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Since the story about A-Rod?s steroids use broke, I?ve been reading every story I can get my eyes on, and the only take I?ve read that really makes sense to me is the one Curt Schilling posted on his blog.

Schilling?s take: ?If you go back to comments earlier in the decade when many players were complaining about the testing?I know I said it?the main concern was the ability for them to remain ?anonymous.?

?That?s a very insignificant piece here until someone who is actually innocent is nailed or outed. How will we know who that is? Will it happen?

?I?d be all for the 104 positives being named, and the game moving on if that is at all possible. In my opinion, if you don?t do that, then the other 600-700 players are going to be guilty by association, forever.

Good books beat bad reception every day of the week

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The change to digital TV is not going well at Casa de Andrew. I have
not yet purchased a DTV converter box, and the only over-the-air signal
that reliably produces clear sight and sound these days is Channel 12?a
good station to have during the first couple weeks of the NFL playoffs,
but a lousy station to have during that slightly awkward weekend
between the conference championships and The Big Game.
So on Sunday, I spent 45 minutes tuning my old-fashioned bunny-ears
antenna toward the faint slice of spectrum that carries the NBA on ABC
these days.
I started picking up audio late in the third quarter of the Celts/Mavs
?contest? and finally cleaned up enough of the static blizzard to tell
the teams apart midway through the first quarter of the Lakers/Spurs
game.
Bad times.
Long story short, I sincerely hoped to have something interesting to
say about NBA basketball this week. Instead, I?ll take the opportunity
afforded by the failure of television to keep me entertained?or do I
mean distracted??to put down a few words about one of my favorite
sports books.

Money speaks for BCS

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After the BCS presidents politely told Barack Obama that there would be no football playoff system, I started wondering whether anyone represents taxpayers when state-run super-universities broker huge television contracts.

Like it or not, because of the massive amount of money involved, this is an issue that has big-time implications?especially for people who spend the first weeknights of the New Year watching football.

YouTube, time travel and the first alley oop

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If I had an arm chair to spare and a Flavor Flav clock on a chain and considerable electrical engineering know-how and a sci-fi writer/actor to fill in the gaps in the dialogue with plausible-sounding technobabble and Steven Hawking?s brain in a jar and one of those sleds with the brass rails to nail it all to (or a DeLorean and a Flux Capacitor and a couple miles of open road) I would spend my every waking moment making time travel happen for one reason: to see the very first alley oop.

As cool and shocking as the whole time travel thing would be in and of itself, there?s no way it could compare with how cool and shocking the very first alley oop must have been.