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Barry Bonds has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. But he didn't leak Valerie Plame's name to the press. That was Dick Armitage.

It's both huge news and a huge yawn, and not just because I got three hours of sleep last night and am far more concerned about a nasty diaper rash on the hinter parts of Miss Monkeypants. Come to think of it, I'm sure many folks out there could find plenty of parallels between Barry Bonds and diaper rash.

What to expect: First and foremost, the end of Bonds's career. Who will sign him now? Second, if Barry is dragged into court, he might drag a lot more people with him. In other words, will he name names? I'm not sure. Would he, like his buddy Greg Anderson, prefer to remain silent to protect those around him? My position: the more names that surface as users of this or that substance, the better. We all need to know who is or was doing it, not for punishment's sake but to have a more honest discussion about the prevalence of designer drugs in sports and to end the demonization of a select few.

(By the way,  one bit of recent news I skipped was the revelation that Matt Williams was an HGH user. This column, which basically said, "Oh no, not you, Matty, you were one of the good guys!", was one of the clearest indications of a subtle racism at work in media and public's attitude toward athletes and drugs.)

Question of the day: Assuming there's a trial, will you follow it? Are you interested?

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