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Cheaters and Killers – What’s Real Justice?

I don’t want to sound sanctimonious and elitist. I really don’t.

Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions; I get that. But this – I just can’t understand this.

The professional football championship game is here – yeah, also never thought I’d be writing something about the NFL on this blog either – and the Baltimore Ravens are still alive, which means everyone is still talking about Ray Lewis. Talking about how he is ending his career on the highest of high notes. Ending a career that will certainly see him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Completely ignoring that his career should have ended 13 years ago. By having him sent to prison for life.

Yes, everybody in the US sports media that wants to keep kissing pro football’s ginormous ass is just sweeping under the rug that Ray Lewis murdered someone at around this same time in 2000. Okay, yeah, I know he wasn’t found guilty of actually murdering Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. But he wasn’t found NOT Guilty either, despite what so many of his apologists cry. He was convicted of obstruction of justice for throwing his two friends under the bus AFTER admitting he gave false information. His two friends were found not guilty of murder, so no killer has ever been found. And evidence like Lewis’ missing bloody white suit continue to point a finger at him.

And at least one of the victims’ brother says he fully believes Lewis drove the knife, which s pretty strong to me. We believe Nicole Browns’ parents beliefs that OJ Simpson killed their daughter, why do we make it different here?

But what gets me most is what looks like blatant hypocrisy here.

At this same time, Lance Armstrong has finally admitted he used steroids to go from cancer’s death door to winning the Tour de France seven times – wins he has now been stripped of. Lance is being burned at the proverbial stake by the press as a pariah for the unforgivable sin of using performance enhancing drugs.

I don’t condone drug use at all. But let’s look at this realistically.

According to so many who follow sports: Cheating at the sport is unforgivable. Murder is forgivable AND forgettable.

And it’s not like these are the only recent examples. The baseball writers stood on their moral high horse by refusing to vote in a single entry into the Hall of Fame this year, sending their anti-PED message loud and clear. Meanwhile, Dallas wrapped their arms around Josh Brent in their support of him, chastising anyone who dared try to crucify him for killing teammate Jerry Brown in a drunk driving crash. Brown was his best friend, they all whine. He should just be forgiven and let go.

Yes, once again, forgive the guy who killed. Burn the guy who dared cheat at his sport, because HE’s the disgraceful person with no humanity.

And I’m gonna get called out for saying this and be declared a holier than thou snob. Just because I can’t just up and ignore this, believing that taking a life is a serious crime.

There’s nothing I can do here to change the opinions of people who believe that this new modern form of cheating should be permanently branded with a scarlet letter, but that football players committing acts of violence is perfectly acceptable because well, that’s just what they do.

Nothing I can do but shake my head and wonder why.

And hope this will be the last I hear of it for a long while…

Oh, Jay Ratliff was in a drunk driving accident? And Nellie Cruz is being tied to PEDs?

Here we go again.


College Conferences are Learning that Bigger Isn’t Better

College basketball season has begun conference play in the Metroplex, and it couldn’t be more chaotic.

TCU playing the likes of UT and Texas Teach sounds right, but currently, the UTA Mavericks are getting up for the likes of… Denver and Seattle?

But that’s nothing compared to SMU’s future. What conference will they even be in next year? Okay, it may still be the Big East, but in another two years, who knows?

As Larry Brown spent his first season on the Hilltop getting his men ready for their last season in Conference USA several members of the Big East have put their foot down and said they’re fed up. The likes of Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Providence and three other schools declared they would leave to form their own conference. And because most of them are founding members of the Big East, they could very well take that name with them.

In a way, it’s kind of sad for someone like Brown. Clearly SMU didn’t give basketball any thought in joining the Big East, nor did they for any sport that doesn’t involve pads and helmet. Football was the only reason for the move, just like it always was.

The likes of SMU, Houston, Boise State and San Diego State all declared moving to a conference with the delicious offer of a BCS bowl game, and the conference took them so they could have a conference championship football game, scheduling and travel expenses of all the other sports be damned.

Now, it’s all falling apart. The eventual demise of the BCS leaves the Big East with no such incentive, and the schools who were pushed around for the big football schools are finally taking their ball and going home.

The fallout is continuing for the conference. Boise and San Diego are pulling their bids to join, leaving the conference that is currently known as the Big East to almost be a stripped down version of the old Missouri Valley Conference.

Did anyone really think these supper conferences were going to hold?

As the Big East and the SEC kept piling on members, sports writers everywhere kept writing tales of how college sports would eventually be comprised into just four huge regionals of 16-team conferences, simplifying their jobs to not have to follow so many leagues.

But this thing had precedent. And it failed then.

After the breakup of the Southwest Conference, the WAC ballooned to 16 teams with the addition of SMU, TCU and Houston. All it did was lead to many of its original members breaking away to form the Mountain West Conference.

And now it’s happening again, as conferences like the Big East are learning that you can’t keep so many schools happy at once.

It’s probably only a matter of time before the conference still inexplicably known as the Big Ten follows suit, and the mega-conference-merger between Conference USA and the Mountain West falls apart.

Bigger is not always better, as the Big East, and all of college sports, are finding out again.