It’s another Tuesday, which could only mean one thing. Lets jump into this week’s version of “Food for Thought.”
Bond’s Trial is A Circus
If you have not been living under a rock the past week, you realize that a Barry Bonds Federal perjury trial is currently going on. Now I am not very well versed in law nor have I been following this case carefully. But lets state the obvious. Everyone is well aware that Barry Bonds used steroids. I mean look at the size of that man’s dome during the early 2000s. But the case is regarding whether Barry knowingly used steroids while he was a baseball player. Well without question he knew. But can anybody actually prove it?
You can continue to bring people up to the stand that talk about the sudden growth in his head size, growth in shoe size, or shrinkage in the size of his private parts, but none of these testimonies are going to prove that he knew. All it is going to do is turn this trial into a circus. Kimberly Bell, Bond’s ex mistress, was obviously extremely embarrassed today when speaking about her past relations with the Homerun King. In all honesty, none of this is entertaining. It’s really just an embarrassment in reality. It’s an embarrassment for all of the witnesses. It’s an embarrassment for Barry Bonds. It’s an embarrassment for Major League Baseball.
From the way I understand how our court system is set up, there are two key facets. You need definitive evidence and everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Barry is a smart man with high-powered attorneys. Unless you produce pictures of a syringe being placed into Barry Bonds or have voice recordings of him admitting to using steroids, lets just wrap this thing up. Nothing is going to happen. I am no lawyer, but this case should just be closed.
Old School All American Squad
Yesterday, the Associated Press released this year’s All American Team. And in the era of “One and Dones,” 3 seniors and 1 junior were on the 1st team. I admit this was quite refreshing to see. I love watching freshman phenoms, otherwise known as the Diaper Dandies, dominating on any given night. Guys like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Eric Gordon, Kevin Durant and more have been simply amazing to watch over the past few years. But who else misses watching the progression of 4 year players? Programs being built around upper-classmen that have gone through the fire? Call it cliché, but I love watching players develop through a great coaches system and doing big things by their junior/senior years.
Most Madness Ever?
The Madness has been absolutely unforgettable this year. I think it has maybe even been better than last year’s epic tourney that was. I mean Butler is a repeat Final Four Team. Realize that last month, many did not even see this team making the tournament. VCU, a team that every single expert said had no business being in the tourney is dancing in Houston. Kentucky, a team that struggled all year away from the Rupp Sanctuary knocked off The Ohio State, who was hands down the best team in the country, and now is back in the Final Four for the first time in 13 years. And unranked UConn, who played 5 games in 5 days in the Big East Tournament still has a pulse as we head into the final weekend. Possibly the most amazing stat of all though. In the ESPN Bracket Challenge, which has over 5.9 million participants this year, only 2, yes I said 2, have the Final Four picked correctly. I mean no Final Four matchup has ever had 2 teams with a combined seeding of over 14. The Butler/VCU game has a combined seeding of 19 (8 and 11).
The question I pose for you all today. What is more of a shocker? VCU making the Final Four, or Butler making the Final Four for a 2nd year in a row?
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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