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December 2011



An Honored Cub, A Disgraced (maybe) Brewer, and another Tale of Tebow

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Tony C. Gets Recognized – Congratulations are in order to Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, who was awarded the 22nd annual Tony Conigliaro Award on Friday. The award is presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro. Campana received the award for overcoming 10 years of treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with at age seven.

Ryan Braun Tested Positive…for Something – The biggest baseball news of the weekend broke late Saturday night as ESPN reported that NL MVP Ryan Braun had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs and is facing a 50 game suspension to start the 2012 season. Like most that get busted under MLBs drug testing program, Braun immediately denied culpability and his spokesman released the following statement:

“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”

Braun himself, according to USA Today, was a little more blunt: “It’s BS”.

While it seemed that Braun was preparing his version of the often used, never successful “I was bamboozled” defense,’s Ken Rosenthal posted a story stating that Braun had tested, but for something other than a performance enhancing drug and that the results were unlike anything ever seen before.

There is clearly a lot more to come from this story, but what we know is this: Ryan Braun tested positive, for something. I’ll have more to say tomorrow about the possible impacts this situation could have on the sport, but suffice it to say I hope, somehow, that it turns out that there was something screwy with the test and that Braun is exonerated. Until then, I suggest MLB get a big giant bag of frozen peas to put on yet another black eye.

Chicago Bears Witness to the Magic of Tebow – I had to work all day Sunday, so I missed all of the day’s NFL action. However when my phone started blowing up with text messages at 7 p.m. eastern, I knew what had happened without even looking at my phone. The Bears had fallen victim to Tebow Time. There is no way to explain what’s going on in Denver, so I’ve stopped trying. Absurd is the only word I have to describe it. The only thing left to do is sit back and enjoy it.

A Look Into Dustin’s iPod

You’ll find just about every type of music on my iPod (or in my iCloud), but this week there was really only one thing playing on it: The Black Keys’ new album “El Camino”. If you haven’t checked it out, I couldn’t implore you more to get on iTunes right now and download it. There isn’t a weak track to be found, and I find a new favorite each time I listen to it. While this song isn’t (currently) my favorite from “El Camino”, it is the first single and is backed by a tremendous video…enjoy “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys.

  • MJ

    So the Cards are without Pujols, and the Brewers likely without Braun for the first third of the season.
    Sounds like an opportunity to make some noise in a very weak Central Division, Mr. Epstein.

  • Eddie Von White

    — Tony C. – I had no idea but my heart warmed up just bit on this cold Wisconsin morning. I also had no idea when Ron Santo was playing that he had diabetes. It wasn’t until he was in the booth that I heard about it.
    — Ryan B. – I don’t care for the Brewers but I am sorry to hear about Braun. Do these guys think they can get away with breaking the rules?

    Tim T. – I find myself glued to the set in wonder at how he does it.

  • Hats off to our favorite light-hitting speedster.

  • Doug S.

    -Great for Tony C.!!!!!
    -I’m no fan of Braun, but I really hated hearing this about a guy who won the MVP. I hope it’s not true.
    -Pre game I was saying there’s no way Teboe has his way with the Bears D, then watched the final minutes in disbelief as he, Barber and the FG kicker sealed the Broncos win.


    If Braun is busted, he should be stripped of his MVP award. I remember an NBA player had an abnormal test a few years ago, and they did further testing on it and found he had testicular cancer. I wonder if that is possibly what is causing this abnormal results.
    After the win yesterday, I can return to hating Godboy again. Until he plays the Bears in 4 years.

  • Doc Raker

    Heartbreaking loss for da Bears. Barber must feel prettly lousy, if he stays in bounds during the last drive in regulation or doesn’t fumble in OT da Bears win.

  • Doc Raker

    The Brewers will be without Fielder in 2012 and Braun for the first third of the season. The Cardinals will be without Pujols and LaRussa in 2012. The Astro’s will be in the AL in 2012. Looks like the Reds and Pirates will be battling it out in the NL Central in 2012.

  • How will the Cardinals transition to a new skipper?


    Uh, Doc, they got one more year in the NL Central b4 they move


    Well looks the Brewers just signed Ramirez to play 3B. Another Cubs castoff to play 3rd. They should just call themselves the Milwaukee ex-Cubs

  • Well, that sucks. You know Rami is going to rake against the Cubs.

  • Seymour Butts

    Good for Tony.
    Bad for Ryan, Can’t wait for confirmation of the juicy details. TMZ is not reporting that Braun had extraordinarily high levels of cheese in his system. What do you call a lactose intolerant Wisconsinite? A Superbowl Packer!
    The Broncos are experiencing what the Bears did last year, a combination of a bizarrely easy schedule and an incredible amount of luck. What kind of divine intervention would poop all over Marion Barbers day just to make Timmy-one-quarter look good?

  • Doc Raker

    OK, so the Reds, Pirates and Astros will battle it out. Unless the Cubs upgrade their starting rotation forget about the Cubs contending in 2012.

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