Jerry Sandusky Case Will NEVER End

Yesterday, former long-time Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.  The trial that began on June 11 in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Bellefonte (just ten miles from the Penn State campus), reached a verdict just 12 days later. Sentencing will not be handed down until late September, and of course his defense attorney plans to appeal the verdict.  Many believe the 68-year old former coach will be spending the rest of his life in prison.      Jerry Sandusky is obviously a very sick man who molested AT LEAST EIGHT boys over a 15-year period.  Justice, at the total humiliation of the victims and their families, has finally been served.  However, Sandusky’s perverse behavior was certainly well-known to many University administrators and local law enforcement officials for well over a decade, yet even after his “retirement” in 1999…

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LeBron James dominated this NBA Championship series. The NBA’s Most Valuable Player has been under huge scrutiny by many sports commentators; not the least of which has been Skip Bayless, the focal point of ESPN’s First Take.  While others in this community of sports commentators have offered more objective reviews on LeBron James, Skip Bayless continues to banter and bait about LeBron’s continuous failures on the court focusing on his inability to win an NBA Championship.  That all ended tonight with the Coronation of the King! LeBron James dominated this NBA championship series and now has his well deserved NBA championship! This has to bring the end of all criticism of LeBron James.  In a well deserved final victory in tonight’s 5th game of the NBA Championship, LeBron dominated his opponent in winning his first championship.  Grant it, it was a total team victory! Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, and a…

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Who’s the Most Dominant MLB Pitcher Right Now?

Perhaps reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of the Tigers, or Yankees workhorse C.C. Sabathia, or the Phillies’ crafty lefty Cole Hamels, recent perfect game hurler Matt Cain of the Giants, or maybe the Nats’ 23-year old phenom Stephen Strasburg.  None of these aces can hold a rosin bag to journeyman right-hander Robert Allen (R.A.) Dickey of the New York Mets!  He’s currently riding one of the greatest pitching streaks of all-time, primarily thanks to his incredible control of a dancing 66-81 MPH knuckleball.   R.A. Dickey was the 18th overall pick of the Texas Rangers in 1996 MLB Draft, out of the University of Tennessee.  Within 5 years he made his MLB debut, but for most of the next 10 years he floundered (52-51) with four different teams, the last three years with the Mets.  This season however, the Mets’ knuckleballer is off to an 11-1 start with…

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As I watched an extraordinary number of TV coverage hours on the US Open this weekend, several thoughts and images remain with me……   Like no other American golf course, The Olympic Club is synonymous with stunning comeback wins and famous runner-ups.  Jack Fleck’s shocking victory over Ben Hogan in 1955, Billy Casper outlasting an over-aggressive Arnold Palmer in 1966, steady Scott Simpson overcoming Tom Watson in 1987, the overly-emotional Lee Janzen beating Payne Stewart in 1998, and this year’s champion 25-year old Webb Simpson (competing in only his 5th major championship tournament) coming from six shots behind to eliminate former US Open champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell. Rising high school senior, Beau Hossler, already committed to the Texas Longhorns, actually told Bob Costas after his Saturday round that he was changing his goals from being the low amateur to winning the tournament.  Absolutely nothing seemed to faze this…

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Casey Martin Re-visits Olympic Golf Club

The beautiful thing about the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open is that it is just that, “open” to ANYONE who can qualify.  Fourteen years ago (1998), the last time the U.S. Open was played at the historic Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco, Stanford graduate Casey Martin did qualify but because of a circulatory disorder he was born with in his lower right leg requested the use of a golf cart in order to compete fairly.  By suing the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that walking was NOT a fundamental element of the game, he was granted an injunction to use the cart, finished 23rd, and eventually in 2001 the highest Court in the land ruled in Martin’s favor.  Miraculously on June 4, he was the winning medalist at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier just 12 miles from…

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Give Barry Bonds What He Deserves

You can say whatever you want to say about Barry Bonds, but if you are a true fan of the game of baseball you have to admit that over the last quarter century he undeniably should be recognized as one of the game’s top five players.  I personally would go as far to say that Barry Bonds, as a five-tool player, is the single greatest baseball player of all-time!  (Yes, even better overall than his famous godfather, Willie Mays).  His name will appear on the 2013 HOF ballot for the first time this December (along with Clemens, Sosa and others).  You must remember…….first and foremost, baseball is part of the business of entertainment……who cares how the numbers were obtained.  All of you purists out there need to get a grip.  The Baseball Hall of Fame was established to honor the greatest baseball players of all-time, not necessarily high-character individuals that…

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I’ll Have Another…………Triple Crown

It’s been 34 years since we’ve had a thoroughbred horse racing Triple Crown.  That’s the longest drought in history, but I can “AFFIRM” this year will finally bring us another.  Horse racing success is not easy to predict, and there are many ways one could choose to handicap a race, but this year is extraordinary in two very specific ways that will bring I’ll Have Another into history on June 9th at the “Test of Champions”, the 1½-mile Belmont Stakes.   Before revealing my guaranteed reasoning for picking I’ll Have Another for the Belmont, it’s always interesting to at least briefly examine the “Holy Trinity” associated with each horse….that is to say the owner, trainer, and jockey.  Owner Paul Reddam purchased I’ll Have Another for a mere $11,000.  In early February, this horse was not even on anybody’s list of Kentucky Derby contenders.  Reddam also saw relative unknown jockey Mario Gutierrez…

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In a remarkable Game 4, the Philadelphia Sixers overcame an early abysmal performance and as much as an 18-point deficit to even their NBA Eastern Conference series against the Boston Celtics.  This was a Boston Celtic team who many proclaimed had “levied an old school beatdown” on the Philadelphia Sixers in Game 3 largely because their next potential opponent, the Miami Heat, was vulnerable with the loss of their center Chris Bosh.  In effect, the Boston Celtics had “the eye of the tiger.”  They smelled and tasted the Eastern Conference championship.  However, if you know anything about Philly, you know it’s the city that embodies this notion of “the eye of the tiger.”  And, this was certainly proven tonight. The Philadelphia Sixers could barely muster enough enthusiasm and energy to score more than 10 points in the first quarter.  Their team play was sloppy and they just could not put…

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