- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 22, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“You get punched in the face 20 times, eventually it stops hurting.” - Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr on Amare Stoudemire’s eye injury, the team’s latest piece of bad news

TUNING OUT A-ROD

Here’s a solution to the New York Yankees being all antsy about the attention that will be heaped on Alex Rodriguez this season: Leave him alone. He’s not worth the trouble.

That won’t happen, of course. The Yankees will be a traveling freak show. But tuning him out makes sense. A notoriously self-serving media manipulator, Rodriguez has taken it to the next level with his juggling of the truth. When he prefaces statements with “to be completely honest,” as he likes to do, it’s time to leave the room.

The latest revelation — and there will be more - is that the drug he said was purchased over the counter in the Dominican Republic, the drug he says he took for “an energy boost” but could not identify while getting shot up for three years, was reportedly a powerful steroid available only via “the underground market.”

There are more holes in A-Rod’s story than what the needles made in his butt. He’s the last person to ask. So why ask? The truth will come out anyway. But don’t worry. For a daily injection of fabrications, the Barry Bonds trial is just around the corner.

TWT FIVE ” Players whose draft stock dropped after the NFL scouting combine

1. Tom Brady — Picked 199th by New England behind such quarterbacks as Giovanni Carmazzi. You know the rest.

2. Drew Brees — Picked in the second round in 2001 (by San Diego), the New Orleans quarterback was named offensive player of the year last season.

3. Terrell Suggs — Baltimore’s Pro Bowl defensive end and franchise player was projected as a top-three pick but fell to 10th in 2003.

4. Anquan Boldin — After falling to the second round in 2003 because of a presumed lack of speed, the Arizona receiver reached 400 receptions faster than anyone else.

5. Marques Colston — New Orleans receiver fell to the seventh round in 2006, then set NFL record for catches in first two seasons.

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