Misbehaving Jocks, Sparring Siblings And Other Issues Of The Day


Readers of the NY Daily News already saw this roundup today, but I just couldn’t help myself from posting it for others.
Which is your favorite meltdown? And which ones did they miss?
(Warning: Don’t eat before viewing the Mike Tyson snackathon.)
We’ve all had temper tantrums, although I think it’s safe to say we haven’t had them in front of a national audience or been injected with steroids before having them. Well, at least I haven’t. I’ve never used PEDs in order to gain an advantage over other bloggers, not even those front-runners over at Red State Blue State. Seriously. I’m clean. Never dabbled in the cream or the clear. Ask George Mitchell.
Speaking of whom, baseball’s steroids czar has been named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the special envoy for Arab-Israeli affairs. No kidding. Mitchell made peace between the warring nations of our sport and now he’s going to make peace in the Middle East? Good luck with that.
And while I’m on the subject of steroids, how about Mark McGwire’s younger brother Jay?
(Jay is the desperately tanned bodybuilder; Mark is the midget-sized man on the right.)
As was reported on deadspin and MLB.com and now in today’s NY Times, baby brother Jay has been shopping a book proposal about how he turned Mark on to ‘roids. Never mind that the proposal is full of inaccuracies, and contradicts statements made by others; it’s just plain badly written. Sorry, guy, but not only are you a lousy person for ratting out a family member – you didn’t even bother to use Spell Check!
I really hope my older sister Susan Alexander, a faithful reader of this blog even though she doesn’t ever leave comments, will restrain herself from shopping a tell-all about me. Because hear this, Sue: You won’t get a penny for it. My life isn’t that interesting and you know it. Plus, as I said before, I’m clean.
Well, sure, I’ve made mistakes, sis. I was bratty when I was little. I get that.
And I experimented with cigarettes in your room one night and burned a hole in your precious bedspread.
And, yes, even though you said I had to stop sneaking around in your closet, I did it anyway –  the second you left the house.

And, O.K. There was that time in high school – just one time – when you told me I absolutely, positively couldn’t take your new car out for a spin….and yet I did.
I swear I didn’t mean to park it so close to the meter and cause that huge scratch across the passenger side door. I only had my learner’s permit! What did you expect?
You never had temper tantrums like the athletes at the top of this post, Sue. So please. Don’t have one now. Leave the books to me, all right?


  1. juliasrants

    Jane – what Mark McGwires brother is doing is just plain sad. I guess some people will do anything for a quick buck. I have a video on my blog today that fits your theme – it’s Butch Hobson, when he was coaching for the Nashua Pride, taking exception to a call and after getting ejected from the game he takes first base with him and gives it to a kid in the stands. It’s the civilized people we just love!


  2. Jane Heller

    I saw that post about Hobson, Julia. What’s wrong with people!

    LOL, Jeff. But your sister’s right. Put the seat down, please!

  3. Jane Heller

    No limos, Tom. Well, my brother-in-law did hire one to take us all to his wedding. It had a full bar and a great sound system. No complaints here.

  4. Erin Kathleen

    I think the worst thing about Jay McGwire is his smug self-righteousness. He talks about how he loves his brother, and how he’s only doing this because he wants the truth to come out so he can find redemption, but it’s all because of Radomski’s book and McGwire is hoping he can cash in too. If he’s so concerned about his brother, why did he wait so long to come forward? Why didn’t he say something when the allegations were initially made?

    Sorry, but I have to sympathize with your sister:) Not only are younger siblings really annoying, but they also have go tattle on every single thing you do! Even if you weren’t doing anything bad (or that bad, anyway)! At least I have a brother, so I don’t have to worry about anyone “borrowing” my clothes (as far as I know, anyway).

  5. bostonredsoxgirl46

    What’s with the McGwires? They seem really messed up. Looks like you beat your sister to all the minor “bad” stuff that you did. That reminds me, I’ll have to warn my little brother of this. Thank God he’s not the writer type.

  6. rosehof14

    Where do you find all these great pictures! You’ve got a real talent here of great photos to help tell the story. It’s just amazing.

    And you need to open up a links section on your blog for non Yankees blogs and put the rest of us die hard fans of yours in it!


  7. Jane Heller

    I share your opinion of Jay McGwire, Erin. Fortunately, publishers weren’t interested in his story (so far), which goes to prove that you can’t always cash in on a more famous sibling. As for my sister, I never tattled on her because she never did anything wrong. I was the troublemaker!

    Families are families, Elizabeth. Some are more messed up than others, so tell your little brother to behave!

    Hey, COB. I find the pix on Google, mostly. Just do a search for the image you’re looking for and you’re likely to hit on it. I’m incredibly flattered that you’re a “diehard fan” of my blog. What a compliment! My links list is Yankees oriented, it’s true, because that was my intention when I started the blog. Now the list is so long that it takes forever to load the page. I’m thinking of doing some weeding out. But maybe I’ll add a non-Yankees list too.

  8. redbirdchatter

    Great post! The whole trying to cash in on your sibling’s difficulties is sick and mean. Little brother is delusional if he thinks it makes him anything but a petty, jealous loser.

    I’m glad my sister is a kind, generous winner. No chance of her ratting me out! Besides, I’m the baby…you gotta love me.



  9. Jane Heller

    I think that’s exactly what he is, Kathy: delusional. On the other hand, Madonna’s brother wrote a book about her and it landed on the bestseller list. In this case, I just think the public is sick of the steroids issue.

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