Confess. Ask forgiveness. Reboot.

Back in 2009, with a limited steroids confession and a humble promise that his dirty days were over, Alex Rodriguez utilized that time-honored strategy for redemption in American public life.

Admitting guilt wasn't his first choice, as demonstrated by the lies he told Katie Couric about steroid use in 2007. It wasn't A-Rod's own choice, either, since it took a hefty Sports Illustrated investigation to finally flush him out into the open. All the same, A-Rod did what was necessary to protect his legacy as a slugger worth remembering, if not quite saluting.

That flimsy truce has been broken by new allegations that the pinstriped pinhead continued to access performance-enhancing drugs through a shady Miami medicine man from 2009 on.

It doesn't take Sports Illustrated to convince anybody these days. An alternative weekly newspaper called Miami New Times seems to have the goods on A-Rod and several other major leaguers now, with stacks of hand-written notes in the coded accounting style of the infamous BALCO lab.

What matters in all this to A-Rod is whether he gets the remaining $114 million on his gargantuan contract with the New York Yankees. That's how the risk-reward game works, and that's the game he's winning still.