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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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A million? Is that too much?

Factoid for you guys this morning…I read a tweet earlier this week  (forgot the source) but it was that favorites were 38 & 38  ATS the first week of CFB, 38 games went OVER and you guessed it 38 went UNDER. I thought you’d all enjoy this as you have your coffee and toast this fine CFB morning.

Week 2 of College Football should be just as intriguing because by my count there are 17 home dogs today.  As Scott Van Pelt said the other day on his radio show…you are not mandated to have action on every game with a Vegas line. Pace yourselves my degenerate friends.

12:00 pm – Wisconsin -20 1/2 -vs Oregon State – Ok, yes I’m guilty of it. I love betting The University of Wisconsin Badgers, Way. Too. Much.  The Badgers host the Oregon State Beavers today, these guys lost to the inferior FCS (formally known as division 1-AA) Sacramento State Hornets last week at home, this isn’t your 2008 Beavers that upset #1 USC.  The only weapon that OSU possess that could make this a game was freshman RB Malcom Agnew, but he is out with a hammy.  Whisky has a NFL offensive line and two stud RBs, plus their transfer QB Russell Wilson looked great last week.  The Beavers are atrocious bet Whisky -20 1/2. 

12:00 pm – Toledo +19 @ Ohio State –  The Buckeyes beat the Akron Zips last week 128 – 0.  That was a definite “Fuck You Game” after they had all the off-season issues, suspensions, tattoos, Tressel firing, etc.  Today the Rockets who rolled UNH, yes your FCS UNH Wildcats, 58-22 last weekend, go to Columbus to attempt to slow down the Bucs. Remember three years ago the Rockets beat Michigan at the Big House 13-10? Shows they can win on the road in the Big Ten.  Most of the starters on the Rockets are 2 or 3 year vets so I like that. My Guy had this at 18 and I bought it to 19 because it’s such a weird number.  There is always a risk that a game like this could get ugly real quick, but 4th quarter OSU back ups vs Toledo starters could mean a back door cover.  I like The Rockets getting a really weird 19 points, bet ’em.

Be back for some afternoon bets, Good luck boys.

-SD

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281, 283 and I had an epic night a few weeks back.  281 blogged about it our night of Nips, Scratchies, and Umass hoops.  We are hoping to repeat this night again, we will be attending the Boston Blazers lacrosse game and jocking in some Nips to make it an extra good time.  The last time we did this the Cowboys beat the Saints to ruin their unbeaten season and I think the tradition of the Boys winning on Nips and Scratchies night will continue.

My picks

Jets vs Bungles (-2.5 buying the 1/2) love this game, been against the Bengles all year, but they are actually a decent team.  Good enough to win a 1st round playoff game at home.  I love this game for so many reasons; they lost last week to the Jets, being home in the playoffs is a huge deal and the most important reason the Jets have a Rookie QB on the road.

Cowboys (-4) versus the Eagles  The Boys did me right when they played the Saints a few weeks back that day I texted my boy Ray the Mover who love the Saints (-9) and went the other way.  I love the Boys because the sentiment with public is that teams can’t lose 3 games in year to the same team, I don’t believe in shit like this.  Riding the Boys, might buy a point.

San Diego Charges +400 to win the Superbowl

Good Luck

-SD

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Boston College Girls PicsI love the BC Eagles to easily cover tonight at the Heights.  Boston College is (-13), Umass hasn’t won back to back games versus teams that weren’t division 2 teams or community colleges since 1993.  BC has a sour taste from their recent losses to URI (dumbest school in America, but has hot chicks) and Harvard (smartest school in America, no hot chicks).   Super Fan, 281, DR, J and Jack Welch will all be there hoping for an early Christmas Gift.  Well sorry dudes, BC is going to win and cover, bah hum bug.

-SD

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Kyle use to eat 6 Chicken pattie sandwiches at Berkshire to gain weight

As 281 posted in the previous blog, I am a complete mush when it comes to betting on Umass Hoops.  One of my many classics stories goes like this…

In 2001 when I was in college I saw Oregon play Umass at the Springfield Civic Center, Oregon was only (-6).  At the time they played, Oregon was undefeated, # 1 in the country in scoring, and had NBA bound players such as: Fred Jones, Luke Jackson, Luke Ridnour, Chris Christoffersen (he was 7’2″).  I decided to attend the game and put $250 on the Ducks, which is the equivalent of  $25,000 to a college kid, Umass was over matched.  I  had just turned 21 and was happily surprised to find out that they served beers at the Civic center, I was felt like the coolest guy in the world – drinking beer, betting more money then I had in my bank account and counting my winnings at halftime.  Umass went on to beat Oregon outright 62-58, lead by a solid 12 points by Shannon Crooks and a dagger three by Kyle Wilson late in the game. Oregon was eventually an Elite 8 team and probably shaved points, costing a poor college kid all of this drinking money.  To this day I get my balls busted about this game, and rightly so.  After those guys got drafted I almost wrote a letter to each of them telling  them my story in hopes they would send me my $250+juice.

I might do it tomorrow, but instead ask for my $25K

-SD

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