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Maria Sharapova, cheater

Click here for my column on Sharapova.

By | March 9th, 2016|12 Comments

More Ryan Braun

I'm sitting in my dining room rereading Ryan Braun's weasel remarks about his suspension, remarks in which he never admits exactly what he did wrong. The line that really kills me is -- "I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed." May have disappointed? What a nerve. This [...]

By | July 23rd, 2013|18 Comments

Ryan Braun liar, hypocrite

We discussed Ryan Braun on Yahoo! Sports Talk Live yesterday. Such a phony and fraud. Last year after he failed a drug test, he got off on a technicality, nailing some poor urine specimen collector on a chain of delivery screwup or something like that. Then Brawn went all angelic [...]

By | July 23rd, 2013|10 Comments

A philosopher discusses Lance Armstrong and the culture of lying

Many decades ago when I was a graduate student in the Stanford English Department, I met and shared an office with another English graduate student, Bill Gairdner. He is five years older than I am and in many ways has been a big brother to me. He was a decathlete, [...]

By | January 22nd, 2013|26 Comments

A further further note on Barry Bonds

I've been reading the comments on my blog about Barry Bonds and I've been reading lots of other stuff and I've been listening to the radio. One theme emerges: There is something wrong with the voting for the Hall of Fame. And the thing that is wrong is the voters. [...]

By | January 11th, 2013|15 Comments

Barry Bonds — a note

Some readers of this blog -- and some sports fans in general -- have expressed outrage that Barry Bonds flopped on his first Hall of Fame ballot. Bruce Jenkins of the Chron said the Hall of Fame is ludicrous without Bonds. I didn't vote for Bonds. I don't feel ludicrous. [...]

By | January 10th, 2013|29 Comments

No on Sosa, Clemens and Bonds

I wrote a column for Sunday on how I will vote this year for three baseball players in particular on the Hall of Fame ballot. Here is the opening to my column: I am looking at three names on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot, recently mailed to me. The three [...]

By | December 15th, 2012|21 Comments

Punish teams for drug cheaters

Monte Poole and I were talking about Bartolo Colon on Comcast the other night. Monte said, for drug penalties to have real meaning, MLB also should penalize the teams. I agreed and I agree. Right now, teammates tacitly condone drug cheaters. If they don't condone them, they sure don't condemn [...]

By | August 24th, 2012|17 Comments

Et tu Bartolo (Colon)

The latest clown to be suspended for testosterone is the A's Bartolo Colon. His was another feel-good story until we learned it and he were frauds. At this rate, the A's and Giants may run out of players to drug suspensions. Hey, do you think performance-enhancing drugs are rampant in [...]

By | August 22nd, 2012|6 Comments

Melky Cabrera gets in more trouble

In a moment I will link to an article that, as far as I can tell, is strictly on the level. The New York Daily News is reporting that Melky Cabrera knew the authorities were on to his drug cheating, so he and some of his people endeavored to set [...]

By | August 19th, 2012|37 Comments