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Thursday, July 27, 2006

What a difference a day makes...

After I read yesterday that the Lions were having trouble signing 6 of their 7 draft picks, 5 have now been reported as signed, with only 1st Round LB Ernie Sims, and 2nd Round S Daniel Bullocks not signed yet. As in everybody's signed except the two guys we drafted and penciled in to start. Ahhh, the good ole' Lions, always there for a laugh. Hopefully this situation will resolve itself during the night, and they will report to training camp on-time for morning workouts.

The Tigers finished off another series with a 4-1 win against the Indians. Verlander looked great in his 6 2/3 innings of work, walking zero and striking out 8. Good thing his father jumped in during negotiations and helped work that whole contract thing out, it would suck for another team to get to draft him, and then he turns out this good. No major trades have occured yet, and with 4 days left 'til the deadline, it's possible that none will. I would be ok if we were to do nothing, but even a small trade may make a big difference.

And finally, in the big news today, Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has tested positive for high levels of testosterone in his last stage sample, and they are going to test his 'b' sample to double check. IF Landis was stupid enough to dope himself up, then it makes Lance Armstrong look bad by association. The French will probably want him to undergo tests as well, even though he didn't compete this year. Oh well, if there's one thing I've learned from watching football (un-american style), it's that Europe loves a good sporting controversy...


Blogger Jackie said...

A) I take it that there's no guarentee that if you are drafted that you have to sign with that team? If so, then the whole draft day thing is completely pointless. Like more so than I thought.

B) Why does it make Lance look bad? He's the most tested athlete in the world and never once has he been anything but clean. But you're right - every story I've read about it refers to Lance. Ah, the pain of being the best... ;)

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

A) There's technically no guarantee, but the team that drafts you has the rights to you for a full year (meaning if you don't sign with the team that drafted you, you have to wait until the next year's draft to hope that someone else will draft you - highly unlikely since you held out for a full season and no one will probably draft you as high, so you'll lose out on ALOT of $$).

B) I don't know why it would make Lance look bad either - it's not like he force-fed anything to him, but I'm still holding out my judgement until the "B" test comes back. Everything nowadays is always guilty until proven innocent.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

A)what Josh said

B)Lance has taken a lot of credit for Landis' victory, and some of this heat may come back to Lance as a result.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

A) Ok. That makes sense.

B) Well, dope or no dope, you still have to win. Drugs might give you an edge, but if you can't play the mental game (especially in something as horribly drawn out as le Tour) you aren't going to get anywhere. Even if he did do it, he's still a good, if stupidly flawed, athlete. The training and example of Lance was probably a blessing and a curse, in that you truly get to learn from the best, but then you have so much to live up to. The pressure. Wow.

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