08 January 2008

Roger Clemens, the Seahawks & New Hampshire

- In the '99 season, the Seahawks played the Packers at Green Bay in what was Mike Holmgren's first homecoming game. The Packers committed 7 turnovers with Brett Favre throwing 4 picks. If they win this Saturday, that's how they'll do it again--pressure the passer and force turnovers. Football Outsiders does a good job of analyzing the NFL at a macro level, but it breaks down at the team level because they simply can't devote enough attention to each team. The best Seahawks analysis used to come from Mike Sando at the Tacoma News Tribune's Seahawks Insider blog. Since Mike moved on to espn.com, the torch passed to John Morgan at fieldgulls.com.

- Robert Novak is reporting in Human Events (hat tip: Drudge Report) that Romney may be "rallying" in New Hampshire. Probably the best chance for Romney to over take McCain's advantage is, ironically, Barrack Obama. If Independents, McCain's key voting block, vote for Obama (in New Hampshire, they can vote for candidates in either party) Romney may win New Hampshire, as he leads among Republican voters.

- Roger Clemens is a bully and a cheater. Brian McNamee testified to George Mitchell that he personally administered drugs to Clemens. In his posterior. Clemens, in addition to being a cheater, is a bully, and thus, filed a lawsuit against McNamee. He knew that McNamee could ill-afford a fight against Clemens' largesse--especially since there doesn't seem to be a book deal in the offing.

All this places McNamee in a lose-lose situation. He faces criminal charges regardless of whether he withdraws his assertion that Clemens took steroids. This lawsuit, coming at a time when he also has a sick child, threatens to break him financially. Jail, financial ruin and a sick kid? That's a tough 1, 2, 3 punch.

Then, today, Clemens played a recorded phone conversation between he and McNamee. Who is handling Clemens' PR? This was clearly a staged conversation in which Clemens repeated prepared comments about his innocence and McNamee, well, McNamee is clearly distressed about his son's sickness and his place in the spotlight.

This might have been news if Clemens had gotten McNamee to confess that he had lied about injecting Clemens with steroids. McNamee confessed nothing of the sort. Instead, it smacked of a contrived attempt by Clemens and his big money lawyers to get out from under his alleged steroid use. Clemens repeatedly stated his innocence in the recorded phone conversation, while trying to come off conversational, inviting McNamee to admit that he lied. Clemens' attempt to talk McNamee into a confession seemed like bad writing for a bad cop show. Do yourself a favor, Roger, play less baseball and watch more TV.

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