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Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:26 PM

Two items from the world of Major League Baseball caught my eye this past week.

One was the retirement of former-player-turned-legendary Hall-of-Fame announcer Joe Garagiola,

The 87-year-old has been involved in broadcasting for almost six decades — WOW! — but was a part-timer for the Diamondbacks for the last few years.

I thought he already WAS retired from the booth!

I remember him partnering with Tony Kubek on NBC’s “Game of the Week” in the 1970s.

He retired from the playing field after an unremarkable career in 1954 at the age of 28 and has been in the booth in one form or another since. Another one of the great characters from baseball’s past is growing older.

He has also been married for 63 years to his one and only, Audrey.

Good for him!

Now, when will Vin Scully hang up the microphone? And when will the late Reds’ player-announcer Joe Nuxhall join these two legends in Cooperstown?

The second is this one, where no arbitration hearings were needed amongst the 133 players who filed for arbitration in mid-January.

I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth but either that is a great sign that there really is labor peace in MLB — I shudder to think! — or the other shoe is ready to drop.

In other words, it’s almost too good to be true and you KNOW what that old saying is …

You think this action may have gotten the attention of the International Olympic Committee last week?

It seems that during a wrestling match amongst the world’s wrestling powers in Tehran, Iran — yes, THAT Iran! — laid down on their mats instead of wrestling as a protest against the IOC’s recent decision to boot the sport out of the Games in 2020.

If that doesn’t get their attention — as well as the growing chorus of voices that are asking if the IOC has lost its collective mind! — then they either must have assumed room temperature or are just … brainless!

The case of Lance Armstrong just seems to be on a never-ending spiral downward.

It is — unfortunately — like the Energizer Bunny; it just keeps going and going and going ad nauseam.

Every time there seems to be a resolution in the matter, it goes the way of Tyrannosaurus Rex.

I think this will go on until he is ruined in every way possible by everyone — and anyone — that had anything to do  with  him  and  this sport  of cycling.

If the authorities are right and he is the cheater they believe he is (though, again, he passed every test), then maybe justice is being served and payback is … you know what! After all, he proved to be the “Artful Dodger” in many ways — in their minds — almost daring them to catch him in an arrogant way and riding away laughing.

Or else it is a case of an innocent man being destroyed.

This case seems to be similar to the one involving the Miami Hurricanes and the NCAA.

I am no fan of the ’Canes — I know a couple of them in Big D — but it seems to devolve into a fiasco.

Who knows what is really going on but it seems as if there are some shenanigans occurring from the NCAA; at least one person involved was fired and several more should.

There are several angles that have been involved: a booster that has been involved for a number of years; problems in the coaching ranks amongst football and men’s basketball; further drug-testing — above what is normally done — of all baseball players because of the allegations against that anti-aging clinic in Florida that Alex Rodriguez’s name was attached to.

These investigations have been going on for too long and the damage the NCAA appears to have self-incurred leaves its future in doubt.

Some might not lament that fact!


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