Armstrong's off his rocker

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

What's a day in sports without a scandal or two?

Another role model goes down the tubes ... and your trusting nature takes another hit.

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Just over a year ago, Manny Ramirez shoved the Boston Red Sox’ travelling secretary to the ground when the slugger learned he might not be able to get 16 free tickets to a game.

‘Roid rage, in retrospect?

After a 50-game drug suspension, Ramirez returned, largely to applause, last week.

Tonight he takes his act to New York, as the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Mets.

If he doesn’t get taunted there, he won’t get taunted anywhere.

A role model? Not a chance unless you’re planning to go to hairdressing school.

MCNAIR HORROR

Steve McNair was known as a hard-working guy, very charitable, a family man with four children.

When news emerged that the former quarterback had been shot to death, there was shock and sadness.

There were glowing tributes.

Then came reports that the 20-year-old “friend” who died with him was a 20-year-old “girlfriend” ... that they had been joint owners of an Escalade and there had been a DUI charge.

Another role model bites the dust.

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

Not the WTA.

The tennis organization ranks Dinara Safina No. 1, ahead of Serena Williams who has won three of the past four Grand Slam titles.

WHO DO YOU TRUST II?

Medical marvel Lance Armstrong, 37, has returned to his bike from his rocking chair and sits third in France.

With Armstrong back in the saddle, the Tour de Pharmaceuticals has regained a higher profile after a few drug-addled years.

“He brings more media interest, regardless of people’s opinion on what he has done or not done — which was not proven,” International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid said.

But are people tuning in to see Armstrong pass the competition or pass the drug tests?

“The (doping) controls will be multiplied, and I tell Lance Armstrong he will be particularly, particularly, particularly monitored,” France’s sports minister, Roselyne Bachelot, said.

Make that a “Particularly” with a capital pee.

WHO DO YOU TRUST III?

“I’ve really enjoyed my two years in Ottawa,” Dany Heatley said 21 months ago. “I love the city, the fans and the organization.”

Last month, Heatley abruptly demanded a trade from the Senators.

But GM Bryan Murray is struggling to find a team that will take high-priced winger off his hands.

Heatley’s Senators teammates said yesterday at a golf tournament that they would welcome back the offensive-minded and offensive winger, provided he explained the trade demand that caught them all off-guard.

Curiously, in October 2007 when Heatley signed a six-year $45-million extension, Murray said: “I have no concern about Dany Heatley and the length of the contract at all ... I can tell you: He’s going to be here a lot longer than me.”

Geez, Murray might yet turn out to be right.


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