A Boy Named Tracy

Jan 14

Can we have a “Coming Out” day for all MLB steroid users.

With the recent admission by Mark McGwire that he used steroids as a MLB player with the Oakland A’s and Stl. Cardinals, the sports radio hosts, the sports writers and bloggers have re-hashed the same old discussion. It’s the same discussion they had when Alex Rodriguez admitted, the same one when Clemens was accused (although to this day he still denies it), and the same one with Barry Bonds.

Then the discussion evolves. It goes from talking about the person accused (or that has come out) to the “steroids” area in baseball to the Hall of Fame discussion. To me this discussion is getting old. And frankly, it’s useless. We are left to put together a puzzle piece by piece but have so many pieces missing we are unable to come up with the clear picture.

I have a proposed solution.

I would love it if we could just dedicate one day to have all MLB players (past and present) that have used PEDs to confess. MLB could meet with the Attorney General and set it up so that any player announcing on this “coming out” day would be granted immunity. Then MLB could schedule a press conference starting at say 9am for however long it takes and have one player after another come to the podium and confess. No need for lame apologies or excuses. Just confess. On top of that, all the players that are on that infamous “positive list” are required to step to the podium and clear the air.

Would this solve anything? I don’t know. It may get the main question answered (or as close to answered as it ever will) everyone is asking: who’s clean and who’s not?

To me, this would be a great way to clear the air at least as much as it will ever be. What do you think?

Jan 9
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Martin Luther King (thx Laure) (via minimalmac)

Jan 1
Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Massive fail! 1 1/4 pancakes left.

Massive fail! 1 1/4 pancakes left.

Those are some big pancakes! 4 16” pancakes for the 5 of us. Think we can do it?

Those are some big pancakes! 4 16” pancakes for the 5 of us. Think we can do it?

Dec 31

An interesting night indeed

It started out fairly normal. Got a call from my brother-in-law to go see a movie. Right as I was hanging up the phone someone from work was trying to give away two tickets to the Illinois/Northwestern game.

Since free is a good price I called my brother-in-law to see if he wanted to do that instead. He agreed so we headed to the U of I (I’d still really like to see Sherlock Holmes sometime soon though).

I don’t get home until 6 normally and last night I had to make an extra stop at the pet store, so I didn’t get home until 6:15. Game time was 8 so I knew we would be cutting it close. I picked Rob up at about 6:50 and off we went.

We made really good time and made it to the Assembly hall right at game time. We parked and rushed to get in. The game ended up being a very good game. I am not an Illinois fan or a Northwestern fan, so it was nice to see a good, close game when I didn’t really care about the outcome. The game went into OT.

With about two minutes left in OT I got my stuff together, put on my coat and checked to see which pocket my keys were in. They weren’t in any of my pockets! I kept checking and re-checking and they were nowhere to be found.

At this point I’m thinking, "Great, I locked my keys in the van. I hope my roadside assistance covers this stupidity." After the game as we headed back to the van I called the insurance company to get a claim started. As we got closer to the van the Country Companies person asked if I wanted to start the claim.

We were about 20 feet from the van when I noticed the lights in the dash were on. So I figured I left the lights on too, but I looked at the front of the van and the lights were not on. Then we looked at the back of the car and noticed exhaust coming from the pipes.

I thought, "No way! I left the car running the whole time!?!?!?"

Sure enough. The car was running for the 2-1/2 hours we were in the game. By this time I’m thinking that I not only locked the keys in the car but left it running. I got up to the driver’s side door and reached for the handle in one of those moments of truth when you know something is true but hoping it’s not.

To my (and Rob’s) surprise, the door was unlocked!

So I left the van running with the doors unlocked the whole time. What’s funny though is that the gas needle hadn’t moved from where it was when we parked and apparently the cooling system works well because the temp was the same.

So we jumped in the car and headed home safe and sound, with one of those memories that I’m sure will never be forgotten.

Dec 30
“Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans”
John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”

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