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TV Timeout: From Biogenesis To The Legacy Of 'JerryWorld'

The MLB PED scandal involving the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic remained a hot topic, with many analysts discussing the scandal’s impact on MLB and beyond. Appearing on ESPN’s “Around The Horn,” Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke said the NBA is the “next big steroid busting” sport because “you see every four years at the Olympics all these players lose weight … because drug-testing is so much more difficult at the Olympics.” Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, “I always wonder about the NBA and how it kind of skates in this process because … what players looked like just 15-20 years ago and what they look like today and you’re thinking, ‘Is that protein shakes? Is that what happened?’” Cowlishaw said “it’s all about star power” in these PED revelations and “in baseball, it’s MVPs, it’s Cy Young winners, it’s home run kings. That’s why baseball has been killed in this process.” Cowlishaw: “People always ask, ‘Why is baseball the sport that gets killed in this?’ One of the reasons is their commissioner goes out of the way to make this stuff giant headlines while the other ones shy away from it.”

ESPN’s Bomani Jones said, “Unlike Major League Baseball, nobody else is going to go out of their way to talk to this man (whistle blower Porter Fischer) and say, ‘Hey, could you please give us a scandal that will mire us in the news and we won’t be able to do anything about it?’ Why would you do that? Only baseball has an incentive to do that because of its history” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 7/26). NBC’s Jay Leno noted Brewers LF Ryan Braun has been suspended by MLB for the rest of season for cheating using PEDs. Leno: “You know what’s the sad part? The Brewers are already 19 games out of first place. That’s with performance-enhancing drugs. How bad are they going to be now?” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 7/26).

THE PATRIOT WAY: New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica said the Patriots “have become the bad karma capital for all their success since the last time they won the Super Bowl.” The Patriots have had Spygate, lost “two unbelievable Super Bowls, a lot of stuff has happened” but the “machine keeps rolling along and it seems like every time you look up they’re 10-2” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 7/28). NBC’s Leno asked “SNF” announcer Cris Collinsworth, “The Patriots are always sort of the straight-laced team, right?” Collinsworth: “They are and it’s not good. There’s nothing good about it but they got Tim Tebow so maybe that will straighten them all out a little bit” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 7/26).

HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS? ESPN's Skip Bayless said the comment by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that the newly named AT&T Stadium will be “more familiar than the White House” was “over the edge.” Bayless: “This was a 70-year-old Jerry Jones who has built a monument to himself, JerryWorld, who’s saying, ‘I want my monument to become more familiar to people in this country than the most important edifice in this country, the White House.’ Are you kidding me, Jerry?” Bayless said it has “become more about Jerry promoting Jerry than winning football games.” ESPN's Jemele Hill said the “reason that people don’t know how smart” Jones is because “he does stuff like this.” He is “always talking at the wrong time saying the wrong thing.” ESPN’s Michael Smith said, “I don’t think he literally thinks that the most important building in the country is going to be second to JerryWorld. But if you’ve been to JerryWorld … impressive doesn’t do it justice” (“First Take,” ESPN2, 7/26).

• ESPN’s Zubin Mehenti said of NCAA reform, “You think conference realignment is a big deal. That’s going to be nothing compared to this if this goes down” (“College Football Live,” ESPN, 7/26).

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