Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Suspensions, Maple Syrup, and 1983 Fleer Autographs

The guy was suspended fifty games. Is that too many?
What did he do?
He (Phillies pitcher, JC Romero) took an over-the-counter vitamin supplement that produced not one but two positive drug tests.

Oh. Well, then yeah I guess that’s a good suspension. When did he fail the tests?

In late September, and October.

Wait! He failed the tests and was still allowed to pitch in the World Series?

Yeah. He won Game 3 too.

That’s ridiculous! He should be suspended for the entire season and certainly have missed the World Series!

Of course the above exchange is fictional but the facts are true. I don’t get this. You are a professional athlete who makes millions of dollars (he made $3 million last year) and you have a medical/training staff on hand year round and you decide, on your own, to go to GNC? I equate that level of stupidity to the head of Avis calling up Hertz to rent a car for his upcoming trip. CRAZY! Personally, fifty games isn’t enough. We need stricter penalties for athletes in all sports who violate drug testing rules. I’m thinking of chopping off a finger instead of suspending the player. Just think of it. If you were going to have your finger(s) chopped off would you do ‘roids? Nah. Don’t think so. In fact, I bed that you’d see a 200% drop in the number of drug violations across the board.

On to two really cool stories I came across today that I wanted to share. The first is a mysterious smell that drifted over the island of Manhattan last night. According to the New York Post, over 30 calls were received complaining of a “maple syrup-like” odor in the air. Even though the article doesn’t explain it I’d like to think that it might have something to do with a diner doing a special all you can eat promotion. Ok that’s not the best idea in the world but The Gothamist has more details on this “sticky” story.

Finally the story of Scott Mortimer of Merrimack, N.H., who's on a strange but noble baseball quest. Since 2006, the 37-year-old marketing manager has been trying to get every card in the 1983 Fleer set autographed. As of Dec. 27, he had collected 435 signatures, good for a 64 percent set completion percentage. A tough 36 percent remains. You can read all about his exploits over at Big League Stew.

1 comment:

RayRay said...

If you have ever been near a trash dump that accepts organic material, it produces a smell close to maple syrup. I would imagine an unoffical dump was causing such a think in NY that evening.