Author Advises Albert Pujols ‘Don’t Take A Polygraph Exam!’

I have a word of advice for Major League Baseball phenom Albert Pujols:  “Don’t take a polygraph exam!”

Albert Pujols

Artwork by C.C. McCarty.

I base my advice, in part, upon what I learned during the past four years while conducting an exhaustive investigation of the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.

In fact, I consider myself informed enough to offer my advice to Pujols, the former St. Louis Cardinals star now playing for the Anaheim Angels, as he deals with an allegation and a follow-up challenge, both of which were tossed his way recently by Jack Clark, a former MLB player who, until he uttered his allegation on air, was working as a small-time sports radio personality in St. Louis.

Clark alleged Pujols had used performance-enhancing drugs while playing professional baseball.  Then, after Pujols filed a lawsuit to counter Clark’s claims, Clark issued Pujols a challenge.  According to a Village voice blog post published today, Clark offered to take a polygraph exam and challenged Pujols to do the same to settle Clark’s on-air claim that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs:

New DawnIf Clark fails the test and Pujols passes, the letter states, Clark will “issue a public statement… fully retracting all objectionable statements.” If Pujols fails and Clark passes, Pujols must drop the defamation suit and publicly apologize to Clark. And if they’re both found to be liars, the suit gets dropped and “neither party needs to apologize to the other.”

Why do I advise Pujols against taking a polygraph exam to prove his innocence?  Because too many people have already been burned by the polygraph and many others — including experts in the field — bemoan the federal government’s continued misguided reliance on the flaw-ridden, century-old technology for which a plethora of countermeasures exist.

Rather than rely on the polygraph, I advise Pujols — and Clark — to rely on a non-polygraph technology for which no countermeasures exist.  Details about that technology can be found in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

It’s available in paperback and ebook versions and comes highly recommended.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Statistics Show St. Louis Cardinals Made Wise Move

Many baseball fans in the St. Louis area are either sad, upset and/or disappointed after hearing news this morning about Albert Pujols signing a 10-year, $255 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.  To them, I say, “Not to worry!  The folks in the front office of the St. Louis Cardinals made a wise move when they allowed the Hall of Famer to sign with another team.”

Perhaps, an explanation is in order, so here goes it:  The average length of a Major League Baseball player’s career is 5.6 years, according to Science Daily.  Using that as a guide, Pujols — who has 11 seasons under his belt in St. Louis — has lasted almost twice as long as the average player.  By letting another sign “The Machine,” the Cardinals will be able to sign numerous talented players without being burdened by a contract that’s almost guaranteed to turn sour (i.e., Pujols will get hurt and/or wear out).

FYI:  If anyone from the Cardinals’ front office is reading this, please know that I’m willing to play any position for a fraction of what you were willing to pay Pujols.  Also, my high school son drew the graphic above two years ago at age 13.

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NFL on Verge of Losing Lukewarm Fan

Major League Baseball lost me as a “rabid” fan after a 1981 strike caused the cancellation of 713 games.  I simply could not rationalize how players could complain about the compensation they were receiving when they were earning six-, seven- and eight-figure salaries — not to mention product endorsements and other perks — for playing a game.  Today, the National Football League is on the verge of losing me as an already-lukewarm fan.

According to a report in the Boston Herald this morning, the NFL’s future is fourth-and-long, and “football Armageddon” is here:  Negotiations between the league and the players union ended Friday with the union being decertified;  several marquee players — including the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees — are said to be filing lawsuits against the league; and, oh yes, the players have been “locked out” by the owners.

Perhaps the most-important line in the story is this one:  The negotiations came down to money, and trust.

The writer of the above-mentioned article was, of course, referring to issues of money and trust involving players and owners.  Sadly, he failed to mention in his article anything about pro football fansyou know, the people who buy NFL merchandise, game tickets, etc. — and the bad economy that’s resulted in many of them losing their jobs and homes.

I’ve never attended a regular-season game in person, purchased NFL merchandise or subscribed to a cable television package of league games.  The highway-robbery pricing of such items has always turned me off.  Still, I’ve spent several hours each week watching “regular” cable and network broadcasts of games.

If, as some expect it might be, the NFL season is canceled, I will probably stop paying attention to pro football altogether.  After all, college football is much more entertaining and the NFL, a $9 billion-a-year enterprise, will probably not miss me.

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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Cy Young Awards

Nobel Peace Prize 2009BREAKING NEWS ITEM #1: President Barack Obama has been named the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” despite the fact that the deadline for submitting nominations for the once-prestigious award was only 12 days into the 44th president’s term.

Obama Throws Out First Pitch at MLB All-Star Game

BREAKING NEWS ITEM #2: President Obama has been named the winner of both the American and National League Cy  Young Awards for 2009, despite the fact that many said “he throw like a girl and wears mom jeans” when he threw out the first pitch of the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game held in St. Louis [Source:  Mark Reardon, KMOX 1120 AM radio talk show host].

What a morning!

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SEE ALSO: Seven More Awards Due President Barack Obama

‘One-Sheet’ Sheryl to Headline MLB All-Star Concert (Updated)

Only a year after she was banned from a minor league ballpark, “One-Sheet” Sheryl Crow will be the official musical entertainer at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert in downtown St. Louis July 11, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today.

Rumor has it that, as part of her contract, Missouri native Crow is requiring local officials to limit concertgoers to one square of toilet paper during visits to the portable toilets that will be stationed around the venue.

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UPDATE 6/24/09 at 4:16 p.m. Central: See “Did Sheryl Crow Post Comment on My Blog?

Will Obama Go From ‘Worst to First’ in 15 Days?

Basketball is the first sport that comes to mind when I think about Barack Obama.  In reality, the Democratic Party presidential nominee probably has more in common with a Major League Baseball team that’s making  a lot of news these days.

Don’t believe me?  Consider these facts:

  • Based on his voting record for the year, Obama earned the distinction of being named the nation’s “most liberal senator in 2007″ by the nonpartisan National Journal.   Today, the Democratic Party presidential nominee stands on the precipice of being elected president of United States and becoming de facto leader of the Free World.  To win, he needs only win once — in the general election Nov. 4.
  • Based on their win-loss record for the year, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earned the distinction of being named the worst team in the league for 2007.  Today, the Tampa Bay Rays — now sans “Devil” — stand only four wins away from being named World Champions.  To win the World Series, the Rays need only win four games of a best-of-seven series.

The difference: If Obama wins the general election Nov. 4, this election will be recorded in the history books as a tale of a candidate going from “worst to first” without even having to change his devilish name to do it.