Congress is going to wade into PEDs in football? Where’s my popcorn?

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Two things to take away from this report about Congress making noises about getting involved in the NFL being slow to adopt HGH testing:

1. It’s somewhat satisfying to see football begin to get a fraction of the scrutiny baseball has gotten over PEDs for the past decade; but

2. Congress has absolutely no business in this whatsoever.

The last time Congress called athletes and the league before it for PEDs was when Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee were hauled in after the Mitchell Report was released.  The result: a circus of a public hearing (which I liveblogged here and here) in which the very congressman quoted in today’s story — Elijah Cummings — stood out as one of the more clueless and grandstanding members of the committee.  The larger result: a prosecution of Roger Clemens that spanned years and millions and resulted in nothing.

So, yes, while I may get some selfish satisfaction of the NFL has to dance the way MLB has had to dance all of these years, I do hope this doesn’t come to pass. Because it’s a total waste designed to do nothing more than allow congressmen to grandstand.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.