Friday, February 24, 2012

For the FIRST time in the HISTORY OF BASEBALL a suspension has been overturned

Ryan “There is synthetic hormones in my urine but that does not matter because the integrity of the process was damaged when the chain of custody was broken with my sample” Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers syringe superstar is suspended no more.

In a historic, questionable and from nearly everyone who has followed this entire process, UNBELIEVABLE VERDICT OF overturning Major League Baseball's original decision to suspend Braun. Braun's attorneys argued not against the synthetic in his system which raised his levels from a typical 1:1 all the up to a 3:1 but that the lab technician whom did the test. After finishing up at the lab procedure is to immediately bring the sample to a FedEx facility but since it was later in the afternoon the technician decided to just bring it Monday. He also was concerned with keeping the chain of custody in tact and the sample safe so he brought it home with him instead of leaving it in the lab.....

Couple problems I have with all of this.....First, why exactly wasn't Braun pressed as to why this synthetic was in his system to begin with? It's not produced by the body so obviously it got there somehow right? If he's been so wrongly accused and this has ruined his reputation falsely with all of the eronious reporting that has been done, then why wouldn't he want to get this all straightened out? He made it seem all along that he was the victim, this isn't his fault, really came off like an entitled, better then everyone else, stuck up, millionaire athlete. I really used to like him to be honest, but throughout this process I've seen him react with such arrogance that it really just made me want to say just shut the hell up and serve your suspension, come clean, apologize and then we all can move on!

Also, I really don't buy the technician's explanation for why he took it home for the weekend. ESPN reported that there were 14 different FEDEX facilities open in the area between the ballpark and his house yet he didn't bother? WHY? Maybe HE really is the bad guy here and something happened at his house and he or someone tampered with the sample. It's not out of the question, how do we know he didn't, it's like myself, you or even the arbitrator could know for sure what kind of guy he is by only going on his testimony/meeting him for a few hours. Yes we can form an opinion but who really knows?

Personally, I'm just disappointed in Ryan Braun. I'm also disappointed in myself. I'm bothered by the fact that I seemingly don't go by the mantra innocent until proven guilty. I think some of it comes from all of the past cases where I've seen these overpaid, arrogant, liars stand up and lie straight to the camera over and over and over and over. Mcgwire, Palmeiro, Canseco, Sosa, Bonds, Rodriguez and Clemens just to name some of the biggest names all, AND I MEAN EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN ONE OF THEM, LIED, MORE THEN ONCE. Why can't anyone just stand up and be a man? Shit, you got caught already, throw in the towel, just tell us how you did it, why and apologize. We all know that the next 40 HR and 120RBI season and all would have been forgotten. All in all I hope that Ryan Braun is truly innocent, I hope I didn't just get fooled one more time, what is your take?

Should the suspension have been overturned based on there technician's chain of custody decision or is his record in the field along with reputation give him the benefit of the doubt??

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This country ain't big enough for two "El Hombre"

In a move that will not only continue to add to his legacy as a superstar, record setting, gold glove, MVP and World Series Champion. Puljos is as humble as he is great, as kind as he is concentrated and focused when on the field and as generous with charity as he is ungenerous to pitchers who leave a fastball out over the plate. But, maybe most of all he's as respectful of the games past history, players and records and he is respected for his own greatness.

When Albert Puljos spurned the St. Louis cardinals their normally passionate but respectable fans took their disappointment and sadness with his decision to leave as an excuse to bath their one time hero and the man who brought 2 titles back to the city of St. Louis. What the fans did was both uncalled for and petty. For them to pretend that throughout all those years of him giving his all, providing a great role model, giving back more often then most and giving them highlight after highlight that he had no equity is terrible. He earned their respect on and off the field and even he as a professional ballplayer was shocked at the way they responded. But once again he took the high road and said how much he loved his team, the city and his teammates.

Thinking about it, no he didn't NEED the money that was the difference between the Cardinals offer and that of the Angels but why shouldn't he take it? It was said that if he stayed with St.Louis even what they offered would hamstring them so much that the team would take a dip in wins and probably not make a world series appearance for a few years. With the Angels he was not only going to a team and owner known for spending but they were already winners.....and let's talk about that difference in money. So how many of you out there would just say no thanks to somewhere around 40 or 50 million?

Hopefully, with this gesture the fans of the Cardinals and people of St. Louis can remember what type of player and man they had and show him a little more respect. Albert Puljos got to know Stan "the man" Musial, the former Cardinals superstar and Hall of Famer during his time in St.Louis and respects him greatly. That is exactly why during his time in St.Louis he asked not to be referred to as "the man". That title was already taken, many years before him, by another all-time great, another player he not only had a tremendous amount of respect for but they shared a bond many will never know about because they are both private men.

Puljos could have taken his frustration with the fans and the city and turned that into his reasoning for not speaking out against the billboards with his photo along with the title "El Hombre" that spread across LA. If you don't know El Hombre means the man in Spanish. There are 20 of them and as soon as he got word, he did exactly what we all knew he would, let it be known that he was not "The Man", he was Albert Puljos. The man was Stan Musial......


Monday, February 20, 2012

When the fight after the fight goes outside the ring

+Joshua Hastings 
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This is the kind of thing that gets boxing talked about for a few days while putting it front and center in the spotlight of the sports world. That's a place where boxing used to be, a place where you heard Mohammed Ali challege any takers to step in the ring and earn themselves a loss, where Mike Tyson's vicious knockouts were talked about instead of his vicious chompers and a guys ear. 

Now, while boxing still brings in millions and tens of millions and even hundreds of millions on the likes of Manny Pacquao and Floyd Mayweather a niche sport like MMA is starting to build more and more marketshare. While there are many doubters from the sports world about MMA taking a serious bite out of all that revenue boxing makes no one can be certain and no one can discount the fact that part owner Dana White has managed to turn a struggling, barley televised, almost underground society into a pay per view juggernaut. 

This fight after the fight is going to do nothing to bring boxing back to it proud days.....that's for sure. Some say whether it's good news or bad news, any news is good news....but only in the short-term. This will turn off many people who want boxing to be filled with the real bravado combined with the integrity it takes to show what you have in the ring and back up what you say between the ropes....not after the bell.

What's your take???