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Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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It takes football to bring the two political parties together.

My proof: the 1972 Miami Dolphins — the only National Football League team to finish a perfect season — finally visited the White House the other day.

Some of the game’s greats came from that team: Hall-of-Famers such as bullish fullback Larry Csonka, middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, wide receiver Paul Warfield, center Jim Langer, guard Larry Little, quarterback Bob Griese and coach Don Shula; and never had the chance because at the time, then-President Richard Nixon had “other” things on his mind — like Watergate.

This time, President Barack Obama — a Democrat — welcomed in the still-living members of those No-Names (No-Names in the Hall of Fame? I guess so, since Buoniconti is the only defender in Canton), whose trips from Kingdom Come were paid for by current Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross — a Republican.

See what football can do?

Three members of that team refused the invitation due to differences with the administration.

I wish that weren’t so — I get there are differences but if only those could be set aside for this. My guess is that this has happened other times but who knows.

It’s not perfect but football should still get the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013!!!

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It seems that some major-league baseball players are letting their opinions regarding Alex Rodriguez be known loud and clear.

It seems that more and more pitchers are “challenging” Mr. Rodriguez by throwing inside, if not flat-out hitting him.

My guess is that this will continue to be a trend until it is resolved and you will see more umpires reacting like the one the other night — plate umpire Brian O’Nora — in the New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox Sunday night matchup, warning both benches right off the bat.

Rodriguez wants to let this all go away and wait for the “right time” to air his side of the story — either you’re guilty or not, period; don’t give the run-around — but then keeps bringing it to our attention because he is playing through his appeal of the suspension and he MUST know the media won’t stop asking the questions of him or Yankees manager Joe Girardi or GM Brian Cashman.

I think his teammates may get tired of it, too, partly because by all accounts, he isn’t much of a teammate.

He wants it both ways but it won’t work.

At the same time, I cannot blame the clean players who are sick and tired of them being tainted with broad paint-brush strokes: it isn’t fair but EVERYONE — outside of a few — is suspect until all of the cheaters are booted.

I get that nutrition is better, training is better, players are Bigger/Stronger/Faster because of it but how many home runs are hit now that used to be long fly-ball outs?

If you want to know who a dirty player is or a cheat or whatever, who knows better than those that compete with or against them?

After all, what happens in Las Vegas/baseball clubhouses …

Above all, they likely applaud the guys that took their medicine, admitted they were guilty and dropped out of sight.

I guess the other players “won’t fight for themselves”, eh?

Unfortunately, as I wrote before, when the arbitrator finally “gets around” to making his ruling, this season will be over and that 211-game suspension will likely be cut at least in half, if not 2/3 (or Alex will be retired, in which case the “sentence” will only then be upheld).

After all, if a 7-time cocaine-test failure like Steve Howe (by the way, how did he avoid jail?) can’t be banned by Baseball from its Hall of Fame — he will NEVER get in but that is beside the point — then how can any active player be suspended from the game for this long, especially by an “objective arbitrator”?

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I was going to write something about Johnny Football — defending Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel — last week but ran out of room.

I don’t know if he’s guilty of whatever it is he seems to be accused of every day or not.

He has made this such a high-profile case, the NCAA must take its time to do a thorough job in finding out all the information needed.

No, what comes to my mind is that people keep showing up when he tweets, twitters, posts — how about simply announce? — where he is going to be and what he is going to do and then complaining that they are there.

If you are going to let everyone know what’s going on, then close thy mouth about them showing up.

 

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