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Roger And Me - 1992

February 15, 2008 @ 09:01

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Lies The Pitcher Told Us

February 14, 2008 @ 08:28

I don't even know where to begin with the Roger Clemens story.

Yesterday's congressional hearing was a farce with questioning done by a bunch of bozos who came across as extremely partisan.

Republicans wanted to beat up on Brian McNamee, while Democrats went after Roger Clemens.

But none of that mattered to me, I saw and heard enough to do nothing but reinforce my position that Roger Clemens is a lying rat.

Brian McNamee might be a weasel and he may have a suspect history, but the purpose of yesterdays hearing was to determine of Roger Clemens ever took steroids and human growth hormone and based on what we heard I think its safe to say he did.

I actually felt story for McNamee yesterday. I came away with the impression of a man who lied through his teeth in the early going to protect the reputation of the major league baseball players he worked for, but once it became apparent that it could come back and bite him in the ass, he had to tell the truth.

Meanwhile, Clemens never really answered a question while having the benefit of having high priced lawyers blow in his ear all day.

And despite all the bullshit, these questions were never answered.

1. If McNamee is so slimy, why would Clemens continue a long term relationship with the guy unless he was providing something Roger needed?

2. Why would McNamee tell the truth about Chuck Knobloc and Andy Pettitte, but lie about Roger Clemens?

3. Why would Andy Pettitte admit that he did steroids, but lie about Clemens doing them?

The best answer Roger had for the Pettitte question is that "Andy must have misremembered."

"mis-re-membered!" Can you believe it? Not only does the guy make up stories, he also makes up words.

I don't know why I let this stuff get to me but this reminds me so much of the O.J. Simpson circus that it pisses me off, although I will allow that Roger didn't decapitate his wife, he only threw her under the bus.

Roger Clemens is just another delusional athlete who thinks he can buy his way out of anything, and what pisses me off even further are people who actually believe the guy.

Yesterday I appeared on CHCH Live at 5:30 at got my first taste of a guy named Howard Bloom who runs something called Sportsbusiness.com and we knocked heads right out of the gate.

Have a listen won't you? Mark Hebscher is the first voice you hear.









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Human Growth Hooters

February 13, 2008 @ 08:01

Now that Andy Pettitte has implicated Roger Clemens I don’t give a shit what happens in front of Congress today, I’ll go to my grave convinced the Rocket is guilty of taking steroids and human growth hormone.

O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of killing his wife but that hasn’t changed my mind on that asshole.

Same with Clemens, in fact I think he’s got a lot in common with O.J.

Simpson is so in love with himself, so used to be coddled and pampered all his life that he feels he’s capable of anything, even capable of willing a change in history.

I think by now, O.J. actually doesn’t think he murdered Nicole, and I wouldn’t be surprised that at this point Roger actually doesn’t think he pumped junk into his body.

The clincher for me was last week’s disclosure by Brian McNamee that he gave Clemens wife Debbie HGH back in 2003 when she was preparing for a Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread.

It all made sense to me at that point.

At first I couldn’t understand why Brian McNamee would implicate Clemens for no reason. It seemed odd to me that everybody else that McNamee has named has admitted to using steroids, but Roger wouldn’t. I couldn’t figure out why McNamee would name the guy if he didn’t do it.

There was really no benefit for McNamee to name Roger, and there’s definitely no benefit to McNamee to involve Rogers wife of all of people.

Unless of course, it’s true.

Whether Roger Clemens and his wife were involved made no difference to Brian McNamee in the beginning. Whether one player was involved or one hundred were involved, it didn’t change the situation for Brian McNamee.

All that mattered to Brian McNamee was the truth, he had to tell truth and the truth apparently involved Roger Clemens AND his wife.

Meanwhile Roger has used his stature, fame and wealth to hire big name lawyers who have in turn attempted to bully any doubters.

Much like O.J. did.

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Spared The Anguish

February 6, 2008 @ 08:05

Indian Shores, FLA - I'm sitting here this morning reading the on-line summary of the Leafs game against Florida last night and I’m glad I didn’t see it.

However to be honest, I didn’t feel that way last night as I screamed at the local cable company in Clearwater for blocking the signal.

The Panthers game against the Leafs was on the TV Guide schedule.

FSN at 7:30, Cable 39.

But when game time arrived it wasn’t available, instead they showed a documentary of some sort. It just didn’t make sense and even past game time the TV Guide kept saying it should be on.

Then it hit me. Territorial rights. The two Florida teams don’t show their games into the other teams market. much like the regional agreements in Ontario when they black out Sportsnet East when Ottawa is playing.

So rather than watch the Leafs and Panthers we had to watch Tampa Bay at St. Louis, or a national feed on Versus which was Carolina at Nashville.

Neither game was that interesting but needless to say they were a lot better than that clunker the Leafs served up at the ACC last night. 8-0 Wow.

What a pile of junk this team is, and as bad as the players are, I’m still mystified at how Paul Maurice continues to escape the wrath. Yes, the Leafs have a lot of injuries, but they beat Ottawa on Saturday night with pretty much the same lineup. Last night they come out and look like the disorganized, undisciplined badly coached team they are.

And what adds to the misery is watching the Montreal Canadiens, with just marginally more talent, battle for top spot in the east.

This sounds far fetched, and it would never happen, but given what a huge mess this season has turned into, the Leafs should offer everyone who attended last nights game a refund.

I’m not kidding. It’s the least they could do for fans who continue to be battered, bullied and abused.

At the very least they should take all the gate receipts from last night and offer them to Mats Sundin to waive his no-trade clause and get to hell out of town.

He ain’t helping the cause here any more.

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Channel Substitution

February 1, 2008 @ 09:25

One of the great things about going to Florida tomorrow is escaping Canadian channel substitution of the Super Bowl.

We’ve already lined up a place on Clearwater Beach that is having a Super Bowl party and that means not only will we be able to watch the game, but we’ll be able to watch all the fantastic commercials that come with it.

In Canada it will be the usual maddening situation where the cable and satellite companies, with the blessing of the CRTC, will substitute the American feed with the CTV feed.

It means all those expensive and entertaining commercials that are produced in the States solely for Super Bowl won’t come into Canadian homes.

Instead you’ll get a handful of basic commercials run over and over again embellished I’m sure by several CTV promos that feature Ben Mulroney over and over again.

I’ve touched on this subject before and it’s usually around Super Bowl that it really hits home how unfair and corrupt this practice is.

As a subscriber to Star Choice when I choose an American channel I expect to receive an American channel. But not in Canada. As “protectionist” measure when a Canadian channel is showing an American show, channel substation kicks in.

Who are they protecting? Canadian networks. They're eliminating a fragmented audience which increases the value of the Canadian networks commercial inventory.

Bottom line, you aren’t getting what you paid for but there are no financial considerations made because of it.

It blows and it’s precisely why you won’t be able to watch all the cool spots on Sunday.

But I will.


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Only The Beginning

January 31, 2008 @ 09:06

Toronto will be front and centre during Super Bowl festivities tomorrow.

During his state of the game address NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will unveil official plans for the Buffalo Bills to play eight games in Toronto over the next five years.

One regular season game a year and three exhibition games sprinkled over the five years.

The average ticket price will be $250 dollars, which comes to me as a pleasant surprise. Knowing Toronto’s thirst for things American, and Toronto’s extreme passion for the NFL, I expected the average price to be way beyond that.

I don’t know what the extremes will be, but it won’t matter anyway because getting a ticket will be next to impossible.

Before the go on sale to the general public, tickets will first be offered to Bills season ticket holders, then Argos season ticket holders and then Tiger-Cat season ticket holders.

Add to that the tickets that will be held back for corporate reasons and there will be too many left over by the time the casual fan shows an interest.

If anything the people who are going to cash-in big time for the regular season will be scalpers.

Skydome (I hate the name Rogers Centre) only seats 60 thousand for NFL football and season ticket holders alone between Buffalo, Toronto and Hamilton will cover that.

Nobody is saying such, but this is just the beginning of the Bills eventual shift to Toronto full time. Once Toronto gets a taste of it, and it becomes clear to the NFL that Toronto sports fans are willing to pay anything for almost anything, plans will be made to either modify the Dome, or start building a new stadium.

Which would be great, as long as taxpayers are left out of it.

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Stayin' Put

January 31, 2008 @ 09:05

For anyone who’s listened to me over the years or read some of my stuff on this website over the past several years, it will come as no surprise that I’m not a huge Mats Sundin fan.

He’s a wonderful person with a wealth of talent but I just don’t think he deserves to be grouped with the NHL’s elite. He’s close, but I don’t think Sundin has ever displayed the necessary passion to be elevated to super star status.

Mats Sundin has been a fine Maple Leaf, but as I look back over the years, he never reached the status of a Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, Darryl Sitter or Gary Roberts because he never seemed to play the game as hard as these guys.

And that’s why I’m not surprised at Sundin’s insistence that he doesn’t want to leave Toronto at the trade-deadline. I don’t think he cares about hockey enough.

Let me explain.

Sundin may be throwing up a smoke screen by saying he doesn’t want to leave and that would be understandable. As I pointed out in an earlier posting, maybe deep down inside he can’t wait to get out of here and play with a real hockey team with a real shot at winning the Stanley Cup but he doesn't want to come out and say it because it wouldn't look good.

However more and more I'm inclined to think that he really doesn’t care that much, he’d prefer to stay in familiar surroundings, not be bothered with a late season upheaval and decide his next move this summer.

Winning a Stanley Cup might be a huge deal for most other players, but maybe it's not for Sundin, and that’s precisely why I’ve never been completely sold on the guy.

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Same Old Same Old

January 23, 2008 @ 10:17

I realize Cliff Fletcher and the rest of the hierarchy at MLSE can’t come right out say they plan to lose, but I wasn’t too encouraged by what I heard during the Fletcher news conference yesterday.

Although Clifford spoke of having to change the face of this team and rebuild through the draft, you still got the impression that they haven’t really given up on this year and making the playoffs is still something they want to do.

You’d like to think that talking a “positive game” about the current situation is just a front for what they really want to do – blow it up and start all over again.

But I really don’t think that’s the plan because there are those within MLSE who just won’t stand for it. They hate to take the financial hit with the loss of playoff gates.

And that was proved again yesterday when Larry Tanenbaum said this.

“Our objective is always to be a contending team. To be able to bring a Stanley Cup back here, it’s hard to do that when you don’t have playoffs.”

In other words, as far as Tanenbaum is concerned nothing has really changed as far as strategy goes, and leaves the impression Fletcher wasn’t hired so much to rebuild, as he was to steer this mess into the playoffs again.

Crazy thing is, if this team makes the playoffs this year, it will be a giant step backwards.

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Mats Will Go

January 23, 2008 @ 10:16

Having said all the above, let me say this.

If the trade deadline approaches, and despite Cliff Fletcher’s presence the Maple Leafs appear to be out of playoff contention, look for Mats Sundin to be traded.

I like to support my friends in the media but I find it almost laughable when reporters ask Mats Sundin if he wants to be traded or stay in Toronto.

He always says he wants to remain a Leaf. But what else is he going to say at this point?

Six weeks before the deadline as if he’s going to publicly say that he wants out of town. What kind of message would that send to the fans, his team mates and other potential suitors?

I’m not a psychic but I’ve gotta believe Sundin will gladly accept a trade if the Leafs are in the shitter six weeks from now.

He’ll wait till the last minute for two reasons. It will leave the right impression for fans and team mates, and it will allow Mats to hand Leaf fans one final thoughtful gift.

Right at the deadline Cliff Fletcher will get ultimate value for Sundin.


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He's Gone

January 22, 2008 @ 12:42

I feel good for John Ferguson Jr. today. He’s been released from the stress, confusion and incompetence of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He was fired just before noon today and although his track record as General Manager of the Maple Leafs is far from impressive, no man should have to endure what he did while with the Leafs.

The last couple of months have told us all we need to know about the Leafs. We expect them to build a winning hockey team, yet they can’t even handle the simple firing of an employee.

As expected, the baton has been passed to the ancient Cliff Fletcher, who in my mind has become the latest nostalgic hiring by the Leafs. Thank goodness he’s only been hired on an interim basis because he’s definitely not the long term answer.

He’s old news, a guy from a different era, and the last few years of his managerial career were suspect at best.

While they’re down and almost out the Leafs need to do something a lot more dramatic than hiring a 72 year old semi-retired consultant whose 16 years removed from the last time he made an NHL trade of any significance.

Interesting to note that on his blog yesterday the Fan’s Howard Berger claims Fletcher’s return was at the protest of board chairman Larry Tanenbuam who was instrumental in Fletcher’s firing ten years ago.

So even though the Leafs seem to be going forward, there’s still a stink attached to this.

Fletcher will work with attorney Gord Kirke to find a long term replacement but hopefully that search won’t go any further than Brian Burke in Anaheim.

Apparently Burke can be had and he’s exactly what this heaping pile of steaming shit needs - so it probably won't happen.

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