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David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez Both On The 2003 MLB List Of Performance-Enhancing Cheaters

Finally, the truth comes out about David Ortiz. Big Papi, who was so bad a player several years ago that the Twins let him go for nothing, was on the 2003 list of steroid cheaters according to a report today in the New York Times. Also, Manny Ramirez was on the cheat list as well. I've said for years that Ortiz had to be a cheat ... how do you go from a guy on the fringe of playing big league ball to someone who hits a home run every other bat? Well, performance-enhancing drugs of course. Now the two biggest reasons the Red Sox won two World Series titles in four years are both cheaters. Of course, the firestorm won't match the Alex Rodriguez positive test, but it should. Without Ortiz and Ramirez, the Red Sox would still be searching for their first World Series title. So, Red Sox fans, cut out the A-Rod bashing ... your two biggest stars during your "World Series" years are cheaters.

Here's a quote from Ortiz' good friend Torii Hunter:

"This hurts, this really hurts," Hunter told ESPN.com's Amy K. Nelson. "I don't know what to think about this. I guess you just never know what people do in the dark. I still love him but at the same time it's tough to hear that. I know it's going to be tough on him and tough on his family once this gets out. It's Big Papi, man, it's the Big Dog of Boston and he helped win two World Series with those guys, with the clutch hits. And now all those things are going to be tainted."

Infamous Video Of LeBron James Getting Dunked On By College Player Finally Released

The now infamous video of LeBron James being dunked on by some college player has finally surfaced on the internet. The web address is below. The bigger story is that Nike and, in turn, LeBron James tried to squash the video from ever being broadcast because they thought it could ruin James' rep. The bigger problem is that most sports fans, myself included, believe James is just another pampered, spoiled athlete who can't even take the slightest criticism. And after you watch the video, you'll see that nothing would have been said or done if the video was allowed to be released originally. This episode, coupled with the poor sportsmanship showed by James after the Cavs were eliminated in the NBA playoffs, puts a whole new light on the NBA's star attraction. Again, just another black eye for the NBA.

http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawford-dunks-on-lebron-james

NFL Suspends Linebacker Calvin Pace For Four Games; Vernon Gholston Finally Gets His Shot

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace was suspended for four games today for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. He will miss the first four games of the season (against the Texans, Patriots, Titans and Saints.) Pace said he took an over-the-counter supplement.

"I am responsible for what I put into my body and I should have paid closer attention to the League's guidelines," Pace said. "I regret that this has happened and apologize to my teammates, the entire Jets organization as well as the fans. Hopefully, this does not distract from our ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl."

The good news here is that last year's No. 1 draft pick, Vernon Gholston, will most likely take Pace's spot in the starting lineup. Now, he will finally be given the chance to prove his worth, something that never happened with Eric Mangini as coach last year. So, while the news hurts the Jets defense next season, it just might be a blessing in disguise.