I was perusing the after-Christmas sale on Lids.com when I happened to stumble upon the ugliest hat I’ve ever seen. That says a lot because I’ve been all over the world, and I’ve seen lots of hats. This hat, by far, is the ugliest hat I’ve ever seen.
Why in the world would New Era make something like this? If I didn’t know any better, I’d thing they just gathered up some remnant material from other hats and just threw this thing together. Needless to say, faux leopard skin, NATO woodland camo, and fluorescent pink don’t go well together.
New Era ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is a very lucky man. Last year he won the National League’s MVP award even though Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers had a better season. Last December, Major League Baseball announced Braun would be facing a 50-game suspension for testing positive for synthetic testosterone. Braun announced he was going to dispute the decision, but considering the fact that no baseball player has ever prevailed when challenging a failed drug test, his chances at getting the drug test thrown out seemed highly unlikely.
It was announced yesterday that Braun’s failed drug test was overturned by a three-person arbitration panel. The panel voted 2-1 to throw out the failed drug test, not because it was in error, but because of a chain-of-custody technicality.
Rules state that when a urine sample is collected, the collector is to take it immediately to FedEx for shipment to the MLB testing lab in Montreal. The collector, believing that FedEx was already closed, took the sample home and stored it in his refrigerator for two days. It was then shipped to the lab where it tested positive.
Even through the seal on the sample bottle was intact, two of the three arbitrators decided that because the sample wasn’t taken directly to FedEx as the rules require, the test was invalid.
Instead of sitting out the first fifty games of the season, Braun will be allowed to start the season with the rest of his teammates. Not because he’s innocent of using a performance enhancing drug, but because of a technicality.
It turns out when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun won the National League MVP award, he did so as someone who knew he had failed a drug test. ESPN is reporting that Braun tested positive for a PED, synthetic testosterone, sometime in late October. He was named National League MVP on November 22.
The fact that MLB allowed Braun to even remain in the running for this prestigious award tells you everything you need to know about how serious they are about PEDs.
Braun is looking at a 50-game suspension as soon as the 2012 season begins. He’s planning on to dispute the test results. If he somehow prevails, he will be the first player to ever overturn a positive test result. Then again, he might have an advantage no other player has had: MLB commissioner Bud Selig used to own the Brewers.
I thought it was ridiculous when Braun won the National League MVP award over Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. He lost out not only to a guy with inferior stats, Kemp lost to a guy who’s urine was hot for synthetic testosterone.
Sometimes baseball, like life, just is not fair.