It was a busy week for the sporting world, culminating in an adventurous night last night (Thursday, 11/15). Of course, the leading story was the federal indictment of Barry Bonds. Some people are claiming this was a witch-hunt on the part of the Feds and maybe it was. But if they do have a positive test for Bonds, then perhaps their hunting party was on target the whole time… I just wonder why it took so damn long to do something about it. Were they just sitting on the results, waiting until he completely asterisk-ized MLB’s record books?
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle has a great write-up looking at some of the possible occurrences that lead to Bonds being indicted.
Dennis Dixon, Oregon’s BCS Championship Hopes Injured
Apparently, Thursday nights are a bad time for West Coast athletes. In their prime time match-up with the University of Arizona, a game that looked to solidify Oregon’s chances in the BCS race, Oregon QB Dennis Dixon reinjured his left knee in the 1st quarter, seemingly taking his team’s hopes for a BCS Championship and his shot at the Heisman trophy down with him.
Dixon was replaced by Ryan Leaf’s (yes, THAT Ryan Leaf) younger brother Brady, who was a paltry 22 of 46 for an underwhelming 146 yards and 2 interceptions and looked even worse than those stats suggest. A number of his 24 incomplete passes weren’t even in the same zip code as the “intended” receiver. At least we don’t have to worry about another Leaf melting down in the NFL.
Addicted to Quack has much more about last night’s disappointing Oregon loss.
Starbury, Isiah at Odds
New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury and coach Isiah Thomas apparently don’t like each… a lot. During a team flight to Phoenix, Thomas informed Marbury about his decision to keep the mercurial guard out of the starting line-up that evening. After that, all hell in the New York Knicks franchise broke loose.
Not to be outdone, King Lebron was kind enough to share his thoughts about Starbury’s actions. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see much sharing of the rock between these two. Ever.
A-rod Goes Crawling Back to the Yankees
After trying to steal the thunder from the Boston Red Sox World Series clinching victory and wasting the entire free world’s time, Alex Rodriguez wound up right back where he started (no, not Seattle): the New York Yankees for a cool $275 million over 10 years. I’m not sure how he’ll be able to live on that, but it’s worth a try. Personally, I would’ve held out for the $300 mil payday…
Talk about much ado about absolutely nothing. Next time you decide to waste everyone’s time, Alex, keep a muzzle on Boras.
This was just a cross-section of the stories that grabbed the attention of the sports world this week. Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you later.