Saturday, December 15, 2007


In a statement released to the Associated Press, Andy Pettitte admitted to using HGH during 2002 while healing from an elbow injury. "If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize," Pettitte said Saturday in a statement released by his agent. "I accept responsibility for those two days." Pettitte was named in the Mitchell Report released on Thursday, saying that Pettitte was someone that had been linked with a trainer who supplied both Roger Clemens and Pettitte. "In 2002 I was injured. I had heard that human growth hormone could promote faster healing for my elbow," Pettitte said in the statement released to The Associated Press by agent Randy Hendricks. "I felt an obligation to get back to my team as soon as possible. For this reason, and only this reason, for two days I tried human growth hormone. Though it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing, so I stopped. This is it -- two days out of my life; two days out of my entire career, when I was injured and on the disabled list," he said. "I wasn't looking for an edge. I was looking to heal."

"I have the utmost respect for baseball and have always tried to live my life in a way that would be honorable," he said. "If I have let down people that care about me, I am sorry, but I hope that you will listen to me carefully and understand that two days of perhaps bad judgment should not ruin a lifetime of hard work and dedication.

"I have tried to do things the right way my entire life, and, again, ask that you put those two days in the proper context. People that know me will know that what I say is true," he said.

Pettitte is one of those guys hard not to like as an athlete. Maybe he is bull****ing us, but I will tend to believe him until other facts are laid out.


Did anyone see Sportscenter about 9am Saturday? During the Appalachian State highlights, the ESPN announcer, not sure which one even though I am pretty sure, said "Here's our Boy, Armanti Edwards..." Of course the video posted on ESPN.COM is edited or from one of their sister networks. This is where ESPN becomes too powerful. They will try to keep it quiet and not say anything like it didn't happen, but this is where the BLOG world needs to hold them accountable for what is said and done on the airwaves. They may say it didn't happen, but I know what I heard...and ANY announcer in today's society has got to be aware that the term "Boy" for any African American person is derogatory and offensive. Did you hear it? Let me know!


Who would have thought that the Bills at the Browns would be such a huge game in week 15 of the NFL season? Cleveland can stay in control of the wild card berth and possibly move into position to win the AFC North by winning Sunday. The Bills have to win to stay in the hunt for the Wild Card. How big do those early season losses on field goals loom now? Browns win 28-18. The Jets at the Patriots is turning more and more interesting every week with the rumor that the Jets actually spied on the Patriots last season and with the weather taking a huge change for the worse in the Boston area. What started out as a 27 point edge is now only at 23 and the Jets could make some noise if they are playing in a friggin' blizzard. Patriots win 28-7

*-Who Mud Free Sports Picks!
Cincinnati* at San Francisco 8:15 p.m. (NFL Network)
Seattle* at Carolina 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland* 1 p.m.
Tennessee* at Kansas City 1 p.m.
Baltimore* at Miami 1 p.m.
NY Jets at New England* 1 p.m.
Arizona at New Orleans* 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh* 1 p.m.
Green Bay* at St. Louis 1 p.m.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay* 1 p.m.
Indianapolis* at Oakland 4:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Dallas* 4:15 p.m. *
Detroit at San Diego* 4:15 p.m.
Washington* at NY Giants 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
Chicago at Minnesota* 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mitchell Report Stuns a Nation!

The Mitchell Report was released Thursday to talk about the issue of steroids in baseball. Not only did former Senator Mitchell do that, but he was able to stun a baseball world that was only expecting a few names of maquee players, instead giving us a boat load of household names. Names like Roger Clemens, Andy Petite, Eric Gagne, Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Troy Glaus, Gary Matthews Jr., Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen, Brian Roberts, Paul Lo Duca, Rick Ankiel and many more. There are former players and current players alike. Players that were locks for the Hall of Fame and others that had great careers. The Mitchell Report blames everyone from players to owners to the commissioner for there roll in the Steroid Era. Bud Selig has already come out and talked about changes that are made effective today and about the possiblity of him taking swift action against some of these players named on a case by case basis.

MY TAKE? Let them all pay for thier sins! Yankee or not...Petite should be gone from pinstripes. Giambi I have more patience for because of his press conference he had 2 years ago. But anyone else, get rid of them, strike them out of your mind and move on. My son will not be wearing his "Rocket" shirt any longer. Already through his attorney, Clemens has denied using performance enhancing drugs. We will see. Right now...scarlet letters for all!

The following players were connected to steroids, either use or possession, in the report:
Lenny Dykstra
David Segui
Larry Bigbie
Brian Roberts
Jack Cust
Tim Laker
Josias Manzanillo
Todd Hundley
Mark Carreon
Hal Morris
Matt Franco
Rondell White
Andy Pettitte
Roger Clemens
Chuck Knoblauch
Jason Grimsley
Gregg Zaun
David Justice
F.P. Santangelo
Glenallen Hill
Mo Vaughn
Denny Neagle
Ron Villone
Ryan Franklin
Chris Donnels
Todd Williams
Phil Hiatt
Todd Pratt
Kevin Young
Mike Lansing
Cody McKay
Kent Mercker
Adam Piatt
Miguel Tejada
Jason Christiansen
Mike Stanton
Stephen Randolph
Jerry Hairston
Paul Lo Duca
Adam Riggs
Bart Miadich
Fernando Vina
Kevin Brown
Eric Gagne
Mike Bell
Matt Herges
Gary Bennett
Jim Parque
Brendan Donnelly
Chad Allen
Jeff Williams
Exavier "Nook" Logan
Howie Clark
Paxton Crawford
Ken Caminiti
Rafael Palmeiro
Luis Perez
Derrick Turnbow
Ricky Bones
Ricky Stone

The following players were cited under "Alleged Internet Purchases of Performance Enhancing Substances By Players in Major League Baseball."
Rick Ankiel
David Bell
Paul Byrd
Jose Canseco
Jay Gibbons
Troy Glaus
Jason Grimsley
Jose Guillen
Darren Holmes
Gary Matthews Jr.
John Rocker
Scott Schoeneweis
Ismael Valdez
Matt Williams
Steve Woodard

The following players were linked through BALCO:
Benito Santiago
Gary Sheffield
Randy Velarde
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Bobby Estalella
Barry Bonds
Marvin Benard

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Senator George Mitchell To Release Steroids In Baseball Report

On Thursday, Senator George Mitchell will release his report on Steroids and performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Their are reports of 60-80 current and former players that are on the report. The math on that for you young kids is an average of right around 2 players per team. Most likely all of us as fans will be affected by having one of the players from our team painted with this scarlet letter. I guess the impact will be felt depending on who is on the list from our team. As a Yankee fan, I expect Jason Giambi to be on the list, from there I don't know. There are only a few players that could be named that would have a negative impact on me. Derek Jeter, Paul O'Neil, or Bernie Williams. Others as I think right now wouldn't bother me or impact me. Jeter more so than the retired O'Neil or Williams. His inclusion would not only affect me, but my son as well. The best thing is to wait to react until the list is released. Check back here Thursday for an in-depth look at the whole list and reaction around baseball.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bobby Petrino Resigns From Falcons, Takes Arkansas Job

Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino has resigned from the Falcons and is headed to Arkansas to take the Head Coach position there, according to published reports. Petrino hasn't fit in well Atlanta and got the raw end of the deal when Michael Vick was arrested on felony charges related to the dog fighting ring. Look, I understand he may have a had a raw deal, but is Petrino really just a quiter? If I was an Arkansas fan, I would be concerned that I was getting nothing but a weak coach that can't handle adversity. Noone is saying that the Atlanta job hasn't been difficult the past 9 months, but come on already, suck it up and fight. Atlanta needs to find a real leader now to get them on track and lead them back toward the top. Arkansas lost a Nutt and got a quitter. Go Hogs!
Photo from: Curtis Compton, Jenni Girtman / AJC

Larry Holmes Elected to Boxing Hall of Fame (Video)

Former Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame where he will be enshrined in the Canastota, NY Hall on the weekend of June 5-8, 2008. Many of the younger generation may remember Holmes as an overage boxer that tried to comeback years after his prime. In this video we see Holmes taking on Ken Norton in what some call the best heavyweight bout in the last 30 years.

Check out the Hall of Fame's Website: Click Here

Monday, December 10, 2007

Men's College Hoops Top 25 December 10th

The Men's NCAA Hoops rankings for December 10th according to the AP are out and the top 6 have stayed the same. There aren't any big games on the schedule for the Top 25, but be on the lookout for Rhode Island to break the top 25 if they can continue their run. They beat Providence and went to Syracuse and beat the Orange at the Dome. Their only loss has been to Boston College. Watch out for their outside is lethal!
NCAA Division I: AP Top 25
1.North Carolina (48)8-01,7721

Last Week: Def. Pennsylvania 106-71 (12/4)
This Week: 12/16 at Rutgers (6-3)
2.Memphis (19)7-01,7082

Last Week: Def. USC 62-58 (12/4)
This Week: 12/15 at Middle Tennessee State (2-5)
3.Kansas (2)9-01,6373

Last Week: Def. Eastern Washington 85-47 (12/5), Def. DePaul 84-66 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Ohio (5-2)
4.Texas (2)9-01,5604

Last Week: Def. North Texas 88-72 (12/5), Def. Rice 80-54 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Texas State (5-3)
5.Georgetown (1)7-01,5285

Last Week: Def. Alabama 70-60 (12/5), Def. Jacksonville 87-55 (12/9)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Radford (4-6)
6.Duke 9-01,4346

Last Week: Def. Michigan 95-67 (12/8)
This Week: No games scheduled.
7.Washington State 9-01,3588

Last Week: Def. Gonzaga 51-47 (12/5), Def. Portland State 72-60 (12/9)
This Week: No games scheduled.
8.UCLA 8-11,3567

Last Week: Def. Davidson 75-63 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Idaho State (2-6)
9.Michigan State 8-11,1369

Last Week: Def. Bradley 66-61 (12/4), Def. Brigham Young 68-61 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. IPFW (4-4)
10.Marquette 6-11,05311

Last Week: Def. Wisconsin 81-76 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Sacramento State (2-6)
11.Pittsburgh 9-01,03412

Last Week: Def. Duquesne 73-68 (12/5), Def. Washington 75-74 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Oklahoma State (5-3)
12.Tennessee 8-11,03310

Last Week: Def. Chattanooga 76-70 (12/4)
This Week: 12/15 at Western Kentucky (7-2)
13.Indiana 8-192415

Last Week: Def. Tennessee State 84-72 (12/3), Def. Kentucky 70-51 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 vs. Western Carolina (3-5)
14.Texas A&M 8-184616

Last Week: Def. Texas State 109-73 (12/8)
This Week: 12/16 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-5)
15.Clemson 8-070218

Last Week: Def. East Carolina 82-67 (12/5)
This Week: No games scheduled.
16.Oregon 7-169419

Last Week: Def. Utah 75-64 (12/8)
This Week: 12/11 vs. Sacramento State (2-6), 12/15 at Nebraska (6-2)
17.Xavier 7-150321

Last Week: Def. Creighton 79-66 (12/5)
This Week: 12/12 vs. Cincinnati (4-4), 12/15 at Arizona State (6-2)
18.Butler 8-141313

Last Week: Def. Detroit 53-46 (12/6), Lost to Wright State 43-42 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 at Florida State (9-2)
19.Gonzaga 8-238617

Last Week: Lost to Washington State 51-47 (12/5), Def. Cal State Northridge 85-59 (12/8)
This Week: No games scheduled.
20.Vanderbilt 9-037923

Last Week: Def. Wake Forest 83-80 (12/5), Def. Lipscomb 90-67 (12/8)
This Week: 12/12 at DePaul (2-3)
21.Arizona 6-236022

Last Week: Def. Illinois 78-72 (12/8)
This Week: 12/16 vs. Fresno State (5-4)
22.Louisville 5-228614

Last Week: Lost to Dayton 70-65 (12/8)
This Week: 12/15 at Purdue (5-2)
23.Villanova 7-127925

Last Week: Def. LSU 68-67 (12/6), Def. Temple 101-93 (12/9)
This Week: 12/14 vs. Hartford (4-6)
24.Saint Mary's 7-0197NR

Last Week: Def. San Diego State 69-64 (12/8)
This Week: 12/11 at Southern Illinois (3-3)
25.Brigham Young 7-219120

Last Week: Def. Weber State 72-57 (12/5), Lost to Michigan State 68-61 (12/8)
This Week: 12/12 vs. Lamar (3-5), 12/15 vs. Pepperdine (5-6)
Others Receiving Votes
Miami (FL) 133, USC 118, Arkansas 88, West Virginia 70, Stanford 61, Rhode Island 41,
Dayton 36, Florida 24, Boston College 15, Wisconsin 14, Mississippi 10, California 9,
Creighton 5, North Carolina State 2, Virginia 2, Sam Houston State 1, Holy Cross 1,
Davidson 1.

Knicks, Isiah Thomas Settle Sexual Harassment Suit

According to the AP, the NY Knicks and Isiah Thomas have settled their sexual harassment lawsuit with former MSG executive Anucha Browne Sanders. "I am extremely pleased that we have reached a settlement," Browne Sanders said in a statement. "The jury's verdict in this case sent a powerful and enduring message that harassment and retaliation at Madison Square Garden will not be tolerated. ... It has been a long journey, but I believe that justice has been done." Thomas had a brief statement regarding the decision. "As I have said before, I am completely innocent," Thomas said. "This decision doesn't change that. However, this is the best course for Madison Square Garden, and I fully support it." MSG and the Knicks would have been forced to pay $11.6 Million in punitive damages or appeal the decision. The NY Post and 1050 ESPN Radio are both reporting the settlement at $11.5 Million.

Michael Vick Sentenced To 23 Months In Prison (VIDEO)

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 Months in a Federal Penitentiary for his role in a dogfighting crime ring Monday in a Richmond, Virginia courtroom. U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson could have showed him leniency, however Vick lied about his role in the execution of the dogs, failed a lie-detector test, failed a drug test, and lied about drug use. Vick could be released in May of 2009 (for all you fantasy football players) with good behavior and as long as he can serve any state sentences while serving his federal sentence. Vick appeared in court with his black and white prison jumper and heard as Judge Hudson admonished him and his counsel for not being truthful with FBI Agents and prosecutors. Besides the 23 months in a minimum security federal penitentiary, Vick was sentenced to serve 3 years of "closely supervised probation." Though Vick hasn't been truthful and has lied about drug use, he has attended sensitivity classes provided by P.E.T.A. and there has been increased public service announcements in regards to dog fighting. Let's hope Vick can turn his life around and hopefully make his way back to the NFL.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Patriots Beat Steelers, Cowboys Clinch NFC East

The Patriots beat Steelers 34-13 in Foxboro and the Cowboys beat the Lions to Clinch the NFC East as the two best teams in their conferences stay on a path for Super Bowl XLII. The New England Patriots took a 17-13 lead into halftime and never relented in the second half, controlling the game thru passing rather than running, at one time rattling off 31 of 32 plays that were pass plays. The Patriots may or may not have been motivated by the guarantee made by Anthony Smith, but they attacked his coverage areas and exploited a defense missing their leader in Troy Polamalu. The Steelers at times looked like a great team and offensively played great in the first half. The great thing about the Patriots is how easily they seem to handle situations and how flawlessly they carry out their gameplan. The Patriots now have 3 games left for perfection in the regular season. Do you think they will do it? In the NFC, the Cowboys beat the Lions on a last minute touchdown in Detroit and clinched the NFC East. They look like the definite favorite to win the NFC and head to the Super Bowl, though I think Seattle is becoming a real top team that noone is discussing.

Knicks Owner Gives Isiah Thomas On 9th Life

Question, is Isiah Thomas a Cat? Is this his 9th life or has he surpassed a cat and is on to his 10th? Owner James Dolan gave Isiah a vote of confidence in a 20 minute meeting Saturday after a 28 point home loss to the 76ers. Fans in the 4th quarter chanted for the firing of Isiah. Does Dolan know something the rest of us don't? This is my philosophy...James Dolan wants the club to hit complete bottom and let Isiah take the fall for everything. Then Dolan can come in at the end of the season, clean house, and bring in anyone he wants. He will be a hero, fans hopes will be high, season ticket sales will increase, he will make a ton of money, increase the value of the team, and then sell for a profit. Think about it...he overpaid at the time...and if he was serious about keeping this team for the long term he would have gotten rid of Thomas a long time ago. Thomas is a cat, but more importantly, he must be a cat with the dirt on his owner...we will see! Check out this "Outside the Lines" piece from ESPN!