Roger Clemens is playing a dangerous game

Given Ochocinco's $25,000 fine, are phones smarter than athletes?

August 27, 2010|Peter Schmuck

News item: Roger Clemens is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on Monday on charges of lying to Congress. He reportedly has rejected a plea deal and still hopes to beat the charges, which would preserve a kernel of doubt that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

My take: I've already bored you several times with my opinion of this situation. He's playing a very dangerous game, but you've got to admire his persistence.

Bonus take: Isn't it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office.

News item: Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $25,000 by the NFL for posting messages on Twitter during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

My take: That's what happens when you live in a world where the phones are smarter than the athletes.

News item: There are rumblings that the Minnesota Vikings might move to Los Angeles after next season if they cannot get enough public help to build a new stadium. Their lease at the Metrodome expires in 2011.

My take: I'm not a big fan of this kind of municipal blackmail, but it's going to work. The NFL wants to move back into LA and the timing of the lease expiration is too convenient. The only thing missing is the idling Mayflower vans.

News item: Twelve weeks after he was fired as Orioles manager, Dave Trembley finally broke his silence about his departure from the team in an interview with The Baltimore Sun this week.

My take: There were no big surprises. Trembley is a classy guy and he did not come out swinging. He recognizes that the opportunity to manage three seasons in the major leagues doesn't come along every day and has chosen not to look back in anger.

News item: MASN broadcaster Rob Dibble has taken "a few days off" after publicly criticizing Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg for not pitching through his sore elbow.

My take: Can't say I'm surprised that Dibble put his foot in his mouth. I've always thought the guy was a few McNuggets shy of a regular Happy Meal.

News item: Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are officially single again. Their divorce was finalized earlier this week in Panama City, Fla.

My take: I suppose it's only a matter of time now before Tiger is linked to one of the Kardashian sisters.

Bonus take: Or not. I realize he has hooked up with a couple of porn stars, but you've got to draw the line somewhere.

News item: NFL owners clearly are excited about the prospect of expanding the regular season schedule from 16 games to 18 games for the 2012 season.

My take: They are pretty excited about it in Vegas, too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Commissioner Roger Goodell might do well to re-read the story of the golden goose before he pushes this thing through.

News item: The University of Southern California, which has already been heavily sanctioned for NCAA violations involving Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, has been stripped of its 2004 Grantland Rice Trophy by the Football Writers Association of America.

My take: No big deal. That just creates shelf space at Heritage Hall for more O.J. Simpson memorabilia.

News item: The newest bowl game on the block is the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which is really the renamed Emerald Bowl that is played at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

My take: I've been hearing a lot of snickering about the name, but it's for a good cause and this is the same NCAA that once sanctioned the Poulan Weedeater Bowl, so get over it.

peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

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