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Hello friends. So it’s be some time since we have last spoke. I was going to wait until Football season to relaunch BigRips, but I couldn’t help to stay away with all this steroid news the last few weeks.

First, Melky Cabrera, MVP and batting champ contender, in a contract year was on the verge of solidifying an 80 million dollar pay day. Well just so happens Melky has been on the sauce this year, he even took it a step further and made a fake web-site to cover his tracks. No beuno Melky. With your history of hanging with porn stars, you should have used the Ryan Braun herpes excuse. Next Barolo Colon aka Fatolo Colon whose career was over 6 years ago was busted for juicing. Not the poster child for the steroid community. Have you seen his gut lately ? Finally, Lance Armstrong, Mr. Livestrong, 7 time Tour De France winner, was stripped of his 7 championships after he dropped his fight against the drug charges. Armstrong said in his statement “Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances.” Apparently he took PR advice from Mark McGwire who infamously said “I’m not here to talk about the past” in front of congress.

Today I am here to talk about the past, here are the top ten steroids stories involving athletes who used performance enhancing drugs and their tall tales.

#10 Alex Rodriguez, MLB – ARod went on 60 Minutes and told Katie Couric in ’07 that he never used steroids, HGH or other performance enhancing drugs. He also told Katie that he was “never tempted” to take them because he felt he worked hard enough to compete without them. When he finally fessed up, his excuse “I was under an enormous amount of pressure”. ARod is on the DL and hasn’t hit more then 35 HRs since 2008

#9 Bret Boone, MLB – “Shh, don’t tell anybody” is what Bret told Jose Canseco when he started using. Canseco said it was obvious to everyone in baseball because of his cartoon character shape. Bret Boone averaged 14 HRs for 9 seasons suddenly found his stroke at 32 and doubled what he averaged for power numbers (37 HRs and 141 RBIs). He retired on ’06 citing a lack of passion for the game, a year after MLB put in place new testing policy.

#8 Alex Sanchez, MLB – An obscure player during the mid 2000s, Alex, was the first player busted under the MLB ‘s new testing policy. Never a power guy (career high 2 HRs) but he did steal a lot bases when he was on PEDs. Sanchez was suspended in ’05 said this “I take some kind of stuff I buy over the counter. multi-vitamin…muscle relaxers…Stuff to give me energy.” Who doesn’t pop a few over the counter muscles relaxers to get past that 2:30 feeling. Alex Sanchez now plays somewhere in Mexico.

#7 Marion Jones, Olympian – Jones who took enough juice to grow a pair of testicles, took those balls with her to a press conference, after she was investigated by BALCO. She said “I’ll answer questions in front of US Senate…I’ve accomplished what I’ve accomplished by my God given abilities” She later had to admit to using steroids when her attorney told her that she’d get 5-10 for perjury. After confessing Jones did 6 months in jail.

#6 Floyd Landis, Cyclist – Remember Sleepy Floyd Landis who toured America denying doping allegations after he won the Tour De France. He once said the higher than normal testosterone levels in his urine were from “…drinking a lot of Whisky…” I’m going to use that excuse the next time I fail a drug test at workLandis is training to get into NASCAR.

#5 Ken Caminiti, MLB – The ’96 NL MVP once said  “I’ve made a ton of mistakes. I don’t think using steroids is one of them.” Caminiti died in ’04 at 41, of coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart, both common side effects of juicing

#4 Shawne Merriman, NFL – At 21 he was the Defensive Rookie of the year and was suspended at 22 for a positive steroid test. An NFL source said that his positive test was “definitely for steroids … not one of those supplement deals.” Merriman went on to deny that he used Nandrolone (which has to be injected to work) and that it must have been put into the supplements that he was taking. He also went on the choke slam Tila Tequila. Merriman was cut by the Bills this year

#3 Tyler Hamilton, Cyclist – Not a household name, but Tyler Hamilton had one of the better excuses. He caught doping and suspended for two years for blood doping in 2004. His excuse? Hamilton said he had a “vanishing twin” which is a twin that died in utero. This was true, but apparently his twin can vanish and reappear on demand, because he tested negative 2 months before his positive test. Hamilton attempted a comeback in ’08 but was caught for doping and suspended for 8 years.

#2 Rocky, Boxing – I know he’s just a movie character, but I bet if you polled most Americans there would be a large percentage of the population that thinks Rocky Balboa was a real person. Rocky, well Sly Stallone, made millions off his Rocky movies and denies using steroids. He once told Matt Lauer on the Today Show “You have to put in years and years and years of hard labor to stay in shape,” It also doesn’t hurt to pump yourself with 48 vials of HGH, which is what Sly was caught with in ’06.

#1 Tiger Woods, Golf – Tiger has never tested positive but his doctor Dr. Galea has supplied athletes with HGH and was arrested in Toronto for carrying enough HGH to make Barry Bonds blush. He has treated 23 different athletes, 7 are confirmed with HGH. Add in the decline of his skills and his body breaking down (Achilles, hip, knee) before his 35th birthday, it’s just a matter of time before a teary eyed Tiger confuses on 60 minutes. Tiger hasn’t won a major since 2008

Of all these athletes the amount of time spent in jail for using drugs they obtained illegally is 6 months (Marion Jones). The lesson here, cheat to make your millions, then deny when you get accused. Then confess when the real heat comes down on you and you’ll be ok.

-Seth

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Well I thought my Twitter Klout was going to sky-rocket after Big Rips gave Shaq his retirement nickname this morning. If I got some props it would have driven up the worth of my Twitter account, which is currently worth $24 according whatsmytwitteraccountworth.com, so I could sell it and purchase the domain name BigRips.com. Unfortunately Shaq, ESPN and SportsCenter jobbed me when Shaq used my nickname during his presser and SportsCenter didn’t give my twitter handle credit during the 2pm SportsCenter when then announced his new name.  This might sound like sour grapes, but it’s not at all.  I am just trying to put my sports and gambling blog which is on the cusp of being global in the top echelon of blogs.  A little nudge today by Shaq could have helped put us over the top.  Since, my Twitter Account is still worth just $24, I need to find another way to make money that Shaq stole from me.

Tonight the Oakland A’s are in town taking on the Boston Red Sox, who have dropped 4 in a row and  are due for a bounce back win.  I told myself I was going to bet the Sox last game after dropping their first two to the White Sox. I missed Wednesdays because I was at a meeting, saving my debit a card a trip to the ATM.  Tonight, I am betting Clay Buchholz who was filthy in May (3-0 2.08 ERA)  over Josh Outman who is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.  Outman has nice numbers, but a Friday night in Boston, with windy warm weather and the Sox on a 4 game losing streak?  Free money.  The ball will be flying out of Fenway and Clay will shutdown the A’s anemic offense .  Bet the Sox -1 1/2 at even money tonight.

Good luck and fuck ESPN,

-SD

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When I heard Tim Wakefield was getting the start today vs Felix Hernandez, I figured the bookies would either keep the game off the board, or make the defending Cy Young Winner -1500.  Surprisingly, King Felix is just -120 over the knuckleballer.  Knowing who my 17 readers are,  I think our fathers are about the same age as Wake and probably in better shape.  So if your dad was pitching against a 25 year old stud and there was a bet of who would pitch more innings what would you wager.  Your wife? First born? Your house/condo ? Wife’s wedding band? Your home? Your left testicle? Your right arm (or left if you are Big Mick)? Eye sight? Your life savings?

Well how about a couple hundred bucks for starters.  Today if you are looking to make some free money and to start the month of May off on the right foot, bet the Seattle Mariners -120 over the Boston Red Sox or if you have the prop bet King Felix -150 to pitch more innings than Tim Wakefield.

Good luck,

-SD

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Welcome to baseball season. I know Opening Day is always the last day of March, but this year it seems way too early.  Maybe because we are getting hit with snow on April 1st, the Masters is next weekend and the C’s and B’s are getting ready for the playoffs.  If you are a new reader to Big Rips, you should know that I am a Yankees fan.  Yep, blow me.  Everyone needs at least one friend who lives in Boston, but is introduced as “he’s a Yankee fan” as they sit in their seat when Youk hits a home run at Fenway.  That’s why I always bet overs when I go to a Sox games.  It’s a bitter sweet year for me. As one of my top five Yankees that I have followed in my lifetime has retired.  Andy Pettitte hung them up in the offseason, creating a gaping hole in the Yankees rotation, that Brian Cashman couldn’t even fill with Gabourey Sidibe.  What he did was drive around Queens and found fat Freddy Garcia and fatter Bartolo Colon eating at McDonalds, then signed them with a Big Mac and fries as incentives.  What an offseason for Cash, he whiffed on Crawford, Greinke and Cliff Lee, my vote for executive of the year.  He filled holes with guys who haven’t been good since the crack down on steroids and HGH such as Colon and Garcia then Kevin Millwood (4-16 in ’10), Eric Chavez (yes the ex-Oakland Athletic 3rd baseman who is making $12.5m) and Mark Prior.  I’m always a realist when it comes to the Yankees, this year the outlook is bleak.  So to make this unbearable season fun, I am doing what most Pittsburgh Pirate fans should do and that’s place some long-term bets.

O/U 15 1/2 regular season wins by John Lester I blogged a couple of weeks ago that My Guy is offering the O/U for Wins by any MLB pitcher, a few of us hammered this bet last year and won. I should have locked it in earlier, the line has now conveniently jumped to -200.  No worries I’ll just out smart him by winning loads of money on individual pitchers.  Lester has averaged 16.6 wins the last three years and now has a better lineup and defense behind him with Crawford, Jacoby and Nancy Crew, plus Gonzalez and Youk at the corners. I love this bet, taking the OVER of 15 1/2 wins by Lester.

O/U  20 1/2 Total Wins by any MLB pitcher (-200) – I still think this is free money, not going nuts like last year, doing it for the tradition we started.  Bet the OVER of 20 1/2 wins by any pitcher.

O/U  30 1/2 Home Runs by Ryan Braun – He had a down year last year with 25 dingers after hitting 34, 37 and 32 in the previous 3 seasons, more of a reason to like this bet.  I see a solid comeback from Braun, who said recently ” There’s no doubt in my mind I’m better than I’ve ever been at baseball” I wish I could say that about myself for gambling.  Bet the OVER of 30 1/2 home runs and put some money on Braun to win NL MVP +2250 .

NL Manager of the Year – I mentioned  that Pettitte is one of my all time favorite Yankees, the other 4 are Giambi (documented a lot last year when I tried getting him to my birthday party), Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Don Mattingly. Donnie Baseball is finally getting a shot as Manager and is taking over a very difficult situation in LA.  The McCourt divorce settlement is the headline story, not the team.  The Dodgers are coming into season with low expectations and the NL West has the defending champs.  We all know the NL West is major crap shoot and a team can win the division by winning 84 games.  They’ve got one of the best starting rotations, maybe enough to win the division and make Mattingly look like a genius.  The unsettled ownership could help his case too, if he can win.  Bet Donnie Baseball as NL Manager of the Year +1200, maybe we’ll see him in Cooperstown as a Manager someday.

O/U 76 1/2 Regular Season Wins Baltimore Orioles – Buck Showalter has already started to make enemies in the AL East, by talking some shit about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein.  The guy is a notorious prick who players can either really love or hate.  If Buck is able to get this team off to a decent start I think the O’s can win about 80 games.  They signed some solid free agents like Vlad, Derek Lee, J.J Hardy and Mark Reynolds.The pitching is young and suspect, they don’t have a # 1 guy.  If they start slow and the players turn on Buck, then look out  for 100+ loses.

Good luck this season,

-SD



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Raise your hand if you like free money.

Ok now put it down and pick up your phone and call your book or go to your online site and bet the freest of free money bets.  If you recall Building Up that Base and a few other Big Rips followers last year bet the over of 20.5 wins for ANY pitcher in Major League Baseball.  Just to refresh everyones memory there has been like 3 seasons (not including strike years) that a pitcher hasn’t won 20 games over the last 30 years.  Once again My Guy has decided to give away thousands of dollars this year and put up the same prop.  We had to sweat it out a bit, even though the bet was marked in July when Ubaldo Jimenez had 15 wins at the All Star break. But in the end we prevailed as C.C. Sabathia and Doc Halladay both came through with 21 wins each.  Now that Cliff Lee in the Philly, CC has kicked his box of Captain Crunch a day habit (he dropped 25 lbs), John Lester and David Price are emerging as Aces, I’ve got a real good feeling this will hit again. It’s nice to pencil in free rent in October.  Bet the over of 20.5 wins for any pitch in 2011 baseball season.

Good luck,

-SD

 

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What’s in the fucking water today, cause everyone has been going a little nuts. We’ve Big Mick coming out of retirement to hammer Pitt for a Nickle, then another Big Dawg Hammer “I only bet $500 per game” is going large on the over of the Phillies – Giants over 5 1/2 runs tonight (which I love) and Duceman is putting his life savings on The Ohio State and 281 is doing his best Erin Andrews impersonation and watching from the sidelines.

For me this afternoon I am in love with the Texas Ranger over team total 4 1/2 runs.  If you recall I took this bet exactly one week ago on my Over Saturday.  Phil Hughes pitched lights out against the Twinkies, but he won’t repeat, the Rangers can rake.   Don’t let the ESPN Bottom line fool you (it’s running that Phil Hughes hasn’t allowed an ER in 15 1/3 innings in Arlington).  Take the over 4 1/2 Hughes and the bullpen blow up.

Good luck

-SD

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First night of the second round of the MLB playoffs, the start of the ALCS.  The Evil fucking Empire versus the Texas Rangers, I’m stoked.  As a diehard Yankee fan (since 1985) I am one of about a dozen people who are actually gives a shit about this series, unless you have money on the series. So I am here to help make everyone New York City Yankee fans for the next 2 weeks, jump on my back and I’ll show you to the promise land.

I wrote a blog about how 281 sends me a text before every series ‘what do you think about the Yankees?’  a couple weeks back. Well here is your answer to the one you’ll probably send me 15 minutes before the first pitch tonight.

Why the Yankees will win this series:

1) No Cliff Lee in game one or two. Huge blow for the Rangers…thank you Tampa Bay.  This CJ Wilson kid is a nice story, but someone with one playoff series of experience against the best American League pitcher, has no shot. Rangers need to be in position to split in Texas before going to New York and now the odds are stacked against them to even win on game in Texas.

2) Curtis Granderson -he tweaked his swing mid summer and went from platoon player to the weapon we traded our best prospect for.   Tore it up against the Twinkies .445 avg/ 1.227 ops and some clutch hitting.

3) Andy Pettitte – My favorite Yankee after Don Mattingly and Jason Giambi, most people argue that Mo Rivera is our key, but who gets him the ball? Andy does.  He won three clinching series games last year and has most post season wins in MLB History.

Why Texas will not win the ALCS

1) Experience – I hate using the ‘experience excuse’ but  this team doesn’t have it and neither does their Hall of Fame president Nolan Ryan.  The Ryan express pitched in only 9 games during his 27 year career.

2) Vlad Guerrero –  I love seeing Vlad bat against the Yankees.  He swings at shit, makes bad base running mistakes and no longer is a threat in the field which was his best attribute against us.  He’s an automatic out, Girardi and the Yankees staff have him game planned.  Ron Washington will stick with him too long and he’ll end up killing the Rangers in a key At Bat.

3) Daryl Strawberry – Dude, we’re the fucking Evil Empire of course we have a plan B.  The Yankees Brass have this covered off,  if this series goes 6 or 7 they are gonna launch an attack at the Rangers top dog.  Josh Hamilton, who is a sniff of O’Douls from going on a bender that would make Hunter S. Thompson and Scott Weiland vomit from sheer disgust, is a sitting duck.  The Yankees will send Darrryl to wherever Hamilton goes after game five to congratulate him on his performance, a handshake later and that rapist wit will lead those two down a dark path that will end somewhere in Reno around 9:30am the next day. Trust me this has been discussed thoroughly. Mike Bloomberg even probably signed off on it.

Sorry but I got to wrap this up, game 1 is about to start.  Go Yankees take them -185

Good luck

-SD

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