Astro's scandal shows that no sports secret is safe

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It is now a ritual that tries to apply common sense to the nonsensical. You can try this at home. But it doesn't work. Consider:

The problem with secrets is people. As soon as a second person knows, the secret is split in two. Add a third confidant and the secret is only 33 percent confidential. And soon and so on, until the lid of the dugout bin can no longer be held.

It is reasonable to believe that with 45 or more people within the Astros organization who know that the club is playing with a marked deck, another 45 or 450 people will know about first and second hand information.

So what have at least some of these famous people done? They set the astros early and often. To think otherwise would be unthinkable.

So add this – within the trade – to all side stories and side problems that can be traced back to the essentials that form the trendy foreign word integrity.

In November, an inside info college football thing came and went with little media scrutiny or suspicion. But something was wrong in Louisiana.

On November 15, visiting Marshall team defeated Louisiana Tech 31-10. This game started with Marshall, a two-point favorite, until enough dough was played on Marshall two days before the game to move the line to Marshall and 4 ½ lay – a significant but unexplained move.

La planned to be unknown. Tech to block three players from the game, including star quarterback J & # 39; mar Smith. This "privileged" information came – sieved – from within, logically borne by La. Tech insiders to bet on the opposing visiting team.

La. Tech didn't release the news until Thursday night before a Saturday game, long after the significant move in the betting line. But such a stink bomb was in the "Who Cares?" Bunch since neither team is usually the kind that includes national TV cravings and national top 10 polls.

Another side of this Astro's game manipulation – and isn't that what they tried? – is the absurd attitude of top-class media geniuses who regularly don't know what they're spitting about.

Stephen A. Smith, a $ 10 million blowhard from ESPN, found in the air that the Astros must have cheated in the ALCS in 2017 based on how little the Yankees' offense had done. He even gave numbers as evidence.

Great reception! But the Americans' offense had nothing to do with it. It was about the Astros wiping signs for their Batters when they, not the Yankees, were at the bat.

There is outrage among the players who felt victimized by the Astros – selective outrage. Reader Pete Caterina: "Too bad that the clean players were not so loud against the PED cheats."

But which team didn't take in the drug addicts?

Now we're concerned about retaliation against these Astros on their insider trading teams. Rob Manfred – the lizard of Oz, he speaks with a forked tongue – the story goes, must now act to stop it preventively.

Huh? This is the same Commissioner who claims that posing and flipping bats in children should be encouraged! Hasn't he seen or recognized how many MLB brushback and beanball fights are ignited by those who use baseball to demonstrate excessive self-respect? How many clean their ways to remove singles from the wall instead of doubling and tripling?

How can we fix baseball that is sick of neglect, TV greed, a lack of fundamental foresight, and even professionals who deny the importance of running to the first base?

I dont know. But I know that going back to a place you've never been is becoming increasingly difficult. But that's our little secret.

NBC scores with its NHL reporting

NBC had a strong NHL Sunday without Doc Emrick.

As part of the Red Wings Penguins Opener, an interim film told the story of "The Congo Kids", two African children who were adopted by a white family from Minnesota. Now the brothers Seidl, Simon and Sawyer, 13 and 15, are hockey-happy players in children's leagues.

Next, Mike Tirico was excellent as a play-by-play caller at Bruins-Rangers. He was well prepared and made valuable and relevant observations in parentheses.

Funny how hockey was a tough TV watch for years. Now it is reliably the best sport you can see. Most of the time, fast games with minimal artificial interruptions rarely last longer than 2½ hours, including overtime and shootouts.


Does anyone find this remarkable:

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Gary SanchezCharles Wenzelberg / New York Post

1. Gary Sanchez spent almost six years in the minor when young professionals were supposed to learn the intricacies of the positions they play, in Sanchez’s case as a catcher.

But when Sanchez was promoted to the Yankees, he seemed vaguely familiar with the position.

2. Now, 10 years after becoming a professional catcher, the position is still being taught to him. The Americans hired a fishing instructor to work with him – who, according to Aaron Boone and YES Network, almost daily how incredibly improved Sanchez is behind the plate, spoke with little evidence.

3. The Americans allowed an accomplished catcher and pretty good clutch hitter, Austin Romine, to sign at Detroit.

And at the end of last season, Sanchez stayed

Don't forget No. 63

The person of the weekend was the man or woman with poor CBS stats who was accused of squeezing Tiger Woods' name on the first page of the rankings despite being tied for 63rd place.

It's not Woods' fault, but when he's not hunting, we hear and see so much more golf on TV than a bubbly worship service. I like the recordings of Nick Faldo, but when Woods is there he turns to Goo.


The national anthem – how it was screeched, strangled, and otherwise tortured by Chaka Khan before the NBA all-star game – seemed to be another planned exploitation of an honor for transparent, rousing self-promotion that was a colossal failure.


Time for Pete Alonso to grow up. He wants to be "drunk on a car"? The vocals "Let & # 39; s Go Mets" should contain the F-word. Whether you like it or not, children look up to him. He doesn't have to be the Mets Rob Gronkowski – and the Mets should let him know.


CBS delivered a strange graphic at mid-day from Indiana-Michigan on Saturday: free-throw statistics! Here we thought that television had decided that they no longer count.


NBA All-Star Game was opened at 8 p.m. Sunday start on TNT. It started at 8:40 a.m., but some lies have become more standard than surprising.


The University of Maine men's basketball team is 7-19 years old and may have communication problems. Two recruits come from Serbia; one each from Ukraine, Montreal, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Latvia, England and Lebanon. Why Maine? The climate.

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