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"Re-awarding" the MVP awards may be the dumbest thing ever

Sep 15, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

You can't rewrite history, my friends. Well, unless you want to look foolish, in which case, be my guest.

You know what would be a reasonable response to the NCAA stripping Reggie Bush of his Heisman trophy yesterday?  Acknowledging that Bush is almost certainly not the only Heisman trophy winner who took cash in violation of the rules and deciding that the exercise of changing history like that is pointless and empty.

You know what would not be a reasonable response? Looking back at the baseball MVP awards and deciding how the Reggie Bush approach would work to strip known steroid users of their hardware.  That’s what Tom Weir does over at USA Today this afternoon.

Of course, stripping Barry Bonds of his awards is the easy part. How Weir knows that Mike Piazza, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez — just to name a few of the alternate universe recipients — didn’t take PEDs is beyond me.  What’s even farther beyond me is how Weir could follow the PED in baseball discussion these past few years and not acknowledge that the primary lesson of the Mitchell Report and subsequent test results is that fans’ and reporters’ steroid parlor games are
pointless, because for every obvious case like Barry Bonds, there are
several more guys who were juicing that you never would have suspected.

Does that sound familiar? Long time readers may remember me saying nearly the same thing. Why? Because Rick Reilly did the same little exercise that Weir does today over at ESPN in February 2009, and I went after his take too.  It was just as dumb as Weir’s piece. OK, Reilly’s was dumber, but only because he probably makes 20 times the money Weir does to peddle his stuff.

But hey, they met deadline and posted something, and that’s all that matters, right?

  1. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    USC giving back the bowl money and Bush giving back his signing bonus is the only thing that approaches contrition, which, quite frankly is unnecessary. Anybody that believes collegiate sports is pure and unadulterated makes the average Fox News viewer look like a brain surgeon.

  2. scatterbrian - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    I’d love to see the current Trojan players filing a class-action against Bush.

  3. nps6724 - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    What does his signing bonus have to do with anything? The Heisman isn’t why the Saints chose him.
    How would a class-action lawsuit work? The current players don’t lose any money so what are they suing for?

  4. TheGoche - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Yay! Frivolous lawsuits!
    Yay! Entitlement!
    1. We play for USC football.
    2. USC’s history convinced us that if we play of USC we would win a championship.
    3. Reggie Bush was part of the history we came to USC for.
    4. Reggie Bush’s parents got a house from a booster or something.
    5. Now, we are banned from the championship.
    6. Since we can’t win a championship because Reggie Bush got paid for playing college football, we should get paid because we are on this college football team.”

  5. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    They sue for the same reasons you and I go to ballgames: because it’s fun and costs ridiculously too much money.

  6. adam - Sep 15, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    The CURRENT players would sue him because the NCAA has ruled the Trojans can’t play in a bowl game the next two years. That means they lose, potentially (and likely), two premium games to showcase their skills to NFL scouts.

    Personally I despise USC and think they shouldn’t even be considered in the rankings since they can’t be in a bowl game.

    And finally, on a baseball note, did Weir not notice the Heisman is simply being left vacant rather than re-awarded? That would mean all the years he says PED users won should just have no winner, not a new one. WHOOPS!

  7. nps6724 - Sep 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    I doubt they could sue for potentially making a bowl game to showcase their talents, especially when the vast majority of the team won’t even come close to an NFL career with 100 extra bowl games to play in. Not to mention they are college athletes who would lose eligibility if they were paid so there’s no potential earnings to speak of.
    And if you really think this makes any sense, why not sue every head coach who ever led a team to be on probation? That’s happened way more times so if this were a viable option, it would’ve already been done.

  8. adam - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    I wasn’t advocating suing. I was simply trying to clarify the comment for nps6724.

  9. scatterbrian - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Not sure where your snark is coming from, but I’m not as obsessed about a championship as you seem to think. I’m not a USC fan, I’m not even a football fan. But I’m also not a fan of kids being punished for something some jackass did five years ago.

    As it is, there’s really no deterrent for college players to not take booster money. Bush can’t go to alumni events anymore? He had to give his trophy back? That just doesn’t seem that harsh to me. Perhaps going after the ill-gotten gains would discourage the next guy from taking them in the first place. Have any money won in a lawsuit go to a scholarship fund. I haven’t heard a better solution.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Would’ve been nice, ackcherley, if Bush (ugh, even spelling out that name in relation to someone else gives me the creeps) had told the NCAA to “come and get it.” Let’s go into court, you stuffed-shirt sons of bitches, and let’s call up every other Heisman and whatever other NCAA award winner we can think of and examine them under oath in a public trial about what they got or what their parents got or how their schools benefitted outside the lines. Let’s talk about how you squeeze the juice out of kids while primping about how much you’re doing for them and building their “character,” you bloodsucking backroom bullshit artists. Hell. There wouldn’t be enough of that wretched self-righteous, self-aggrandizing tinpot academic empire left to use as a set for a sequel to The Road.

  11. John_Michael - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Grr. Don’t get ahead of me. I just got to the dead baby tree and infant brains splattered against campfire ring stones and dead puppies.

  12. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    “Blossomed” puppies. Don’t let PETA anywhere near that book. Got to the mercury mules yet?

  13. DMAC - Sep 16, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Good point, except for the jab at Fox News. There are quite a few brain surgeons as well as CEO’s, Astronauts, doctor’s, lawyers, and World Leaders who are regular Fox News viewers. Besides, what does a brain surgeon look like???

  14. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Well, if he watches Faux News, he probably looks like an orangutan in an overpriced suit from the Men’s Wearhouse. Great hands though, I betcha.

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