Barry Bonds loses his crown

Barry Bonds loses his crown
January 15, 2014, 8:45 pm

Barry Bonds still holds the all-time home run record, but Alex Rodriguez is the king of doping now. (USATSI)

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Clayton Kershaw will make somewhere in the rough neighborhood of $30.7 million for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. Madison Bumgarner will make $3.7 million for the Giants. In other words, someone is very unhappy with his agent today.

[RELATED: Report: Dodgers make Kershaw richest pitcher ever]

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Barry Bonds can no longer claim to be the most polarizing baseball player in history, not now that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency described Alex Rodriguez’ alleged regimen as “probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen.”

USADA head Travis Tygart, last seen shoving a javelin with a property tax bill hanging from the pointy end into Lance Armstrong, told The Associated Press, “This was a potent cocktail of sophisticated PEDs stacked together to deliver power, aid recovery, avoid detection and create a home run champion.”

And following him over the top rope, Dr. Gary Wadler of WADA added this temperature-depressing news: “How many guys will take [Bosch's] protocols and adopt them? Plenty. Enhancing performance is tied up with a lot of things, legal and illegal, but the bottom line is always money. When we look at this case, it's troubling in a very real sense because most of the science passes muster. What I'd stress is not the part about it being good science, but that it's illicit science. And quite possibly, dangerous at some level, too.”

So nothing’s new here. Nothing at all.

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All the enthusiasm over the Warriors as the Next Big Thing runs into at least one hiccup: They have the fifth-toughest remaining schedule according to analyst Ed Kupfer, which seems odd given that they have 18 more games against the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, they don’t have Toney Douglas to kick around any more. Make of that what you will.

[POOLE: Curry, Thompson should benefit most from Crawford trade]

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One other thing: Kupfer’s chart shows that the 15 Eastern Conference teams have the easiest through 15th easiest schedules . . . BECAUSE THEY PLAY AGAINST THEMSELVES.

Just adding some context to your humdrum lives.

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I think new Texas coach Charlie Strong may have won Longhorn booster Red McCombs over with this one. And if he hasn’t, something else is afoot.

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No doubt Hakeem Nicks would do this for strictly religious reasons.

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Stoke City apparently fined Kenwyne Jones, described by Who Ate All The Pies as the team’s “cumbersome striker,” the equivalent of $131,000 (two weeks’ pay) for texting his unavailability for the following day’s game against Liverpool to manager Mark Hughes, and then following through on his threat to be absent.

Clearly, he should have used Instagram.

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