Mandarich: I Never Had A Sober Day In Green Bay

Bring up the great home-run race of 1998 between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the overwhelming reaction these days (other than anger) is “how did we fall for it?” and “why did we ignore the signs of steroid use?” But that was far from the first time that the media bought into the hype of an athlete who was too good to be true.

Tony Mandarich

Nine years earlier, Tony Mandarich appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (pictured above), billed as the best offensive line prospect in the history of the NFL. He was an unbelievable athletic specimen — but one that was completely fabricated as a result of a mind-boggling regimen of steroids. When he stopped the steroids, he fizzled as a player (the Packers chose him over Barry Sanders) and then turned to painkillers…and then to alcohol.

Mandarich claims that he “never had a sober day” during his four years in Green Bay. But, unlike fellow draft bust Todd Marinovich, Mandarich has turned his life around and wants to use his own experience to educate young players on the dangers of drugs.

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For The Discerning ‘Skins Fan: See-Through Shirt

There’s a reason Dan Snyder’s worth a trillion dollars: He’s willing to try anything if there’s a chance he’ll earn a few bucks. Sure, there have been plenty of misses: Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Marty Schottenheimer, Norv Turner, Steve Spurrier, Brandon Lloyd, Adam Archuleta, Six Flags, Cruise/Wagner Productions … well, you get the idea.

Reskins camisol

But Danny’s latest venture is a can’t-miss in much the same way that hiring a basement-dwelling blogger for Redskins.com just screams mainstream innovation: See-through shirts for the uninhibited fan.

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