Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A-Rod's Latest PED Nightmare: What Now?

    Though there are a couple of dozen well-known athletes named in yesterday's blockbuster Miami New Times story on Florida "anti-aging" doctor -- i.e. PED dealer -- Anthony Bosch and his now closed Coral Gables clinic, Biogenesis. The player that everyone is focusing on is, predictably, Alex Rodrigue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Willie Mays Turns 80, and He's STILL Not the Greatest Player Ever

    ​Willie Mays turned 80 on Friday, and, as happens every few years, there was another shower of praise for Willie and testimonials to his having been the greatest player in baseball history. With every year Willie's stature grows, partly because he was fabulous and very well could have been th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Manny Ramirez: No Chance for the Hall of Fame?

    ​If it hadn't happened while Barry Bonds was on trial, Manny Ramirez might have made the Hall of Fame. As you've heard by now, Manny's career is over. Late last week Major League Baseball released a statement confirming what many had been whispering about: Ramirez was in some violation of bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Barry Bonds and His Big Head

    ​Who says there are no new angles to the Barry Bonds perjury trial? Kimberly Bell, who is said to have "dated Bonds" - I love that term; it always conjures up a couple at a malt shop or at a high school football game - "until an ugly breakup in 2003," testified that Bonds threatened to cut of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Cathie Black, That Cosmo Girl, Deserves a Chance. For Now.

    ​Granted, it's hard to see how the tools for putting out Cosmopolitan (this month's lead article: "First, Take Off His Pants") and Seventeen ("Amazing Hair") instantly translate into running the nation's largest and most troubled public school system. But for the moment anyways, it might be wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Jockbeat: Why You're Just Now Hearing that Sammy Sosa Juiced in 2003

    Let's take the issues connected with the outing of Sammy Sosa's 2003 drug test results one at a time: -- First, the New York Times broke the news on June 16 with a story stating that Sosa had tested positive "according to lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year."   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Jockbeat: The NFL's Invisible Steroid Problem

    It isn't so much that the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the NFL gets less attention than it does in baseball -- it's more like it's invisible.  On Wednesday, the Jets announced they had signed Larry Izzo, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and special teams player for the New E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Barra Argues "Roger Clemens Isn't Barry Bonds"

    At the Observer our colleague Allen Barra seeks to make a distinction between the alleged performance-enhancing-drug use of Barry Bonds and that of Roger Clemens. He cites experts like Bob Costas, who argues that "Bonds's numbers took off into the stratosphere after his association with BALCO. All C ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2007

    Staining Names

    The A-Rod rumor mill: When steroids come innuendo, logic flies out the door

  • News

    July 10, 2007

    Rehabilitating Barry

    Baseball's new feel-good story of the summer has Allen Barra feeling burned

  • Film

    October 18, 2005