Are we having fun yet?

We are supposed to be. We who are Los Angeles Lakers fans, anyway. Sports Illustrated promised us we would.

I mean, there were new Lakers Steve Nash and Dwight Howard smiling on the pre-season cover with the words proclaiming, bold as anything, that this was going to be fun.

Well, the Lakers have never really gathered steam under new coach Mike D’Antoni and now their key big men, Howard and Pau Gasol, are out for awhile with injuries.

I love Sports Illustrated, but the magazine has broken its promise.

We are not having fun.

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No Hall of Fame nominees this year. Good.

Steroid-tarnished stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa all failed to get into the baseball Hall of Fame their first time eligible. In fact, they didn’t come close.

They all needed 75 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to get in. Clemens was closest with 37.6 percent. Bonds garnered 36.2 and Sosa a paltry 12.5.

Hall of Famers Goose Gossage, Al Kaline and Dennis Eckersley were all quoted as saying, in effect, they didn’t want cheaters in their club. Can’t blame them.

Bonds has denied knowkingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens and Sosa have denied taking PEDs. I don’t buy any of it.

It’s a shame. I think Bonds could possibly have been the best five-tool player ever without “help.” Clemens and Sosa would also have had distinguished careers without “help.”

For whatever reason, I believe they chose to cheat. I can’t read minds. I don’t know why they did it. I have read that some players did it out of desperation - they wanted to prolong their careers.

However, PEDS didn’t prolong Hank Aaron’s career. He did just fine without “help.” Ditto for Gossage, Kaline, Eckersley and many others.

“No cheaters allowed,” is a good motto for the Hall of Fame club.

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Saints rising: Santa Maria’s boys basketball team had a win against traditional Los Padres League power Cabrillo surrounded Wednesday night. The Saints just couldn’t quite grab it.

Still, Santa Maria’s sharp improvement under second-year coach Mark Siverly is obvious. Congratulations to the Saints. This LPL campaign should be interesting.

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