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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pete Rose 1: He Outspokenly Shoulders All Blame
The ex-Phillie, who long denied betting on baseball, may have made his clearest declaration of guilt yet. In an interview with ESPN's Graham Bensinger, the guy who landed T.O.'s suspension-inducing blabfest (Eagles front office showed "a lack of class") , Rose was asked, "How much of the blame belongs on Pete Rose?" Rose replies:

"All of it! ... Everybody knows, everybody should know, that my problems was because of my mistake. ... I’m the one that make the mistake. But all I'm saying is you make a mistake, you understand you made a mistake, just give me a second chance. ... Let me go prove that I cleaned my act. How can anybody else be to blame?

"Why would anybody ever take a poll: Who was responsible for Pete Rose being suspended? I was. ... I was an adult. I knew what I was doing. I don't know why I did it. I can't answer that question. But I knew I was wrong. That's all I can do."

To find the clip, go to ESPN.com, and look for the video links on the right.

Rose 2: Pricey Bat Joins Shatner's Kidney Stone
This isn't hot of the presses, but it was news to me when I found it today. The online casino that paid $103,631 for one of Rose's bats plans to saw it open to prove if it was corked. GoldenPalace.com says the publicity stunt, announced last month, will help raise money for a worthy cause. The signed bat was used to hit Rose's 159th home run, slapped in his twilight stint with the Reds. The casino's has made a name for itself with purchases like the Jesus xBox 360 package, Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the Pope's Hat Doritos Chip, and the Holy Pierogi (left), which also supposedly bears an image of Jesus.

Just yesterday, the casino announced it had purchased William Shatner's kidney stone for $25,000.


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