Jan 262022

The Ringer – Baumann – The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Struggle With the Steroid Era Ends in an Awkward Stalemate

Sports Illustrated – Verducci – Integrity Still Matters for the Hall of Fame

ESPN – Doolittle – Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz lone inductee into Baseball Hall of Fame as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens miss again

The Ringer – Lindbergh – The Uniquely Confounding Career of Curt Schilling

ESPN – Hall of Fame voting winners and losers: David Ortiz gets in, who else got good (or bad) news?

Sports Illustrated – Selbe – Roger Clemens on Not Getting Voted Into Hall of Fame: ‘In the Rear View Mirror’

SBJ – MLB to test robot umpires in Triple-A this season

Phil has a question

How do you kick dirt at a robot ump.


ESPN – Schoenfield – Ichiro unanimous? A wait for Chase Utley? Predicting the next three Baseball Hall of Fame classes

ESPN – Passan and Rogers – MLB lockout: Are the owners and players talking? Should baseball fans be worried? Here’s the latest

There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, what happened.

Casey Stengel

FiveThirtyEight – Hermsmeyer – How Garoppolo, Stafford, Burrow and Mahomes Should Attack In The Conference Championships

Paulick Report – Hall Of Fame Jockey Kent Desormeaux Arrested For Domestic Abuse In Louisiana

Dumb Things

“The National Hockey League announced today that it has concluded its investigation into the circumstances pursuant to which travelled cross-border during the Holiday Period. The report prepared in connection with the investigation, which was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to ‘conclusively find that Mr. Kane knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel.’ As a result, the League has determined not to pursue any additional League-imposed discipline against Kane at the current time,” read the statement.

ESPN – Evander Kane signs with Edmonton Oilers: How we got here and how he’ll fit in

TSN – Kane won’t be suspended; reaches verbal agreement with Oilers

ESPN – Evander Kane asks fans to keep an open mind as he joins Edmonton Oilers: ‘See what I bring to the table’

Keep an open mind, but not so wide open that your brains fall out.

SportsNetwork – NHL clears Kane of COVID-19 protocol breach, paving way for him to join Oilers

Phil has a question:

Did Kane just hit the jackpot – a salary this year from the Oilers plus whatever he (or his Bankruptcy trustee) gets in the grievance settlement.

How quickly will the Sharks and the NHL and the NHLPA resolve the grievance filed by Kane now that the NHL did not suspend Kane.

When will the NHL start a salary cap violation investigation against the Sharks.

With all the so called international travel protocols who the fuck was asleep at the wheel.

Why do we keep hearing about a vaccine mandate when the various levels of government in Canada and the States are not even enforcing some of the very basic protocols and rules.

Do It Again

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.

Terry Bradshaw

TSN – The Shift: Evander Kane – Part 1

Kane Interview

Kane better hope his hockey skills remain sharp for a few more years, cuz he sure has no future on comedy.

Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I’ll win a pennant every year.

Sparky Anderson

ESPN – Revell – Michael Vick reimburses creditors in rare debt payback

Redemption Song

I made up my mind, but I made it up both ways.

Casey Stengel

Vox – Donnelly – Letterkenny, streaming on Hulu, is a love letter to small-town life and weird, wonderful slang

TDN – Book Review: Thoroughbred Investor’s Bible

America’s Best Racing – Author John Perrotta Chats His Book ‘Thoroughbred Investor’s Bible’ and Advice for New Owners

ESPN – Getzenberg – Kansas City Chiefs fans, in nod to Bills Mafia, donate $255,017 to Buffalo children’s hospital

The Ringer – Siegel – How to Become Sean Payton, by Kevin James

The Ringer – Solak – Four Takeaways From the NFL’s First Wave of Head Coaching Hires

Sports Business Journal – Fischer – SBJ Football: Expect Broncos’ sale announcement next week

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Paulick Report – Voss – NYRA Vs. Baffert Hearing Concludes; Several Steps Remain Before A Decision

TDN – Thornton – Credibility Challenged, Former NY Steward Erupts at Baffert Hearing

Bloodhorse – Downey – NYRA Concludes Case Against Baffert, Defense Opens

TDN – TD Thornton – ‘Social Licensing’ The Day Two Focal Point of Baffert/NYRA Hearing

Bloodhorse – Downey – Toutain Offers Specialized Testimony at Baffert Hearing

TDN – Bill Finley – Baffert Takes Stand In NYRA Hearing; KY Hearing Next

Paulick Report – Voss – Baffert Reveals New Details About Medina Spirit Case In Day 4 Of NYRA Hearing

Bloodhorse – Downey – Baffert Testimony Runs Gamut in NYRA Case

Paulick Report – Voss – Baffert: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Has Hearing Scheduled In Medina Spirit Case For Feb. 7

Bloodhorse – Gearty – Fishman: ‘The Question is, is it Testable Doping?’

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – USADA have proved themselves time and again – there’s not a better option for racing

TDN – NYRA Considers Action Against Potts

The Pusher

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Monmouth Targets March Start for Fixed Odds

Phil has a question:

Why do all the racing powers that Bee peer through their rose coloured glasses when discussing how many bettors will move from other forms of gambling to horse racing fixed odds betting but fail to look at the other side, how many horse racing bettors are moving to sports betting and other forms of gambling.

TDN – Ross – 2021 California Handle & Purses by the Numbers

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 Handle & Purse Comparison – Thoroughbred Association and Racing Fair CA Hosts

Sports Business Journal – McCormick – Monumental S&E unveils plans for massive esports center

Los Angeles Times – Amy Schneider’s historic ‘Jeopardy!’ reign has ended — thanks to this question


Elle – Weaver and Puckett-Pope – How I Met Your Father: Everything We Know About the HIMYM Spinoff Starring Hilary Duff

Phil has a question:

Will Comrie get a cameo.

What Giada De Laurentiis And Bobby Flay’s Relationship Is Like Today

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Bertrand Russell

Boys of Summer

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Struggle With the Steroid Era Ends in an Awkward Stalemate”

  1. INDUSTRY news keeps on coming to increase horse populations

    ASHA posts the news of a 5 yr deal/2027 with increased revenue and extended meet at mile to end of may in 2023. Where’s HBPA response.

    TRACK 2 attempts to draw customers with free rapid tests, unfortunately shutdown until Feb 1 due to staff covid symptoms, safety first folks.

    Great Canadian recent leaked study showing the potential layoffs of 25% of casino staff in Ontario (2500). Loss of government revenues of $2.8 billion/5 years due to decreased takeout, based on massive increase of internet gambling, did anybody look at this in Alberta or is everybody still smelling the roses??

    SM2 aggressive casino operations with opening of the brand new airport Deerfoot casino late in 2022, what effect will it have on the century downs revenue?? Century Fort Road opened in 2006 and the bread winner Northlands experienced a 33% loss in revenue within 3 years, did the powers to be factor this in, doubtful!!

    Century $12 per hr net win per slot machine, can this be sustained or have growth, with live gaming tables and future sports books with no $$ to racing.

    Different gambling options can only affect racing slice, beware NOTLEY lurks

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