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A two-week break later, I return to athletes still looking you square in the eye and lying to your face.
Ryan Braun, welcome to the neighborhood inhabited by Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones and Rafael Palmeiro.
Athletes climb mountains, break records, slug home runs and about 1,000 other incredible things. Yet so many struggle with two simple words: "I'm sorry."
And along those lines: Still waiting for Braun's apology to the sample collector he trashed.
Braun was suspended for 65 games, from a forgettable Brewers season, and lost $3.2 million of a $150 million contract. Sounds like an extended vacation.
Ex-Giant Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension last year but found work this season (with the Blue Jays) in about five minutes, and he received a World Series share. #softpenalites.
Track and field's woes have been well-documented, but its two-year suspension for first-time doping offenders read: Tyson Gay is right on the mark.
Conclusion: Baseball won't clean itself up until the the guilty parties pay dearly.
How dearly? Try this one: 100-game suspension for the first-time offense, a lifetime ban after the second.
Thirty-three days before Week 0, the kickoff to the 2013 high school football season.
It feels like state champion Central Catholic and finalist Oakdale just returned from their title games in Carson.
Modesto Junior College, anxious to atone from its 4-6 2012 season, will open at Merced Sept. 7.
A good early sign for the Pirates: An anticipated huge turnout for preseason drills.
Phil Mickelson is today's Arnold Palmer. Both played to the crowd, took chances and worried about the consequences later. Maybe that's why both are through-the-roof popular.
Tiger Woods has recovered from his physical ailments. It's the problems between his ears, however, that hold him back in the majors.
Memo to the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes: Nothing good happens after midnight. Ditto after you take part (and win) the Home Run Derby.
The A's won the AL West last year and are again in first place. Those who keep dismissing them as small-market overachievers aren't paying attention.
The Warriors' Stephen Curry tied for fourth at the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe. Current athletes aren't supposed to finish that high.
The Giants' Bruce Bochy held Buster Posey out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, which meant one thing: The Giants would lose.
Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco, Kensuke Tanaka and Jeff Francouer have taken turns in left field. Translation: The Giants have no left fielder.
The Giants visit the White House Monday, and President O'Bama is a big sports fan. Therefore, the president's first question: What have you done for me lately?
49er cornerback Tarell Brown fired his agent, for good reason, after he forfeited $2 million for not working out at 49er headquarters. For that chunk of change, Brown also should have been aware.
Somewhat similar: Golfers who blame caddies for pulling the wrong club. The buck stops with the player. Always.
For no other reason other than the resulting low-grade anxiety: Mick Jagger has turned 70.
USC athletic director Pat Haden says coach Lane Kiffin is not on the hot-seat. So why are Kiffin's slacks smoldering?
The Packers' Aaron Rodgers defended Braun until the end.
Trust no one, folks.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.