Saturday, October 02, 2004


I've now read the Rick Reilly column in this week's Sports Illustrated and let's just say that it's a load of "bushido", pardon the pun.

I won't go into detail about his thoughts on Ichiro, because they have been documented. But this part of the column just irked me:

The six biggest home run years in major league history have come in the last six years. SS (The balls, players, and stadiums are all juiced.)

You may remember a year or so ago when Reilly challenged Sammy Sosa to take a steroid test. Reilly has had his moments of greatness at times. Unfortunately, there are columns like this one that make him look like a complete moron.

Here's another gem from Reilly:

Jerry Rice caught at least one pass in 274 straight games. PU (Propped-up stat) [...] Early in every game it was slant to Rice, stepback toss to Rice, one-yard buttonhook to Rice.

Catching a football is not as easy as some people think it is. Try doing it at least once for 274 straight games, as Jerry Rice did. Again, more ignorance from Mr. Reilly.

Overall though, this is a very good issue of Sports Illustrated. They've picked it up lately. This week's issue features a follow-up from Friday Night Lights author H.G. Bissinger. It's a must-read, no doubt about it. The movie "Friday Night Lights" comes out this Friday. I know I'm going to go see it. You have to read the book if you haven't already.

Go Edgar.

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