The familiar brown business-size envelope was in the mailbox this week with the normal pile of bills, catalogs and a sprinkling of Christmas cards.
It was the baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
Never in nearly 35 years as a qualified voter has the ballot arrived stuffed with controversy, so much so that the envelope was hot.
It is gut-check time for voters.
Among the 37 names on the ballot are at least three strongly associated with PEDs, performance enhancement drugs Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, all appearing for the first time.
Without the PED stigma, Bonds and Clemens have the pedigree, manicure and pedicure credentials as Hall of Famers. Sosa is borderline.
Also on the ballot for the seventh time is Mark McGwire and the baseball writers have taken a noteworthy stance on him on past ballots a firm and strong no.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda was in Dayton last week and I shared the stage with him for a Fireside Chat for the Heart...