COMMENTS: The 1941 Season Was Better

Apart from the Bonds indictment, ABC filed a second professional sports story for its Going Green series. The NFL stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles has committed itself to sustainability. Its grass is organically fertilized. Its floodlights use wind-powered energy. Its tickets are printed on recycled paper. Its beer mugs biodegrade in 50 days because they are made from corn not plastic. "No matter how green the Eagles may be," Laura Marquez (subscription required) concluded about the notorious Philly boobirds, "fans still see red when their team loses."

As for Bonds, his freedom from prison, apparently, depends on how he framed his denial that he cheated. CBS' Armen Keteyian told us that federal prosecutors have obtained "positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances." So, according to Jim Avila's (subscription required) reading of the indictment on ABC, Bonds' defense is that he was duped into doping: "Did you ever take any steroids?" "Not that I know of." By contrast, NBC's George Lewis aired the categorical denial Bonds issued to NBC Sports' Jim Gray after he broke Henry Aaron's record for most home runs hit in a career. "And to those who believe that you have unfairly obtained this record through the use of performance enhancing drugs, what would your response to them be?" "That is not true and it is not right and it is not fair to me."

By the way, ABC's Avila called Bonds' home run mark "baseball's greatest record." Quite apart from Cy Young's 511 career wins as a pitcher, what about a .400 season batting average? What about a 56-game hitting streak? All those dingers are great--but are they the greatest?


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