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Hello everyone. My apologies for being absent most of yesterday. I had to attend Maryland’s football practice, and I met later with coach Ralph Friedgen and a few of his players. I’m pulling double duty until the Emerald Bowl.

Interesting headline from yesterday: "Blogger Angers Gates." That would be Bill, not Antonio, and I can only assume it’s because of what I wrote about Jay Gibbons last week.

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison. How many is that in dog years?

Vick appeared in court wearing a black and white jump suit. I kept looking for the Under Armour logo.

Vick and his attorney were expecting a shorter sentence. Considering how many dogs were tortured and killed on his property, and his involvement in these heinous acts, I’d say 23 months is pretty lenient. And you know he’ll be released early – sort of like a free-agent reliever who signs with the Orioles.

I understand why Vick’s teammates are saying that he’s in their prayers, and they’re wearing shirts underneath their jerseys with "Free Michael Vick" scribbled on them. A team is like a family, and you support the people in your family, no matter what. But it still makes me a little uncomfortable, given what Vick did. I’ll admit as much. Just because I understand it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Vick’s lead attorney is Billy Martin.

That’s just too easy. But feel free to take a few swings.

Nice timing that the Falcons would host Monday Night Football on the same day that Vick was sentenced. They handled the extra, unwanted publicity as I expected. They lost big, making me 10-6 against the spread for the week.

Chris Redman started for the Falcons. He’d be the best quarterback on his former team’s roster.

Worst trade of the winter (and it’s not really a trade): The Brewers lose closer Francisco Cordero in free agency, and they sign Eric Gagne.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said: "Eric’s save numbers speak for themselves."

Yeah, and so does that 6.75 ERA he posted with the Red Sox.

Gagne's ball doesn’t move anymore. Everything is straight. Batters recognize this. They talk about it. No way I’d shell out $10 million. But hey, it’s not my money. And maybe he regains his old form next season.

David Segui admitted to The Sun yesterday that he used steroids on occasion that he purchased from former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.

I know it would be easy to bash Segui right now, but you have to give him credit for…OK, nevermind.

Segui keeps separating himself from the performance-enhancing pack by going public before his name is released. He figures it’s most likely going to appear in the Mitchell Report, so he steals a little of the thunder by basically making the announcement himself, giving the impression that he has nothing to hide. Same with his admission that he used hGH during the whole Jason Grimsley affair.

The guy’s a lifetime .291 hitter, and he’s still going on the offensive.

Remember that Segui cycled steroids when there was no formal testing policy that prohibited it. So is that cheating?

It sure looks and feels like it, but you could easily argue the other way. Unless you’re so sick and tired of the subject that you’d rather give Eric Gagne $10 million out of your own pocket than spend another minute debating it.

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