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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Barry Bonds: Finally Standing Up to Media

Barry Bonds has been the target of media hate and abuse for years now. Of course, the so far futile attempts to link him to steroid use have been the overwhelming favorite avenue to try to tear apart the reputation and legacy of Bonds.

Bonds' ability to deal with the day to day frustration of being the lavatorial receptacle for the media's collective verbal colon evacuation has thus far been admirable. He has done his best to lead a normal existence and be the epitome of professionalism in his sport.

But, a time comes when even the most reverent individuals say, enough is enough.

"You mean that little midget man who absolutely knows jack … about baseball, who never played the game before?" Bonds, speaking to a handful of reporters before Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Atlanta, said of Costas. "You can tell Bob Costas what I called him."

Bonds aggravation reach its apex after Costas interviewed convicted steroid supplier Patrick Arnold. The man who developed the undetectable steroid which was distributed for use to unknowing and unsuspecting athletes in the form of a lotion like substance called the "clear". Ostensibly represented by those administering the substance to the athletes as flax oil. Arnold all but accused Bonds of knowingly and willfully using steroids he developed.

One must remember that Arnold was sentenced to a minimal three month term for his proven involvement in the BALCO scandal. So, the notion that in return for such a light sentence Arnold would help the feds try to make their case against Bonds is certainly a fair assumption.

Of course, Bonds was able to effectively blow the notion of any involvement out of the water.

"I've never seen the man in my entire life," Bonds said of Arnold. "I've never heard of the man … never."

Why are the press and prosecutors not willing to just accept the facts?

The most heinous part of Costas little assault on Bonds:

He waited as long as he could. Right up until Bonds is at the brink of the record. This was a concerted and carefully schedule offensive maneuver designed to interfere with and deliver a forceful negative blow to Bonds impending assumption of the home run kingship.

Such behavior by Costas is a demonstration that he is completely nonobjective, biased and hell bent on personally being involved in the fall of Barry Bonds.

The timing of his interview was unfair and was a complete misuse of the platform that Costas has been provided. Fairness and journalism without agenda obviously have no meaning to Costas.

We applaud Bonds for standing up to this Napoleonic bully.

Costas' motives are transparent. He wraps himself in some sort of cover, promoting the false pretense that he is a guardian of the integrity of the game.

Bonds sees through it. The "midget" remark makes it all clear.

Costas' is just envious of the Adonis like body Bonds has built through scientific nutrition and cutting edge training.

This is simply a case of a little man's self-loathing.

It's a shame that it has ruined objective journalism.

38 comments:

Mustafa Redonkulous said...

Professor Griff and the S1W's are at Mr Bonds' disposal to deal with the Napoleonic swine called Costas. They'll even throw in a free sleeper on a traitor like Joe Morgan.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Napoleonic swine called Costas."

Sir, we are not up on our Spanish...but isn't "costas" Spanish for "pork merchant"?

No?

ben said...

just for the sake of clarity:

How does one differentiate between an unfair timing/low-blow interview and presenting a story when it is timely/most socially relevant?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

Sir,....ben....in this case???

Surely you jest.

Nathan said...

Barry Bonds tested positive for amphetamines over last summer, then blamed the positive test on his own teammate, Mike Sweeney. Barry Bonds is a goddamned rat. I don't care about steroids (I think all athletes should use them, really) or broken records, but I think that rats are the lowest form of life on the planet and I hope the media scorches that scumbag at every turn.

devang said...

So you're saying that there's not a scintilla of evidence that Bonds has done anything improper? Is everyone just out to get Bonds because he's an immensely unlikable person who's about to break one of the most hallowed records in baseball?

In an otherwise well written piece, I find it surprising that you would resort to name calling. Obviously you are echoing some of Bonds' statements, but I figured it was beyond you.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Barry Bonds tested positive for amphetamines over last summer, then blamed the positive test on his own teammate, Mike Sweeney. "

Sir, so...Barry should NOT have ID'd the responsible party?

You hate rats?

Wow, you and your prison mentality have high morals.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"In an otherwise well written piece, I find it surprising that you would resort to name calling."

Sir, name calling?

Mr.Blackman said...

LOL!!!!

White folks can't help their "inferior genes" they were born onto. Let them continue in the mudane cesspool that they were birth to. They know true greatness and do anything in their power to tarnish it.

Devils, I say, They are the true Devils of the world.

Burnsy said...

Bob Costas is living proof that the Great Satan is 4-foot-2. You have peeled another layer of evil from over my eyes, sir.

Nathan said...

After he ratted on Sweeney, Bonds then recanted his storyu and apologized for lying. Then he became a lying rat.

Prison mentality is the mentalitythat blames others for your mistakes, not the kind that encourages personal responsibility.

censored said...

You mean to tell me an athlete who makes their livelihood off of their body is going to blindly injest anything just handed to them without asking questions? and if bonds didnt ask questions initially shouldnt he have asked the question like "why has flaxseed oil made a two size jump in my hat size and shoe size"? To correct your posting "the clear" is a liquid that bonds took under his tongue, you confused it with the "cream" another steroid that bonds as well as sheffield used. I mean the stuff is called "the clear" as in undetectable to a drug test and bonds didnt know that it was something fishy..please. Again the only explanation can be is that bonds isnt very smart but i think he is and knew what he was doing. He is a cheater and history will treat him as such..and again luckily Alex rodriguez will obliterate his HR record over the next decade so the dignity of the mark can be restored.
In other baseball stuff maybe you could post about Mike Piazza being hit with a water bottle by a fan during a game yesterday. He showed that athletes can act like adults as he calmly pointed out the person to security. He showed great maturity resisting the urge of a more colorful response a la Ron Artest..nicely done Mike.

censored said...

Prison mentality is the mentalitythat blames others for your mistakes, not the kind that encourages personal responsibility

encouraging personal responsibility and this blog have nothing in common.

John John The Bastard said...

Sir,

I would like to call in to account the fact that Mr. Nathan who hates rats has a blow by blow account of someone threatening him for engaging in a liason with his wife. If tell on someone who did wrong or put you in a precarious situationmakes you a rat......well I'm just saying is all.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Prison mentality is the mentalitythat blames others for your mistakes, not the kind that encourages personal responsibility. "

Sir, prison mentality is that mentality which hates a "rat".

You suggested that it was wrong for Mr. Bonds to reveal the source of his positive test.

And, after he apparently caved to the pressure of the prison mentality that is so prevalent and you hold so dear, and recanted his statements to try to bow to the pressure you and your ilk placed on him for being a "rat".

And now he is a liar.

You and your morally corrupt brethren made a liar out of him.

Well done.

Tripod said...

"He showed that athletes can act like adults as he calmly pointed out the person to security. He showed great maturity resisting the urge of a more colorful response a la Ron Artest"

piazza's gay, right?

why is not surprising he didn't want to fight?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"encouraging personal responsibility and this blog have nothing in common. "

Sir, yes.

Much like the relationship between your mind an rational logic.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"To correct your posting "the clear" is a liquid that bonds took under his tongue, you confused it with the "cream" another steroid that bonds as well as sheffield used."

Sir, thank you so much.

We did confuse the clear and the cream in our haste to get the post out to the masses.

Can you explain, since you are clearly a steroid expert in addition to your expertise in every single topic we have ever written...can you explain the mechanism by which the cream worked?

Thanks.

ultrasound tech said...

i say bravo to Barry.

no positive tests.

end of discussion.

uncommon sense said...

""why has flaxseed oil made a two size jump in my hat size and shoe size"?"

actually, nois...your friend censored isn't a steroid expert.

juice don't make your head grow or elbows or jaw or feet grow.

hGH does.

Your boy censored don't know shit about shit. He looks for little errors you may make (and that is probably why he totally misses the point of every post) and then runs off and does a google search....and comes back with bits and pieces of info...

anyway, censored is wrong again. the "flaxoil", which may or may not have been juice...is NOT what cause the enormous grape on bonds shoulders.

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

listen. my brother hit a growth spurt and grew 3 inches when he was 36. so, maybe Barry did too.

Illegal Immigrant said...

Someone brought this up in my news room the other day and I felt you should respond.

"There was a poll on CNN asking people of different races on how they felt about Bonds breaking the Home Run record. But why does it even matter if Hank Aaron was black?"

Don't shoot the messenger, those were his words, not mine.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

""There was a poll on CNN asking people of different races on how they felt about Bonds breaking the Home Run record. But why does it even matter if Hank Aaron was black?""

Sir, possibly because the adminsters of the poll were attempting to determine if they could break down acceptance of Bonds as home run king by racial group...in an effort to determine not not how people felt about him breaking another Negro's record...but how the different racial groups perceived Bonds' accomplishment in light of the steroids fiasco.

ben said...

I will say , having seen the whole thing now, that report is a hack job by Costas, whom I generally respect very much.

Starting out the whole thing by saying the HR record is partially the "creation" of this 'roid brewing stooge was some petty s**t to do. And it gets worse from there.

You could really tell that it was way too personal for Costas, and thus not objective. That's horrifying for such a distinguished journalist/personality/whatever-Costas-is-these-days

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"You could really tell that it was way too personal for Costas, and thus not objective. That's horrifying for such a distinguished journalist/personality/whatever-Costas-is-these-days"

Sir..are you...are you....agreeing with us?!

ben said...

Sir NOIS,
Maybe not in your ferocity/vitriol, but yes, Barry had every right to be irate towards Costas.

Costas really does come off like a petty twerp here, and Bonds doesn't deserve to be cut-off at the knees by someone with a big stick for a sports journalist...

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Maybe not in your ferocity/vitriol"

Sir, you mean our dedication to the issue...

Tom said...

When Bonds tested positive for amphetamines, the Daily News *claimed* that he blamed Sweeney. This detail became national fact, even though the reporter who broke the story quoted neither MLB's official report nor any MLB spokesperson to that effect. Neither did the reporter claim to have read the report or to have learned this detail from anyone who had. The betrayal story was conveyed as paraphrase from an unnamed source.

Bonds specifically denied that he blamed Sweeney, Gene Orza specifically denied that Bonds blamed Sweeney, and Sweeney specifically denied that Bonds blamed Sweeney. But what do they know, compared to what nathan knows? Nothing, obviously.

And, um, HGH? For four years people have asserted 1) Bonds's head got bigger 2) due to anabolic steroids. And that is a possible steroids side effect. But the head remains while Bonds keeps not testing positive for steroids. Head growth is too enjoyable a trope to abandon, so when noted biochemist Gary Carter -- maybe after having the Game of Shadows epilogue read to him -- asserted that Bonds's head is (still) too big due to HGH, Bonds haters seized upon this insight. And again, head growth is indeed a possible HGH side effect.

This is a fantastic boon, since as long as there is no test for HGH, Bonds can be guilty indefinitely on grounds of big headedness.

Except: There is no medical evidence that HGH improves athletic performance in any way. It is not a PED, as anabolic steroids can be (although to what effect in MLB is not known). HGH can enhance muscle *tone*, but does not increase strength. There is a sentence in Game of Shadows suggesting without evidence (but carefully not actually asserting) that HGH is why Bonds supposedly stopped complaining about his eyes. There was a story a long time ago in Outsider Magazine in which a guy rode his bike farther than ever before and generally felt really good after taking HGH for several weeks -- but really nothing that says: Lots of homers over an extended period.

So the argument to date is that a head some say is too darned big proves that Bonds cheated by using an extraordinarily expensive drug that doesn't improve performance.

uncommon sense said...

"HGH can enhance muscle *tone*, but does not increase strength. "


well, my friend, obviously you AIN'T used HGH...i have...it unequivocally increases strength...and when used in conjunction with insulin and IGF-1 gives excellent benefits...

you can take your google search and stick it up your ass.

you are an internet expert. you ain't used it in the real world, my friend.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"So the argument to date is that a head some say is too darned big proves that Bonds cheated by using an extraordinarily expensive drug that doesn't improve performance."

Sir, excuse me while I laugh at you.

HGH, when taken in reasonable amounts helps fight the aging process. It helps muscles regeneration. It helps men who should be at an age when their muscle tissue begins to atrophy, increase their muscle mass.

Bonds was rejuvenate during what should have been his twilight years.

THOSE are the "symptoms" of hGH.

uncommon is correct, you have read about hGH, but clearly haven't been around it.

uncommon sense said...

"But the head remains while Bonds keeps not testing positive for steroids."

oh and as for passing the "tests"...homey I played ball at a major D-1 school....MANY of us were on the bean...NONE ever failed a test....

get real...the people in the know are always a step ahead of the testing...it's the shit heads that are either doing it on their own or aren't working with good advisors that get caught...

unless you have the first hand experience in this...please don't bother with doing a google search and spitting back info from cats that ain't pumpin' it in their veins or in the locker rooms...

Tom said...

An HGH user makes angry claims about what HGH does -- claims that are literally wrong but which are nonetheless common in some gyms and, ironically, on the Internet. Then he explains that he really means a cocktail that includes HGH. Which is like insulting me for stating that water does not make you drunk because water mixed with vodka does so. Then NOI says something true about HGH, but wrongly claims that it refutes a different true statement. No one, as far as I can tell, argued that HGH does not have properties that it in fact does have; I argued that it does not have properties it does not have.

I criticized trash arguments masquerading as reasoning and evidence. I made no statements about Bonds's actual drug regimen, except to suggest that popular and common assertions on that subject are a stinky wind. Any facts they may include are there by chance. A fool who argues that the moon is in the sky because he saw flying monkeys put it there is not wrong about where the moon is.

Vance said...

So insulting by using race is bad. But Bonds can call someone a 'midget', and that's good. hmmm

And I see comments here about 'retard'. hmmmmm

So the deal is, that it is OK to deride someone based on height, and IQ (due to genetic syndrome) but not race.

Pick your DNA insult.

Hypocrisy isn't it.

uncommon sense said...

Tom, you don't know what you are talking about.

you are claiming that hGH does NOT help build lean body mass?

really?

Everything I have read says that IT DOES!!!

You did a google search and found a study that disagrees.

hGH also helps increas strength. Which, with the proper type of training, helps increase POWER. And possibly speed.

Get your head out of your ass...you don't KNOW SHIT ABOUT juice, growth or ANY of the stuff that top athletes are using today.

You are an internet expert with ZERO real world experience.

Just stop!!!!

YOu look dumb to ANYONE that knows a thing about enhance athletic performance through chemical assistance....

uncommon sense said...

"I argued that it does not have properties it does not have."

what???

the base of your argument is WRONG...it HAS those properties...therefore, YOUR agrument is wrong.

Again, STOP pretending that reading an article from a google search makes you an expert.

Tell the truth (and it's obvious from your "argument"), you don't have any real world experience with this...and you haven't worked one on one with the trainers that help athletes with this, have you?

You did a google search.

Malcom Hex said...

I hate guys like Tom...they don't have any background in this or understand how the compounds work....they read an article and just repeat what they think they have read.

hGH has been used for over a decade now to help men that are aging regain muscle mass that they have lost due to the aging process.

That means....IT BUILDS MUSCLE...

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

"Tell the truth (and it's obvious from your "argument"), you don't have any real world experience with this..."

he called it a "cocktail"...more of a clue he is just a google search expert....try "stack"....that's what people who use PEDs call it...joker.

Richard L. said...

None of you know for sure if Barry Bonds did juice or not, but even if he did,unlike with other sports,juice can't help a player throw a baseball,steal a base,hit a baseball,win Golden Glove awards year after year,or help include your batting average. That's all about hand and eye coordination. I know Juicers who couldn't catch a cold,and couldn't hit a bowling ball with a bat.Mr.Bonds has played baseball at an All-Star level for over 20 years with 2 different baseball teams,that wasn't by accident or because of Juice.The man has skills!He may need to brush up on his people skills,but true also he's the best all around baseball player in the history of baseball,outside of his God Father Willie Mays. Strip Babe Ruth of his record for being a drunk and a raving lunatic,Oh I forgot,he's White so he'll always be right!