By Drew Olson Special to Published Jul 21, 2007 at 5:55 AM Photography: Allen Fredrickson

Welcome to Saturday Scorecard, a rest stop on the Harry Potter superhighway. It's a busy weekend, so we'll get straight to it:

Stay home, Bud: San Francisco is easily one of the greatest cities in the world.

It's vibrant, eclectic, artistic, scenic, a little bit decadent and virtually overflowing with incredible restaurants and museums.

Here is hoping Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig avoids it next week.

Not long ago, we figured that Gilles' most loyal customer simply had to be on hand to watch San Francisco's Barry Bonds shatter Hank Aaron's home run record, even if he had to hold his nose for the ceremony following No. 756. We figured it was Selig's duty to show up, given his position and the fact that the mountainous evidence linking Bonds to steroids is circumstantial.

Upon further review... forget all that.

The last thing the sports world needs is another phoney baloney. Selig, who spoke at length with his close friend Aaron on Friday, which eerily enough was the 31st anniversary of Hammerin' Hank's final homer, and clearly is not thrilled at the prospect of Bonds taking over the top spot in the record book.

Performance enhancers or not, Bonds, who was homerless in five plate appearances during a 8-4 Giants victory, is the best player we've ever seen and probably the greatest of all-time. The home run record will be a remarkable testament to his incredible talent. But, stroll around the Giants clubhouse for any length of time and you'll get the strong impression that many of Bonds' teammates aren't jazzed about it and will have to drag themselves to home plate to congratulate the guy. The smiles will be genuine, but they will be borne of relief and not love.

Selig showed up at the game Friday night (unfortunately for the 43,121 in attendance the same could not be said for the Brewers' bullpen) because he thought it was the right thing to do. He said he planned on being at the games Saturday and Sunday, too. He didn't go beyond that, but some of his statements seemed to indicate that he won't be heading West.

Selig is a student of history. He knows that Ford Frick wasn't on hand to see Roger Maris hit home run No. 61 and that Bowie Kuhn wasn't in Atlanta for Hank Aaron's 755th. If he follows that precedent, he can blow off a trip to San Francisco with a reasonably clear conscience. After all, Bonds didn't hesitate to blow off the Home Run Derby. (The fact that it was at his home park didn't stop him from treating it like he does requests for autographs and most interviews.)

If Selig doesn't attend Bonds' big moment, there no doubt will be howls of protest from the Bay Area. But, those cries will eventually die, particularly if, as some are suggesting, there is enough evidence for Bonds to be indicted on federal charges this fall. (Have you heard from any Pete Rose supporters lately?)

Selig has a date next weekend in Cooperstown to watch Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. That will be a joyous day on the sport's calendar. The culmination of Bonds' home run chase, which longtime Giants broadcaster Jon Miller aptly referred to on Friday as "a Greek tragedy," comes with too much baggage to be joyous.

Conspicuously absent: While much of the baseball world debates whether Selig should be at Bonds' side, one wonders if Giants owner Peter Magowan will be held to the same standard. Magowan did not attend the game Friday and a team spokesman said he was out of the country celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. Asked if Magowan would cut his vacation short to see Bonds' milestone, the spokesman said: "I'm not his travel agent."

Pass the Tylenol: The Bonds situation may give Selig a headache, but he has to be doing better than his counterparts.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may have to suspend one of his marquee players, Michael Vick, for being involved in dog-fighting. Representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protested outside league offices Friday in Manhattan.

NBA Commissioner David Stern is dealing with accusations that one of the league's veteran officials, Tim Donaghy, bet on games during the past two seasons and his calls may have been coerced by members of organized crime.

The Donaghy story could rock the sports world to its very foundation. Performance enhancing drugs are a major problem in sports, but players do take them to get better. The fact that an official may be crooked would be far more devastating to the integrity of the sport.

The "other" standings: While most fans are fixated on the National League Central standings, here is an up-to-date look at the other race contested at Miller Park:

The Sausage Race.

Hot Dog - 16.
Polish - 15.
Chorizo - 11.
Italian - 7.
Bratwurst - 5.

Public relations savvy: You have to hand it to the Packers. With Bonds in town and the U.S. Bank Championship in full swing, they slipped out a press release saying that they've reached a termination agreement with former president John Jones and have begun a search for his replacement.

Financial details were not disclosed, but the news release included the first (and likely last) comments from Jones on the matter. Here they are:

"What happened to me a year ago was sudden and devastating. Due to a previously undetected, rare birth defect of the heart, I experienced an aortic dissection. I underwent a series of complex emergency heart surgeries in June 2006. I am grateful that I survived.

"However, like many heart surgery patients, I have found that the residual effects of the surgeries have made it difficult to continue my current job.

"The Packers mean so very much to me, but my family means more. I need to put my health and continued recovery above everything else.

"I am proud of my service to the team and to the community and have done everything I could to prepare the Green Bay Packers for the future. The Packers have been fair to me during this process, and I appreciate it."

Public relations swing and a miss: It's OK to applaud the entrepreneurial spirit of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, the new indoor football team announced this week, but you have to wonder about an outfit that schedules an introductory press conference up against the first round of a PGA golf tournament and a major-league baseball game.

Bonecrushing hit: Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, who hasn't been hitting the ball well lately, put a tremendous hit on Giants catcher Guillermo Rodriguez in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday.

With Weeks on second and Corey Hart on first, J.J. Hardy singled to right field. Weeks barreled into Rodriguez just as the ball arrived.

"I think it was my first play at the plate in the big leagues," Weeks said. "His cleat kind of scraped my finger, but I was fine."

With Rodriguez and pitcher Noah Lowery giving chase, the ball squirted into the Brewers dugout.

Rodriguez got revenge two innings later, hitting a broken-bat blooper that scored two key runs against Carlos Villanueva, who had walked three batters after retiring Bonds. Despite the rough outing, you have to think the Brewers got the better end of the deal when they picked up Villanueva and Glenn Woolard from the Giants for Leo Estrella and Wayne Franklin.

Sign of the times? Cleveland pitcher Jensen Lewis used his Facebook page to inform the world about his promotion to the big leagues. Five hours later, the Indians issued a press release to announce the transaction.

Gluttony 101: The Braves are the latest team to install an "all you can eat" section of the ballpark. For $25, fans can sit in a section with free hot dogs, nachos popcorn and soft drinks. If you want to add beer to the party, the price goes up to $60, but the menu expands to include pulled pork sandwiches, chicken wings, cole slaw, potato salad and cornbread.

Something tells us the Brewers would go bankrupt with a section like that.

Quick hits: As tough as it may seem, Bucks fans need to ignore the comments coming from China. Most people still think that Yi Jianlian will suit up for Milwaukee this fall, even though he'll have to compete against newly-signed Jake Voskuhl in practice.

Giants veteran Omar Vizquel, the best defensive shortstop we've seen, played his 2,511th game at the position on Saturday, tying Ozzie Smith for second on the all-time list. Vizquel needs 72 games to pass Luis Aparicio on the all-time list.

OMC colleague Dave Begel made some reasonable points about the U.S. Bank Championship, but I still like going out there and watching the PGA Tour guys play. Tiger, Phil, Sergio and the gang would attract bigger crowds and add to the marquee value of the event, but the big crowds that follow them might also subtract some of the charm.  


Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.