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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Three Questions About Mark McGwire

#1) Now that McGwire has admitted to taking illegal steroids and lying about it, even perjuring himself before Congress, will he be prosecuted? Or is that treatment reserved for Barry Bonds?

FILE - This April 17, 2004, file photo shows former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Mark McGwire getting emotional during pre-game ceremonies honoring him,  before the Cardinals game against the  Colorado Rockies in St. Louis.  McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010,  that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade and he was apologizing.(AP Photo/Kyle Ericson, File)
"The toughest thing is my wife, my parents, close friends have had no idea that I hid it from them all this time,"

#2) Really? He really thinks he HID his steroid use? Really?

FILE - This is a Sept. 27, 1998, file photo showing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire smiling as he rounds the bases after hitting his 70th home run of the season in the seventh inning against the Montreal Expos, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  McGwire has finally come clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998. McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade and he was apologizing. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

This is how you look when you're hiding steroid use? Pretty sneaky, sis!

#3) Why was everyone willing to take McGwire's word for it all these years that he was not using steroids? Why was that courtesy extended to McGwire but not Bonds? (Not that Bonds deserved it either)

http://www.thesunblog.com/sports/archives/barry_bonds.jpg

I know people will say it's because Barry Bonds is kind of a jerk, but it's not like McGwire is exactly a fun guy either. He has a well-earned reputation for surliness. But for some reason, the sports media decided that Mark McGwire was the all-American hero and Bonds was just some overpriveleged punk. I would hate to think that that was based on skin color, but I don't know what else to think.

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