Greed is good ! The problem remains, when is enough not enough?

Greed is good ! The problem remains, when is enough not enough?

One of my favorite movies of all-time, just happens to be the Oliver Stone directed and scripted theatrical release Wall St (1987). The movie depicted the cutthroat business of the financial markets of Wall St and the corruption involved in the world of high finance, the derivatives market and the stock exchange . Having worked in that field for a number of UK-based financial concerns in the areas of capital markets , economic research , mergers &acquisitions , arbitrage and money markets , upon my exit from the military , I can tell you that the portrayals of some of the characters were closer to reality , rather than the fabric of Stone’s imagination. The Oscar-winning director, may well have consulted with a number of Wall St bankers and financiers as a sounding board, in order to create the Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko.

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Even today , the financial sector remains replete with its cast of characters , noted billionaire and multi-millionaire executives and dealers who display their wealth , all too ostentatiously, while paying homage to no one but themselves. In the world of professional sports’ franchise ownership , the same can be said of many of today’s most prominent team owners. Steeped in tradition , many of the owners from the past were treated with such reverence , but unfortunately , the same cannot be said for the vast majority of now involved this endeavor. Owners are now, power-hungry and money driven to eke out the last red cent that can be made from every dollar , and there to assist them with their wanton lust are Bud Selig , Roger Goodell , Gary Bettman and David Stern .

A patron of my site recently left a comment to a piece that I had written suggesting that the NHL (hockey) was now back on its feet, being a well ran organization , with now rising attendance. I found the comment itself rather comedic and totally lacking of insight and knowledge from someone who clearly had no idea what they were talking about , and someone who may well not have conducted any research before coming up with his assumption. The NHL remains in a very tenuous situation , one wherein the teams have in fact remained oblivious to the issues that caused their most recent labor stoppage , its fourth in the last two decades. Somehow this was all lost on this patron, who simply glossed over the following. The Phoenix Coyotes having barely escaped bankruptcy , are now under a new ownership group , who having chosen to remain within that locale, are now struggling to find major corporate sponsors as well as a local television contract, something which is one of the mainstays behind any professional sports franchise ownership and a major provider as a revenue stream. The NHL may well reconfigured the divisions, but it remains a vain attempt to not fully address the main problems that still befalls the game as a whole .

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman may well be restrained in his dealings with union counterpart , Executive Director Donald Fehr , who formerly held a similar position with the MLBPA (Players’ Union) . As we can all attest , that specific union much like its hockey counterpart , has baseball’s hierarchy quivering with fright , the very moment they mentioned the words , “labor stoppage “ or “ strike” . The same can be said, of the NHL hierarchy , their recent dealings with Donald Fehr and the ridiculous events that led to the most recent stoppage. Hockey drops the puck on their preseason on the 1st October , with the hope of seeing increased attendance levels and a greater presence in terms of a television audience , something that has been on the decline over the past three seasons . By stark contrast, teams said to be showing financial constraint in terms of their payroll commitments , suddenly began to revert back to ways of old by offering exorbitant long-term contracts , when it was clear that from a financial standpoint those obligations could not be met , with their being a sharp decline in team revenues. Consider also, the alleged health of the NHL by way of its franchises and their financial well-being , remains a myth, rather than a fact that they have steadily growing profits and revenue streams .

Hockey’s big four , by way of their prominence in terms of ownership and profitability, are the Montreal Canadiens , New York Rangers , Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings , have long been seen as the way franchises within the sport should be run. With their respective owners , the Molson family (Canadiens), James Dolan , Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Inc (holding company &sports’ franchise conglomerate) and Michael Ilitch have tried to show some financial constraint , but the issue remains , the weakness shown by the NHL hierarchy led by Gary Bettman when dealing with the NHLPA .

If hockey is said to be in something awry, MLB (baseball) joins the NHL as one of the most ineptly ran hierarchies in all of professional sports. Team owners , the general managers and MLB hierarchy , in conjunction with the union; have literally brought the game to its knees, with the ongoing scandals and the lack of leadership at all levels within baseball . Inasmuch, as the teams, with their history reveled in their perceptions of greatness , with owners of the past , such as George Steinbrenner , Walter O’Malley , Robert Carpenter III , Lou Perini , William Bartholomay , Jean R Yawkey , Ted Turner and Horace Stoneham may well be deemed as relics from a bygone age . Granted , George Steinbrenner brought the game into a new age , with his realization that the media could be used to further the visibility of a brand . With that came the establishment of the YES Network , wherein the Boston Red Sox followed suit with the creation of , NESN , which has now become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) .

Baseball’s revenues have grown exponentially, to the point where game’s revenues now tops $7.5 billion annually . With that, we have seen the avarice of the owners, players and the league hierarchy alike , along with the escalating team payrolls and players’ salaries . Yet, for all of the greed shown, there has never really been any type of financial restraint being shown by the league itself . Now fans and analysts may well point to the fact that baseball does have a “luxury tax” built around the falsehood of an artificial salary cap based on a $200 million threshold . It is a luxury tax that a number of prominent team owners are now beginning to question its feasibility and whether or not its use, is still warranted. . Bud Selig would have you believe that the luxury tax has been of great benefit to the game , but in essence , it has been nothing more than keeping a number of less profitable franchises from failing into bankruptcy . Given the fact that baseball does have a number of unprofitable franchises who actually manage to obtain a profit by way of the luxury tax scheme as a recipient. It begs the question , should the big market teams be penalized for the inefficiency being shown by their small-market counterparts ?

Unless many of us were not deep-rooted fans of the New York Yankees , we could have not failed to realize the mediocrity of the Yankees’ season and the excuses now being made in certain circles for that failure . Off-field controversies asides, the team was mishandled by Joe Girardi and his staff, with a number of players on the roster simply under-performing , with little leadership being provided in the absence of team captain, Derek Jeter . Certainly , none was forthcoming from the game’s highest paid player , Alex Rodriguez , whose own issues seem to have come full circle once again , after his less than contrite apology in March 2010 , for the use of a been steroidal substance . Somehow , the third baseman’s anemic season was further compounded by the ineptitude of the entire front office’s handling of this latest scandal to hit the Yankees’ organization , never mind Bud Selig’s own idiotic antics in this matter. Rodriguez for his part , faces an off-season of real uncertainty , as he awaits an appeal’s hearing on his two-hundred and eleven game suspension . Arbitrator Fred Horowitz will listen to all of the evidence presented, before returning with a summary verdict . By no later, than late November , we are likely to find out , whether or not the now disgraced player has a future in the game , or will be cast aside , like a worn out pair of shoes. Alex Rodriguez has his detractors in and outside of the game , but to my mind baseball’s fraternity of players , have been nothing , but hypocrites , when the issue of steroids is raised within their environment ! Rodriguez, should lose his appeal won’t be financially impacted by the result , having earned in excess of $400 million over the course of his career . I mean what is the loss of $34 million to someone who will have earned well in excess of $25 million in 2013 , for putting up mediocre numbers , albeit, that he spent several months on the sidelines, being on the team’s disabled list ? . Rodriguez’s desire to be on the roster had nothing at all to do with wanting to contribute to the team , but more so to do with his own greed and lust to be seen as the best player of his generation, with the tainted legacy following in hot pursuit . The New York Yankees’ failure to make the postseason will not be a major blight to the finances of the organization , but their non-appearance tends to add weight , that without their participation , there does tend to be a considerable fall-off in the television ratings.

“Three-peat ” ? Well, that will be the cause-celebre’ for the Miami Heat should they actually manage to achieve that feat and become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers reached that mantel in 2000 , 2001 and 2002 , under famed head coach Phil Jackson . Since acquiring LeBron James , Chris Bosh via free agency and the actual re-signing of Dwyane Wade in 2010, all to considerably lower deals than the players in question could have obtained . The Heat as a franchise, has seen its value increase 35% , with profits doubling during that time-span. The team has now become the “hottest ticket” in town and the AA Arena in Miami , Florida , is the place to seen at a sporting event in the state Florida. Sorry Buccaneers , Dolphins , Jaguars and Rays’ fans , but A-List celebrities have no wish to be seen at a venue where the decibel levels and meager attendance , tend to be a great deal quieter than being at a funeral service. .

Though Forbes may well have the Miami Heat’s value listed at .$685 million at present , that figure in reality, is now closer to $850 million , and as long as James remains with franchise alongside Bosh and Wade , that figure will appreciate more in value along with the organization’s profits . There was a reason behind Pat Riley and Micky Arison’s alleged Machiavellian scheme and madness , the answer was to simply make even more money as well as winning a couple of NBA titles to add to the mantelpiece . Can’t really fault them for that, can we ?

The Miami Heat in all likelihood will have another banner season in terms of attendance and once again be ranked among the top-five NBA franchises in terms of attendance levels all year-long, at home and for away games . David Stern continues to sell the merits of his brand to the consumer and corporate endorsers alike, but along the way his notion that while the league is making money , a number of teams , simply are not . And how does he answer those questions when they are posed by a journalist with a great deal of business insight ? Well, the commissioner tends to deflect them all , by putting on the charm and acting as the guardian of the keys to the castle otherwise known as the NBA .

The plot-lines have already been made clear, and they start with the following . Who in the East will be able to wrestle away the conference title from the defending NBA champions? Will LeBron James, win his fifth league MVP award? For all of the monetary commitment made by the Brooklyn Nets , will Jason Kidd be able to lead his assortment of highly paid stars to their first NBA title? A great deal is on the line for Nets’ GM Billy King and the franchise’s larger than life owner , Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov .

In the Western Conference the never-ending drama and soap opera now parodying a comedic episode of ” Friends “ has now become a what if issue . Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak are now caught between a rock and a hard place . Last season they gambled hugely and lost , while under the belief that Dwight Howard was the missing piece they needed to make a deep playoff run in the postseason . Howard’s performances were anemic , as were those of his former teammates . Granted , the loss of Kobe Bryant was gut wrenching , but even that cannot hide the fact that beyond being a poorly coached team , head coach Mike D’Antoni remains completely out of his depth . He shows no wish to coach defense in spite of his public statements. Failure this season , and I do believe that apart from the roster being revamped and s we are likely to see the departure of Mitch Kupchak . He has become ” long in the tooth ” as a general manager , and in recent years his draft choices have become a complete bust . This could prove to be interesting beyond the anticipation of the Lakers’ fans , because it is my belief we will see a further decline in the fortunes of the NBA’s most renowned franchises .

The NFL has started off with a terrific bang , but as always that comes with the same stories replete with embarrassment. Divisions seem to be playing out with a number of teams proving to be downright mediocre . Nowhere is this more evident than within the NFC West , where if things carry on as they are we could once again see a team with .500 record make the postseason. Certainly, a case is being made by all four teams , the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) , New York Giants (0-4) , Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) and Washington Redskins (1-3) , that they are currently the face of what is now said to be wrong in the NFL. Bad coaching and in a number of cases highly overpaid players , simply failing to live up to the hyperbole . Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach went so far as to suggest that Tony Romo was the quarterback he believes is capable of leading the Dallas Cowboys to the Superbowl . Not wanting to disparage , but it may well be that the Cowboys’ great has yet to witness Romo’s play in the postseason and the very fact that current starting quarterback has only one playoff win to his postseason career after a decade in the NFL . Given the current state of the Dallas Cowboys’ season , it seems highly unlikely that this team in its current guise, will add to that tally for the player . Never mind, that doubts are continually raised, as to the coaching acumen of Jason Garrett , in spite of the implicit faith being shown in him by team owner Jerry Jones.

If there is anything that we do know about Jerry Jones as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. It is his propensity of making a great deal of money , most notably for his franchise , with the NFL in some respects trailing in his wake, in following many of the commercial and marketing strategies the ubiquitous owner has put in place as the general manager and de-facto CEO of the franchise .

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This season will be a tough one for the Cowboys , and they face an even tougher task this weekend , when their opponents are the unbeaten Denver Broncos (4-0) , led by Peyton Manning , who through four games this season has put up some scintillating figures for the AFC West franchise . The game itself promises to be a high-octane affair amongst an array week five match-ups that should prove to be entertaining . The NFL will continue to reap the seeds sown of their s labor , even when its brand looks extremely dour, because , it has become a well-oiled multi-billion industry on an annual basis, with the spoils of war being shared, equally amongst the teams. Yet for some reason, I get the feeling, that the league hierarchy remains unconcerned in such an instance. Your thoughts on this all and anything else you feel to be pertinent to the subject matter ?

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From left to right , Davids Stern , Bud Selig , Roger Goodell and Gary Bettman . The four executives are the highest ranking leaders within the four respective professional team sports . AP Photo / Gary Halvorson ……

(2) Radim Vrbata of the Phoenix Coyotes is seen in a game against the Los Angeles Kings . Getty Images / Christian Peterson ………

(3) Walter O’Malley is seen here perusing a picture of Dodgers Stadium . Known as a shrewd businessman , O’Malley was vilified for relocating the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and then renaming them the Los Angeles Dodgers . AFP /REUTERS ….

(4) Andy Pettitte (46) of the New York Yankees is joined by Derek Jeter (2) and Mariano Rivera (42) to honor Pettitte, who is retiring from the Yankees, before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rays defeated the Yankees 8-3 . Getty Images / Mike Stobe …

(5) A duo of destiny ? Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (foreground) and LeBron James are seen here on the sidelines during a game interval. The coach and player will be looking win their second NBA title and the franchise’s third overall in their history. AP Photo / Mike Rodgers …

(6) Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant . The two are hoping to rebound from an awful 2012 , that saw the team’s hopes derailed in the postseason by a first round exit . . AP Photo / Kim Thompson …..

(7) Roger Staubach is seen here on the sidelines with Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys . Staubach a Superbowl winner with the franchise , believes the current incumbent quarterback is good enough to win a Superbowl title with the ball-club. Getty Images / Matt Richardson ….

(8) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (center), flanked (from left to right) by son Jerry Jr., daughter Charlotte Anderson, wife Gene and son Stephen. AP Photo / Paul Marsh ….

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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 .

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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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(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 ….

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Bamboozled but it’s being done for your own good

Bamboozled but it’s being done for your own good

By Tophatal

Do we really need to be reminded why it is that the NFL this season has become a constant running joke? In light of last night’s debacle and the sheer ineptitude shown by the replacement referees in officiating the game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at Q West Field , in Seattle , Washington. I am now inclined to believe that the team owners , coaches and front office executives (general managers) cannot be entirely happy with the situation of replacement referees adjudicating the regular season games . We are now three weeks into the 2012-13 season and already the blunders made by these officials have been magnified greatly. Never-mind, the fact that there are claims being made, that at a similar point of last season , the amount of missed calls were significantly higher .What was not brought up as part of this argument, was the very fact that referees in 2011 were in fact certified game officials of the NFL , whereas, the replacement officials now being used are from the Collegiate Level of football , from the D2 and D 3 level of the ranks within FBS Subdivision , where the game is played at a considerably slower pace .

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NFL Commissioner , Roger Goodell , still remains under the misapprehension that these officials have served the NFL well , three weeks into the season. There’s a great deal of outrage not just amongst the fans but also with the coaches , their staffs and most certainly among the players , who seemingly befuddled by the calls , blown or misinterpretations of the rules . If that isn’t a damning indictment of what we have witnessed this season, then consider the fact that within the past forty-eight hours, Bill Belichick, John Fox , John Harbaugh and Mike Shanahan have been fined by the league for what they interpret to be the coaches’ unprofessional conduct, of being in physical contact with the game officials and the verbal abuse of those very same referees. Further exacerbating this all , one should note that in each case where the coaches in question were involved with apparent conflicts , these situations arose from the very fact that the coaches felt that the referees had made graves errors in their interpretations of a play and the calls they rendered .Repeatedly, the fans have witnessed this throughout the season but yet the league hierarchy has failed to address this situation and the growing anger it has brought around the league.

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Green Bay Packers fan Mike LePak holds a sign Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wisc., in protest of a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Monday night in Seattle. Just when it seemed that NFL coaches, players and fans couldn’t get any angrier, along came a fiasco that trumped any of the complaints from the weekend. AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lukas Keapproth ….

Roger Goodell , stated that by week five , he felt that the league hierarchy and the NFLRA (referees’ union)< would be close to an agreement , wherein we would see a return of the NFL certified referees. Instead, the two sides remain at impasse, with no clear resolution in sight. The sticking point appears to be over the 401K’s for the officials and the willingness of the league to acquiesce to the union’s demands . The NFL insists upon the officials becoming full-time employees of the league but it would appear that they are not prepared to reward the referees, accordingly. As to what this would suggest about the NFL , when one considers only recently did the commissioner make it public that the league had renegotiated an existing television contract that would net the NFL, an additional $2.5 billion in revenues , for the next three years . Somehow, I get the feeling that the league is not exactly strapped for cash when it comes to their $7.5 billion-a-year ($7,500,000,000) industry ! What are your precise thoughts on the matter? The growing tension between the NFL and the NFLPA hasn’t diminished one iota , and with the ongoing saga of the “Bounty Scandal” and the wholehearted support now being thrown behind Jonathan Vilma by the players’ union . It leads me to believe that the current CBA (collective bargaining agreement) simply isn’t worth the paper it is written on ! . A mere six months after, what we were led to believe would be a decade long peace accord , Roger Goodell and his union counterpart DeMaurice Smith are once again, squabbling like children in a sandbox .

From my own perspective, the longer this asinine charade goes on, the less credibility that the NFL will continue to have ! Not that the league at present has a great deal of credibility or the implicit trust of the fans. Goodell remains embroiled in the mess of the New Orleans Saints’ saga , which has now become more of a soap opera, with the two main protagonists being the commissioner and Saints’ defensive player Jonathan Vilma. Isn’t there a cage match, that could be organized and sanctioned by the UFC , that would pit these two , in battle, in an octagon ? Would that really be too much to ask at this juncture ? As the longer this plays out in the court of public opinion , never-mind the fact that Vilma still intends to press ahead with his defamation lawsuit against the commissioner as well as the NFL, as it begs the question who is in fact winning this particular pissing contest , between these two egotistical morons ?

If you can’t beat them , then join them and by god , the NHL and Gary Bettman have proven to be intent on ruining the sport of hockey , alienating the fan-base it has , while driving off their star players to now pursue their careers abroad while being richly rewarded. The saying is … a fool and his money are easily parted “ .Well, no one ever sought to consult with the idiots who run the NHL or the executive members of NHL hierarchy as well as the NHLPA (players’ union). With a league enforced lockout of their players , there doesn’t appear to be a 2012-13 NHL season on the horizon, and with the mere fact that this just happens to be the fourth such stoppage initiated by the hierarchy in the last two decades, simply indicates to me how devoid of intelligence the NHL and the Players’ Union just happens to be .Four god-damn work stoppages in twenty years ? Fuck , not even the automotive unions (UAW) at the height of their once dominant powers were as fucking dumb as the NHLPA ( union) , much less the lame the NHL hierarchy. Yet here we are, with the sport now inflicting itself with another gunshot wound to the abdomen. Bleed, mother-f##ker bleed , and die, a slow and embarrassing death ! NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr , once held the similar role within the MLBPA (union), so all that can be conjured up that led to the last labor stoppage within the game of baseball , can be best summed up, when I say, that Fehr and the equally ubiquitous Bud Selig , presided over that goddamn mess as well ! Now you have Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr jousting for the now dwindling popularity of a sport that has seen better days ..

I have never been much of a hockey fan to begin with , however, what I do find admirable about the sport, is the athleticism of the players ! Last season with the Los Angeles Kings having won the Stanley Cup , one could attest to the fact that this would lead to a rich, upcoming chapter for the sport. Instead , all of the antagonism shown between the two parties has now led to this impasse where neither side can be entirely happy with the present situation. NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr , once held a similar role with the MLBPA (union) , when the game of baseball had their last labor stoppage , when Fehr and the equally ubiquitous Bud Selig sought to have their own antagonistic relationship. Now, we have Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, choosing to have their own personal standoff. There are no winners here, simply losers, the fans and the sport itself , which is now bound to lose several million dollars with any prolonged work stoppage. Good for business? Hell no ! Bad for hockey, what the hell do you think? With their being no clear signs of an amicable and speedy resolution to this now ongoing mess it would be interesting to hear the opposing sides of this argument and the reasons behind this impasse. Squabbling, over a revenue pie of $3.3 billion, of which the NHLPA seeks a division of 57% of the revenues , now makes you wonder how the teams can simply exist within this economic template , especially when one bears in mind the struggles of the small market teams within the NHL and the unevenness in gate attendances for the games in the last several years for those NHL franchises .

Hockey’s most profitable and valuable franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs remains a constant reminder how to manage a sports’ hockey franchise , while maintaining stability . The same cannot be said for the vast majority of the teams within the NHL but yet there are those who would try to suggest otherwise. Especially, those with a limited background in business and finance but yet here they are trying to suggest that the current economic climate the game operates under has led to a healthy environment for the sport. That would not be so bad, until you take a look at the current mess that Gary Bettman has presided over while not seeking to work closely with union. Bill Daly , Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, now seeks to meet with the NHLPA’s Special Counsel , Stephen Fehr, to open up other channels and lines of communication , beyond that of Bettman’s own dealing . Herein, lies the caveat to this all, if the union is not prepared to acquiesce from their current demands having let them be known to Gary Bettman. Then, why in hell’s name would Daly be of the opinion , that he can somehow change the mindset of the players , when even Stephen Fehr has stated that the hierarchy has mistreated his members. The NHL has simply become impotent, devoid of intelligence and leadership !

Don’t hate the player , hate the game ! And the game today friends, the sport of baseball is front and center . As the season now winds down, with a mere dozen or so games left on theteams’ schedules. We are now seeing a number of ball-clubs simply scramble for their dear lives , as they chase after a divisional title or a wildcard playoff berth. A patron of this site tried to suggest that MLB has parity amongst its teams , nothing could be further from the truth , as he tried to suggest that this has become so , because of the change in format for the playoffs . All this has really done, is to add a layer to what has already become a convoluted season, without taking into account baseball’s end of season showcase finale .

Well here in the Tampa Bay area, the fans are resting their hopes on the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays can make a late season surge , as they seek one of the two available AL berths for the ALDS . Joe Maddon’s players as of late have become maddeningly inconsistent , to the point that where you simply do not know what to expect from one moment to the next. Now while I don’t begrudge the Rays’ fans their wish to see the team make the postseason for only the fourth time in the franchise’s history. There can be nothing but praise for Joe Maddon, who has guided the ball-club to its greatest successes in recent years but at the same time , the mere thought of knowing that this team can contend , yet they continue to fall short of their ambitions. It has been this premise, that now seems to be constantly casting a giant shadow over the AL East team. The Boston Red Sox has a down year, while the New York Yankees remain a perennial presence, in seeking postseason honors. Maddon and the team, were supposed to take advantage of the situation and be the outright challengers to the “Bronx Bombers” within the division. Instead, the upstart Baltimore Orioles , led by the ingenuity of their manager Buck Showalter , has kept the Rays at bay, while actually challenging the Yankees for divisional supremacy. Hey look, I didn’t call this one at the start of the season , so make of it , what you will !

The Rays’ season in terms of their head to head series with their divisional rivals does in large part point to where many of the team’s problems have stemmed from over the course of 2012. Losses in games that should have been sewn up because of the lack of timely hitting in terms of run support for the pitching staff , has led the team into its present predicament. Say it isn’t so Joe? The boys of Summer, are now proving to be a profound disappointment , no matter how you try to spin the story as the team’s woes !

Currently sitting three games out of the wildcard berth , behind the Orioles, Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels , the team’s fate rests in its own hands as well as seeking the teams ahead of them to simply implode. Well this is not September of 2011 , where the Red Sox simply folded like “a cheap suit” as they ______ Maddon and the guys got into the postseason via the back door .This time around I get the feeling that the team will fall short , and the fans will all the more disappointed , in spite of the team’s valiant effort ! What thoughts if any do you have on that particular premise?

In light of the points raised within this piece , where do you see the faults that may well lay in terms of the premise set out with regard to last night’s NFL game , the NHL and the plight of the Tampa Bay Rays ? Simply leave a comment as you see fit .

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(1) Crystal Deicher , front, and Alicia Schadrie hold signs Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wisc., in protest of a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Monday night in Seattle. Just when it seemed that NFL coaches, players and fans couldn’t get any angrier, along came a fiasco that trumped any of the complaints from the weekend. The Seahawks’ victory featured one of the most bizarre finishes in recent memory, and was certain to reignite frustrations over the locked-out officials. AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lukas Keapproth …..

(2) Officials signal after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second pass for a touchdown from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. The touchdown call stood after review. AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo ….

(3) Officials try to sort out the final play of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks as players and coaches swarm the field, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. After a period of confusion, a Seahawks touchdown by wide receiver Golden Tate was allowed to stand for a 14-12 win . AP Photo/Ted S. Warren ….

(4) Green Bay Packers fan Mike LePak holds a sign Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wisc., in protest of a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Monday night in Seattle. Just when it seemed that NFL coaches, players and fans couldn’t get any angrier, along came a fiasco that trumped any of the complaints from the weekend. AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lukas Keapproth ….

(5) New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma says he has “eight or nine” affidavits that would contradict allegations made in one affidavit by former coach Gregg Williams. The player recently filed a lawsuit seeking the evidence in the NFL’s possession that refutes his claims that he was not involved in the Saints’ bounty scandal. The preponderance of the evidence in the league’s retention was supplied in the sworn affidavit testimony given by former Saints’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. AP Photo / Louis Lanzano …..

(6) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman , left, is seen here with Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly. The two are now trying to reconvene talks with senior members of the executive committee of the NHLPA (players’ union). This will be the fourth league enforced labor stoppage within the NHL in the past eighteen years . And you wonder why there has in a marked decline in attendance , revenues and the television audience ? AP Photo Jay Brewer ….

(7) Donald Fehr , center, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, stands with NHL hockey players, from left,Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos , Montreal Canadiens’ P.K Subban , Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby , New York Islanders’ John Tavares and Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin as they speak to reporters following collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Toronto. Photo: The Canadian Press, Chris Young / AP …

(8) ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 23: Manager Joe Maddon (70) of the Tampa Bay Rays makes a pitching change against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Tropicana Field on September 23, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …..

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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 .

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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 .

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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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