Of Course Charles Barkley Has Something to Say About Mark McGwire

Of Course Charles Barkley Has Something to Say About Mark McGwire

Even when Barkley is not at his best, we still love hearing what he has to say no matter what the topic. The Chuckster weighed in yesterday on the recent buzz surrounding Mark McGwire and the juice. Another Philly favorite, John Kruk's name came up.

From an interview Sir Charles did with Dan LeBatard’s 790 The Ticket show in Miami on Tuesday.

On whether or not he thinks guys who used steroids in baseball should be Hall-of-Famers:

“I think that Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger
Clemens…I think those guys should all go into the Hall-of-Fame and let
me explain why.  We know there is at least one list that has 104 people
right?  (Host: Yes)  Clearly there was more than 104.  My problem with
the whole era is these are the only guys that are going to get
penalized, the Hall-of-Famers.  All the other guys played in that era
and I heard John Kruk and I like John Kruk he said ‘well I was clean.’ 
Well he still benefited by the financial structure.  All the players
during that era all benefited through the financial structure.  But my
biggest problem is, like I was saying, to penalize four guys and keep
them out of the Hall-of-Fame when clearly a bunch of guys were doing it
– we know of at least 104 and clearly there was more – to penalize four
guys and don’t put them in the Hall-of-Fame when a bunch were doing it,
I think that’s totally unfair.”

Sure, Kruk may have made a little extra dough because of the trickle-down effect of it all, but that doesn't put him in the same boat as a flat out cheater. I kind of see Chuck's point that the would-be Hall of Famers take the brunt of the blame, but that's simply a by product of people actually caring about records and the best to ever play the game. Should we chastise Lenny Dykstra for hitting 19 home runs in 1993 instead of, say, 10? Probably, but people don't put those kind of achievements into the same conversation as those of the legends of the game like Ruth and Maris.

You mess with the legends of the game, we care. You mess with mediocrity, not so much. That's just the way it is.

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Temple at No. 19 Navy: Owls go for first AAC title

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Temple at No. 19 Navy: Owls go for first AAC title

Temple (9-3) at No. 19 Navy (9-2)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Saturday, noon, ABC

It would have been hard to picture Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship game after the Owls’ first game of the season, a 28-13 loss to Army.

But that’s exactly where they are three months later, as Temple will take on No. 19 Navy in the conference championship game Saturday.

The Owls and Midshipmen have both been handling opponents as of late. Temple’s won its last four games by at least three touchdowns, while Navy has outscored opponents 141-62 in its past two games.

Let’s take a look at how one of the country’s top offenses and one of the country’s top defenses match up.

Scouting Temple
The Owls' defense seems to get better every week. Temple ranks No. 3 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense and No. 10 in scoring defense. The only two teams that rank higher than the Owls in both categories are Alabama and Michigan.

Teams haven’t scored more than 13 points against the Owls in their last four games, and Temple is outscoring opponents 123-23 during that stretch.

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick was named a first team all-conference selection earlier this week. He leads the FBS in tackles for loss. Redshirt-senior Praise Martin-Oguike is coming off one of his best games of the season last week against East Carolina, in which he had two sacks, including a forced fumble. He has seven sacks this season.

On offense, Temple’s goal this week will be to sustain drives and keep Navy’s offense off the field. The Owls are currently No. 5 in the FBS in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 34 minutes per game.

Earlier in the week, coach Matt Rhule said senior quarterback Phillip Walker was questionable for Saturday’s game. Walker will likely play, but the Owls might be without one of their top offensive weapons.

Rhule said sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead is doubtful. Armstead has 842 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

Scouting Navy
The Midshipmen have one of the simplest — yet at that same time one of the best — offenses in the country. Navy ranks No. 2 in rushing yards at 342 yards per game.

Quarterback Will Worth runs the triple option for Navy. He has 2,544 total yards of offense and 33 total touchdowns. He’s passed for 1,363 yards and rushed for 1,181 more.  Worth has a touchdown in 11 straight games.

Worth has attempted 258 rushes compared to 115 passing attempts. Four other Navy players have at least 40 rushing attempts this season.

Senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman is the Midshipmen’s best receiving threat. The 6-foot-4 wideout has 32 catches for 533 yards and two touchdowns.

Navy’s defense hasn’t been quite as elite as its offense. The Midshipmen have allowed 30 or more points in four of their last five games.

The Midshipmen are allowing 265 passing yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 313 yards and three touchdowns in their last three contests.

Storyline to watch: Can Temple find a way to stop the triple option?
The last time these two teams played was in 2014, when Navy ran for 487 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 win against the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple’s most recent matchup against the triple option was when it lost to Army in its season opener. The Black Knights ran for 329 yards and four touchdowns. With only a week to prepare, Temple will have to find a way to cure its option woes if it wants a chance to win Saturday.

What’s at stake?
The Owls have only won one other conference championship in program history, when they won the Mid-Atlantic Conference in 1967. A win would also give Temple its third 10-win season in program history. If Western Michigan loses Friday night, Temple also puts itself in contention for a spot in the Cotton Bowl with a win.

Prediction
Temple has to figure out this option thing at some point, right? The Owls’ ability to convert on third down and sustain long drives will help slow Navy's offense. This one will most likely come down to who has the ball last, but the Owls are a little bit more well-rounded, so they get the edge. Temple 31, Navy 28