Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday's Starting Five

1) Bonds has been indicted on multiple counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during all of the BALCO investigations. During that testimony a few years ago, he was granted full immunity for anything incriminating that he may have revealed. The only condition was that he had to tell the truth. "Allegedly" he didn't. These are crimes where the punishment is doled out in years, not months. All of the talking heads were shocked last night that this comes so long after the investigation started but it makes sense to me. First of all, it's the government so of course it was going to take a while. Secondly, there was no way that they could risk hauling Bonds into court while he was in the middle of chasing Aaron's record. No matter how much evidence they may have it is always possible that Bonds wins the case. If he were to be acquittted and would have given up months if not seasons of productivity to fight this then the USG and MLB would be in for a whole lot of trouble. Bonds would end up owning baseball if it looked like he had been kept from reaching the HR milestone due to wrongful prosecution. They had to wait until he got the mark and his contract expired. Now, the record is safe either way.

2) Oh, A-Rod sure does love stealing thunder. But, it didn't work this time. The greatest player in the game is reportedly very close to re-signing with the Yankees. It looks like a ten-year deal worth about $275 million, with performance/award bonuses that pushes it north of $300 million. That's pretty good work if you can get it. Regardless of how he got here, the results are that A-Rod is getting a pay increase from his previous contract (10years/$252 million). He is signing the richest contract in the history of baseball. He got the ten years that he wanted. He ensures that he will be the face of he most famous and important franchise in the game. And, he gets to pocket an additional $9 million payment from the Rangers for opting out. Yet, he still doesn't appear nearly as greedy and as he did about a week ago. He looks like he is going out of his way to be a Yankee even though there were no suitors and he essentially forced the Yankees to bid against themselves. Well played, Scotty Boras. Well played.

3) Dixon hurt, Ducks cooked. Heisman frontrunner Dennis Dixon aggravated a knee injury as #2-ranked Oregon lost to unranked Arizona. The Ducks are the fifth #2-ranked team to fall this year.

4) Ricky Williams is back. Cypress Hill will be singing the national anthem before this week's Fins game.

5) Josh Howard leads Mavs past Spurs in inevitable playoff preview.

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