Some suggestions, opinions and reservations while waiting to see how long it takes for Charles Barkley to announce he is not interested in any more TV work because he's running for president:

If you have not noticed yet, the Phillies' new ballpark is a home-run heaven. There are two ways to look at this: the first would be to rejoice in all the offense you will enjoy. The second would be to bemoan the fact that the pitching staff will get destroyed.

The Phils might turn into the east coast version of Colorado, with home runs blasting through the Philadelphia air as if it was the light air of Colorado. And that is a good thing.

Just think of the Boston Red Sox, and before you gripe that the Red Sox have not won a championship in light years, remember that baseball is as vibrant in Boston as in any city in the nation.

The Phillies do not suffer from the Curse of the Bambino, and giving the crowd a dose of offense most nights will only help the franchise.

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If you can figure out the people who run the Olympics you are among the most understanding people on this planet.

Let's see if we've got this straight, athletes cannot use any sort of body altering substance, any new designer steroid, to gain an advantage. However, a man can undergo an operation to become a woman, and then compete in the games.

You think that might be an unfair advantage?

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Nice job by the baseball fans in Atlanta this past Tuesday when they cheered opposing pitcher Randy Johnson in the final couple of innings of his perfect game.

There are certain instances in sports that override home-team pride, and a perfect game is probably at the top of that list. Barring a perfect game being thrown against a home team in a must win for a playoff spot, in the playoffs, or in the World Series, you would hope all crowds would be as classy as that crowd in Atlanta.

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The NHL has cut a new deal to televise its games next season, using NBC and ESPN. The deal is a remarkable deal in which there are no rights fees with NBC. Instead, just like the Arena Football League, the league will split profits with the network - IF there are any profits.

This is a sign of things to come as networks realize they can not keep raising the bar for pro sports, and then failing to see a profit.

The NHL got an absurd deal from ESPN and ABC for the last deal which netted about $120 million per season. The fact of the matter is that the NFL has steam rolled the other sports, and everybody else will try to grab whatever money is left over.

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It's been almost a full week since Smarty Jones won the Preakness, and there are still two weeks to go until the final step of the Triple Crown at the Belmont.

If horse racing ever had a chance to gain a foothold in the local area, this would be the time as Smarty Jones will command his share of headlines over the next couple of weeks.

Will it matter? Not likely, the beauty of horse racing has always been married to gambling, and the only way race tracks are going to prosper will be the addition of slot machines.

It's a sad commentary, but unless cash is flowing from a machine, people won't come to watch the ponies run.

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