“Breaking” News

This just in to The Heap news desk:

Mark McGwire used steroids.

Let that sink in for a second. Or did you just chuckle to yourself, and just shake your head whispering, “It’s about time.”

Today, the former king of swing (dethroned only by another fellow ‘roider) finally came clean after the quite physical evidence of his choices were captured by cameras and seen by the nation for the past decade.

Come on, who of you out there were wholeheartedly surprised by this announcement? In fact, as a baseball fan, I am a bit offended by the timing of his announcement. Not even a week ago, McGwire might have even been voted into the Hall of Fame! Looks like it was one and done. What could have motivated him? Why now? I think he knew he could never shake the stigma of The Juice. He conveniently waited to see if he would make it this one time. He was a long shot, and one, he will forever remain.

Mark McGwire, as a normal sized Human Being

But then, is it plausible to say that the theatrics of the Steroids Era was engineered and puppeteered by Big Baseball itself? You’ve heard it all before all over the airwaves. Baseball, America’s Game was sagging behind the NFL in attendance and popularity. A strike towards the beginning of the decade only made the situation worse.

Enter the Home Run. The pinnacle of offensive explosion in any sport. A timeless play in a timeless game.  The individual’s effort in order to help the efforts of the team, but for those brief moments, the spotlight is on the batter as he rounds the bases. The home run personifies the American individual and the nation. (Check out my essay on Japanese/American baseball in the Original Works page)

Mark McGwire, as a chemically altered beast

In a decade of almost unfettered economic growth, of getting ahead at all costs, the 90s and the Steroid Era go together quite well. But in the end, it all falls down on itself. McGwire and Enron, A-Rod and Bernie Madoff, even Palmeiro and US Banks all had their heyday only to be exposed for what they were. Living the American dream.

Using performance enhancing drugs is cheating. Mark McGwire is a cheater. But don’t you worry, he and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) Sammy Sosa had quite the supporting cast- many of which are still TBD. The steroids era (we can only hope) is in its final act. They will have their curtain call soon.

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Happy New Year! The Heap’s 2010 (Expected) Outlook

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Happy New Year Heapsters! I know we are four days into the year, but I just wanted to formally express my best wishes to all family and friends who read along. It’s been a busy few days since the holiday, so  finally got the chance to post.

The Heap always rings in the new year with a bang, as the second annual unofficial Silver Forrest Fireworks Show (Sponsored by The Heap) may have been the best show yet in the 5 or so years of performances.

Supplies. Well Armed. The Heap knows how to blow it up.

Got some good deals at a local tent. The least I have ever spent and the most I have ever gotten. This made me quite happy.

Jephren with excellent photo taking skills. Mortar mid flight.

And here’s a pic of the action! Thanks to Jephren and his camera. So as you can see, it was a fun filled evening with lots of family, Spanish broadcasting, and beer. Hope all of you were able to enjoy time and be safe as well!

What does 2010 exactly mean for The Heap? Well, you won’t see too much of a dramatic change in philosophy. We will still present original viewpoints on, well, basically anything! There should be an exciting lineup of movies, DVD’s and music to review. We will be stepping up the critiques! There wasn’t enough of it and it keeps my skills up to par. On deck first (whenever I finally go and buy it) will be a review of Cage the Elephant’s new album. They’ve intrigued me enough to merit an album purchase, as I’ve heard a few songs during my lovely 8 hours at work!

Also, we are pledging to read more. You’d think that the English major in me would just want to continuously read and read and read, right? No, I feel that this has had the opposite effect, since I just wanted to get away from it for a while. This has turned to almost 2 years (Only having read a few things of note such as Watchmen and The Life of Pi). So! The Heap will have more book reviews as well!

One area I have not ventured into is video games. I’m progressing through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Forza 3, so once I get far enough I will review those two as well. Hopefully I can get some other games this year!

I also felt that there was a noticeable lack of original content. I had a few good opinion pieces, but I need to write more. In addition, I need to enhance my creative writing as well. Look for perhaps some poems songs and short stories? Who knows! I know that I want to write some original essays about a few interesting thoughts I’ve had.

SO anyway! That’s where I hope to head with The Heap for the time being! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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