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Headlines are sometimes yesterday’s news

Guy Junker
| Monday, June 28, 2004 12:00 a.m

My wife always says my name suits me perfectly because I save a lot of junk. I was cleaning out the garage last week when I found a stack of last fall’s sports pages from various newspapers and I had to stop and browse.

Many of the headlines were quite entertaining. Here’s a sampling:

“Kendall trade talks heating up”; “Running game could be Steelers’ refuge”;

“Morelli headed to Pitt”; “Mario to sit three more games”; “Couch back in Browns’ future”; “Fitzgerald thinking of turning pro”; “Tiger Woods wins again”; “A-Rod could be headed to Red Sox”; “Schifino matures as WVU leader”; “Fleury wants to stay”; “Tampa Bay is NHL’s only unbeaten”; “Zereoue no longer looking over his shoulder”; “Duquesne shines in spotlight”.

Today’s news is tomorrow’s trash. Or in my case, next year’s trash.

  • Funny how Major League Baseball decided to ban andro before this season began but never told anyone about it. That little tidbit was discovered last week.

    Andro is the steroid-like substance used by Mark McGwire and many others. I guess baseball’s big shots didn’t want anyone to know that they think there is anything wrong with the andro.

    It might make McGwire’s 70 home runs in 1998 a little tainted. Of course, that record was broken by Barry Bonds. You know, the dude who has water up to his chin in the BALCO investigation.

    Grand jury testimony leaked to the media last week revealed sprinter Tim Montgomery had labeled Bonds as a user. Bonds responded with a profanity-laced tirade — so predictable, using the fact that he has never even met Montgomery as a defense. Trouble is, Montgomery testified was that BALCO head Victor Conte told Montgomery that Bonds was a user. And Bonds has met Mr. Conte.

  • The Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ recent 12-game winning streak may help the Pirates get Jose Bautista back. Suddenly, the Rays are taking themselves seriously, and they decided they could no longer keep a roster spot for Bautista and optioned him to the minors.

    The Pirates lost Bautista in the Rule 5 draft to Baltimore, and the Orioles couldn’t keep him on their roster, either. He must stay in the majors until the end of the year, or the Bucs can buy him back for $25,000.

  • I’ve always been a big fan of the way Jason Kendall plays baseball. But I had to laugh at his remarks after he hit his first career grand slam last week in Houston. “It was good for us to get a win,” he said. “Hopefully, it will get us out of this little funk.”

    Little funk• The Pirates had lost five straight, 10 consecutive road games and 18 of their last 21. Calling that a “little funk” is like saying the City of Pittsburgh is having a little trouble balancing it’s checkbook.

  • One Pirates loss last week was less bothersome than most. Sean Burnett’s duel with Roger Clemens was a good story and gave hope for the future.

    Watching a pretty good Astros’ lineup grow frustrated as it hit into 12 ground ball outs in its last 15 at-bats spoke volumes about Burnett’s sinker.

    At just about half Clemens’ age, Burnett looked like the Rocket’s pool boy.

  • You may not be an avid fisherman, but be aware what a big deal it is for Pittsburgh to land the Bassmaster Classic next summer. Think of it as the Super Bowl of fishing.

    Robert Imperata, the executive vice president of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, says this will be the biggest event downtown since the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1994.

    The Senior Olympics will be in town next summer, too. Maybe the rest of the world is finally realizing this isn’t the smoky city any longer.

  • Eight of the first 19 picks in the NBA draft were high school players. Now, a 17- year-old European kid has already declared himself eligible for next year’s draft. Is there any way that this can be considered good?

  • The Charlotte Bobcats aren’t pleased that top draft pick Emeka Okafor is going to play for the United States in the Olympics. What do you expect• They’re still fighting the Civil War down there.

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