Canseco a voice of reason?

Jose Canseco shows his bicep to a female photographer. (SUN File Photo/Ken Kerr)

Jose Canseco shows his bicep to a female photographer. (SUN File Photo/Ken Kerr)

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Jose Canseco has all the credibility of a corked bat and about the same amount of brain power, but you can't completely dismiss his recent allegations about steroid use in baseball's major leagues. In his tell-all book, the former Bash Brother and incorrigible steroid abuser points the finger at such big baseball names as Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Pudge Rodriguez as being servants of the juice.

This would be hard to believe, especially considering the source, if baseball wasn't already in such a state of disrepute.

We know steroid use is rampant and we know 98% of the players deny using performance-enhancing substances (except for Palmeiro and the whole Viagra thing).

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The sport has been a fraud for years, with home run records falling everywhere, and players who look like pro wrestlers taking cuts at the plate.

So denials from the big stars don't mean a thing. Suspicion is cast on everyone, especially the guys who bulked up mysteriously and suddenly started destroying meaningful records set by earnest stars such as Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

McGwire, more than anyone, has been deified for his 70-homer season which finally brought down Maris's long-standing record.

But the truth is, his numbers are just as suspect as everyone else's. McGwire, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa are all under enough suspicion that many people still consider the record for home runs to be 61.

And while you have to take what Canseco says with a grain of salt, it's by no means a stretch to believe he's telling the truth about this one.

SUPER BRUTAL: Terry Bradshaw butchering the Beatles in a duet with Paul McCartney. James Brown flogging Cadillacs. Jillian Barberie jiggling around while introducing American Idol contestants for the pre-game concert. Troy Aikman referring to the Philadelphia Eagles running back as Michael Westbrook, continually. That Fox broadcast of the Super Bowl was really something. In fact, we'll say the only person who did worse than the Fox producers, who made viewers actually want to punt the game thanks to all the non-football garbage, was Mr. Puss-Pass Donovan McNabb ... Since CTV getting the rights to broadcast the Olympics means an Olympic-size gag order on Brian Williams, we're all for it ... How cool was that when TSN showed the Jets-Oilers classic contest from 1990 the other night? It was especially enjoyable for the 100,000 Winnipeggers who claim they were in the house when Dave Ellett scored in double overtime ... Whatever people think about Terrell Owens, you have to admit he's a great player. His Super Bowl performance was so inspiring, we heard even Jeff Garcia offered to hook him up with a Playmate ... NHL season will be cancelled this weekend. Too bad, so sad. Now buh-bye.

GO JOE: Global sports director Joe Pascucci has earned an audience with the CFL rules committee on Feb. 23 to put forth a proposal for a slight rule change. Pascucci will present his idea at board meetings in Winnipeg. He's proposing that the league alter how it awards single points on missed field goals. Under his plan, if a kicker misses a field goal and the ball goes through the end zone, no point will be awarded.

If the other team recovers the ball and concedes in the end zone, the point will be awarded. Great thinking, Joe. Give 'em hell.


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