Sunday, August 8, 2004

What's up with that?


'Roid to ruin

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In the most ill-advised business move since Martha Stewart turned into Bud Fox, Mexican anabolic steroid pusher Victor Lopez of the Revolucion Pharmacy in Tijuana did an interview this week with Bloomberg News.

"Americans come over here to get the stuff they can't get so easily in the U.S.," he said. "Steroids are very popular with the teenagers and guys from the universities."

We know anything goes in TJ, but still, this can't be good for business.

Skating on thin ice

As part of New York's revised bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced this week a plan to create an Olympic-size pool and ice skating rink in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

We understand the pool. You need a pool. Gotta have a pool. Now about that ice skating rink ...

Skating on thin ice ... again

In a similar story, The New York Times reported this week that 19-year-old figure skater Sarah Hughes has signed on to cover the Summer Olympics for a CBS affiliate in Gotham. Yes, ice figure skater Sarah Hughes.

It's unclear whether the mayor had a hand in the decision-making process.

Doubly awesome

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, freestyle motocross pro Travis Pastrana appears likely to attempt the first-ever double backflip in the closing event of the 10th-anniversary X Games tonight at Home Depot Center live on ESPN2.

"If you mess it up, you're unconscious for sure," Pastrana said at Wednesday's news conference. "Go straight to the hospital. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200."

Despite its extreme nature, the Monopoly reference is not expected to increase ratings.

I feel happy

In a scene reminiscent of the "I'm not dead yet," exchange from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 77-year-old Penn State football coach Joe Paterno made the following comments at the Big Ten media day this week.

"I think that's the fascinating part of the situation I'm in right now. There are a lot of people out there saying, 'He's ready to be buried.' And I don't think I#m ready to be buried."




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Meet the Bengals: Elton Patterson
Manning likes what he sees from Colts' WRs
Browns' Boyer could miss 10 weeks

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Coaches, players ready for camps to get going

REDS / BASEBALL
Wilson not up to form in loss
Reds insider: Has Lindner had enough?
Book signing on deck for Nux
Larkin lessons helping Lopez
Still waiting on Larkin, Griffey
Knight reveals battle with heart condition
Reds chatter
Around the majors: A jersey for a promise
Maddux wins No. 300
Playoff possibility lures Walker to Cards
Seattle manager Melvin ejected before game
NL: Standing ovation for Walker in win
AL: Lawton's homer sends Tribe to 2nd in Central
AAA: Bats, Tides split twin bill

MASTERS TENNIS IN MASON
Finally - Andre's back
Agassi wins in one for the ages
Hitting fast forward in evolution of serve
10th-seeded Hewitt gaining momentum
Woodbridge building another dynasty

OLYMPICS
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Lords of the ring
Billy Joiner embodies city's boxing legacy
Olympic boycott unlikely to occur
Edwards suspension merited, IAAF finds
Olympics special section
Photo gallery: A look at local Olympians
Editorial: Congratulations to our local Olympians
2004 Summer Olympics schedule
Olympics guide, multimedia

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