My take: Is it too late to get that into the Mitchell Report? The Joe Torre book?
Bonus take: No, really. The Mitchell Report was funded by Major League Baseball to peel the cover off the game's steroid scandal, and it didn't include a positive steroid test - administered by MLB - involving the game's greatest player. Of course I know there was only anonymous survey testing that year and some results have come to light only because they were seized by the feds. I still rest my case.
News item: The Ravens have sent out letters to their season-ticket holders notifying them that the price of their seats will increase $5 to $15 for the 2009 season and explaining that the every-other-year increase is necessary to offset rising payroll costs.
My take: I'm not surprised, but I've heard from fans who were hoping for a hometown discount.
News item: USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for three months in the wake of his bong photo. Phelps called the decision "fair."
My take: It's also largely symbolic because it will only keep Phelps from swimming in some smaller meets and cost him a $1,750 monthly stipend, but swimming's national governing body needed to do something, if only to reinforce the notion that Phelps is not bigger than the sport.
Bonus take: Even though he is, of course.
News item: The Orioles appear to have finished making their offseason improvements and will open spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., next weekend.
My take: I probably won't recognize anybody in the crowded spring clubhouse, but I can't wait to get there and break out this year's collection of Aloha shirts.
News item: Federal officials reportedly have old urine samples that show Barry Bonds took the then-undetectable designer drug THG ("The Clear") in 2003 and steroid syringes from personal trainer Brian McNamee that reportedly contain the DNA of Roger Clemens.
My take: Not sure how much that advances either federal perjury investigation. Bonds testified he took "The Clear" unwittingly, and Clemens claims McNamee manufactured evidence. It was great reading, though.
My take: Listen, I get paid to watch sporting events and I haven't watched this game since Kurt Warner was working in the deli section. Maybe if the NFL loosens up and adds a strip club skills competition to Pro Bowl weekend, I'll consider coming back.
My take: Don't get too excited, Ravens fans. I think this gets worked out in Arizona, especially after Warner hinted he might retire if the Cardinals don't bring back Boldin for next season.
My take: Nice work if you can get it. Cassel, who didn't even start in college, will earn $14.65 million next season to be the backup again if Tom Brady is healthy.
Bonus take: That ought to tell you one of two things: Brady isn't going to be healthy next season or Cassel is going to be traded before then.
News item: Maryland announced Friday that offensive coordinator James Franklin has been designated as the head football coach in waiting under Ralph Friedgen.
My take: That's a smart move because Franklin is in some demand right now, but with no specified timetable for his promotion, there's still no guarantee he ever takes the job.
News item: Superstar Manny Ramirez remains unsigned, and no one seems interested in giving him more than a two-year contract at his old salary.
My take: What exactly did he expect after proving to the baseball world with his behavior last year in Boston that he can't be trusted to fully honor a long-term contract?
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