Today’s Topic: Attention Golfers!
I am a subscriber to the Goodwin Golf Course e-mail updates list and was pleasantly surprised to receive this email today. Feel free to pass this information on to anyone feeling golf deprived. This may be the only window of opportunity you’ll have until late March / early April.
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From: Goodwin Golf Course <email@example.com>
Date: Jan 10, 2008 12:01 PM
Subject: Open for Play
Due to the recent run of favorable weather, the entire 18 Hole course along with the North Course and the Driving range is now open. We are taking weekend tee times as well, do not hesitate to call.
Goodwin Golf Course. 1130 Maple Ave. Hartford, CT. 860-956-3601.
Todays Topic: Baseball Drug Scandal
Like many sports fans, I have been emotionally drained at times since March 2005 when the Congressional hearings on performance enhancing drugs in baseball brought the issue “to the public forum,” like a clock that could never be wound back. The scandal was brought right into my living room via CSPAN that day. I was glued to the TV for nearly 8 hours. I remember it like yesterday…..
On Thursday, DLA Piper’s Report (aka. The Mitchell Report) was made public and it concluded a nearly 2o month investigation into baseball’s “steroid era.” The closure that Senator Mitchell’s report brought this issue allowed me to put a lot of childhood obsessions and demons associated with the game of baseball to bed.
It’s just a game and not even America’s best professional sport anymore. Roger Clemens, perhaps the greatest player in the game over the past 25 years, is just a man, with some extra ordinary abilities. In my lifetime, he WAS my favorite player. I looked up to him and as a youth even idolized him. I vividly recall meeting him when I was 8 years old at a baseball card show. To save time and make more profits for the show’s promoters he was not allowed to personalize autographs, but did write “Rocket” on mine – along with his signature. It was the thrill of my life up to that point.
Today, it’s just a faded memory. I’ve let go of him and those days. The Mitchell Report made a compelling case for Clemens’ use of performance enhancing drugs … beyond a shadow of a doubt … in my opinion. And that’s that. I hope he comes to his senses and apologizes to the millions of baseball fans in this country and around the world who looked up to him. Ever since Thursday — his whole career, the accolades, and his legacy are in pause mode … until he owns up to what he did.
Here are some links I thought you might enjoy:
The Mitchell Report: http://www.dlapiper.com/mlb_mitchell_report/
ESPN (Baseball) : http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/index
Yahoo Sports (Baseball) : http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb
I’ll be playing in snow tomorrow,