HGH: A Q&A session

Q: What? How could that be?

A: I don’t know. Maybe HGH just enables your muscles to retain a little more water.

Q: I remember Andy Pettite saying that he used HGH to help recover from an injury. Can HGH help an athlete heal?

A: Maybe. On this question, we simply have no definitive information one way or the other.. MLB is funding a scientific study to examine this question.

Q: The only answers you’re giving us are “maybe”, “could be” and “who knows”. C’mon. Give it to us straight. Do you figure that HGH is performance-enhancing or not?

A: I don’t know. But I figure not.

Q: But if HGH was worthless, then athletes wouldn’t use it.

A: This is the question. Do we believe the scientists, who say that HGH does not enhance performance, or the cheating athletes, who seem to think that HGH is helpful? To confuse matters, there are scientists out there who choose to believe the athletes and not their fellow scientists.

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Business of Sports Network Launches Autism Awareness Campaign

The main point of the autism awareness campaign is for you to spread the word, and reach a better understanding of the developmental disorder.

Here is how the Autism Society of America describes autism:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

The following information is provided by Autism Speaks:

Did you know …

  • Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
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Joba might not be the setup man

Here’s an interesting article from Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

Unlike with the fifth starter’s job, the Yankees are comfortable going into the season without delineating a primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera.

It had been believed that if Joba Chamberlain failed to win the last rotation spot,...

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Yanks Should Look at Ryan Garko

Piggybacking off of a post yesterday by Fack Youk, I’m suggesting that the Yankees should take a look at Ryan Garko for the last bench spot. He’d obviously be taking this spot from Marcus Thames, with whom none of us seem very impressed this season. From the article:

Garko, like Thames, mashes...

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Hughes' First Start To Come April 15th

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Via Marc Carig:

Assuming that weather doesn’t change the schedule, Phil Hughes will make his first start for the Yankees on April 15 against the Angels.
But before that, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Hughes will stay stretched out by pitching in extended spring training games...

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A-Jax in retrospect


Over 19 spring games, former Yankee top prospect, Austin Jackson, who was used to acquire All-Star center fielder, Curtis Granderson, is hitting an impressive .356/.441/.576 with 9 walks and just 8 strikeouts. Manager Jim Leyland is particularly pleased with A-Jax’s performance this spring. “Let’s face it, we (traded) a...

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Planning To Fail: The Royals, Pirates, Marlins (and others)

But the second requirement is potentially more meaningful: each recipient team must “report on the performance-related uses to which it put its revenue sharing receipts in the preceding Revenue Sharing Year“. In other words, on April 1 each of these poor teams must submit a plan to improve its on the field performance.

Here is an opening to have a bit of fun. Post what YOU think some of these plans might say. For example:

Kansas City Royals: Seven words: Gilbert Meche. Five Years. $55 million.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Who can question our on-field performance? Jack Wilson, Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez. At every trading deadline, teams line up to buy our on-field performers.

Florida Marlins: We’ll pocket our revenue sharing. As always. We’re the most profitable team in baseball. I don’t know what kind of performance YOU’RE talking about, but …

Seriously, folks. If you were a fan of one of these teams, wouldn’t YOU want to know what plan your team has in mind?…

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