Thursday, February 14, 2008

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on a Thursday night in the HGH capital of the world, Houston, Texas…

I am so tired already of the Roger Clemens imbroglio. He used performance-enhancing drugs, then lied about it. He made a fool of himself in front of a congressional committee. But, that’s the least of my problems with the whole situation. Why is Congress getting involved with this in the first place? This whole investigation is a huge waste of time by Congress. I don’t know who the bigger fool is: Roger Clemens, or Henry Waxman?

While on the subject of politicians investigating athletics, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) is chasing down NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots personnel in an investigation of the Patriots’ videotaping practices. Specter is ultimately trying to prove that the Patriots somehow cheated to beat the Eagles in a Super Bowl. Doesn’t a United States senator in the minority party have better things to do than to investigate an NFL team? I’m no fan of the Patriots, but Specter is wasting his time.

From the More Bars In More Places Dept.: Kelvin Sampson left OU in a quandary after being caught making 500 phone calls to recruits, against NCAA regulations. Now, he has Indiana in trouble with the NCAA for more illegal phone calls. Fresh off serving a one-year suspension from off-campus recruiting, Sampson is being charged with making an excess amount of phone calls to recruits. He’s at freaking Indiana! That’s like being the football coach at OU. He shouldn’t have to cheat to win there. To put a cherry on top of the sundae, he is also charged with lying to NCAA investigators. There’s a very good chance that Sampson will be fired after this season, and will be banished from the world of big-time college basketball. I hope he’s invested well, because he and his wife will need to live on it. For what it’s worth, I’m glad he’s no longer in Norman.

Enough for now. Remember: HGH really stands for Houston Growth Hormone…


Zee said...

Our country is not in the best shape it's ever been in, but our congress feels like it needs to put its dirty little hands in everyone else's business. And I'm sure they are shocked when they see their approval rating being less than President Bush's. They really need to stay out of sports. Clemens needs to go home - stop trying to pitch every middle of the year and stop trying to strong arm people into taking his side. What good was it to go to Capitol Hill and say he didn't take steroids or anything? No good. Less people believe him now. That's what happens when you get a sassy lawyer calling press conferences the day after you send "people" to talk to the guy who 'narc'ed you out. Arlen Specter (the obviously bitter Senator) needs to stay out of sports, too. Let the sports gods take care of it themselves. Don't you think that's what happened this past superbowl anyway? We're at freakin' war and our Congress is dealing with professional baseball and football. They need to take their jobs a bit more seriously in my opinion.

What about your random Maverick thoughts on the Jason Kidd deal that will probably not happen now because of two idiot players? (Not that I really wanted Jason Kidd back, but I usually get a chuckle out of the fake Jason on the Ticket).

Sampson got caught. I guarantee you that there are tons of coaches who have done the same thing and worse, but they just haven't been caught.

My brother got to see the Rangers' jet land and stuff last night for spring training - pitchers and catchers reporting! I told him to tell Nolan I said hi when he saw him. :)

John said...

We have a bunch of fools in D.C., on both sides of the aisle.

I can't believe Cuban was trying to trade five players and two 1st round draft picks for a 35 year old point guard. Kidd's still pretty good, but he's not what he was when he was playing ahead of Steve Nash in Phoenix, after the Mavs traded him there the first time. Cuban will forever be trying to make up for the decision to let go of Steve Nash, only to see Nash earn multiple MVPs. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm afraid the Mavs' short window of opportunity closed two years ago when they blew the big lead against Miami.

Yeah, Kelvin got caught, and he probably had people looking for him to screw up. But, he got busted for the same violation that got OU and himself on probation. He should have known better.

Pitchers, catchers, and injured players are reporting. Wow! Time flies.