Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tuesday Primetime 3-7 PM

Say a prayer for Big Suke who is "big time" sick. Out again today. He is still listed as day to day.

Too bad he isn't here because there are a lot of things to talk about.....and some compelling guests including:
OSU's new starting QB Ryan Gunderson
Arizona D'Backs closer and Warrenton resident Brian Bruney to talk Steroids
New York Jets Offensive Lineman Scott Gragg...... and a late add: Ruben Patterson at 5:25.

Later this week, some more Civil War guests including alums of both teams who are in the NFL.

Civil War/Rivalry Week
Yeterday we had a number of good phone calls and somewhat suprisingly even some good
e-mails regarding the Civil War and is it a "civil" and friendly rivalry. I think in the end, it is not as bitter as most across the country, there isn't the same hatred for the opponent as some other rivalries, but it is still a big game.

Baseball's New Steroid Policy:
Four words describe this: WHAT TOOK SO LONG? Actually, the answer is simple. It didn't get done before because despite what amounts to a very tough new policy, MLB didn't believe it was an issue. It became an issue when Sen. John McCain and others decided it was time to force the issue. Now you get great quotes like this from Bud Selig: "This is an important step to reaching our goal of ridding our sport of performance-enhancing substances and should restore the integrity of and public confidence in our great game," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "I appreciate the effort put forward by the players' association and our players in reaching this new agreement."
So now we have the second drug policy in 10 months, and one that is, to say the least, harsh. But do the fans really care? As a fan of the game, I do. Baseball, more so than any other team sport, is judged by statistical numbers. Those are the benchmarks for the game just as times are the benchmarks in Olympic Track events. I don't want my Olympic sprinting champion to be juiced and chemically enhanced, and I don't want the all-time leader in Home Runs to be a steroid abuser.
So I applaud the efforts of baseball, even though they were forced into it. But will this make it a better game? Do fans even care? Maybe not now, but if some of your favorite players or players on your favorite team are banned for 50-100 games, you will more than likely have an opinion then.
Is baseball better today than it was yesterday? Does it have more integrity? My answer is yes on both accounts.