Tuesday, May 06, 2008

R & R

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special “Hey” goes out to Hazel Mae if she is checking in.

Two of the most recognizable and celebrated athletes of our time are currently involved in scandals that threaten to tarnish their respective legacies – such as they are at this point in time.

William Roger Clemens
Once considered one of the true pitching legends in baseball – two time World Series winner (so what if he was a four time World Series loser), seven-time Cy Yong winner – also thought to be a freak of nature for his dominant performances well into his 40’s.

What is known
Roger can be a bit high strung and uber competitive – having once buzzed his own son with a eye level fastball after the younger Clemens took Roger deep in an exhibition game.

Roger is a meticulous groundskeeper – quick to pick up any broken bats and get them off the field of play so as not to interfere with the game; so what if his clearance happens to come closer to the base runner?

Accused of being a serial injector:
From injecting himself banned substances to injecting himself into a host of significant and not so significant others (depending on your criteria). It is further alleged that Roger had an improper relationship with a minor.

Adding insult to injury
Each sunrise seems to give rise to yet another person claiming a tryst of some sort with Roger – guess he really is a stud.

Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima – known the world over as “Ronaldo”
Once considered the next greatest thing to the immortal Pele in the world of international football (soccer) – two time World Cup Champion with Brazil, current record holder for most goals in World Cup tournaments, two-time FIFA World Player of the Year.

What is known
Ronaldo’s heart and commitment has been questioned – with some of his teammates claiming that he literally worried himself to sickness before the 1998 World Cup Final against France.

Ronaldo lives the samba lifestyle – life is one great big party for him. Once dubbed “Fatso” by the Spanish media, he was accused of focusing more on partying in restaurants and clubs in Madrid than on his playing career with Real Madrid.

Accused of being fat and kinky
The accusation of being a fatty has dogged him since his days in Spain – the kinky characterization is a result of the star being caught partying with three transvestite prositutes in a Rio de Janeiro hotel – while he is supposed to be home recuperating from a knee injury. It should be noted that Ronaldo didn’t break the law – the “girls” were of age and prostitution is legal in Brazil.

Adding insult to injury
UNICEF was quick to respond to Ronaldo’s claims that he had worked as an ambassador for the Uninted Nations children’s agency, saying that Ronaldo never occupied such a lofty position with the organization. Maybe Ronaldo was channelling Pele when he said that.

So the question of the day is – who had done more to damage his already sullied reputation?

Yesterday’s picks split – it could have been worse. Today’s suggestions:

Tampa Bay over Toronto – the Blue Jays are riding high, having won five in a row – one would think the good times should continue to roll – think again with A.J. Burnett on the mound for Toronto, he has a history of disappointing in games like these. Lay $100 on the Rays + $145.

Chicago over Cincinnati – the Cubs blew a good performance by the Big Z last time out, they won’t do it again for fear of suffering the wrath of the big guy. Lay $100 on the Cubs - $120.

Chicago over Minnesota – the White Sox have to win eventually – right? Lay $100 on the Sox - $125.

That’s it for today gang – thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here’s hoping things are groovy in your world.

I’m Out!


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