Not sold on Roger

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Repeated denials on "60 Minutes" or not, my gut still tells me Roger Clemens did, indeed, take steroids.

Why do I feel this way? It's simple: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

The much anticipated prime-time segment Sunday on "60 Minutes" was too staged and too easy for Clemens and it did very little to change my mind.

I would love to feel differently. When Clemens played in Toronto he was a favourite of mine -- how could he not be? He was the best in the game and as a fan I revelled in his successes -- but then any Giants fan will say the same about Barry Bonds and you know what I think of that scenario.

It's time to get the Clemens steroid scandal ducks in a row.

First, the accuser: Brian McNamee isn't just "a trainer," he was hand-picked by Clemens here in T.O. and then taken to The Big Apple.

These guys don't just know each other through baseball, they know each other very well, spending countless hours together.

If Clemens was using, McNamee would be the guy who'd know.

Duck no.2, the friend factor: What would McNamee's motivation be to lie, especially while under oath? His motivation would have been to be truthful, therefore avoiding the slammer.

Another friend factor is the Rocket's best bud, Andy Pettitte. Pettitte was also named in the Mitchell Report by McNamee and since has went public and admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Duck no. 3, the numbers: Clemens' ability to play at a high calibre into his 40s defies the laws of physics. Quack, quack, quack... and that's just for starters.

Yes, I know, Clemens is guilty before proven innocent. Can you blame me? It's like a positive test at the Tour de France or at a track and field event; baseball is becoming one of "those" sports and it's sad.

We wouldn't have the desire to strap Clemens to a lie-detector machine if testing was better. Imagine what it would be like to have steroid stuff buried in the sports section rather than front-page news ... real testing, blood testing, of every player throughout the season would make allegations like the one against the Rocket, yes, water off a duck' s back.

-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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