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The Kevin Garnett Deal Is Done and Danny Ainge’s Career Is On the Line

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3cees.jpgUPDATE: The KG trade is done. A press conference will be held at 6 p.m.

In the hour or so since the Kevin Garnett to Boston trade became official, one fact is clear: Celtic Green is relevant again.

Here’s what the deal looks like: to the Timberwolves – Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota’s conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade. Minnesota will also receive cash considerations in the deal; to Boston – Kevin Garnett.

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July 31, 2007 at 4:13 pm

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Spotes Notes, 7.30.07: Michael Vick Speaks; Bill Walsh Dies: Jose Can See; KG to Boston – Again; Taylor to Testify Against Vick; Obligatory Barry Bonds Mention

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tonytaylor.jpgVick Speaks

On Portia Fox’s Atlanta-based V-103 radio show this morning, Michael Vick spoke briefly for the first time since the indictment alleging he was a part of a dog fighting ring. Listen here

Bill Walsh dies

ESPN News just announced that Bill Walsh, 3-time Super Bowl winning coach has died of leukemia. The Hall of Fame NFL and collegiate head coach was the architect of what is known as the “West Coast Offense.” Walsh died at age 75.

Jose can see

Jose Canseco has now set his sights on Alex Rodriguez. Canseco recently, on the Boston radio station WEEI called A-Rod a “hypocrite” and when asked he he had some knowledge steroid use by Rodriguez, Canseco said “wait and see:”

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July 30, 2007 at 2:37 pm

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Tony Taylor Set to Roll on Michael Vick; Dee Brown Out in Utah?; Barry Gets His Swing On

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peta.jpgTony Taylor set to cop plea 

It appears that Tony Taylor is set to take a guilty plea in exchange for rolling over and attempting to hand the government Michael Vick on a silver plate platter. Taylor is the licensee of the Bad Newz Kennels:

…a plea agreement hearing has been scheduled for Tony Taylor at 9 a.m. Monday in the federal dogfighting conspiracy case.

Taylor’s hearing was added to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson’s docket Friday, a day after he and the other three defendants pleaded not guilty before the same judge. Vick and the others still are scheduled for trial Nov. 26.

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July 28, 2007 at 10:15 pm

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Spotes Notes, 7.27.07: Skip Prosser; Moore Terrence on Michael Vick; Bonds vs, Costas; LZ Gets Really Real; The “Other” Side of Pro Athletes

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robtelee.jpgSkip Prosser

For an eloquent sports writer eulogy for Skip Prosser, click here.

Moore idiocy

Terrence Moore, resident 4B “neo-negro” Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist – oh! 4B is for, Black, Bojangling, Buffonnish, Boogeyman – in the grand house negro tradition Booker T. Washington, George S. Schuyler, Thomas Sowell, Armstrong Williams, Juan Williams, et al., has a new tale to spin in what is now, “The Saga of Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons, and the NFL.

According to Moore, Vick’s silence is an indictment in itself:

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July 27, 2007 at 12:29 pm

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Spotes Notes, 7.26.07: Terrence Moore is Hateful; Curtis Martin Retires; Schilling Blows Hard – and Wrong – Again; Sheffield Doesn’t Know Chemistry; Greg Biffle on Michael Vick

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biffle.jpgNEW!! Moore Michael Vick hate

I am convinced that Terrence Moore of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal hates Micheal Vick. After listening him on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” again today, as sure as I am of his hate for Vick I am equally unsure as to whether he is fit as a journalist to cover the dog fighting story for anyone.

Moore called Vick “a scrambling quarterback with a weak arm and that combined with his hip-hop ways… he grew on people.” (emphasis mine)

He said people who defend Michael Vick are “people who just won’t let ‘it’ go” in the face of “overwhelming evidence.” It being the thought that Vick is innocent? Defending Vick’s right to a fair trial above and beyond that of the “court of public opinion?”

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July 26, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Posted in NFL

BALCO Chemist Claims Bonds, Sheffield Took Steroids and More

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patrickarnold.jpgPatrick Arnold a chemist who worked with Victor Conte at BALCO claims Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield took “the cream” and “the clear.” Arnold says he has never met the two:

Patrick Arnold, a chemist who worked with the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, said in an HBO Sports interview that Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield took performance-enhancing drugs provided to them by the laboratory.

The HBO interview was shown last night on Costas Now. Arnold told Bob Costas, the show’s host, that he never met Bonds but often heard BALCO’s founder, Victor Conte, raving about Bonds’ performance on “the program.”

When asked by Costas if “the program” included steroids, Arnold said: “I have a very strong feeling about it since he was on the program. And like everyone else, the program consisted of the clear.”

However, Conte refutes Arnold’s claims:

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July 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm

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The NASCAR-ification of America: What Acts As a Beginning Reaches a Very Different End

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nascar.jpgAfter watching the talk on televised media, reading reactions around the country, reading comments here and elsewhere, I’m going to throw down the gauntlet.A warning to black athletes, coaches, GMs, and anyone else affiliated with sports who is black: WATCH YOUR BACK! “They” are after YOU!

Who is “they”?

“They” are sports writers, radio and television talking heads both black and white, the league commissioners, Senators, Congress people, the people who work in the White House and anyone else on those levels you can think of that I forgot.

None of these people give a damn about you. They only care to cover their backs, progress their agendas, and ensure that the peoples of this country are as divided as possible.

How do I know this?

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July 25, 2007 at 1:59 am

Posted in NFL, Roger Goodell

The Full David Stern Transcript

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davidstern.jpgThe following is the transcript from today’s David Stern press conference on former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. 

Commissioner David Stern: Good morning. We’re here today to discuss the ongoing investigation into certain allegations about NBA referee, Tim Donaghy.

What I propose to do is to tell you what our procedures are with respect to referees and gambling; what we can or cannot tell you and why there are certain things we can’t tell you that might have made it easier not to have this press conference at this time, but we thought it was our obligation to have it; what previous actions we have known about with respect to Mr. Donaghy, what we did about those, and what we are permitted to say about Mr. Donaghy and the investigation and when we learned about those facts. And then I’ll open it up to questions and spend quite a bit of time here to satisfy you on all of the things that I’m able to.

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July 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm

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Today on Michael Vick: Does Jeremy Schaap hate Vick; Why Robert Byrd’s Quotes Should Never Be a Part of the Vick Conversation

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kkk1.jpgWatching Mike and Mike in the Morning today I heard what sounded like an Outside the Lines snippet with Jeremy Schaap acting as narrator. In it, Schaap was very careful to call the charges that former referee Tim Donaghy bet on and fixed NBA games allegations. In an OTL piece on former slugger Mark McGwire’s statue in St. Louis some 12 days ago Schaap was equally careful with allegations that McGwire used steroids.

Schaap has never been this careful regarding Michael Vick. He has repeatedly and sometimes subtly, sometimes not, railed against Vick. Before and after the indictment on Vick was handed down, Schaap hosted various OTL reports in which he cavalierly blasted Vick.

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July 24, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Roger Goodell

Is Barry Bonds’ Attorney Playing a Dangerous Bluff Game?: Kimberly Bell Back in the Game

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kimbell.jpgThe Barry Bonds perjury grand jury investigation has been extended for another six months. Meanwhile, T. J. Quinn of the NY Daily News is reporting that Bonds will likely be indicted in the fall of this year.

Yesterday Michael Rains, Barry Bonds’ attorney, rushed to his client’s defense and blamed the continuation on President George Bush:

“This investigation is based on the political considerations of this (presidential) administration,” Rains told the [San Jose] Mercury News on Friday. “The Balco case is a legacy of Bush, and it is a catastrophic failure – legally and from a public-relations standpoint.”

“Barry and I have talked about it, and he can’t believe it,” Rains said. “I think it’s possible, I really do. The case has been so political.

“The question is how they can throw in the towel without losing an immense amount of face after all they have done.”

On June 15 I wrote a commentary based on a threat-promise made by Bonds’ attorney Michael Rains. Rains indicated that he would go public with evidence of wrong-doing by the government in the Bonds case if the perjury investigation continued:

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July 24, 2007 at 7:20 am