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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Sports: Morning Sports Shorts 3/31 

Final Tour for Lance?: I hope so. You know what I find so amazing about the Armstrong phenomenon in America? He's a darling, despite persistent doping allegations from those within the sport, and the fact that he came back from cancer to win five straight titles despite a previous best of 36th place. The same people that will defend Lance tooth and nail are the ones assailing baseball for the steroids issue, despite largely circumstantial evidence among its biggest stars -- the same kinds of "evidence" Armstrong's accusers hold. Do I think he doped? I don't know, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt until conclusive evidence proves his wins were the product of doping. I'll continue to do the same with baseball players.

Best player in the NFL Draft: ESPN's Chris Mortensen says it's Matt Jones, the former Arkansas QB, who's expected to play WR/H-back in the league. "Best player" might be a stretch, but I've seen the guy play in person twice. At the very least he's one hell of a player. Some team is going to take a chance on this guy and he's going to make them look very good for doing so.

See-saw softball: When we took a 9-0 lead into the 3rd inning last night, I thought T.D. Sanchez was well on our way to a 4-2 record. Three innings later we found ourselves tied at 10-10. Heading into our last at-bat the Old No. 7's had gone ahead 15-10. It was a NY Yankees, 2005 ALCS-esque meltdown. But those guys are pussies. Sanchez never quits. A two-out rally pushed across five runs in the bottom of the 6th, and after three-up, three-down in the top of the 7th, our team made sure the game didn't see an 8th. Two hits and an error later our guy scored the game-winning run, and the game that had looked both in the bag and out of reach ended up as a "W" for the good guys.

NFL beefing up steroid policy: Hold on, I thought only baseball had steroid issues?

Ranking the veteran QB moves: Drew Bledsoe-to-Dallas checks in at No. 8 on the list compiled by CNNSI's Don Banks. Banks has a lot of good info in this offseason report.

Canseco gets 'surreal': SO much for hoping that Jose Canseco goes gently into that good night. He's gone from pimping his book to whoring for more attention, this time on VH1's "The Surreal Life." Cousin Balky from "Perfect Strangers" co-stars.


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