New England Patriots Links 3/25/11 - NFL Insists On Mandatory Testing For HGH

Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) NFL wants players tested for HGH.

NFL senior vice president of law and labor policy Adolpho Birch told FOXSports.com on Thursday that the league is insistent upon HGH testing when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the NFL Players Association.

"We want it. We think it's necessary. We're going to ensure that it's done," said Birch, who oversees the NFL's drug-testing program. "That's something very important to us and the integrity of our game. We believe some of the basis for going slowly on it before has been addressed. At this point, it's proper for it to be an active part of our program."

Mike Reiss catches Rob Gronkowski on NFLN's Total Access last night, asked to assess Giants' QB Eli Manning.

" ... He ain't no Tom Brady, I'll tell you that."

Christopher Price notes Tom Brady has replaced Tiger Woods as an example for economic theory in the academic world.

For many years, the widely-used economic textbook "Principles of Economics" helped explain economic theory with a chapter entitled "Should Tiger Woods Mow His Own Lawn?" But for the latest edition, author Greg Mankiw has replaced Woods with Brady. Why did he do it? Mankiw told the Harvard Crimson that he and his editor chose Brady because he was another celebrity athlete. (Previous editions of the textbook also used Michael Jordan as an example.)

"From my perspective, this was a relatively small change," wrote Mankiw in an email to ABC News. "I wanted students to focus on the economics of comparative advantage — the main point of this section of the book. I was afraid that keeping Tiger Woods in the hypothetical example would have raised thoughts of an altogether different set of issues."

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