By Steven Lienert
Recent developments in a steroid scandal not involving Barry Bonds has gotten my ire up, and when my ire gets up, I vent.
So here it is: the 2003 NFC Champions were, in fact, the Philadelphia Eagles.
No, it wasn't the Carolina Panthers, as indicated by the 14-3 final outcome of the actual "game".
It was the Eagles. The Eagles lost to New England in Super Bowl 38, as they did in Super Bowl 39. It was Donovan McNabb that drove the Birds to a game-tying score late in the fourth quarter before Adam Vinatieri booted the game-winning field goal.
Jake Delhomme? Fraud. John Fox? Fraud. DeShaun Foster? Super Fraud.
In case you missed it, South Carolina doctor James Shortt, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally prescribe steroids and human growth hormone to members of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Apparently, there are tape-recorded conversations between Dr. Shortt and several Carolina Panthers in which the doctor tells the players how they can beat the league's drug tests. Some the names being floated out there? How about Todd Sauerbrun, Jeff Mitchell, Todd Steussie, Kevin Donnally, and Wesley Walls?
By the way, the doctor goes to jail, but none of the players have gotten penalized. Is Bud Selig suddenly running the NFL, too?
Hell, Sauerbrun has already been suspended for the first month of this season for violating the league’s ban on ephedra. Coincidence? I think not. And can someone explain to me why a punter needs to take steroids?
The George Halas trophy that sits somewhere in Charlotte is as tainted as can be. If the team had a shred of honor, it would give the hardware back to the NFL and try to win one without cheating.
Instead, I'm sure it will remain in whatever trophy case in which it sits.
Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia, the pain of that 14-3 loss still stings. It will never go away. And it just got a little worse, knowing that the Panthers cheated us out of another party.
That should give the Birds a little extra incentive to whoop their ass in front of the whole country on Monday Night Football on December 4th. As if they needed any.
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