Baseball season is going well, and it’s been a great season so far, but it doesn’t seem right if there isn’t some sort of outrage about Steroids. Ryan Braun was recently suspended the remainder of this season, which in a way might be able to help the Brewers by possibly giving them a better pick in the draft. Oh, and Ryan Braun still gets his $100M. It was revealed in December 2011 that Braun tested positive for steroids during the 2011 season, in which he won the MVP. Braun accused the person who administered the test as handling it incorrectly and eventually got out of it. Not anymore. Now Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and many others are on the verge of getting suspended as well.
At what point does Major League Baseball put a stop to this? At what point do they try to fix what’s wrong with baseball players today? Not all players juice, I know that. However, if they can and get away with, they will. Why do I say that? Because they have and they are. Especially when they get to keep their money.
So here is what I think Major League Baseball should do. It’s actually pretty simple, a 2 Strike system. The first time you test positive you get suspended for one season, plain and simple. The second time you test positive you’re done for life. No coming back. That’s it, you’re done. Also, with every single contract in baseball there should be something for teams. If you test positive a second time and receive the lifetime ban, the teams void your contract, and keep the money they were supposed to give you. That’s the only way it will stop. Players don’t take MLB’s punishment serious enough, and by doing that they will.
Thank God it’s football season now, right? The Bengals are about to report to training camp and get the ball rolling on their 2013 season. A season that seems to have some very high expectations from people all around the league. As a Bengals fan I see this team differently than I think a lot of the national media and other people do. I’m the type of person that I’m not sold on it until I see it. A lot of people thought that last year was the changing of the guard with the Bengals going to the playoffs in back to back years, and beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Yes, I believe the Bengals are better than the Steelers now but I don’t think much after that. The Ravens are still the Super Bowl champs.
Do the Bengals have the talent? Yes. Do they have the coaching? Ehh, I’d say so. There were some very head scratching moments from the Bengals in 2012, the biggest of which was the playoff game in Houston where AJ Green had 5 catches for 80 yards. I always hold back on saying much or getting too excited about the Bengals because lets be honest, they have let us down before.
In my opinion the most important things for the Bengals this season are the offensive line and the secondary. I think with the addition of Tyler Eifert to join Jermaine Gresham, Mohamed Sanu, and AJ Green in the receiving corps will be a huge addition and will benefit the running game, and the passing game. The offensive line has to play healthy and consistently if the offensive wants to reach its full potential. The running game is also going to be critical, The Law Firm will almost undoubtedly start the season as the teams number one running back, but it will be interesting to see as the season plays out, how they will use rookie running back Giovani Bernard in the offense. A guy who thrives out in space and can be a change-of-pace back.
Defensively, the line is the best in the NFL and I have no worries about them at all. The addition of Margus Hunt to go along with Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson has the potential to be lethal. Then you have the young DT’s of Geno Atkins, Devon Still, and Brandon Thompson to go with the veteran leadership of Domata Peko and Robert Geathers. The linebackers will have to play big this season or else the defense could be in trouble. Every Sunday I find myself scratching my head watching Rey Maualuga play. We’ll see if Vontaze Burfict was a fluke or not, and if Rookie Sean Porter can make an impact. Emmanuel Lamur and Vinny Rey will also be critical in the success of the defense. The secondary has to play consistently this year as well. Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Terence Newman are your 3 starting cornerbacks, with Chris Lewis-Harris and Dre Kirkpatrick back there too, if he’s healthy. The safeties will be Taylor Mays and Reggie Nelson, but can both of them play smart enough to not hurt the team? I think Nelson can, but I don’t know about Taylor Mays.
I expect this Bengals team to be a good team. They don’t have an easy schedule, they have to show up and play football with the big boys of the NFL or else this season will end just like the others, with disappointment. I think the Bengals have it in them, and I think they can win this division and make a run in the playoffs. I’m excited to see how all of this shapes up in camp by watching Hard Knocks on HBO again. HBO released two teaser videos for this season of Hard Knocks and you can watch those here: http://itsh.bo/164xj8i
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