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December 2011



Morning News: Sketchy Medicine, Bloody Thieves, and 2011 in Review

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Strike One:  We can rebuild him.  We The Germans have the technology.  Alex Rodriguez followed sports medicine pioneer/guinea pig Kobe Bryant to Germany for Orthokine therapy on nagging injuries in his right knee and left shoulder.  While the therapy–which involves separating a specific protein from the patient’s blood and injecting it into the injured area–is performed in the United States, Bryant and Rodriguez elected to break free from the constraints of their HMO plans because the German doctor is the “top in his field.”  Do you believe this Bavarian super doctor is performing miracles, or are you like me and think there might be some extracurricular medicinal hanky-panky going on?

Strike Two:  A clerk at a cash-for-gold store North Carolina punched out a would-be thief and then forced him to scrub his own blood off the floor.  The security camera video is well worth your time.

Foul Tip:  Priest Fight! Highly UN-Orthodox.

Strike Three:  It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for every newspaper magazine, and website to publish their “Best of” and “Worst of” lists for 2011. published their retrospective lists for movies, TV, and general sports just yesterday.  No need to go into copious detail, but across those and other general interest categories, what are some of your bests and worsts from the last year?

  • gymjok

    Thanksgiving 2011 our family took turns saying what we are grateful for.
    My 5 year old grandson, among other things,says he is grateful for being called awesome-which I do whenever I see him(which is quite often).
    That my friends is one of the best in 2011-or any other year!

  • Buddy

    There weren’t too many Cub highlights from 2011. Maybe a few starts by Matt Garza? Also, the day the Cubs hired Theo was pretty good.

  • Chuck

    Strike 1: From this non-medical person perspective, it looks a lot like fancy blood-doping to me. Also, isn’t this type condition exactly what HGH was developed for? I have no problem with athletes (or any other person) doing whatever treatment they can afford that does not have long-term negative effects.
    Strike 2: Love it. I bet he gets sued for violating his civil rights or some such nonsense.
    Tip: Priests are people too.
    Strike 3: By far the thing I am most thankful for is that I don’t have to travel 200+ miles and be away from home 4 nights a week for work. That sucked.

  • Norm

    Arod talked to MLB before the procedure and they gave the OK, so non-story to me.

  • Buddy

    Question of the day…Who is your alltime favorite Cub, and why?

  • That clerk should work as a contractor…teach the priests how to handle themselves in a rumble. Lesson one: don’t limply wave around a broom.


    That clerk should have taken it another step and smashed the guys head in

  • Seymour Butts

    MLB should have no issues with ARoid’s blood serum into joint injection for the same reason his HMO won’t pay for it… it’s Voodoo.
    You would achieve the same benefits by drawing the blood, sticking it in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls porch fro a month, and swallowing it while humming “she’ll be comin’ ’round the mountain” in C-minor.
    There is no shortage of Quacks in the good old USA who will do it, but the definition of an expert is..” somebody from out of town, who has slides” (or now, power point).
    The Placebo effect is a real improvement is a condition brought about solely by the expectation that what ever you are doing will help. That’s what is in play here.

  • Seymour Butts

    Religulous people are funny.

    Nice left jab.

  • Voodoo? Hardly. My magnet guy tells me that blood serum injections helps to balance Qi. I am going to get my shoulder injected before my baseball league starts, to enhance the balance that my magnetic shoe inserts, magnetic wrist band, and titanium magnet necklace thing bring to my game. My BAR (Balance Above Replacement) should lead the league.

  • Buddy

    I’d love to league the league in bars, but drinking at home is fun too.