News item: Pete Rose admitted on Dan Patrick's radio show that he bet $2,000 per game on the Cincinnati Reds while he was managing the team.
My take: Well, that's the last straw as far as I'm concerned. I was OK with him when he lied about betting on baseball for 20 years, made embarrassing autograph appearances down the street from the Hall of Fame and wrote that tell-almost-all book, My Prison Without Bars. But now, I've got to say, I'm disappointed.
News item: Orioles pitchers strung together 11 innings without giving up an earned run Friday night, and the O's still lost to drop back into the American League East cellar.
My take: It doesn't matter if opportunity knocks if there's no one there to answer.
News item: Promising 22-year-old pitcher Joba Chamberlain will make his first start for the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
My take: Can't wait to hear Hank Steinbrenner crowing if this ends up working out.
News item: Troy Smith has played well in the Ravens' minicamps and continues to exude confidence he can beat out Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco for the starting quarterback job in 2008.
My take: I wonder how much Kyle would be willing to pay me to write him off like I did Daniel Cabrera.
News item: Orioles president Andy MacPhail said Thursday that he probably won't listen to trade proposals for any of his key veterans while the club continues to play well.
My take: O's fans can only hope he's able to say the same thing in late July, but there's a pretty good chance he'll be all ears by then.
News item: The Boston Celtics defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday night to move into the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
My take: Seems like old times. I like Magic Johnson to win a dinner bet from Larry Bird on the series.
News item: Trainer Rick Dutrow continues to blow hard, calling the Triple Crown "a foregone conclusion" for Big Brown.
My take: Talk about tempting fate. I haven't seen anyone this confident since the New England Patriots crushed the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. The Pats did win, didn't they? It was such a lock I didn't bother watching the game.
News item: Detroit Red Wings fans were frozen out of primary market tickets to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh when Ticketmaster restricted sales to Pennsylvania, seven adjacent states and the District of Columbia.
My take: If the Orioles pulled something like that in New York and Boston, the team would be bankrupt by now.
News item: The Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson tied Roger Clemens for second place on baseball's all-time strikeout list when he struck out Dan Ortmeier in the seventh inning Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants.
My take: And we're pretty sure Johnson did it without any artificial sweeteners, as researchers have yet to determine that steroids make you taller.
News item: The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the AL.
My take: The name change seems to have worked. Apparently, for their first 10 years of existence, the devil made them not do it.
News item: Clemens has added a claim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" to his defamation lawsuit against former personal trainer Brian McNamee.
My take: If that's his rationale, it would make more sense if "The Rocket" sued himself, but you can't do that - not even in Texas.
News item: The NBA has announced that the league will levy fines for flopping next season.
My take: Can they make that rule retroactive for the Chicago Bulls?
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