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Does anyone else find it amusing that the NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the “F-word” during a game against San Antonio on April 12, but also found it perfectly acceptable for him to use the “F-word”?
Seriously, NBA Commissioner David Stern has uttered nary a word of condemnation for Bryant’s use of what was once considered the “Queen Mother of all swear words”— the one that rhymes with “duck”— on national TV, yet was outraged with his use of the one that rhymes with “maggot.”
The lesson? Discipline is no longer meted out based on the level of offensiveness — but rather the level of political correctness.
Speaking of commissioners, MLB boss Bud Selig has raised eyebrows with his proposal to expand the playoffs next season, and in San Francisco, a lot of ire as well.
Giants ace Tim Lincecum, according to ESPN.com, has joined a growing chorus of critics, saying of Selig, “I don’t know where his head is at. What if the second wild-card team is not deserving of getting in? Why mess it up, other than for monetary purposes?”
Timmy is right about the money, but considering that 16 teams each qualify for the NBA and NHL playoffs, and a dozen make it in the NFL, 10 playoff teams in baseball still seems like a modest number. Besides, more cities playing meaningful games in September can only be good for the game.
MLB seized control last week of the Los Angeles Dodgers and will run the club’s day-to-day operations due to inept management and the damaging personal lives of owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife Jamie. Citing a similar set of circumstances, Bud Selig has announced his next move will be to seize control of Lindsay Lohan.
With the NFL Draft approaching, some GM’s are still wondering what to make of former Auburn QB Cam Newton’s “character”. If he’s interested, Newton himself could erase some of those concerns while earning himself $1 million in the process: The owner of a website called “camnewtonliedetector.com” has offered the QB a cool million if he will take and pass a simple four-question polygraph test to determine whether or not he actually knew his father was “shopping” him to the highest bidder before he landed at Auburn. Cecil Newton will reportedly make the decision for his son, and is said to be considering higher offers from other websites in the same conference.
On the subject of lying, now that Barry Bonds has completed his six-year at-bat against federal authorities, fouling off several dozens of prosecutorial pitches before finally earning a walk, full-scale debate can begin as to whether or not he’ll be welcome in Cooperstown when eligible in 2013.
For those making the ridiculous argument that Bonds should be inducted because “he had a Hall of Fame career before he ever used steroids,” I offer the following: If a college student taking a final exam answers his first 99 questions correctly, but then decides to cheat on question No. 100, the professor doesn’t excuse the cheating and award him an “A” because the student was just so damn good on the first 99. Rather, the student fails the entire exam.
So, Barry supporters, does that “clear” it up for you?
Bob Frantz is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.