I rarely comment on other sports other than an occasionally football item or some noteworthy event that deserves space on The Park. And this is going to be one of those times.
For all you sports junkies out there, the Mitchell Report is due out today. I for one I am interested in reading the report just because I am a sports junkie and want to see what all the hubbub is about. I do find it interesting the report will be released on MLB.com at the same time as the press conference. In my opinion this is by design. I am interested to see who was using steroids, why it was allowed to go unchecked, and how MLB created and perhaps perpetrated the atmosphere of steroid use. I know it probably won’t happen, but I would love for one of the players to be named in this report to stand and admit, YES I used steroids, why he used steroids, and I am sorry for using steroids, etc. I am so tired of players using the line, I didn’t know. Doesn’t wash with me, never will. I can understand how MLB players would be tempted to use steroids. I mean these guys play games back to back on a weekly basis, travel from town to town and rarely have a day off during the week. It can wear on a player. But I just don’t understand why. I guess I will never know.
In case you don’t know or live a the proverbial cave, Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison on Monday. Later that night the Atlanta Falcons lost to New Orleans and the next lose a coach. Watching this unfold for the Atlanta Falcons this season has been interesting. I am not going to talk about Michael Vick because I don’t think it deserves any more space that it is has received, but what I am going to talk about is the former coach of the Atlanta Falcons Bobby Petrino. I was to say shocked by his decision to abandon his team with three games left in the season. That’s right I said abandon. It’s one thing to move on after one year from a coaching job. There are several coaches out there who have faced this decision and ultimately moved on. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. But to leave with 3 games left in the season, come on now. I know there is drastic difference in the college coaching ranks and the pro ranks. Not every college coach is suited for the NFL and vice versa. Was three weeks going to make a big difference? You had three games left. That’s it. You weren’t making any kind of playoff run. I think it would been a better pill to swallow if you had decided to leave after one year, but done it after you finished the season. You let your players, coaching staff, the owner of the Falcons down, but ultimately you let the Falcons fans down. I don’t live in Atlanta so I can’t speak from their perspective, but if it happened to the Cowboys, I would be one very pissed off Cowboys fan! I don’t think I can blame Arkansas on this. I don’t know what kind of conversation Petrino had with the university. But if I were a parent who was being recruited by Petrino, I would have some doubts about the future of my son’s football career at Arkansas. How do we know he won’t bolt for a better job after a couple of years?
It is interesting to see Keyshawn Johnson and Terrell Owens going back and forth. Talk about a pissing contest. The Cowboys are having a phenomenal year. This is the first time they have started 12-1. And yes Coach Phillips was left with a team Coach Parcells built, but who is to say the Cowboys would be 12-1 if Coach Parcells had stayed in Dallas. This has happened before with the Cowboys. Barry Switzer inherited Jimmie Johnson’s team and that team ended up winning a Super Bowl. Say what you will, but you still have to the players to get the job done as well as the coaches. I haven’t seen the Cowboys play like this since the days of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. It’s exciting for me as a Cowboys fan. I have never been a big fan of TO. I still harbor some ill towards him. I mean you don’t diss THE STAR at Texas Stadium and expect all Cowboy fans to love you. But he has been one of the keys to the Cowboys resurgence this year.
Only 64 days until Daytona 500 folks…that’s right…not much longer.