Thursday, November 03, 2005

Thursday Update

Lots to discuss in our four hours today, including Blazers, HIV and Sexual Assault in the CFL, Pac-10 Insider Ted Miller and more.

Blazers Opener: There really isn't much more to say than "I told you so." In this blog and on the show, I have stated many times that the biggest thing to be concerned about was the backcourt and that group's tendency to turn the ball over. I also spoke of what should be a better than average frontcourt. Last night, Darius and Zach played great but the game was lost with inability of the guards to be effective, especially defensively. RICHIE FRAHM????!!!!! Are you kidding me? This guy made just 31 three pointers all of last season. But how did he do it? Simple, the Blazers have the same old problem in the backcourt-size on the defensive end. Travis Outlaw anyone? Nate went with a limited rotation, and it may have cost them.

HIV in the CFL: Check out this story, and get ready to discuss.
http://www.canada.com/sports/football/cfl/story.html?id=01099a30-269d-4d34-80e3-b7cf22f2b1b1
Finding the actual policies of sports leagues is tough, but from what I could gather from the story and from some research after, the NFL policy the CFL cites says HIV testing is voluntary and "continued participation in the NFL of HIV-infected players should remain a private decision between the player and his physician."
Imagine that..... you could be an NFL player lining up across from another player who has HIV. The scary thing is that we just don't know who has it, and who doesn't. In other words, is Magic Johnson the only big name athlete to ever contract the virus while playing a professional sport? There is a chance that other athletes may have it other than just Trevis Smith. Bigger names in bigger leagues. Maybe not, but while there is great concern here, there has to be a realization that he may be the first in a true contact sport (sorry Nate-basketball doesn't qualify here) to have his situation go public, but he won't be the last.

Should athletes be concerned? At the very least, there should be testing. I think the answer is simple for ALL sports-the decision regarding participation should be up to the Player's Associations. Majority rules. Let the athletes decide.