Cheating Anyone?

Danny DraginCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2008

HGH... Spygate... Phonegate... Crooked referee... Steroids... Lying about ages for Little League World Series... Is anyone else getting sick of all of the cheating going on or are we just immune to it having seen it go on for so long now?

I, for one, am sick of it.  I love sports.  I loved the North Carolina-Duke game the other day.  I love the excitement heading into the tournament.  It reminds me of why I love sports. 

I love spring training when everything is equal for the haves and the have nots.  For a moment at least, every team has a shot.  And with spring training comes the start of baseball season. 

These days, it's becoming harder and harder to get excited about the tournament and baseball starting as well as the NFL draft.  These days, the headlines belong to the ones who do wrong.

Rodger Clemens, Bill Belichick, Matt Walsh, Barry Bonds, Brian McNamee, Roger Goodell, and  Congress.  I feel like I am rewriting Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire song, but instead these are the people who are stealing the headlines on a daily basis. 

The games I love are tainted.  Every home run hit will have people wondering.  Every bad call made in a basketball will have us all assuming.  And every time a corner back jumps a wide receiver's route, we can only assume the worst.

I just wish all the cheating would just go away like Mark McGwire did.  He did not admit to the wrong doing (shame on him) instead, he just disappeared.

I suppose it would be difficult to bow out gracefully.  If you are telling a lie, you must convince yourself of the lie before you can convince others. 

I have no problem with athletes looking for a fair advantage on the field of play.  I do have a problem with what is going on in sports today.  It seems there is more wrong than right, but a refreshing game like UNC-Duke, reminds me of why I truly love sports. 

I just hope we don't find out later that there were illegal recruits playing, under the influence of HGH, while actually being 25 years old who received phone calls from Kelvin Sampson to tell the ref to throw the game.

Maybe I should just delve into politics...Hey, who is this Eliot Spitzer guy?  Seems like a clean cut guy...