You've got both trials next April, right around Opening Day. You've got to have mixed feelings about that.
BS: I have very strong feelings on the subject. I now feel that people are still sort of living in the past. I can't tell you I'm not saddened by the Clemens situation, or the Bonds situation.
Is the pitching dominance we're seeing this year a coincidence, or does it have something to do with fewer hitters on steroids?
BS: Whether it is or not, I don't know.
As commissioner you've got to look at the numbers.
BS: I've talked to a lot of people, and everybody has a different theory. It's not only this year, it's the last two or three years. I do think, however, that clubs have concentrated on pitching. I get different answers from different general managers and managers. The fact of the matter is, the game has never been cleaner than it is today. Yes, we need a test for human growth hormone, but all sports are looking for that. Other than that ... Dan, [until 2003] this sport never had a drug-testing program, even during the cocaine era of the '80s, which was probably more pervasive than steroids. And I don't hear anybody ever talk about that.
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Doug Flutie said that if Reggie Bush returns the Heisman he won in 2005, as new USC athletic director Pat Haden called on Bush to do, Flutie would favor a revote. (If that were to happen, he said he'd vote to give it to Vince Young, who was the runner-up.) But Flutie (above), who won the award in 1984 at Boston College, told me he'd be surprised if Bush parted with the trophy. "I'd have both arms wrapped around the Heisman and [be] hiding it before I'd give it up," Flutie said.
Cal Ripken isn't ready to write off the Padres in the National League just because of their current losing streak, which reached 10 games on Sunday. In 1983, the only season Ripken won the World Series, his Orioles twice went seven games without a victory. "Good teams know how to minimize [the impact of] their losing streaks, not let them build up to something greater," he said. "You just try to put it in perspective and say, 'We're all going to go through a losing streak, this is just ours.'"