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Scratching heads (but at least Pompey won)

January 12, 2010 - Steve Murch
As a sports fan, there are some things that just are head scratchers. You know the type, the ones that either defy logic, seem improbable or just strike a never. Monday was one of those days for sports fans.

• Mark McGuire “confesses” to using performance enhancing drugs. So which was a bigger shock, that McGuire used steroids or that Sarah Palin joined Fox News? I didn't see the whole interview with Bob Costas on MLB Network, but saw plenty of clips to A. not believe much of what he had to say; B. shake my head at the thought he doesn't believe they PEDs helped his performance; and, C. that he believes the American sports fans will buy his line of BS.

• Pete Carroll goes to the Seattle Seahawks. I just don't get it. Maybe he feels he has unfinished business and needs to prove he can coach in the NFL, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. The Seahawks are a second tier NFL team (even though they've been to the playoffs) and USC is an iconic college program. The NFL team plays in a smaller market city while USC is in a major market and is THE football team in the L.A. area. It's even money right now that Carroll is back in college within five years.

• Michael Redd re-injures his knee. Not enough casual NBA fans know who Redd is because he's relegated to playing in Milwaukee. Now, the lefty with the sweet stroke goes down after tearing his MCL and ACL in his left knee. The guy has missed a lot of playing time and that's too bad because he is a terrific ball player.

• A major brawl in Russia brings and end to a game after just 3:39. Fighting is a part of the game in hockey. It's one the NHL has been able to cut down on over the years. Well, Vityaz Chekhov and Avangard Omsk in the KHL combined for 691 penalty minutes that left the two teams shorthanded and unable to finish the game. Both teams were assessed 5-0 losses for the fiasco. Imagine being a hockey fan who went that game only to see more penalty minutes assessed than seconds of playing time.

• Hasn't really only been two seasons since the Pistons were regulars in the conference finals? The team was blown out by the Bulls and have now lost 13 straight. THIRTEEN straight!?! Hold off on enshrining Joe Dumars in the Hall of Fame as an executive.

At least Portsmouth beat Coventry City today to advance to the fourth round of The FA cup. Meaningless to you, maybe, but in a year where it's tough to be a Pompey fan a win's a win when elimination is on the line.


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