bonds’ former personal trainer Greg Anderson and Bonds’ former mistress Kimberly Bell testifying that in her time spent with the MLB slugger over the course of their relationship the player got considerably bigger. I can only surmise that apart from Bonds’ rigorous training regimen that she was trying to allude to the fact the player was using something illicit to spurt his growth or could it be that she was also taking about the size of his member ? And as absurd as this case has become I do believe that we’re going to hear a great deal more than goes from the sublime to the ridiculous !

The longer this charade goes on as to the money being spent on this case the more I continue to question the asinine stance of the MLB hierarchy under the tenure of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig , in particular the owners within the game , managers and the MLBPA under then Executive Director Donald Fehr who now holds a similar position with the NHLPA . If the NHL and the sport of hockey hasn’t gone through enouhh problems as it is ther Players’ Union hires Fehr to become their Executive Director ? Are they fu_king mad ? The game is still in a financially tenuous position and it’s not as if Gary Bettman as the NHL Commissioner has actually got them now heading in the right direction as of now is it ?

As it now stands the legacy of the game throughout the nineties and into the early part of this decade has been irrevocably damaged and harmed ! With the advent of the regular season about to start as of tomorrow I can’t help but wonder what the teams , owners , union , fans and the game’s hierarchy hope to see when in large part the fans are still being reminded of the inane stupidity of the league hierarchy’s lackadaisical approach to the steroid issue . Bud Selig and his then counterpart Donald Fehr and the union as a whole were complicit in perpetrating this fraud upon the public and wherein the teams and players had a financial windfall. Were this a white collar crime committed I can assure you that the FBI , Justice Department and dare I say it the idiots within both Congress and the Senate would be asking that there be indictments of all of the guilty parties concerned ! But instead those blowholes have remained mind numbingly silent , even with those odious and sleep inducing Congressional hearings that took place and was overseen by the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and the House Committee on Energy & Commerce . What was achieved by those hearings dependent upon one’ s views ranged somewhere between the idiotic with the grandstanding by those congressional committee members and the idiotic statements and testimony given by the league hierarchy and the players subpoenad to testify !

The one thing I for one question now is given what we may or may not know to be true is how the public view the records attained by players during the steroid era and how they ought to be viewed by the fans and public in general ? God knows the single season home run record as well as the home run record ought to have an asterisk placed at their side . I don’t state this as a damning indictment of Bonds alone . But I do feel if that he’s now to be viewed as the face of the steroid era along with Jose Canseco and several other players whom we all know to be associated with the illicit use of steroids amongst other substances banned by the game then we also ought to question silence maintained by players such as Derek Jeter , Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine who’ve often been viewed as what’s right within the game but with their avowed silence on the issue , has to have the fans thinking up to a point whether or not they condoned the actions by their fellow players ? I mean even the most menial and lowly of the low within the union (MLBPA) as well as the marquee names have profited greatly from the era having seen their salaries rise not merely based on potential alone but from the stats that were achieved during the era . And with the idiot general managers then willing to pay exorbitant salaries to players while being lassoed in by uber-agents such as Scott Boras , Arn Tellem and Leigh Steinberg making the players immeasurably wealthy beyond their wildest dreams . It now begs the question what credibility does the game of baseball really have as to its legitimacy in being viewed as the nation’s favorite pastime as well as the integrity of its players , managers and the league hierarchy itself ?

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As the NFL labor dispute continues to meander along whatever route it presumably takes how do you as such view the situation as a discerning fan of the game ? Do you also feel that the league’s stance with regard to them wanting to instigate a test for HGH via blood testing is the proactive thing to do by the NFL ? Or do you feel that a the federal laws in place as it relates to the use of steroids is enough of a deterrent to the players as a whole ? And what thoughts if any do you have with regard to the recently commenced federal trial of former San Francisco Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds ? Simply leave a comment on your thoughts as to the points raised within this piece and anything else you believe to be pertinent to the subject matter as you’d deem fit .

Picture and slide show details below .
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(1) Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award finalists Nnamdi Asomugha (R) of the Oakland Raiders and Israel Idonije (2ndR) of the Chicago Bears pose with the Peyton family, Connie Payton (2ndL), wife of former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton, and her children Brittney (3rdL), Jarrett (3rdR) and Adolpho Birch (L) during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images North America Inc / Doug Pensinger ……..

(2) Birch (center) seen here with officials of the NFL and local dignitaries in Arlington , Texas prior to this past season’s Superbowl played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers . AP Photo Chris Morgan ………

(3) DeMaurice Smith (R), NFLPA executive director, arrives with NFL Players Association Spokesman George Atallah (L) and Kansas City Chiefs player Brian Waters (C) for an extra day of negotiations at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement between players and owners during a 24 hour extension in negotiations. Brian Smialowski / Getty Images North America …..

(4) Former TN. Govenor Phil Bredesen, Honoree/Owner NFL TN. Titans Bud Adams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and current TN. Governor Bill Haslam present Bud Adams with the “Lifetime Humanitarian Award” at the 2011 T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala at the Hutton Hotel on March 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Rick Diamond / Getty Images ……

(5) Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court at the end of the day on March 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds’ perjury trial accusing him of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs when he played for the San Francisco Giants enters its second week. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images ……..

(6) Major League Baseball player Jason Giambi leaves federal court after testifying during Barry Bonds’ perjury trial on March 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds’ perjury trial accusing him of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs when he played for the San Francisco Giants enters its second week. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks. Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images North America ….

(7) Kimberly Bell the former mistress of Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds is seen here leaving the US Federal Courthouse in San Francisco , California, having given her testimony in the player’s obstruction of Justice and perjury trial . AP Photo / Phil Montgomery …

(8) Former Major League All Star Jose Canseco known steroid user whose revelations of widespread steroid and PED use amongst his peers in the league led to widespread outrage along with the watered down Mitchell Report and MLB ‘s inane drug policy . AP/Reuters / Keith Pettigrew ……….

(9) Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (L) is pictured alongside then Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Donald Fehr during testimony at a House Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing on the Mitchell Report into the use of steroids in baseball, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 15, 2008. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that Major League Baseball’s players and owners must come together “in a well-planned, well-executed and sustained effort” to remove steroids from the national pastime . Andy Krupp /Reuters ……

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23 thoughts on “For Whom The Bells Toll ……….. It Tolls For Thee !”

  1. When it comes to integrity neither the NFL , MLB or the respective players’ unions within either sport much less the owners themselves have a god-damn ounce of it much less be willing to tell the truth ! They’re all a bunch of gutless bastards !

    tophatal ………………..

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  2. Don’t worry, the Champions League Quarters start next week. Let’s hope the Chelsea we’re used to seeing Champions League play show up as they are known for choking in competition. The Real Madrid v. Totttenham game intrigues me more. I think the Spurs can actually pull this one off, of am i still drunk?

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    1. jgome

      I’m looking forward to the Champions League matches just to see how all of the Premiership teams will do that are left in the competition.

      I’ve got balls this big son a d_ck just as big that’ll fit in your ripe juicy ass just the way I like it so fu_k you and do as I say ! Spurs’ coach Harry Redknapp .

      Spurs on their best day can’t do themselves any justice because of their inconsistency from one moment to the next ! And for that I blame Harry Redknapp as he’s yet to instill real discipline —- up front or on defense when it comes to the team .

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    1. Yeah, not looking good for Bonds as Velarde said that he bought performance enhancers from Bonds’ trainer…..But, I think majority knew he did them anyways. Guess what? We still got the Roger Clemens trial in the summer. The crazy world of baseball….

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      1. jgome

        Bonds was always a dumb ass to begin with ! And all those Giants’ fans still kissing his sphincter (rectum/ ass-hole) are no smarter than he is ! As for Clemens he and his lawyer Rusty Harden ought to go to clown school because their prima fascia case is a friggin’ joke !

        I don’t like the way they’re looking at me ! When I get home I’ll sex-text Mindy to see if she wants to come over and suck my d_ck ! If not I’ll ask Rusty’s secretary if she wants to join me and my wife in a threesome .

        Katy Perry may well have kissed a girl and liked it but Roger Clemens deep throated me three times and I too also liked it ! Country singer and erstwhile skank Mindy McCready .

        Barry’s balls weren’t the only think that shrank ……… his d_ck is now the size of a peanut . Kimberly Bell

        tophatal ……………..

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    2. Chris Humpherys

      There’ll never be closer as long as the present MLB hierarchy and in particular Selig is still around . That’s like saying carnivores would prefer to stop eating meat and eat tofu instead ! You simply know that’ll never happen ! And when the jackass Selig steps down he’ll make sure that a like minded moron becomes his successor !

      tophatal ………

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    3. Chris Humpherys

      All this time the NFL was pushing its drug policy as being comprehensive when in fact it had more damn holes in it than Swiss cheese . Now these morons want to do blood tests for HGH ? How friggin’ long have they been trying to do this and it’s only now they want to deal with the issue ? Those dumb ass fans who’d complained about the Patriots being cheats now look even more stupid in light of this because the union has always been firmly against the test from the get go !

      Things that the NFL and MLB’s drug testing policy has always had , more holes in it than Swiss cheese ! Now the NFL wants to test for HGH using blood tests and we wonder why the league hierarchy has been a bunch of whinin’ pussies along with the owners ? Fu_k ’em all they’re all a bunch damn simpletons to begin with and if sh_t were brains then you could fill the room with the players , union and the league hierarchy and make a similar comparison !

      tophatal ……………..

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    4. Chris Humpherys

      The only thing that both MLB and the NFL have been serious about is making money at the expense of the fans and then taking a colossal dump on us all . At no time have they ever known to be sincere about anything and that includes their image up to a point .

      The avg income of the US citizen is approximately $40,000 a year the average salary of an NFL player is $2,000,000 and for a MLB player it’s $3.2 million . So tell me where’s meant to be the reality that they care when with each passing moment they’re stiffing the consumer ? Their product and brand has become diluted and stale !

      tophatal …………….

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    1. smurfed

      Since when was respect needed to play or coach in the game of baseball ? Look at the managers , dumb ass owners , general managers and Selig to be more to the point !

      What was that you said I should bend over and try and kiss my own ass ? Well I have you know that I’ve done that and I loved the taste as it was decidedly delicious !

      Selig and the league hierarchy were they to fart their friggin’ heads would explode !

      tophatal ……………….

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  3. Really don’t care any more…..every thing is so damn corrupt and so self-serving life in the USA is a joke anymore. Maybe the Mayans were right.

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    1. al clements

      That’s it in a nutshell as the right would want to sell the bullshit of exceptionalism concerning the social merits of the nation. But in reality the liberty here isn’t all that they crack it up to be at all .

      You’ve got a judicial system gone amok , a legislative body that wouldn’t know their ass from a whole in the ground and a populace that’s so racially , economically and socially divided that they’re trying to sell as legitimate and right. Since when was it appropriate to hide behind the bullshit of ‘Freedom of Speech’ to berate the death of soldiers who’ve lost their lives with valor defending the country by saying that their deaths are because the country has turned away from God ? Those assholes aren’t Christians </u? but a bunch of perverted Neanderthals !

      The hierarchies of both the NFL and baseball are a complete joke and they’re not to be trusted at all !

      tophatal …………..

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  4. The trials of Bonds and Clemens seem to be a waste of time and money, but I guess it has to be done. The dumbasses could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by just telling the truth.
    As far as the testing of NFL players goes I have a simple solution. They either submit to testing or the don’t play in the league period. I have grown tired of cheaters.

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    1. aero

      The investigation of BALCO and the subsequent indictments of the ballplayers in the league and the Bonds’ trial thus far is said to have exceeded $20 million over the years it took. It’s still ongoing as the Justice Dept is said to be looking to indict others as it had done with Bonds , Clemens and former track athlete Marion Jones .

      These athletes are so damn stupid that they simply think they’re above the law because of their notoriety . But what might be even worse is the inane stupidity of the governing bodies that oversee the sports of baseball , football and Track and Field in this case for the track athletes it’s the USATF . That body is archaic and devoid of character and common sense that they’re a joke !

      What we’re seeing with these athletes is endemic of what we see within society as our legislators cheat and have no respect for common decency or the truth for that matter , so don’t be at all surprised by any of this at all !

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  5. The trial is getting uglier with all the former players saying how Anderson injected them. Not sure how the jury could say he’s innocent, but who knows… Stoked for baseball! I’m just happy it started!

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    1. chappy

      The only thing that I can envision that might be uglier would be to witness seeing Joan Rivers —- naked with all of her surgically enhanced body sagging in so many different directions that it’d make you throw up from the sight !

      I’m amped for baseball even though I’ve not thrown my hat in the ring in terms of supporting a team long term for the vested future !

      Joan & Melissa Rivers . WTF have these two ever done to reap the fame and fortune they now have ?

      Clemens’ case is weak in terms of a defense and as for Bonds can we just say that his future cellmates will be eager to please him in whatever way he may well wish ?

      tophatal …….

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  6. Bonds bores me. So his Mr.Johnson is the size of a pebble. The NFL bores me. ESPN bores me. MLB should be fun. My Phillies will always find a way to screw it up. They’re from Philly what do you expect. I am too. The Bums-Eagles and Phillies can find a way to screw up a wet dream.
    I love the Harry Me Boy Redknapp picture. I sure hope Spurs shoves it up the dirty cheats Barca’s butts. EPL starts up again.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      So both Bonds and Clemens bore you ? Well that’s all we may well here until the MLB schedule hits its stride because the first few weeks of it are really tedious and boring ! The teams as such won’t really have hit their stride or shown any real form .

      Redknapp is a good coach but nowhere near being a great coach and I do believe that Spurs could very struggle in their upcoming game against Barca in the Champions League !

      If the Phillies screw up then it’ll be of their own making and no one else’s .

      tophatal ……………..

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