Here's at least one good thing on the sports page-Greg Oden is heading towards a comeback. He's had little but bad luck since leaving OSU, and Miami seems interested in signin him even if he won't be ready to play until next year. Oden seems to be a neat guy who deserves better than what he's been handed the last half-decade, so it would be nice to see him play at an elite level.
Another good news item is the NHL getting back in gear for a 60% season; the owners have signed off and the players are slated to vote this weekend.
The lack of hockey on TV has left some interesting holes in a number of networks, especially here in Michigan where the Red Wings are part of the fabric of sports in the cold-weather months. The lastest NHL video game had a homage to the Wings when they showed a maintanance guy taking a octopus off the ice to the commentary of "this is our idea of sushi." Until now, that's the one way to get NHL action on your TV is via a video game console.
The big headline-maker of the day is Junior Seau testing positive for brain damage; chronic traumatic encephalopathy is the $10 term for the long-term damage that can often be caused by getting your head banged in on a regular basis. Seau did himself last May, and since CTE can cause emotional issues, it was a primary suspect in what might have lead Seau to suicide.
Football and other sports are getting more proactive in dealing with concussions. We have Pau Gasol sitting out for the Lakers at present with a concussion that he likely would have played through not too many years ago. Lion RB Jarvid Best has missed almost two full years with concussion-related issues, where he's healthy but not quite clear-headed enough to pass medical muster.
Yesterday's headline maker was Cooperstown not getting a new-timer inducted. Both Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were snubbed by the writers when they should be near-unanimous picks were it not for their better-living-throug-chemestry rep. The all-time homer champ and the winner of the most Cy Youngs should be in, but a majority of the writers hae the no-roiders-allowed sign up. That's going to give the Old Timer's committee some interesting work about 2030 if this keeps up.
Mark McGwire on a par with Fred McGriff? Bonds and Clemens just a notch better than Edgar Martinez? Not quite.