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"I feel like I got punched
in the mouth with a
pretty good right cross."
-Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis talking
about Saturday's 38-0 loss to Michigan.
The Fighting Irish mustered just 79 yards of
offense, including negative six rushing yards.

The junior forward notched three
assists and delivered one goal to lead
Michigan past Kentucky and Florida
International in the Michigan Invita-
tional over the weekend and tie a pro-
gram-best start of 6-0.



Relax, people make mistakes

Hypocrites unite! People have made
mistakes - famous people!
What does that mean?
Well, we could for-
give them and realize -
everyone makes mis-
But come on, what
fun is that? Let's
pounce. Let's act all
holier than thou. It's
much, much more fun
that way. SCOTT
Every year has con- B
troversy, but this one BELL
seems drenched with
it. Whether it's Barry
Bonds and his new home-run record with
an asterisk the size of his giant head; Rick
Ankiel and his fall from grace that hap-
pened quicker than his first stint in the
majors or Bill Belichick's best Peeping Tom
impression, there's proof all over that this
isn't the summer of the role model.
You don't need me to report that news to
you. Just turn on a television. It's negative
news, so it's everywhere.
So why am I talking about this? What
can I add to this discussion?
For one, these guys aren't murderers.
Now let's get this straight before I go to

bat for these guys - what all three of them
did was wrong and I'm notsaying their
accomplishments, both past and present,
aren't tainted by their actions.
Are athletes and coaches overpaid? Yep.
Did these guys mess up? You bet.
But are they still human? I believe so.
(Please note, the previous statement is
subject to change. Based on recent media
reports, the sky may be falling due to these
men's horrible actions and at least two reli-
able sources tell me they may, in fact, not be
I don't know any of these people person-
ally. There's a chance thatsome - if not all
- of the guilty parties here are bad people.
But are you watching sports to see model
behavior or do you tune in to be enter-
Bonds allegedly took steroids back at a
time when half of the league was doing it.
Yes, I know others using steroids doesn't
excuse Bonds from making the same
mistake, but why is he the posterchild for
everything that's wrong, while other prob-
able users geta free pass? Should the cold
shoulder Bonds gives to the media really
determine his place in history?
Ankiel received eight shipments of
human growth hormone (HGH) in 2004.
He essentially went to bed as a Disney

movie and woke up the next morning as a.
dirty cheater. Is that fair? Should this be an y 4
unforgivable act - especially since HGH
wasn't even banned in 2004?
And then there's Belichick. He's been
dubbed a coaching genius after lifting the
Patriots to the closest thing to a dynasty
the NFL has seen since the Dallas Cowboys
in the'90s.
But does getting caught with his hand in
the advanced scouting cookie jar make him
a horrible coach? Are his past accomplish-
ments really tainted beyond repair because
of an act that many coaches of the past had
done in one form or another?
More important, there are better things
for you to worry about. Seriously, have
you seen the outrage these incidents have
caused? Belicheck looking at someone's
defensive signals won't change the econo-
my. It won't make it more difficult for little
Timmy to walk home from school each day.
And it won't raise the terror alert.
What these guys did was wrong.
The fines and boos thrown on them are
deserved. But they don't deserve to be eter-
nally labeled guilty in the court of public
We'll leave that to O.J. Simpson.
- Bell can be reached at scotteb@umich.edu. Patriots coach Bill Belichick cheated Now let's get over it and enjoy sports again.




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