By SHAWN MCFARLAND
Before we get going, I thought this would be a nice time for a little pop-quiz. I know no body wants to read the sports section of a newspaper and have to take a quiz, but this one will be a little fun. Well, at least it was fun for me to come up with the questions. Plus it shouldn't be too hard to figure out the correct answers. The answers will be displayed at the bottom of the column. Don't cheat!
1. True or False: The defending Super Bowl champs are 13-0 in season-openers over the last 13 years.
2. True of False: The Dallas Cowboys are 6-0 all-time in season openers versus the New York Giants.
3. True or False: Roughly five minutes after the Giants lost to the Cowboys last week, Eddie Hedes started making excuses.
4. If "Dallas Cowboys New York Giants" in a true statement, and Dallas Cowboys = Shawn McFarland and NY Giants = Eddie Hedes, then what else must be true?
5. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Viking and Arizona Cardinals all currently have more wins than the New York Giants.
6. Despite their loss, the Giants still looked better than the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now onto something that popped into my head the other night. Thought I would share it with everyone…
In this day in age when every athlete who accomplishes any sort of crazy feat is eventually suspected of steroids, one person in particular has seemingly dodged the HGH bullet. That person is Serena Williams.
My suspicion arose the other night as I laid in bed and watched some highlights on ESPN. As the replays went on, they showed Williams serve three aces in a row – all over 110 miles-per-hour – and fist pump afterward to the point where her bicep looked photo-shopped onto her arm. If someone had digitally removed her body and left just her arm, and then asked me to guess who the arm belonged to, my first guess would have been Evander Holyfield followed by Deebo from the Friday movies.
This is when someone from my generation says, "I'm not sayin,' I'm just sayin.'" I'm not sayin' Serena Williams is definitely on steroids, I'm just sayin' that if she would be the odds-on favorite to win an arm wrestling tournament at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York – maybe she should at least be tested.
The whole steroid debate doesn't really have me going one way or another. Baseball was loaded with users. I get it. Football probably is too although no one would ever admit it. Honestly, if practically everyone was on it then I don't see the big deal. It was a somewhat level, albeit juiced, playing field. It's impossible to tell who is or isn't juicing anymore, so I'm over it.
Most people use steroids or HGH more for quicker healing rather than a performance enhancer. The only people I have ever had a problem with were Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa because they are only known for their power and wouldn't have amounted to much without the homerun chase of 1998. Thankfully they have seen been ostracized. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were Hall of Fame quality before they allegedly started juicing so I don't hate them as much as other people do. All I know is that my all time hero, Ken Griffey Jr., never juiced. That dude got hurt way too much to be on anything.
So, with Williams, I'm not saying she is taking steroids. She has always been a muscular woman. I probably wouldn't care even if she was. All I am saying is that I am surprised the idea has never brought up. After everything with A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro and Lance Armstrong, you never know what will come out five years down the road.
Quiz Answers: 1. False: The Giants' loss was the first for a defending champ since 1999. 2. True. 3. False: It only took 30 seconds. 4. Shawn McFarland Eddie Hedes. 5. True. 6. Very True.
I'd just like to point out that I didn't say one word when all you Giant fans were talking noise last week. But if you are going to dish it out then you better be ready to take it.