Frantz: A look back at a bad week in sports

A little of this, and a lot of that …

» Sources in Virginia say Michael Vick’s defense against federal charges of brutally murdering fighting dogs may include a claim of temporary insanity, brought on by years of systematic brainwashing. Vick is expected to finger long-time animal activist Bob Barker as the guilty party, who told him for decades to help control the pet population.

» Car bombs among the revelers after Iraq’s semifinal Asian Cup win over South Korea? Random gunfire after the championship win over Saudi Arabia? Nancy Pelosi says fans in Baghdad are rebelling against America’s involvement in Middle Eastern soccer.

» Jose Canseco, who blew the lid off the baseball world with his first tell-all steroid book, says he has a new edition coming out that contains information on Alex Rodriguez. Early word is that Canseco will expose A-Rod’s career-long use of a performance-enhancing agent called “talent,” and that Rodriguez will voluntarily submit to random talent-testing for the remainder of his career.

» Looks like the Major League Soccer gamble is paying off: Now that David Beckham’s here, I have a sudden urge to go into a field and kick a ball back and forth with my daughter until neither one of us has scored for 90 minutes.

» Bud Selig took undeserved heat last week for agreeing to attend the historic game in which Barry Bonds may hit his record-tying and/or breaking home runs. Discerning is the eye that recognizes the method behind The Bud’s madness: By attending the game, but refusing to participate in any on-field ceremony, Selig is delivering the rare “in-person” snub to Bonds — far more powerful a statement than the “I have a day job and just can’t be there” snub. Bravo, Commissioner. Bravo.

» Speaking of commissioners, David Stern says former NBA referee Tim “Lee Harvey” Donaghy is an “isolated, rogue criminal” in the gambling scandal that threatens the very credibility of his league. Sure Commish, just one guy acting on his own. Must be why Donaghy has police protection right now, shielding him from any modern-day Jack Rubys aiming to keep it that way.

» Remember when Napoleonic referee Joey Crawford was suspended for challenging 7-foot superstar Tim Duncan to a fight earlier this year? Ever wonder what kind of circumstances might push a guy toward that degree of rage over a few questionable whistles? Just asking, is all …

» Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s record makes the insufferable Sergio Garcia’s pursuit of his first major championship look like Carnivale by comparison.

» New York Knicks’ forward Eddy Curry was robbed in his Chicago home last week, just weeks after Miami’s Antoine Walker was robbed at gunpoint in the same city. Unconfirmed reports say frustrated team owners in every league with $100 million payrolls and losing records were unanimous in their response: “How do YOU like it!”

» American sprinter Justin Gatlin is currently appealing an eight-year ban imposed on him for doping. American steroid dealer Greg Anderson is currently serving his eighth month in prison for being a dope.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@examiner.com.


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