MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner expressed to me his concern about Alex Rodriguez's suspension. "What [Bud Selig] did, frankly, was inappropriate and almost ridiculous," Weiner said. "Look at the penalties that have been meted out so far by the commissioner's office. Nothing comes close to 211 games." ... NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy believes Riley Cooper's racial slur points to a bigger problem in the NFL. "Everyone is looking at the racial element," Dungy said. "But to me the real issue is alcohol. You have someone who does something they may or may not do if they're not under the influence." ... Falcons LB Brian Banks is finally getting a shot to make an NFL team at 28 after being wrongfully accused of rape in 2002 and having his conviction overturned after five years in jail. "I don't think a bad day in camp is possible," Banks said. "I'm living a dream that was once taken away from me."