BOND-AGE AND DOMINATION
Barry Bonds clearly has problems with control. He thinks he can hold the entire sports world (including the most hallowed institution in his particular sport) hostage by refusing to be affiliated with the Hall of Fame if his #756 ball shows up with an asterisk, as expected.
Bonds is not stupid. The sheer size of his head would indicate the remote possibility of intelligence, like water vapor on Mars might indicate prior life. But here's his problem; he wants to have his cake and eat it too. He thinks he can run roughshod over the vast majority of people who truly believe (with good reason) that he cheated the game. He thinks he can strongarm the sporting public into rubber-stamping his achievement as if it were naturally obtained. Boycott the Hall of Fame, he says? Perfect, now all the BBWAA writers have to do is boycott Bonds and the problem is solved.
Barry Bonds has apparently never learned that he has no control over his own destiny when it comes to public perception. No amount of Michael Rains-led PR or Bud Selig looking the other way will ever change the fact that Barry Bonds stole from the game of baseball. The only sad thing is that this type of theft can't be criminally prosecuted.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
After witnessing their merciless 52-7 trouncing of the Washington Redskins last Sunday, I can only pray that Tony Dungy and company can finally stop the rolling juggernaut that is Bill Belichick's Patriots. Like many, I have become sick of Belichick running up the score in recent games while leaving Tom Brady in and passing while up by seven touchdowns. Maybe he thinks no one will be able to do anything to stop the Patriots offense and so what would be the point of being conciliatory after SpyGate?
That said, if it starts to look that way on Sunday, here's hoping Dwight Freeney or Bob Sanders hits Brady so hard that he wakes up thinking he's still backing up Brian Griese at Michigan.
No weekend column is complete with a little sweet science talk, especially with three big fights looming over the next 24 hours. The first starts tonight, when heavyweight Calvin Brock meets undefeated Eddie Chambers, with the winner meeting Alexander Povetkin for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko. I expect Brock to win, though he could have some trouble with Povetkin, who scored a TKO over former champ Chris Byrd.
On Saturday, I will be DVR'ing Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez while glueing my eyes to Joe Calzaghe/Mikkel Kessler. Calzaghe sounds brash in pre-fight interviews, but he shouldn't underestimate the young man from Denmark. Calzaghe will lose, if not this fight, then when he moves up to light heavyweight and tries to fight Roy Jones or Bernard Hopkins.
My fight predictions
Brock by 8th Round TKO vs. Chambers
Juarez by decision over Marquez
Kessler by 7th Round TKO over Calzaghe.
Hey, everyone thought I was crazy when I said Kelly Pavlik would KO Jermain Taylor, and now he will soon get to do it again.
Until next time.