Weekend HaloLinks: Repeater Edition

Once....twice...three times a lady.... - The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Down by law, I've got this nasty habit...When I need something I reach out and grab it...Once upon a time I had a name and a way...But to you I'm nothing but a number

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"...Once upon a time I had a name and a way...But to you I'm nothing but a number..."

Well, here we are again. The big news this week was the announcement by The Miami New Times that a bunch of high profile athletes, including many in MLB are heavy into PEDs based on access to patient records obtained from the now-defunct clinic Biogenesis of America. And, Alex Rodriguez is prominent among them. Again.

Weirdly, a lot of follow-up chatter surrounding Rodriguez concerns committing insurance fraud so that the Yankees get under the salary cap, ARod gets his money and keeps his reputation, and MLB avoids yet another black eye. Everybody wins except the insurance company, which will probably just pass along that loss to the likes of you and me, anyway. So, then, everybody wins except you and me. Sweet. And, folks, I really do mean A LOT OF CHATTER about pulling off this insurance fraud. Lots of otherwise reasonable folk seem to think this is a good idea. Here, let me Google that for you.

Let's face it. We are getting exhausted. Just the other day WiHalo led off the daily HaloLinks with a "Do You Care?" He, himself, does not. I suspect that it's hard to care, but I also suspect that it's hard not to. It's easy to rationalize ourselves away from admitting how hard it is to actually care or not care, but the fact that there is no solution to this is all the proof I need to know that everything about it really is hard.

But here is what we all should know:

1) The inclusion of resources beyond those an individual is born with has been, is, and will always continue to be leveraged by at least some athletes in order to obtain a competitive edge.

2) Organizers will always be pursuing the ability to identify and proscribe these resources. This is because organizers wish to limit participants to natural abilities as a function of public image concerning the staged competition, and because they find a human need to impose authority and assert control. This will always create conflict (as we are going through this week). Such pursuit will predominantly be reactive, because pro-active efforts must overcome ever increasing obstacles.

3) As technology accelerates, the gap between the natural peak performance of an athlete, and an artificially enhanced level of performance for that same athlete, increases over time.

4) Because of the pressure to perform in the immediate term, any possible dangers of the use of artificial resources will not be known until it is too late to undo the damage.

In simpler English, what all that means is that it's gonna happen, it's going to get more dangerous, people are eventually going to get seriously hurt, the organizers are going to find it easier to make money off of it than to regulate it, and all this occurs to satisfy the fanatical interest of people like me. And because I know that, I do still care. For me, it's too hard not to.

What I don't know, and what I know that I don't know, is what to do about it all.

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Meanwhile, What's Happening With The Halos?

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This Date In Baseball History: Week: Today must be National Giants Day up in San Francisco. 1913 - The Great Jim Thorpe signs with the New York Giants to play baseball, too!.........1914 - the Giants then take young Master Thorpe and march off into the Egyptian desert to face the Chicago White Sox in the very first baseball game ever played there..........1954 - The Giants and Braves complete a 6-player blockbuster trade, one which sends THE Bobby Thomson to the Braves. Thomson breaks an ankle in spring and sits out the entire following season............1973 - The Special Committee on Negro Leagues announces the addition of Monte Irvin to the HoF. Irvin was the first black player for the Giants..........1985 - The Giants trade THAT Jack Clark to the St. Louis Cardinals. Clark will hit his first-pitch 3-run home run off of Tom Niedenfuer and flip a 5-4 impending loss into a 7-5 NLCS victory, making Tom Lasorda look embarrassingly mortal..........2002 - Kenny Lofton signs a 6-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. Half way through the season he will get traded to the Giants, so he can do this..........

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Elsewhere...

Who says baseball is an un-athletic sport?


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You people all caught the Google Doodle honoring Jackie Robinson, correct?..........Somebody found a rare bible, and it turns out to be signed by somebody other than Gutenberg..........Mark Teixeira, seeing his stats steadily declining, is lining up his next career, and now we know why his wife insisted on New York..........Wow! Remember last season when Torii Hunter was sucking, and then he snapped out of it and took off and had his best season in years? And you know how you were thinking that it was because he was moved to the 2 hole between Trout and Pujols? Nope. It turns out that it was because he watched video of his NEW teammate, THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN AMERICA!!!..........Methinks Bo knows Mike Napoli..........King Felix is looking at a contract extension that would put him in a defacto deal of 6 years, $139.5 mill, and that becomes "...a starting point for further discussions, and perhaps even a reasonable framework for a deal." And to think, the only sliders I bothered to master in my life come on platters alongside discount beer.

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And now, being the full service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Friday...for beer:

Friday: All weekend long Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach is running their 2nd Annual Pliny Fights Cancer Charity Event.

Saturday: Down in San Diego the Karl Strauss Brewing Company is doing a Changing Of The Barrels release tasting..........up in San Jose way the San Jose Cooperative BrewPub is holding a tasting event at The Drying Shed..........and in Sacramento there shall be A Celebration of California Craft Beer & Fine Art event the Fusion International Arts Fair

Special Saturday Event, ladybug style: Out in The Inland Empire, at The Inland Empire Brewing Company, there shall be a Beer & Food Festival. And, guess what?!, ladybug has been kind enough to locate a groupon deal for all interested parties!! Thanks, 'bug!

Sunday: Down in Escondido at Stone Brewing Company there are two events. The Calm Before The Storm, a beer & food event, followed by Stone Winter Storm 2013, their winter beer festival.

Stay safe, everyone!

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