OHH! I had hard about this today but had not seen it yet. That’s a tough break. It did everything but go in.

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On a day made for good scoring, Phil Mickelson almost took his effort into the record books.

Mickelson ripped apart the TPC Scottsdale with 11 birdies, and only a brutal lipout of a 25-foot putt on his final hole prevented a historic round. Still, his round of 60 put him atop the pack by four strokes after one round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“Last time I shot 60 here in `05, I birdied like the last three or four holes just to do that and I was ecstatic, and I’m ecstatic to shoot 60 (today),” Mickelson said. “But there’s a big difference between 60 and 59. Not that big between 60 and 61, there really isn’t. But there’s a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

Mickelson hit the course with a barrage of birdies, starting at his first four holes, Nos. 10-13, and then…

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Butler Bulldogs vs. Saint Louis Billikens – Recap – January 31, 2013 – ESPN

Butler Bulldogs vs. Saint Louis Billikens – Recap – January 31, 2013 – ESPN.

Big win for the Billikens. I will totally admit that of all of my favorite teams, SLU is the team that I am a “bandwagon” fan. I do love it when they are good, but when it comes to college hoops, Mizzou is my team. I do however like the Billikens and this was huge win tonight for the program. Rick Majerus would be proud of this team. This is exactly why SLU has always needed an on campus arena, for nights like tonight. Very happy right now for SLU.

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Denver mayor injured, unable to do Ray Lewis dance.

I have always found these bets between mayors, or governors, to be interesting, albeit corny. This one takes the cake though. The mayor of Denver Michael Hancock was set to pay up his losing end of the bet by doing the “Ray Lewis” dance when he came down with an injury. I thought mayors were supposed to play though the pain. What are the odds that Hancock is faking the injury hoping people will forget about it so he doesn’t have to do the dance?

Pretty good rendition of the Ray Lewis dance here

Come on Mayor Hancock. You can’t be put to shame by a light show. Step up your game

Follow up: Denver mayor finally pays up bet 1-29-13

http://deadspin.com/5980061/denver-mayor-finally-does-the-ray-lewis-dance

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Beyonce National Anthem no lip-sync at Super Bowl XLVII press conference – NFL Videos

Beyonce National Anthem no lip-sync at Super Bowl XLVII press conference – NFL Videos.

This is how it’s done. Beyonce had been taking some heat for lip synching The National Anthem during the Presidential inauguration. Today she began her press conference in New Orleans by showing that although she did lip sync that day, she CAN still sing.

The results of this poll is shocking. While I wouldn’t call MLB’s drug testing rigorous, it has helped to clean up the sport from the days where many (85% according to Jose Canseco) were using PED’s. Having the system in place has helped cut the number of PED’s significantly. I think that people may have voted that baseball has the worst problem because it’s the sport you hear most about in connection with PED’s because players keep getting caught. In my opinion Football probably has the worst problem for PED’s of the sports listed in this poll. You don’t hear about PED’s as much in the NFL because there aren’t as many people that get caught.

I personally think that the NFL is happy with it’s testing program. It does get some people, so it looks like they are “trying to clean up the game”, but they also want the players to be bigger, stronger, faster. The same reason that baseball once turned a blind eye to steroids is the same reason football is doing it. It’s all about the money. The NFL knows their “gladiator” sports is very popular and very profitable, and they don’t want anything to change that. They talk about “making the game safer”, but I think that is all hot air. Think about it, the rule changes that are made in the NFL to make it safer are only rules that favor the offense. Why? Offense equals money. People tune it to see teams go back and forth on each other, and they love monster hits. The NFL won’t take scoring and big hits away from the fans fearing the fans wouldn’t be as interested. The league really doesn’t care if it’s players use PED’s because it helps the league’s pocketbook. Baseball was the same way until Congress had to step in. Until someone steps in and re evaluates the NFL’s drug policy, the league will never do that on it’s own.

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I realize ESPN reader polls aren’t scientific, but check this one out:

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Baseball’s confrontation with PEDs has been long and loud and public. It’s the sport where people get hung up on the integrity of the record book way more than any other and where people get hung up on their relationship with the sport as a child more than any other, looking for heroes and purity and wallowing in more nostalgia.  Most importantly, in recent years, baseball has also had the most rigorous testing and enforcement program of all the major sports, leading to more positives, more discipline and more news stories. In light of that I understand how one might be tricked into thinking that baseball has the most widespread drug use.

That said: for people to actually think that that baseball has a bigger PED problem than football, and by such margins, is flippin’ crazypants.

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New Musial T-Shirt

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A co-worker of mine found this on pinterest so I had to order one. This shirt is perfection. A salute to “The Man” and a swipe at Albert. Best of both worlds.

 

When an irresistible force (Umpire Ron Luciano) met a reprovable, and removable object (Manager Earl Weaver)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1125274/1/index.htm

Great find in the Sports Illustrated vault. With the recent passing of Earl Weaver I couldn’t help but remember all of the stories that I had heard about his famous run ins with umpires. Many years ago I read Ron Luciano’s books: The Umpire Strikes Back, and Strike Two. I was looking for those books recently when I stumbled across this terrific article. This is worth the time it takes to read it. This makes me really want to read those books again.

Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named | HardballTalk

Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named | HardballTalk.

I would say that this is a “bombshell”, but it anything really a bombshell anymore when it comes to PED’s? It’s still just as it has always been. The users are still staying one step ahead of the testers. As long as they are able to, players will cheat to gain an advantage. If Larry “Bud” Selig was really serious about cleaning up the game, the penalties would be much stiffer. It’s about risk/reward. Players are not afraid of getting caught because the suspensions aren’t very severe. If a player has an opportunity to maximize their earnings, and make an extra $10-$15 by cheating and the risk is being suspended for 50 games the player is more likely to cheat. If that same player has to risk a lifetime ban for taking PED’s, I think they would think long and hard about that before subjecting themselves to doping.

Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie secret is uncovered

Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie secret is uncovered.

This is why I love Super Bowl Week. How could I possibly watch the game without  knowing these things. Hopefully we found out who’s the favorite super hero.

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Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report

Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report.

Well, sometimes you just have to have a little Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report

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