Who Got the Juice?

Q: “Bishop, you’re crazy!” Bishop: “You know what? Last time you said that, I was kinda trippin’, right? But now, you’re right. I am crazy!” Why am I quoting Tupac Shakur from the 1992 film Juice? Is it because Ernest Dickerson’s film was a not-so-subtle premonition of baseball’s impending steroid crisis with the inner city drug trade serving as a stand-in for the quest to get big? Not at all. But Bishop’s thought process recently mirrored mine when it came to the steroid controversy (I’ll stick to ‘steroids’ as a catch-all phrase. PEDs just ain’t doing it…

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Playing God

Whenever the US plays Mexico, the game is must-see television at my house. But this year’s edition was special: it was a chance to shape a life. Well, that’s going a bit overboard, but let me explain. My sister recently moved back to the US from Mexico with her three boys. Her husband is Mexican. which means that her sons have a fifty-fifty chance of becoming Mexico fans. I just couldn’t have a Mexico fan in my family so when I found out that her husband would be out of town for the game in Columbus, I…

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The Other Fantasy Football

Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville “Stats don’t mean a lot, mate.” This was a response to my post on Yahoo! UK’s Fantasy EPL site about choosing goalkeepers. Keep in mind, I’d written, that Fulham had only given up 2 goals at home in 6 games. Sure enough, Fulham kept a clean sheet that weekend. Stats do mean a lot, mate. In fact, Fantasy Sports are comprised of nothing but stats. So dismissing their importance is a bit daft, innit. But herein lies the learning curve of Fantasy Sports for people outside the United States. Fantasy Sports are a very…

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