SPORTS ON MY PLANET - Good riddance, A-Rod!
by Galen Shelton
Jan 15, 2014 | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Major League Baseball has handed down his punishment for steroid abuse, and now the circus begins for Alex Rodriguez.

I really believed that he was done last year, but he proved me wrong. I don’t think he can resurrect his career now. I know of no one who would touch him now, for any price. It’s still mind boggling that the Yankees “owe” him as much money as they do. Being shuttled off into irrelevance will turn out to be A-Rod’s ultimate punishment though.

How do young athletes end up that confused and that deluded? Just look around! Inflated admission prices, parking woes, traffic jams, etc. just to watch next year’s version of the Kentucky Wildcats? The hero worship begins at a very young age and only gets worse.

I understand how youngsters get wrapped up in the adulation, but it escapes me how adults can fawn all over high school kids who just happen to be 6’10. College sports has prostituted itself in a big way, yet still goes through the motions of attempting to protect its “amateurs” and their innocence.

With schools sitting on millions, if not billions, of dollars in assets, it’s crazy that students should end up with thousands upon thousands of dollars of loan debt invested in a college degree.

The University of Louisville just this weekend pulled an unbelievable stunt in re-hiring football coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals just lost a good one in Charlie Strong, who left Louisville for the plum job at Texas.

In Petrino’s first stint at Louisville, he interviewed for other jobs almost non-stop. Then after signing a long term contract, he jumped ship for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. After a miserable first year and just hours after talking to Falcons owner Art Blank, Bobby hauled his miserable carcass to Arkansas and left the Falcons high and dry. Then came the motorcycle wreck with a nubile young volleyball player hanging on the rear of the bike (Bobby didn’t know how in the world she got there) and the ensuing scandal.

And now the Cardinals want him back!

He and basketball coach Rick Pitino should be able to swap some interesting tales.

Sometimes I’m ashamed of myself for being such a sports fan with all the crap that goes on.

On a lighter note, I probably owe an apology to a few dozen or so local hockey fans for my omission of the Blackhawks’ prodigious year and their Stanley Cup victory in last week’s column.

Anyway, I got all that off my chest and thanks for listening.
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