Monday, August 01, 2005

Short and Random

Blogging will be briefer than usual this week until the dreaded fall schedule (a.k.a. the Dread Sked) is a little farther along in the process. At the moment, the time period from 10:00-11:00 a.m. has approximately twenty students in it, so there's still a bit of work to do (seeing as how I underestimated yesterday; I would have to add five more weekdays to the school week to give everyone an in-class slot, not the single day I stated yesterday).

At any rate, a few small items:
  • Dave Barry's Blog has a new URL, which I will also change on the sidebar link as soon as I can. The fonts are different, and there are a few ads here and there, but otherwise, it's still the same great daily dose of America's favorite living humor writer that we've been used to for so many years.

  • I've raved in these pages about the imminent opening of Firewheel Town Center in two months and six days (no, I'm not counting at all!), but I did find out one little setback today, courtesy of the new issue of the Garland City Press: the AMC theatre won't be ready by grand opening weekend; we have to wait until December for that. D'oh!

  • And I'm sorry, but there's no way I believe that Raffy did steroids. This has to be one of those "false positives" that you hear about sometimes.
More tomorrow. Kev out.

25 comments:

Gary P. said...

This has to be one of those "false positives" that you hear about sometimes.

I wonder if Viagra triggers a false positive for steroids...

Kev said...

Gary, that's hilarious...

Jazzy G said...

Gary.. again, you win at life.
That's the funniest thing I've heard in a while. Keep up the good work! :P

Kev said...

Jay Leno had a good one last night: "If Palmeiro's on Viagra and steroids, he doesn't even need a bat anymore." ;-)

Gary P. said...

Now that I've read some more about this, I'm not so sure it's a false positive. This apparently isn't a test he just failed. This has already been before an arbitrator who ruled in favor of MLB, and rumor is MLB has been sitting on this for a while so it wouldn't hang over Palmeiro's 3000th hit, the All-Star Game, and the recent Hall of Fame ceremonies.

I'm beginning to believe more and more in cosmic karma that Ryne Sandberg goes into the Hall of Fame and less than a week later, Palmeiro is busted for failing a drug test.

Gary P. said...

.... busted for a drug test that may well keep Palmeiro out of the Hall.

J-Guar said...

Allan Maki of theglobeandmail.com writes,

"He [Palmeiro] takes part in an anti-drug discussion involving all four major sports leagues -- and he'll take a non-prescription supplement without knowing what's in it? What's that make Palmeiro? The most trusting athlete in spikes or the dumbest?"

i'd have to say i agree with the above statement. How do you stay in the game so many years and suddenly get caught for using steroids. Twins pitcher Juan Rincon got busted earlier this season, he's barely larger than I am, and he's a pitcher, in the american league. what Rincon's motive for intentionally taking steroids was beats me.

Palmeiro, on the other hand, is obviously a phenomenal offensive player. the motive of using steroids to keep hitting power is a little more plausable for him.

this however doesn't mean that either of them "intentionally" took steroids. there have been stories of trainers giving players supplements with banned substances, which still doesn't excuse the player for not knowing what they're putting in their body.

also, the testing process is not a one step process. if something is found in an EMIT (urine) test, the sample needs to be further analyzed using gas-chromatography/mass-spectrometry (GC/MS), which is what specialists use to find illegal drugs, identify chemicals in fire and arson cases, find airborne pollutants and it is used widely in Airport Security to identify harmful materials in luggage.

in short, Palmeiro is either A.)a liar for saying he didn't juice when he did, B.)stupid for not regulating/being ignorant of what he put in his body, or C.)a false positive. i don't know if I can buy C.

Gary P. said...

Twins pitcher Juan Rincon got busted earlier this season, he's barely larger than I am, and he's a pitcher, in the american league. what Rincon's motive for intentionally taking steroids was beats me.

The reason bodybuilders take steroids is that they allow the muscles to recover quicker from strenuous workouts, allowing them to work out longer and more frequently than they would otherwise. It's not like you take them and magically sprout muscles, back acne, and man-boobies if you don't do anything else.

The attraction for a relief pitcher like Rincon is obvious... be available to pitch more games and pitch longer in those games.

J-Guar said...

yeah i actually had a discussion about that with a friend right after i posted my comment, so i concede that point.

Gary P. said...

Anonymous reports coming out now say Palmeiro tested positive for stanozolol. That's a biggie.... not something you can accidentally ingest or is some by-product of nutritional supplements. It's the same drug Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used to "set" all those track and field records in the late 80's.

As a long-time baseball fan and researcher, this really saddens me. If Bud Selig manages to get widespread steroid use out of baseball, he will have done exactly two things in his stewardship that I agree with... the other being his stance on Pete Rose. I'm still holding out hope that Palmeiro is an isolated incident and that the big numbers put up by many guys in the last 10 years aren't the result of chemical engineering.

Eric Grubbs said...

When I heard a couple of friends of mine (who have young kids) refer to 'Raffy' on Monday, I thought they were referring to the folk singer that sings children's songs.

Kev said...

That's hilarious, Eric. Didja ever see the Simpsons' "Roofi" episode where they spoofed him?

Eric Grubbs said...

That's hilarious, Eric. Didja ever see the Simpsons' "Roofi" episode where they spoofed him?

Yes and I thought of it too. Maggie was a big fan . . .

Gary P. said...

Gary.. again, you win at life.
That's the funniest thing I've heard in a while. Keep up the good work!


Thanks, G! I appreciate that!

Semi-seriously, one of the potential side effects of the steroid Palmeiro took is listed online as "erectile and ejaculation difficulties in males."

The best jokes are the ones that just write themselves.... Draw your own conclusions! :-)

Jazzy G said...

Wow.. just.. wow.. I hope this thread keeps chugging along for a while. I'm enjoying this. Poor Kev.. did it finally hit you that Raffi really did it (I'm very disappointed about it. I was trying to think positive too.)? Have a kleenex from my box of "Modano isn't coming back to Dallas" tissues.

Kev said...

Wow, the thread that won't die! ;-)

Gary, J-Guar: did you know that you guys are fellow trumpeters?

G: Put away the Kleenex; Modano signed tonight!

Jazzy G said...

WHOOAA HE CHANGED HIS MIND!!!
*does a happy dance*

Jim P. said...

Boy - they need to list dates of comments for threads this long.

I just wanted to bring my stars fan self in to say - yea Mo!!

(and we kept Zubby to booot!)

Also, I think it is about time that we all start coming to terms with the fact that probably 50% or more of MLB players were taking steroids in the 90's if they knew it or not. Technological advances can sometimes be a “b” when true knowledge catches up.

PS Hey look - I figured out that I do not have to be anonymous anymore! :-P

Jazzy G said...

Boy - they need to list dates of comments for threads this long.
I'm pretty sure there is a Blogger code for that somewhere but I'm sure Kev's brain would explode trying to find/impliment it. ;P

Yeah, I think I'm more happy that Zubov is staying. I watched him play with the Pens, before I became a Stars fan.

*ahem* ... This is the thread that doesn't eeeeeend. It just goes on and on my friend!!! *ducks to avoid whatever Kev will throw at me on Tuesday*

Kev said...

I'll do some checking around and see if it's possible to have comments list dates or not. I just always assumed that it wasn't part of the code yet.

Wow, this is the 20th comment on this post...

Jazzy G said...

OMGZZ 21st comment!!!11!!oneone!11!!!

There has GOT to be a date/time thing that you can squeeze in there someplace. Back in '01 when I used Blogger, and didn't feel like translating an entire publishing system from French to English, I had it set up to show date/time .. or at least the date.. of the comment.

Jazzy G said...

Oh.. umm.. Kev.. you're gonna kick yourself. The comment date/time is so easy to fix. Ready?

Settings > Comments > Comment Timestamp Format

Lots of different combinations of date and time in the dropdown box. Choose wisely. ;)

(22nd!! *sings again* This is the thread that doesn't end....)

Jim P. said...

:D - 23 comments on an entry started with the title "Short and Random"

(also - I had to be number 23 - its my lucky number)

Kev said...

Thanks G, that worked perfectly. I'm curious, though, about the thing in '01 you were mentioning, because Blogger didn't have its own commenting system till May of '04 (unless they had it in a really early version). I used Haloscan up till then; I know you remember them, because you were the one that warned me of porn-spam...

Jazzy G said...

Blogger didn't have its own commenting system till May of '04 (unless they had it in a really early version).

Riiight! My bad! It was something involving the Date/Time thing though, and it was a heck of a lot trickier back then than it is now.

I know you remember them, because you were the one that warned me of porn-spam...

AHAHAHA! Oh the memories of porn-spam. Those were the days.