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So here goes , we now have another medication in the world of sports that athletes will now choose to hide behind , as they choose to enhance their athletic abilities on the field of play. In recent weeks , several players in the NFL as well as the NBA and MLB have come forth and stated that they have been taking , or have been caught taking the drug Adderall , a drug that is normally used in treating and abating ADD and ADHD . Now, far be it , for me to suggest, that these athletes are not suffering from a genuine malady , but what does it suggest , when a number of these stars have chosen deliberately to skirt the rules , and have failed to advise a medical professional , in the organization where they are employed of their actions ? In the midst of this all, comes further proof that the MLB hierarchy under Bud Selig , remains , hapless , as well clueless , as we are now made aware that a trio of players embroiled in the game’s “ steroid era “ will be placed on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot . Seven-time NL MVP , Barry Bonds , along with Sammy Sosa and seven-time NL Cy Young Award winner , and recently exonerated , Roger Clemens , will be on the ballot in question . What might make this idiocy all the more inexplicable , is the fact that the names in question are usually forwarded to the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) , by baseball’s hierarchy , who go through the merits and carry out the adjudication process of the proposed nominees .
Bud Selig never ceases to amaze , and his continued stupidity is only matched , by that shown by team owners within the game , who sat by and chose to do nothing while this massive fraud in the rampant use of steroids , was being perpetrated on the baseball fans within the game . Needless to say, in 2012 that still is the case, and when one considers that in excess of 185 players in the last thirty months at the MLB and MILB (Minor League Level) have been caught and penalized , because of their misuse of steroids. There is no way, that the commissioner , can claim with any veracity , that baseball has stamped out the widespread of use of PED’s and the illicit use of other banned substances . Not when the use of steroids still remains at the forefront of the game .
Consider also , that , the active home runs’ leader , Alex Rodriguez , having admitted his use of “boli” (anabolic steroids) , a mere six months after his much publicized admission , the player’s name once again surfaced, when it was revealed that he was a patient of Orlando medical professional , Dr Anthony Galea . Galea , now incarcerated at a federal facility , after reaching a plea agreement with the US Justice Department , for illegal interstate commerce , the transporting and trafficking of narcotics and the distribution and selling of PED’s as well several other prescription medication brought across from Canada , illegally for sale in the United States .In light of those revelations , Bud Selig , has once again chosen to turn a blind eye , yet the fans are to believe that he has the game’s best interests at heart ? And for the apathetic fans who believe that misuse of steroids does no harm , consider the fact that, renal failure , degenerative bone loss , cardiac problems and impotency are but a few of the side effects that can take place from the misuse of steroids . How about those apples ?
Forever the cries are for Pete Rose , the all-time hits’ leader and his inclusion into the Hall of Fame , but how the fans excuse his actions with regard to his willful neglect of the rules , and concerns the player’s now well publicized admission of guilt that he did in fact bet on games . And this came in light of Rose’s years of constant denial, of any wrongdoing on his part
. It is this sort of lunacy and apathy from the fans that never ceases to amaze . Rose’s acts are , and were just as egregious, as the willful flouting of the game’s rules as it concerns the use of a banned substance but yet , because this is said to be “ a victimless crime” in the eyes of the public , it is felt that he should now be excused and afforded the highest individual honor the game can bestow upon a player in recognition of their achievements , and that is entrance into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , New York . Of course there has been a victim in the case of Rose’s conduct , if he’s said to be fixing games , in order for him to profit from those events financially . If results were being determined, by cheating wherein, Rose engineered the result of a game , that was to his favor, then who is actually being hurt by those actions ? Most certainly, the fans in this a case, and the general public at large . Or is it appropriate that the fans should actually overlook that issue , and simply let bygones be by bygones, with Pete Rose inclusion into the Hall of Fame ? Your thoughts ?
Adderall , itself is a banned substance , but the NFL does allow its use , only where it has been prescribed for use by a medical professional to an individual who’s said to be suffering from ADD or ADHD. . And it’s illicit use by Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive player Eric Wright , has once again brought this issue into the spotlight Wright has been in violation of the league’s substance abuse policy once before , so my question would be , is this latest infraction , was it for a legitimate issue on the player’s part or simply Wright’s willingness to violate the rules once again? The fact that he gave the explanation that he suffers from ADD , but nowhere was this mentioned by Wright when he was acquired by the team as a free agent. Strike you as curious ? Chime in with a comment as you see fit .
Much to my dismay, I am trying still trying to fathom how in two successive weeks the Buccaneers have managed to squander away games where victory seemed to be well within their grasp ! In two of the last three weeks , Josh Freeman and his teammates let slip what was certainly a game that was theirs and winnable . In week twelve , it was a game against the Atlanta Falcons , and a one point loss (24-23) . Whatever , Greg Schiano has been trying to instill into his players , clearly is not working , as it would appear that complacency as well as inconsistency has become the norm within this ball-club.
This past Sunday , the Buccaneers hosted the Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) at Raymond James Stadium , in Tampa , Florida ,. Beyond the events on the field , it should be noted that the game was blacked out in the local television market , as the fair-weather fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were nowhere to be seen. It is at times like this , when I have to wonder if the city of Tampa should be imbued with the privilege of an NFL franchise within their midst, much less any type of professional sports’ franchise ! If the fans can’t come out to support this team , much less the Tampa Bay Rays or Tampa Bay Lightning , then why the hell try to assert that the city is indeed a sport’s related locale that can support three of the four major professional team sports ? Truth be known , the fans barely come out to support either of the aforementioned franchises, even in the best of times . Yet , for all of the grandiose ideas of from the city of Tampa and the neighboring city of St Petersburg, it is becoming increasingly clear that the local politicians within the locale are just as devoid of intelligence and business acumen as the owners who preside over three franchises in question. The Glazers may well have made their billions in the world of commercial real estate , but their day-to-day business operations as it concerns the Buccaneers’ franchise could be likened to a small grocery store , where the produce is rotting and the sales’ staff are simply disinterested in their environment.
In terms of the Rays , well it’s back to the annual exercise of penny-pinching by GM Andrew Friedman at the behest of team owner , Stuart Sternberg , while “seeking out” not necessarily the best talent available , but the cheapest , while the organization seeks to divest itself of some of their best players in recent years . As to the Lightning , well let’s just say , that as long as the NHL finds itself in the midst of another labor stoppage , then we might as well be talking about the merits of whether not a female with D cup sized breasts, are far more alluring than a female with C cups ? Tampa Bay Lightning owner , Jeff Vinnick must now wish he’d never set eyes on the hockey franchise and then to “pony up” the alleged $110 million purchase price for the team . With losses now mounting up and this continued idiocy by fans that this sport remains relevant , is it any wonder that one can continue to make a mockery of the their repeated suggestion that the sport can regain its financial footing ! What f#cking planet are those fans living on , might I ask ? Now almost three months into a league enforced lockout and no apparent sign that the two sides are any closer to reaching a compromise . The NHLPA (union) and hockey’s hierarchy seem intent on self-destruction . My response … “ have at it , you assholes ( hierarchy and union) , as you never knew when you were unto a good thing in the first place “ !
In the game on Sunday , between these two NFC combatants , the Eagles given their issues both and off the field were not seen as favorites to upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . However , in front of a sparse crowd , the team led by rookie quarterback , Nick Foles , as he and teammates , with a great deal of composure , came back from a ten-point deficit in the final 2 ½ minutes of the game to essentially all, but now derail the Buccaneers’ hopes of making the postseason . The loss drops the Buccaneers to (6-7) within the NFC South , they will now have to rely on others ahead of them in the NFC standings in order to move ahead of their conference rivals seeking a playoff berth . Another losing for the Buccaneers , albeit with a rookie coach and there you have their season all wrapped up in a neatly packaged parcel and a bow . Unfortunately, this was a not a season of gift giving by way Greg Schiano’s players being the recipient of a gift . The Buccaneers will have to seriously look at this roster and the issues that they have , a lack a truly vocal leader . And when you have such a seasoned veteran , such as , Ronde Barber , bitching and whining , while offering very little by way of leadership to the younger players on the roster , then it is easy to understand why this team has failed so miserably this season ! .
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Picture and slide show details below .
(1) From left to right, Sammy Sosa , Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds . All three former Big League players are on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot , which in some circles has drawn the ire of fans and MLB analysts alike . The BBWAA which adjudicates the process , have accepted the nominations , but no results will be forthcoming as to what their final decision may well be , on whether or not all three , will be due for enshrinement having met the criteria of gaining 75% of the votes allocated . AP Photo/ Paul Hart ….
(2) Barry Bonds , left , and Sammy Sosa are seen here prior to a game between their two teams respectively , the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs . The two friends and adversaries have combined for over 1400 home runs and 4600 hits over the course of their careers . AFP/REUTERS/ Matthew Harris ….
(3) Pete Rose the all-time hits’ leader is seen here on the twenty-fifth anniversary celebrating his surpassing what was then the hits’ mark of 4,192 . Rose would go on to on set the new mark of 4,256 career hits , which still remains intact today The former Cincinnati Reds player and manager has been reticent in having admitted his guilt, in betting on games , whilst a manager of the baseball franchise . In the subsequent since years his retirement, the former big league star has seen his hopes dashed of being accepted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame . It does appear that seems little hope that Rose will gain entrance into that hallowed establishment , unless the decision is made by the Veterans’ Committee of the BBWAA . Paul Mathis / AP Photo …….
(4) Bucs’ defensive player , Eric Wright seen here with the team at their practice facility at One Buc Place earlier this season, Wright is having to sit out four games , due to violating the league’s substance abuse program . It is is the player’s second such violation , in the past eighteen months . This time however, it was for the use of the prescription drug Adderall , without having advised the team of his use under an approved script of a medical professional . Wright’s other suspension had to with a DUI infraction , which subjected to him that prior infraction . AP Photo/ Keith Franklin …
(5) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) runs 10-yards for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. AP Photo/Brian Blanco …..
(6) Philadelphia Eagles tight end Clay Harbor (82) pulls in a touchdown in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (24) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. The Eagles won the game 23-21 . With the win, the Eagles’ record moves to 4-9 within the NFC East , still leaving the team firmly rooted at the bottom of the division and with one of the worst records in the NFC as a whole , mounting to on ongoing speculation that head coach Andy Reid and his coaching staff will be relieved of their duties at season’s end . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …
(7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Ronde Barber (20) reacts after the Philadelphia Eagles scored the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. The Eagles won the game 23-21. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …..
(8) This is a 2012 photo of Wil Myers of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Myers and a package of minor league prospects , Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …..
(9) Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields delivers to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game , Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Shields along with teammate, Wade Davis were traded to the Kansas City Royals’ top outfield prospect Wil Myers, and a batch of other minor league prospects, in a seven-player trade that took place this past Sunday. Spelling the customary cost-cutting exercise that has been in place with the Rays’ franchise over the past few seasons , as they seek to cut payroll while seeking to remain competitive within the AL East . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara ….
(10) NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning Tod Leiweke leaves the leagues legal offices following the National Hockey League Board of Governors’ meeting on December 5, 2012 in New York City. Eighty-six days into the league enforced lockout and the two sides are still farther apart, than they were, at the beginning of the dispute, with no clear signs that either side , the league hierarchy or the union (NHLPA) , are prepared to acquiesce to the other parties’ demands. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images …..
(11) Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is seen here addressing the convened press in an interview after his purchase of the troubled NHL franchise from previous owners tv mogul Oren Koules and his business associates for a reputed $110 million . Vinik an investment banker, and real estate developer, has seen the value of the franchise decline because of the ongoing lockout , and is now seeking to develop ways to attract more fans to future Lightning games as well as seeking to lure more high-end consumers to his new redevelopment of the Channel-side area of downtown Tampa, which he recently purchased for an undisclosed sum . Tampa Bay Tribune … @ copyrighted material all rights reserved ….