-- the Deadspinners, as is their wont, made a passing reference to When steroids became a daily subject in newspaper articles I wanted to write about Piazza's acne-covered back. I was prepared to describe it in disgusting living color. But two or three times my editors at The New York Times would not allow it. Piazza, they said, had never been accused of using steroids so I couldn't write about it.gay sex and moved on. I, however, moseyed on over to murraychass.com to read the March 4 post in its natural habitat.
But wait, I said, if I write about it, I will in effect be accusing Piazza of using steroids and then someone will have accused him of using steroids. No can do, I was told. I always took the veto to stem from the Times ultra conservative ways, but I also wondered if it maybe was the baseball editor, a big Mets' fan, protecting the Mets.
Whatever the reason, I never got Piazza's suspicious acne into the paper. Then all of a sudden the acne was gone. Piazza's back was clear and clean. There was not a speck of acne on it. His back looked as smooth as a baby's bottom.
Baseball writers spend a lot of time in press boxes together, and the close and frequent proximity does not always foster positive relationships. For example, Joel Sherman of the New York Post and I do not have any kind of relationship. We have not talked for years. There's no need to bore you with the reasons why. But the other day his column caught my attention. Not many of his columns do. He writes them, after all, for the New York Post. Gee, I always wondered what the sportswriters at the Times thought of the sportswriters at the Post. What do you think the sportswriters at the Post think of the sportswriters at the Times?
denounced bloggers on a Bob Costas HBO show.This is a site for baseball columns, not for baseball blogs. The proprietor of the site is not a fan of blogs. He made that abundantly clear on a radio show with Charley Steiner when Steiner asked him what he thought of blogs and he replied, "I hate blogs." He later heartily applauded Buzz Bissinger when the best-selling author Also, Chass, evidently writing about himself in the third person, wants you to know that "E-mail comments are also invited, but visitors to the site are asked to omit the obscenities. 'I have spent my professional life in the print world, where obscenities don't see the light of day,' Chass said. 'They will remain in the dark here as well.'"
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