Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Monday column is about Ryan Braun, PED use and why baseball should be applauded for this event rather than panned.
>> The NFL was contemplating a one- or even two-game suspension for James Harrison, per multiple outlets yesterday, but I find it hard to believe it will come to that. His hit on Colt McCoy was illegal, and he has a history. But the hit was so similar to the one for which Ryan Clark was fined $25,000 earlier this season that going all the way to a suspension is quite a step. Clark has a history, too.
Here’s the hit …
The thing that strikes me there is that McCoy still had the ball a split-second before Harrison hits him. Again, yes, the style of hit is illegal. But suspensions have been mostly for flagrant attempts to injure such as the ridiculous stomping by Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh this season. That drew two games. And yeah, Suh, too, came with a history.
>> Wish I knew two months ago about Braun. I wouldn’t have placed him anywhere on my National League MVP ballot, much less second. As it is, I’m delighted to have placed eventual runner-up Matt Kemp of Los Angeles in my top spot.
It would be wonderful if my colleagues in the Baseball Writers Association of America would see fit, even though it’s an extraordinary step, to conduct a re-vote and reward Kemp for his flirtation with the triple crown.
>> Joe Vitale is here to stay. The Penguins had a ton of nice performances Saturday on Long Island, but the most consistent was that of Vitale, who not only is gaining traction as a defensive/penalty-killing presence but also has made some outstanding passes this season.
>> I will make my weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. today.