Quote of the Day
"Spare us the lies about taking 'roids for health reasons. We're all grownups. You took stuff for the same reason most of us break or bend rules: you thought you could get away with it, and you did. You did because Commissioner Bud, being Bud, was of course asleep at the switch when you suddenly grew Shrek-like necks and bloated biceps. But even Bud is selling absolution these days. ... There may be no crying in baseball, but there is forgiveness."
-- HBO's Bryant Gumbel, addressing Mark McGwire's apology in an open letter to former MLB players who have admitted to taking PEDs ("Real Sports,” HBO, 1/19).
Mara Says Sides Moving
Apart In Labor Talks
In a sign that frustration over the pace and tone of the NFL’s labor negotiations is increasing, Giants President & CEO John Mara says he believes the owners and the NFLPA are “moving further apart.” Mara: “I don’t think we’re making any progress. … They want a deal that is equal to or better than the existing one, and that is not acceptable to us.” He adds while he is hopeful a work stoppage in ’11 still can be averted, he is “resigned” to the fact the ’10 season will be played without a salary cap. The rare public admission is sure to mark an increase in the volume from both the NFL and union camps, and it further indicates both sides are preparing for a possible bitter standoff.
Meet Me In St. Louis?
Rosenbloom, Rodriguez nearing decision to accept a bid for Rams or take team off the market.
Creating An Exit Strategy
Former Pistons investor confirms Karen Davidson is indeed preparing to sell the franchise.
Manny Happy Returns
While Pacquiao will not face Mayweather, bout with Clottey still gives Jerry Jones a "good, big-time boxing start" at Cowboys Stadium.
Coming Into Focus
CBS OKs Super Bowl ad from Christian group featuring Tebow, perhaps indicating the spot will not carry "pro-life message" as rumored.
Kansas City, Here I Come
MLS Wizards will get their long-awaited new stadium, with construction to begin shortly.
Minor League, Major Results
AHL boss Dave Andrews says minor hockey league “doing extremely well” financially.