Obama: Team Romney Plays "A Little Dirty", Time to "Put Them Away"

August 23, 2012 at 11:00 am (2012 Election, Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Donors, Ed Cox, Golf, Michael Jordan, Mitt Romney, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Patrick Ewing, President Obama, Romney Campaign, Sports)

It what may stand as the longest, rambling basketball analogy ever made by a politician, President Obama accused the Romney campaign of playing dirty yesterday.

You know, like that time they accused the President of allowing a man’s wife to get cancer and die?  Or the time they accused Democrats of wanting dirtier air and water?  Or how about that time they ran an ad showing the President throwing grandma and her wheelchair off the cliff?  Oh wait, what?

“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” Obama told the crowd, according to a White House pool report.  “We are in the fourth quarter.  We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.

“We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble.  We’ve got a couple of injuries, and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”

“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game.  And [Michael Jordan’s] competitiveness is legendary, and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes to go — that’s when you put them away.

GOP chairman Ed Cox had a basketball analogy of his own for the President.

“While President Obama spends his day shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, his administration continues to throw bricks when it comes to job creation and economic growth.

And in other heartbreaking sports-related news, despite the fact that the President’s sole success story during his reign is the fact that he has a laser-like focus on all things sports – i.e. 100+ rounds of golf, pickup basketball games and fundraiser, filling out college brackets – team owners in the four major sports have made a majority of their contributions to Republicans this cycle.

Overall, team owners for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Of the total, Republicans were the victors with nearly $1.25 million. Democrats received a little more than $750,000, the station said.

And that includes the NBA team from New York; Knicks owner James Dolan is a Romney donor.

Here’s another basketball analogy.  Let’s hope that when November comes, the President has been ejected from the game for a flagrant technical foul on the economy and the American dream.

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So Much For the Refreshingly Honest Admission by Melky Cabrera

August 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm (Dishonesty, Fake Website, Lying, Major League Baseball, Melky Cabrera, MLB, San Francisco Giants, Steroids, Suspension)

When San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera was recently caught with a positive test for performance enhancing drugs, and was hit with a subsequent 50-game suspension, he flatly admitted his transgression.

The approach was refreshing, with many in the media saying that “at least he admitted to it”, as opposed to so many stars in the past who have concocted elaborate stories in an attempt to muddy the waters of guilt.

Here is an example from SB Nation:

Typically a player will say that the results of the test were tainted. Perhaps he didn’t realize what he had taken. Plans to appeal the decision are often thrown around at this point to at least create an opening in the court of public opinion for the most diehard fans — so at least a tiny section of Pac Bell Park will say, “I just don’t believe he really did it.”

Instead Cabrera went the direct route. He was honest, concise and vulnerable. He said he did it, offered an apology to all parties involved and went silently into the suspended night.

It was the right move and one that might save his reputation in the end.

Well that didn’t last mong.

So much for honesty…

San Francisco Giants star outfielder Melky Cabrera mounted a campaign to avoid his 50-game suspension that included a fake website featuring a fictitious product in an effort that was quickly uncovered by MLB investigators, the New York Daily News has reported.

Citing an anonymous source close to the case and an associate who told the newspaper he was “accepting responsibility for what everyone else already knows” concerning the fake site, the Daily News reported famed investigator Jeff Novitzky and agents from MLB’s investigative arm have begun looking more closely at Cabrera and the scheme purportedly hatched in July as they seek the source of the synthetic testosterone found in his urine.

“There was a product they said caused this positive,” the source told the Daily News. “Baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly.”

The purpose was to fool MLB and the players’ union, while presenting them with the website and resulting phony product information, into believing Cabrera had ordered a supplement fraudulently spiked with testosterone, therefore causing the positive drug test, the report says.

So we’ve now gone from refreshingly honest, and the possibility that Melky may have saved his reputation by being truthful, to discovering one of the most elaborate schemes to avoid suspension since the implementation of the stricter steroid policy.

It is a cautionary tale for those who want so desperately to believe in their hero-athletes.  Nothing is as it seems…

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MLB Announcer Tim McCarver Cites Global Warming as the Reason For More Home Runs

April 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm (Baseball, Climatic Changes, Global Warming, Joe Buck, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, St. Louis Cardinals, Steroids, Tim McCarver)

The only thin air that’s causing problems in Major League Baseball is the thin air between McCarver’s ears.

Anybody who has watched baseball over the last 50 years (the timeframe McCarver refers to in the video clip below) realizes that the most significant factor contributing to the increase in home runs has been steroid use.  There were well over 80 players with 40 or more home runs in a single season during the steroid era, which was by far more than any other era in baseball history.  Since the new steroid rules have been enacted, that number has dropped down again to about 50.

McCarver however, thinks that more home runs are caused by thinning air due to global warming…

Via The Quinton Report:

For one last bit of confirmation for anyone not sure that Tim McCarver is an idiot…

McCarver blamed global warming for more home runs in baseball during a Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium this afternoon.

Hackbarth has the transcript here…

Tim McCarver: “[T]he air is thinning…. There have been climatic changes over the last 50 years…. I think that’s one of the reasons balls are carrying much better now.”

Joe Buck [Fox Sports play-by-play announcer]: “So that’s your ‘inconvenient truth’ about it?”

McCarver: “You’re going to find it out one of these days, yes.”

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