I think most would agree it’s been a pretty big past week for sports news here in Greater Miami. I mean, the Dolphins started to blow things up by jettisoning unpopular general manager Jeff Ireland. Al Golden stayed at UM by turning down the Penn State job he might or might not have actually been offered. The Heat and LeBron James continued to be the Heat and LeBron James.
But what was everybody here talking about as the weekend approached?
And with good reason!
The Dolphins’ shakeup was expected, Golden staying isn’t really news, per se, and we’ve become comfortably numb with the Heat’s NBA excellence, reminding ourselves to start paying real attention come the Eastern Conference finals.
So, thank you, Dan, because rarely does something come along as sublime and ridiculous as Ballotgate, the Cooperstown controversy, the baseball brouhaha!
You might know by now that Le Batard — the ESPN TV and radio personality and itinerant Miami Herald columnist — made national headlines late this week when it became known he gave his Cooperstown ballot to the website Deadspin, in “protest” of a voting electorate that continues (unfairly, he thinks) to not vote in the Steroids Era players.
Rounds of media interviews ensued. The BBWAA stripped Le Batard of his vote. It was publicity gold for Deadspin and Le Batard, not to mention an easy column top for me.
I must say — and I love Le Batard like a kid brother; we’ve been friends for 20 years, until this column — there have been protests somewhat more righteous than the understandably lonely cause of sport’s most infamous cheaters.
Laying down in front of a tank at Tiananmen Square — now that’s a protest! Standing up for Barry Bonds? Not so much.
(I love that Le Batard decries the “sanctimony” of voters like me who don’t vote for the steroids guys. Almost as if it is the voters’ fault and not the cheaters’ fault.)
Anyway, Le Batard has inspired me.
Therefore, in protest of a noble cause to be named later, I gave this Random Evidence column to my neighbor, Ned Farquar.
So if it’s even worse than usual, blame Ned.Jeff Ireland Jim Larrañaga