Just sitting here in the Atlanta airport... which in and of itself is not unusual, because to be perfectly honest with you I sit more in airports during the course of a year than I do in my living room. I should make a footnote here, but I am not going to be that long. The footnote is, that my living room is not necessarily where my wife and I spend our time; we remodeled the basement after our youngest moved out, and that is where we spend the crux of our time. But even if I use that as a measure of sitting time, it is a very close second to the airport.
I know my fans, and I know you are waiting for me to weigh in on the Barry Bonds controversy. I have to admit I am shocked to find out that a professional athlete cheated, and then lied about it. They want to clean up professional sports? How's about starting with a third grade classroom? They can't even get third graders to stop cheating on their math tests, let alone athletes with millions on the line to stop cheating. We teach children the Orwellian newspeak, and take out words like ethical, moral, principal, and my personal favorite, discriminate, and wonder why they grow up to be none of those things.
I don't want this to turn into one of those things where I make a "value judgment" on Mr. Bonds, but I would like to know what happened to his legal defense. I know from watching C-Span that whenever you are under oath, amnesia works. "I don't know" is the proper response to every question asked whilst you are under oath. What pinhead actually denies anything under oath? Apparently Barry Bonds. So not only has he lost the respect of the fans, he may actually go to jail for perjury.
Since when did lying become against the law, anyway? Isn't that a "value judgment?" Really, read any leading academic today, and he or she will tell you that there is no such thing as truth - and all ethics are situational.
What will we tell our school children about this? Even more perplexing is how does little Joey process lying in his newspeak brain?
Every one knew that Bonds was doing steroids; but the league waited until he broke Aaron's record to finish the investigation - which took four years and millions of dollars. One thing can be said about lawyers, they are nothing if not slow. At five hundred dollars an hour, I do believe that I would be taking my time also.
In defense of Barry Bonds, Balco could have pumped me full of HGH for twenty years, and I don't think I could have fouled off a major league curve ball - let alone knock it out of the park. I think the solution to this, if they are not going to teach children, who, I am told, are our future adults, that there is such a thing as cheating, and it is wrong, then they should just draw a line in the record book, pre-anabolic steroids and post-anabolic steroids, and be done with it.