The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Friday, September 23, 2005

Three Sports Things

Three sports items that I've been meaning to write about for the last 24 hours.

1) Something crazy's happening in the Rafael Palmeiro saga. First, Raffy supposedly implicates Orioles star Miguel Tejada in his steriod claims. Raffy and Tejada both refute this. Now, the Orioles have asked him to clean out his locker for the season. Crazy, crazy stuff. I have no idea what's gonna happen here, but ain't now way in hell the Orioles are bringing him back after some unnamed sources have him ratting out Oriole cash cow Miguel Tejada. And unless Palmeiro clears his name, I don't forsee any other team taking him up.

2) Lightweight champ Leavander Johnson died last night due to a serious brain injury sustained from his Saturday night fight. Due to advances in technology and the way we understand how our bodies work, our professional athletes are getting faster, bigger, stronger, and deadlier. Throw Lennox Lewis into a ring with Rocky Marciano or Jack Johnson and he'd have a field day with them. Having two grown men who have been finely calibrated to become hitting machines thrown into a square, and have them slug it out is close to insane nowadays. The only thing that surprises me about a story like this is how few of these incidents actually happen.

3) Eric Neel writes about Robb Nen sacrificing his arm and career for the sake of his team, the game, and playing the right way. At the end of the day though, this story's about how so many people in the San Francisco Giants' organization used him, and many others like him, to keep their positions and further their career- sacrificing the future for now. Although in reality you could probably insert any professional sports franchise, or any top-flight college athletics program for the San Francisco Giants.