The biggest buzzkill in sports is knowledge, you know. The more we learn about concussions, the more football becomes a disgusting exercise in systemic brain damage, and the more we understand about college athletics' overwhelming greed, the more time we spent delving into ethical quandaries and moral imperatives, and the more we hone in on performance-enhancing-drug use in baseball, the more a black-and-white outcome – what happened vs. what didn't – grays with caveats.
Know what? It's awesome being ignorant. Most of us were dumb as a bag of hammers in 1998, and it was the best. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa pumped themselves full of steroids and were about to obliterate arguably the most hallowed record in American sports. Nothing in football comes close. Maybe Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in basketball, though that was just one game. For nearly 40 years, Roger Maris had held the single-season record with 61 home runs, and here were two guys who genuinely seemed to like each otherRead More »from Wladimir Balentien's pursuit of Japan's home run record a reminder of what MLB lost