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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Barry Bonds: Where Is He Celebrating HR Record?

As Barry Bonds' inevitable assumption of the home run throne approaches, we wonder:

What will Bonds do to celebrate? Who will Bonds look to to share his joy? Which people will Bonds trust to genuinely share in the unmitigated pride and unabashed glory of his accomplishment?

The entire chase has been surreal. From the moment that Bonds was within a reasonable distance to fear that he would take the crown, the pressure and non-stop media crucifixion began.

Somehow, despite the evidence, admissions and failed tests of others; Bonds has been the poster boy of steroids. Bonds has been the one continually called a cheater. Bonds has been the one that has drawn the ire of every supposed guardian of the game of baseball.

At the same time, dozen of players have failed tests. Jason Giambi has all but confessed to using PED's.

But Bonds takes the brunt of the press corps led malfeasance and takes the verbal assaults launched by the talking heads on TV an Radio.

With all that hatred, it is no wonder that, instead of saying "I'm going to Disney World"...Bonds is saying:

After the record is broken and the spotlight has faded, Bonds revealed where he wants to celebrate — Africa. He complained that he had never taken a vacation because he was always hard at work. But sometime soon, he should have an extended break.

It is a wonderful statement and a wholly sad sentiment, at once.

Certainly, Bonds desire to return to the land of the original baseball player is understandable. Returning to the Mother Continent is something all athletes should consider doing after a notable achievement.

But, the sad reality is that his desire to return is probably prompted by the hatred, jealousy and down right ill will with which the white media has covered this glorious chase of immortality.

We believe Africa is the land in which Bonds belongs.

The time has manifested itself.

Take the home run record to the continent on which it belongs.

Hit 756, Barry. Run the bases. Run straight out through the dugout, through the clubhouse to your limo. Head to the airport. And get on a plane.

It's the fitting ending for this chase the media has so viciously tainted.

34 comments:

Vance said...

'that the media tainted'?

(massively talented) Barry Lamar Bonds himself tainted his chase of Hank Aaron by using PEDs. The media simply reports what Bonds gave them.

Going on a trip to Africa would be pretty cool. However a few things might make it better:

- Apologize to Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, & Frank Robinson about demeaning their lifetime HR marks; is that anything to do to a brother?

- Check with Mark McGwire, and Raffy Palmeiro about those awful white media guys; maybe Ted Williams too, but he is dead.

- Read Lou Gehrig's final speech upon his retirement. Look at Hank Aaron's career too. Bonds could learn humility which would come in handy no matter where he vacations.

Martin said...

"using PEDs"

Sir, I was on vacation this weekend. Can you provide the link to where Brother Bonds was convicted of a crime of admitted to using PEDs?

Free Pacman!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"(massively talented) Barry Lamar Bonds himself tainted his chase of Hank Aaron by using PEDs. The media simply reports what Bonds gave them."
"Check with Mark McGwire, and Raffy Palmeiro about those awful white media guys"

Sir, your argument relating Bonds to steroids and introducing Raffy Palmeiro into the discussion is intellectually corrupt.

If you had chosen to say something like Bonds used amphetamines...that would be acceptable. He has had a positive. But of course, the use of amphetamines certainly is not something that most people would use to detract from his home run total.

Connecting Bonds to steroids and mentioning Palmeiro is ridiculous.

Palmeiro failed a steroid Test. Bonds has not.

Humility? In what way has Bonds not been humble throughout this inquisition?

Clearly, you have a personal vendetta against Bonds.

Let it go.

Enjoy the tremendous accomplishment and relish the fact that you were fortunate enough to witness it.

Oops Pow Surprise said...

It is widely known that side effects of stress include post-pubescent growth of the skull and feet. Your so-called "proof" of illegal drug usage is just the media's own self-fulfilling prophecy: hound the man enough, and he'll show all the symptoms.

Bud Selig, the blood is on your hands.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sir, I was on vacation this weekend. Can you provide the link to where Brother Bonds was convicted of a crime of admitted to using PEDs?"

Sir, he was on a list for supposedly having tested positive for uppers...so, obviously folks with little understanding of the variety of drugs out there just lump that in with steroids.

Ookie's Army said...

I believe he should celebrate by driving to Bob Costas' house, knock on the door, say hello and dropkick him in the teeth. Then get on a plane to the Motherland.

Nathan said...

Here, here! You heard the man, Barry. Leave!

Randys Johnson said...

Let's see another article on Vick now that his buddy has flipped.

Can't wait.

His buddy is probably white...oh he's black?

Oh shit!!

J-Red said...

Sir,

Is it not telling that Giambi, Palmeiro, Sosa, Canseco, McGwire, etc. have direct evidence linking them to cheating, while Brother Bonds is reviled? Perhaps Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield will eventually be blamed.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Perhaps Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield will eventually be blamed. "

Sir, clearly the ill will directed towards Mr. Bonds goes much deeper than the steroid allegations.

People like Floyd Landis have failed tests...yet the media doesn't encourage the public to hate him.

Lance Armstrong is more closely tied to drug use than anyone in sports history that has "not" tested positive, yet he is a national hero.

The motives are clear...

My Hero Zero said...

Sir, while I believe that all of us (and not just black athletes) should make a pilgrimmage to the continent that gave birth to us all, I feel that your advice to Mr. Bonds may be counter-productive to the cause.

Who among us has not heard the hateful entreaty to "go back to Africa" spewed by the ignorant? By leaving immediately for the Dark Continent, would Bonds not be doing their bidding?

Martin said...

"the Dark Continent"

The RIGHTEOUS Continent, sir.

Martin said...

Nathan, sir -

"someone may actually pay me to babble on endlessly about my meaningless existence."

Sir, rest assured, that day is a long way off.

Martin said...

Nathan, sir -

"Zambrono
You the man-o
Way to go
and put up a zero.

Hope your ankle's okay."

I misspoke. Your day of paid blogging is not a long way off - it will never happen, sir.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I misspoke. Your day of paid blogging is not a long way off - it will never happen, sir. "

Sir, your criticism is brutal.

But necessary.

Burnsy said...

He can come celebrate with me at Disney. I'll buy him an Astropop and squeeze him into a guard rail on Space Mountain. Mark McGwire will be there. I'm calling it Burnsy, Mark and Bonds: Three Guys Who Never Juiced.

Sirs, you are invited as well.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sirs, you are invited as well. "

Sir,...we've juiced. :(

Vance said...

The evidence against Bonds is mountainous. Anyone who denies it has been living on Mars for about 10 years. In fact Bonds admitted it himself, although he says he didn't know he was using THG, he thought it was flaxseed oil.

Who said Bonds is a drug cheat:
His ex, Kimberly Bell says so
Victor Conte said so (and appeared in posters with Bonds)
The BALCO chemist said so
BALCO charts recorded Bonds patterns of drug use.
Gary Sheffield said so

Bonds physique changed in ways only consistent with anabolic drug use (and his head did not grow; but his muscles did)

Now lest we believe someone is mixed up, what did Bonds use:

Several anabolic steroids including Ben Johnson's favorite Winstrol

HGH

Clomid (prevents side effects of anabolic roids)

and Insulin

Bonds also used amphetamine

Read the charts as documented in 'Game of Shadows'

The evidence is damning. Bonds is smart; players caught with roids in their urine are the stupid ones. No, Bonds wasn't caught with a positive test, because although banned in MLB since 1991, steroid testing didn't begin until 2003. (HGH and insulin are not tested).

Also note Victor Conte designed his program after the East German doping effort which used lab testing to avoid the official tests. Further, Bonds cycles to avoid the predictable MLB roid tests.

Now, anyone denying Bonds culpability in using PEDs is not to be taken seriously.

Why defend a man who trashed other great black players records like Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray etc.

Saying Bonds is accused of being a drug cheat because he is black, is a cannard. Bonds stands accused because the evidence is overwhelming.

Mark McGwire suffered a huge snub at the hands of the Baseball HOF. Jason Giambi was nailed by the press. These are not black players.

Raffy Palmiero, Floyd Landis. CJ Hunter, ?Lance Armstrong, it doesn't matter black or white, these are drug cheats.

When people change their thinking to consider that doping and drug cheating transcends race, media, and politics, then drug cheating can be addressed.

Racists come out of the woodwork to boo Bonds. That is sad. That is unforgivable for booing a man for his skin pigment.

However, ignorance of the man who cheats is as morally corrupt as booing a man for his race.

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa cheated honest athletes of all races, all colors, all religions, all heights, all religions.

Your defense of a drug cheat detracts from your message of equality for all. Drug cheating robs decent honest men of their honest achievements.

Martin said...
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Martin said...

"Your defense of a drug cheat detracts from your message of equality for all."

Sir, this blog deals in the realm of facts, not in innuendos. Can you direct me to where Brother Bonds has been convicted of wrong doing? Can you direct me to where Brother Bonds has openly and freely admitted to use of illegal substances while not under duress?

"The evidence against Bonds is mountainous."

Sir, if that is true, where is the incitement? Where is the conviction? In your eyes, Brother Bonds is already guilty because he is black. Where is the outcry for Ralfael Palmeroid?

"His ex, Kimberly Bell says so"

Sir, my bad. Marriages never end bitterly and exs are never out to get each other.

"Victor Conte said so"

Sir, again, can you direct me to where Mr. Conte said this in open public record court where he was subjected to cross examination?

"Gary Sheffield said so"

If Gary Sheffield said Joe Torrie was a racist, would you believe him? Oh, wait...

"Bonds physique changed in ways only consistent with anabolic drug use (and his head did not grow; but his muscles did)"

Sir, I have to ask, are you the same size and shape at 45 while living in your parent's basement as you were when you were 17 living in their basement?

"Raffy Palmiero, Floyd Landis. CJ Hunter, ?Lance Armstrong, it doesn't matter black or white, these are drug cheats."

Sir, I hate to keep bringing facts to poke holes in your pinata like
logic, but Mr. Armstrong, like Brother Bonds, does not have a conviction or a viable positive test. Why is Mr. Armstrong loved and Brother Bonds hated?

"Now, anyone denying Bonds culpability in using PEDs is not to be taken seriously."

*sigh*...it is like playing cards with by sister's kids. Sir, again, use facts. Where has this been factually shown to be true?

"Racists come out of the woodwork to boo Bonds."

And to slander him on the internet...

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Who said Bonds is a drug cheat:
His ex, Kimberly Bell says so
Victor Conte said so (and appeared in posters with Bonds)
The BALCO chemist said so
BALCO charts recorded Bonds patterns of drug use.
Gary Sheffield said so"

Sir, all credible. Each and everyone completely credible and believeable.

His mistress trying to make a buck.

Two convicted felons who may have mitigated their punishments.

And Sheffield. Everytime he opens his mouth and says something that people like YOU don't like...you complain about him.

The one time he says something you DO like, well....he is wonderful and should be taken serious.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"?Lance Armstrong, it doesn't matter black or white, these are drug cheats."

Sir, if so...then why do you and your ilk focus ALL of your attention on Bonds?

You have written numerous, trivial and insipid comments on here degrading Bonds.

Yet you allow Lance to go unchecked.

How about a comment detailing his drug use, to be fair?

See, you have no interest in being fair.

You only want to bring down Bonds.

Gee, one wonders what could cause your hatred for him?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sir, this blog deals in the realm of facts, not in innuendos."

Sir, thank you.

We also deal in the notion that our legal system grants individuals the right to due process. And the concept that the responsibility of designating guilty rests on the prosecution. As such, we fully support the time honored legal principle of innocent until PROVEN guilty. With the burden of proof on the PROSECUTION in the court of LAW.

You read that, right?

We didn't say the burden of proof being things purported in the media and tried on the internet.

We find it incredibly amusing (and thoroughly hypocritical) that someone like Vance would bring up morality or values...in his degrading those that would support SUSPECTED or ACCUSED dopers as being worse than a racist.

How insidious that he would convict an individual in the court of public opinion, based on information which he has received second, third and fourth hand from a media with an agenda.

Wouldn't the prudent, moral, fair and right thinking individual wait for the judicial process to run its course before so quickly jumping to conclusions?

Wouldn't an intelligent person support a fellow citizen's(regardless of the fact that citizen is a Negro)civil rights?

What people like Vance don't understand, or simply don't care about, is that by supporting the denial of civil rights to Bonds...by approving the rejection of the notion of innocent until PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW...that they are eroding their OWN rights?

Certainly, if Mr. Vance were ever accused of something, he would be pounding on the table for his due process. He would be screaming "I am a white man....I am innocent until someone proves other wise!!"...

But, place a Negro with a glorious home run swing in front of Vance...and he'd happily burn the constitution without even hearing the case.

Nathan said...

The collectivists love this blog.

Martin said...

Sir, I post a statement proclaimed by Nathan on his as of yet unpaid 'blog' (the world blog is in quotes because if Nathan writes and no one reads it, can it be considered a blog?):

"It’s a racist world. Minorities, for the most part, are still painted in a negative light by the media. This is why missing white girls get more press than missing black girls. It sucks but it’s true. Nevertheless, I still hate Barry Bonds. And I’m pretty sure I would hate him even if he was white."

What is interesting is that Nathan freely admits that it is a racist world, but then perpetuates the racism. Notice how he says that he is only "pretty sure" that he would hate Brother Bonds if he were white, but since he is black, he definitely hates Brother Bonds. Interesting, sir. And by interesting, I mean 'racist'.

Nathan said...

Awww, Martin, thanks for noticing. By the by, PIC pays me for my work (that's an old header but I like it so I kept it) and the "pretty sure" was meant as sarcasm. Call me a racist if you want; it's not true. But I don't really care what y'all think because, well, you don't.

Tripod said...

"The collectivists love this blog."

I don't know what you mean by that...but for real, that zambrano thing SUCKED!

Mr Telefone Man said...

"PIC pays me for my work "

LOL...pic pays out about 2 bucks a month...nikka PUHLEEZE!!!! don't pretend you making a livin' wit dat "blog" ya post...HA!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

Sir...Nathan,

We support your effort to blog.

You have an important view and it needs to be heard.

We'd never suggest that someone stifle their desire to write.

ultrasound tech said...

nathan-

saw this on your "blog"
"Anyway, the fact of the matter is that I don’t like Barry Bonds. For jokingly typing that I was “pretty sure” I would hate him if he was white, I have been called a racist (to be fair, I knew some of the fine folks at NOIS were reading me and I baited them with the line—and yes, this passes as fun for me. I promise I’ll get a life again when the heat abides)."


Man, you got got.

NOIS- put another pelt on your wall.

Malcom Hex said...

haha....you mean to tell me nathan came to a blog called nationofislamsportsblog.blogspot.com....took it seriously, and is beating his concave chest about it???

HAHAHAHA....

TOOL!

Al_Sharpton's_Banana_Hammock said...

Nathan = latest person to fail the IQ test that is NOISb.

Usually, they just fail it here. But he went off and posted to the 5 readers at his blog about it?

OUCH!

Martin said...

"We'd never suggest that someone stifle their desire to write."

Sir, no, you wouldn't, but I would. Nathen, I am suggesting you stifle your desire to write.

Martin said...

"I promise I’ll get a life again "

Sir, Nathen, to get a life again, you had to have a life to begin with. I know, I know, circular logic...