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Why White People Tend to Pout (Sports Version)

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wigger.jpgWhite people took the impetus to come to this land – whether someone else got here first is immaterial – and take it for themselves. They journeyed from sea to shining sea and told the rest of the world how much each ocean glimmered and shimmered in their eyes.

After all, theirs were the only eyes that mattered.

It took white people centuries to tame this land —- and its itinerant denizens. It took centuries for them to remake this country in their image —- even if it wasn’t them who did most of the actual remaking.

When they looked around them and saw that they had accomplished, that they had imprisoned the people native to this land, and that they were able to command others to create a mashup of what they saw in their mind’s eye —- they smiled, prayed their prayers, and relaxed.

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“Playing Ball” Major League Baseball’s Way

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jackiesjersey.jpgWith all that was going on last summer it was difficult to deal with some of the larger issues of and problems with Major League Baseball. This spring and summer it is time to make time to dig in an explore MLB and baseball, in general, much more deeply. The following is the first of many articles and commentaries to be written this spring and summer on our National Pastime.

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I smelled a rat in Major League Baseball’s summer of 2007 but could not find its carcass. There was something terribly wrong with MLB and baseball, in general. Everywhere I turned there was a scandal. Most had to do with “performance-enhancing drugs” (PEDs) like steroids and human growth hormone (HGH), but there were others like Tony LaRussa’s drunk driving charge and the specter of Ken Caminiti’s cocaine-induced death and his flat statement that perhaps 80% of MLB players were using PEDs. There was a rebirth of public knowledge of baseball’s private war with amphetamines used largely to recuperate from long hours of air travel followed by playing a baseball game some 12 hours later. But amphetamines are dangerous drugs and I wondered how many MLB players had a bottle of them at home.

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Recapping March: Articles and Commentaries Chronicling the Month

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aleibovitz.jpgWith LeBron, Gisele, Annie Leibovitz, and the cover of American Vogue, the making of Tyler Hansbrough’s college legacy, Brett Favre’s “retirement,” the revealing of Arlen Specter’s true mission behind Spygate, more steroid news, upping the ante on Geno and Pat’s continuing feud, and the remaking of John Thompson III and Georgetown’s basketball program through March Madness and revisionist history, it has been yet another crazy month for sports and sports-related news.

So, I thought I’d do something a little different and provide a little recap of March through the month’s commentaries and articles. I’m actually crossing my fingers and hoping nothing too crazy happens between today and tomorrow at midnight!

Anyway, thanks for reading SOMM….

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Wiping Barry Bonds from AT&T: Peter Magowan’s and MLB’s Master Plan

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bondsmagowan.jpgIn a move that is as crass as it is reprehensible, San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan removed any sign of Barry Bonds’ presence at SBC bought by Pac Bell, merged with AT&T Park.

Not even a “756” sign remains.

The move also illustrates the worth of an athlete, even one who filled the pockets of the 16 National League team owners with money beyond their wildest wants – including Magowan.

Nothing.

Even longtime San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Scott Ostler, who has never been confused with someone who has had a balanced perspective of the all-time home run leader, understands the significance of the profits generated by 14 years of service to Magowan and the Giants franchise:

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March 28, 2008 at 1:40 am

Race and Sports: Maybe If the Cards Are Laid Out on the Table…?

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negroleague.jpgRacism, the 21st century version, is as insidious as it has been at any point in U.S. history. Gone are the days of knowing which side of the tracks to live to distinguish white and black. Gone are the days of knowing that for a black person, to cross those tracks is to cross at one’s own peril. Though those tracks do still exist, we are at a time when, at every turn, the tracks are purposely blurred and a black person is just as likely to be the defender of the white, male, Western power structure as is the white person for whom he works.

And, as it has been throughout the 20th century, racism is most clearly seen through the lens of sports.

Today, there are no segregation-mandated Negro Baseball League, no blacks-only American Tennis Association in reaction to all-white tennis. And the presence of Tiger Woods was to bring a glut of black golfers to the pro ranks.

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Remaking Kelli White in ESPN’s Image

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kelliwhite.jpgFormer sprinter, Kelli White, made an admission of BALCO-related guilt and now says she has moved on with her life.

However,¬†White broke down quite painfully in the midst of an interview with ESPN’s Mark Fainaru-Wada after talking about how other athletes perceive her and then attempted to explain how she is presently at peace with herself.

The stark truth, apparent from her emotional falling out (and even that might have been for effect, as there were no tears shown and as we all know, tears make for great heartstring-tugging television), is that Kelli White is haunted by ghosts of her own making. 

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Time for a Station Break

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I was in the midst of writing something, but this is more important…. and it’s one of those “blogger” diary entry deals, so bear with me, please.

Another “out of the box” earnest Internet writer hit me up for a chat. We had a round-about concerning Brett Favre and racism for about an hour. Toward the end of our chat he turned the conversation to the paucity of good “bloggers” who say anything or real worth. And one of the observations that could be inferred from our conversation is that the higher you go in the “blogsphere,” generally the less quality content there is.

You can never convince me that 100-word blurbs that act as prefaces to link dumps and picture after picture after picture of half-naked women or “isn’t she hot” photos equals substance; it isn’t worth trying to argue with me about it, so don’t go there. And pap-filled snark day after day doesn’t mean diddly-pooh. In fact, I remember laughing aloud when I was told in an email by one of these types that, “My friends and I who own these blogs bust our asses all day long thinking of snarky jokes, so if that makes us members of the white, racist, frat-boy sports blogsphere crowd, I’m fucking proud of it.”

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Stop the Clemens Investigation? Anthony, You Weiner!; Uncle Terrence Moore Speaks

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aweiner.jpgMichael O’Keefe of the New York Daily News (and part of the NY Daily News “Bust ‘Em” crew of PED writers) is reporting that some people in Congress don’t feel Roger Clemens should be pursued by the governemnt. House Representative Anthony Weiner a Democrat from – you guessed it – New York, wants the FBI investigation into whether or not Clemens lied to Congress to end:

Federal law-enforcement officials should use their limited resources to target serious threats to the nation, such as terrorism and organized crime, Weiner said during a conference call with reporters….

Capitol Hill sources have told the Daily News that Clemens’s fierce insistence on publicly challenging allegations in the Mitchell Report under oath forced lawmakers to refer that matter to the FBI.

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March 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Mixed Messages Through a Clearly Muddied Lens

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seligthen.jpgThis is a quick note on Bud Selig’s most recent public quote regarding Barry Bonds. Selig (pictured at right, in 1968) said something to the effect that he has feelings about Barry Bonds’ playing in Major League Baseball this season but does not want to share them. He also said something about not wanting to stand in the way of his ability to play this year.

A question: why is it being reported – as I just heard it from ESPN’s Buster Olney – that for team owners “reading the tea leaves” this “sends a clear message” as to what commissioner Selig wants?

What Selig wants? How could anyone give a flying trapeze artist what Selig wants? And tea leaves – the owners reading the tea leaves?

Audience, here’s a question for you: who made Bud Selig the commissioner of Major League Baseball?

Ahhhh, that’s right, the owners! The owners felt their good buddy and fellow owner – one time owner who passed it down, in family – Allen Huber Selig should be their public face. Let me repeat that. It was the owners who pushed Selig into the forefront. Allen Selig is the public face of each owner of each MLB team.

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Steroids Rules: Revisionist History, Revising the Present as It Passes and Revising the Future Before It Comes

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larussa.jpgFirst, let’s cut the bullshit talk out. All the, “Roid rage, his head grew, he’s so much bigger than last year,” etc etc. etc. ad nauseum, has to cease. Now.

All anyone is doing by parroting that talk is attempting to bullshit you, me, and anyone else who might be listening or watching. So, when you hear that come from someone’s mouth and they are alleged to be an insider or an expert – turn off to them. Stop listening because they are, at least – and I’m being ultra kind here, uninformed.

Sunday, on ESPN’s Outside the Lines show, Bob Ley narrated and moderated a solid segment on the history of the culture of steroids in Major League Baseball. The enigmatic former Cincinnati Reds and Florida marlins trainer, Larry Starr was interviewed. As he had in previous interviews for newspapers, Starr told of his experiences in trying to bring steroid abuse problems to the attention of MLB executives during the 1989 MLB Winter Meetings. He also talked of a player who gained 30 pounds of muscle in one winter – from 165 pounds to 195 pounds – and feeling at that moment that baseball had a “problem” with steroids.

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