You are (not) going to break this record established by the great Babe Ruth if I can help it ... Whites are far more superior than jungle bunnies ... My gun is watching your every black move."
"Dear Henry Aaron,
How about some sickle cell anemia, Hank?"
That Aaron was able to continue his top-shelf play amidst an avalanche of such filth was amazing. That he didn't become permanently disillusioned with white America -- although he admits the whole experience changed him considerably -- is even more remarkable. What's more, he remains a great ambassador for the game of baseball and the kind of hero whose ability to overcome off-field tribulations is perhaps more impressive than his considerable resume in uniform.
All of which brings us back to Bonds and his attempt to obscure legitimate questions about his alleged steroid abuse with racial statements. Of course he wants to "move on" and focus on this season and beyond. Of course he wants to gather sympathy and derail critics by focusing on the obstacles he faces because of his skin color. But this is not about that. The primary criticism of Bonds is his steroid use, period. His continued attempt to bully those with legitimate questions is dead wrong. Worse, his desire to cloak himself in the same fabric Aaron wore during his historic chase of Ruth's record is offensive. Hank Aaron handled his situation with class and grace, while Bonds is trying to manufacture a scenario in which he can be viewed as sympathetic.
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During his press conference, Bonds referred to going back to the "18th and 19th centuries, and we'll crush a lot of things in sports." The Giants outfielder doesn't need to go that far. He should turn the pages of his history book back 30 years and study Hank Aaron.
And learn something about character.
El Hombre sez: Atlantic 10 Conference commissioner Linda Bruno made a big mistake when she allowed Temple coach John Chaney to "suspend himself" in the wake of Chaney's decision Tuesday night to send a player into the Owls' game with Saint Joseph's to set illegal screens, throw elbows and cause general mayhem. While it's good Chaney is remorseful, he should not be the one setting the punishment in this case. Bruno should have suspended him, if only to prove Chaney isn't running the league. And if St. Joe's forward John Bryant, a victim of Chaney's decision, is out for the year with an elbow injury sustained during the dust-up, the suspension should be for two games.
And another thing: Isn't it great Dallas Cowboys' coach Bill "Tuna" Parcells signed Bills reject Drew Bledsoe and named him starting QB? There's another "Parcells Guy" in the fold. Who's next, Harry Carson? Bledsoe is a .500 quarterback who has trouble working within a team concept and has now been dished off by two teams in favor of younger quarterbacks. Are we to believe Bledsoe will all of a sudden commit to following the game plan, rather than trying for statistics? That's not likely. Meanwhile, Parcells is one year away from leaving Big D in far worse shape than when he arrived. Not that too many people around the NFL are shedding tears for the 'Boys or owner Jerry Jones. When big egos collide, there are plenty of victims. In this case, the prime targets are Dallas fans. Cowboy up!