I started to wonder last night, as I tried to sit and peacefully watch a
college basketball game between Michigan State and Purdue, and ESPN just would
not stop browbeating me with A-Rod news and quotes. They couldn't have more
effectively interfered in the game if they had actually sent John Kruk to hold
my head down against the bar while Karl Ravech bludgeoned me with a copy of the
First, it would have to be one of the game's truly big stars, which means either Peyton Manning , Tom Brady , or the recently-retired Brett Favre . I'd also buy Terrell Owens . Maybe he's not a star on the level of Manning or Brady, but he's such a lightning rod for media attention anyway. Those are the only four candidates I'd accept. No one else is a big enough star to have a chance at making an A-Rod like media splash.
The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.