August 5, 2013, - 4:36 pm

A-Rod Suspension & Why No One Cares: Americans Don’t Object to Steroids; They Object to Lying Scumbags (Like Lance Armstrong)

By Debbie Schlussel

Despite all the press hoopla surrounding and building up to today’s announcement of suspensions for several Major League Baseball players for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), most Americans couldn’t care less. We aren’t outraged. Nobody cares if they “cheated.”

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Most Americans find baseball boring. It’s long, slow, and has nothing exciting going for it. In fact, the PED scandal is the most exciting thing to happen to the game in a while and got the pro sports league its biggest recent buzz. But not because anyone wants to see Alex Rodriguez a/k/a “A-Rod” burnt at the stake. Americans like baseball when it has big hitters, home run contests, and excitement. And they don’t care if the players use human growth hormones, doping, steroids, or other PEDs to get there. Take Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and their home run race in 1998. There’s been nothing like it since–and that was fifteen years ago. And everyone knew they were both on steroids. It was kinda obvious.

But Americans feel that if you want to have a shriveled up penis, bacne, and risk all kinds of cancers and other diseases later in life to entertain us in the here and now, that’s your problem. Yes, there are some who feel it’s cheating and it’s against the rules. But so is adultery in New York, to date a criminal offense there. Sadly, everyone looks the other way (Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman aren’t about to do time, though they probably should for the dual crimes of tackiness and chutzpah). And, yes, there are some parents who say this encourages young kids to do steroids and risk their lives or at least their long-term health at an age when they are too young to make that decision.

But they are in the minority. Most Americans aren’t up in arms about this the way the jealous media is–the media that loved following A-Rod’s steady parade of girlfriends and his lavish lifestyle and now wants to equally enjoy tearing that down. I don’t endorse his lifestyle. I found it annoying being forced to watch him being fed popcorn by the even more annoying Cameron Diaz when I was trying to watch Superbowl 2011 and those two needed to get a room. But I don’t feel too upset about what he might have put in his body. It’s just not an issue for me, or for most other people. For example, Detroit Tiger Jhonny Peralta is among the 12 Biogenesis-linked players suspended today by Major League Baseball. But I’ll bet that most people are like me: more upset that he doesn’t know where to put the “h” in Johnny than that he might have injected. Spelling your name Jhonny or Dhebbie or Thiffany or Dhavid truly is a crime of epic proportions. I also note that another suspended player is surnamed Bastardo. But just ‘cuz he used steroids, doesn’t mean he is one.






“But what about Lance Armstrong?,” you say. Well, that’s a different story. Lance Armstrong was not only a big-time liar about his doping, he was an arrogant SOB about it. He went after everyone who didn’t parrot his lie with a vengeance, made their lives miserable, sued them, and still insisted he wasn’t using. He took particular relish in making life hell for his cycling teammates and their wives. He built himself up as a role model who didn’t use, while he was using. He made himself the poster boy for testicular cancer recovery and survival, when it now turns out that he may have gotten the disease because of what he did to his body to win bicycle races. Only a smug bastard–as opposed to a Bastardo–like Armstrong would have the ball to do that.

It’s the same reason why public sentiment against Ryan Braun is higher than for the others. While it’s true that there were a lot of vicious anti-Semitic attacks against Ryan Braun when it came out that he’s one of the Major League Baseball players caught up in all of this, his being Jewish is only part of the reason he’s more hated than A-Rod. A bigger reason is that when he was first accused of using, he fought it tooth and nail and assaulted the reputation of the tester, who can’t possibly be happy about his career of doing stuff like watching this guy take a piss, then having to transport the container of Braun DNA Lemonade. Braun attacked the fact that the “piss proctor” stored the urine overnight in his home before it could be FedExed out the next morning to be tested. He attacked the man’s credibility. And then it turns out he was using all along. People hate this kind of in your face lying when the perpetrator is caught.

That’s why Armstrong is hated in the court of American public opinion and Ryan Braun isn’t well liked, but A-Rod and the other baseball players officially identified today and issued suspensions (only A-Rod will appeal his) aren’t on the list of hated athletes. A year or two from now, we will act as if these suspensions never happened. They will be forgotten.

And Major League Baseball wants it that way. MLB didn’t want to go public with this black eye. But it was forced into it by the mainstream sports media. If the League were really so offended and upset and outraged (and if the public were) by PED use in baseball, most of these players would face lifetime bans and zero tolerance.

If America really hated this practice of injecting foreign substances into your body to make you bigger, faster, stronger, and able to hit farther out of the ball park more of the time, Roger Clemens would have been convicted. And Barry Bonds would have been convicted of something beyond obstructing justice. As with Lance Armstrong, his crime was lying about it and pretending otherwise, not using.

The problem–or lack of a problem–with steroid use and doping in pro sports is that there is about 80% tolerance for the use of PEDs in pro sports, despite everyone pretending (with a wink and a nod) otherwise.

And so, like I said with the much-hyped Mitchell report on steroid use in baseball several years ago, this is much ado about nothing. It’s a kabuki dance. And little more.

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For more of my take on using steroids in pro sports, check out my 2004 column, “2004: Fat Chicks, Good; Big Guys, Bad.” Some things never change, because in 2013, we push plus size fat “acceptance” in America more than ever, and yet it’s about as dangerous–if not more–than steroid use (which is far less common than obesity).

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38 Responses

There’s a broader reason why not many people are upset, and that is the widespread acceptance and practice of cheating and dishonesty in our society. Survey after survey shows that the majority of students cheat, employees cheat, employers cheat, spouses cheat, etc.

Little Al on August 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

As a baseball fan, I do object to the use of steroids.

Laura on August 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Actually A-Rod is hated. Even by Yankee fans.

Laura on August 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I object that there are no hot looking cheerleaders in baseball in skimpy outfits.

I do object to steroid use because people who hit 200 homers in one season with arms as big as trash cans will supplant real baseball starts like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams, etc.

However, what I object to most of all is taxpayers paying for, or subsidizing, sports stadiums for teams owned by billionaires, and played by multimillionaires, and televised by multinational entertainment companies.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Good Morning JEG,

    I can agree totally with you re this aspect of any professional business, err, sport venture.

    Keep your attention focused on a little move happening in Tampa, Florida, i.e. The RAYS want to move from Tropicana Field in Pinellas Cty to a new field stadium to be built in Hillsborough Cty. BTW…the Rays have not fulfilled the lease term of the Tropicana and want an out.

    Detroit has its story as well re a new stadium for the Red Wings, but I can see why the Ilitch Holdings has positioned itself for subsidies since THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAVE DETROIT FOR DECADES AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE! Thank you Mike.

    The politicians will spare no taxpayer expense for any project they deem necessary and payable by additional taxation!

    Dennis on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

Debbie, I think the reason why the MLB is going after some of these guys is due to the fact of them hitting numerous home-runs per year on a seasonable average. Think about it, between the early 1990s and mid-2000s, home-runs, batting average, and runs per game were up at nearly an insane rate in MLB, it favored the everyday players during that time span, and yes we all can say that steroids played a role, don’t get me wrong, I to am against the usage of steroids, do not condone one iota.

Now since the MLB is rightly going after everyday and positional players of the game of them allegedly using human-enhancements, why not go after some pitchers, I’m not talking about the relievers or middle of the pact pitchers, I’m talking about the game’s dominate pitchers who’s known for striking out their opponents, have a low “ERA”, has a low “BAA” (walks per game) and throws the ball between 95-100 mph, I assume some of them use steroids?

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Wow! on this issue, you couldn’t be more wrong. Millions of baseball fans in this country DO care about steroids, and care a great deal. Its important to many of us to keep the game clean, and discipline cheaters of all types. It is your right as an American to dislike baseball, or to describe it as boring, (perhaps you just don’t understand it!) but to many of us, it is still America’s Pastime and always will be.

JohnF on August 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Commissioner “Dud” Selig has got to be the biggest moron in sports today and the worst commissioner in history. He has done nothing to protect the “integrity” of the game in how many years? 20 or so. but you never hear a discouraging word about him. Why? Bring back Kennesaw Mountain Landis.

Tommy Thomas on August 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I’m not sure why any sports fan, anywhere, anytime has ever objected to steroid use by pros. Personally, I equate them with any kind of enhancement such as cosmetic surgery that actors use to stay attractive.

Should we also ban that and oust actors who get facelifts or boob jobs because there are risks and occasionally people die on the operating room table during cosmetic surgery?

All of these people are professionals and know what they are getting into and the risks they undertake.

When I pay $250/ticket to see an NFL game, you better farking believe I want to see a QB throw a 60 yd. pass and see a LB deliver a bone-shattering hit.

WTF do I care if they are taking drugs to make them stronger and faster? WhyTF should I care if they’re risking their future health? They’re well-paid and get to live a celebrity lifestyle that only a handful of people on the entire planet would ever get to experience.

If they’re willing to take that risk, that’s none of my business.

DS_ROCKS! on August 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, and sorry to reply to myself, but I forgot to add that facelifts give actors and actresses and “unfair” advantage, don’t they?

    Similarly, athletes who have excellent work ethics and train harder and stay fit in off-season also have an “unfair” advantage over athletes who don’t.

    For that matter, people who are 6’11” have an “unfair” advantage over me to ever even think of playing in the NBA just as people who are 4’11” and weigh 94 lbs. have an “unfair” advantage over me to ever dream of being professional horse jockeys.

    The whole affair is ridiculous. It bespeaks of the lunacy of “fairness-equality” sensibilities that have overtaken our culture – thanks to loathsome hippie/babyboomer – that have spawned tee-ball, non-scorekeeping soccer leagues, etc.

    DS_ROCKS! on August 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

When I was young, I would sneak my transitor radio (You young folds can WIKI that to learn what it is), to school to listen to the World Series, to bed to listen to Vin Sculley and Jerry Dogett broadcast the L.A. Dodgers games. I played baseball every year from age 8 until college. It’s hard being told you’re not good enough, so I eventually went to two recognized ML umpiring schools and met some of the greats in the umpiring workd at that time, John McSherry, Frank Pulli, Joe Bremigan, Jim Evans, et al. I watched McSherry die on opening day from a heart attack. Most of the “instructors” are dead. Kind of like retired L.E.

I have not watched a game in years. Bud Selig, kiss my ass, it was good until guys got caught and YOU liked all the monies being generated until called to task. Fuck you.

WilliamMunny on August 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Deb–

This whole matter has become a sick joke. Why is it “cheating” to take steroids, but OK to have Tommy John surgery? Think Sandy Koufax couldn’t have extended his career if that were available then?

Sadly, it’s all about stats. Baseball is so incredibly boring, that all that counts are stats, so they must keep these “pure.” Although Aaron beating Ruth’s lifetime homers with a jillion more at bats is also kinda silly.

In fact, if you look beneath this quest for fairness, you will probably find a racial component.

And, don’t even get me started on pitchers. Back in the day, there were no “set-up men,” and there were damn few closers, either. Is that fair to old time pitchers–and their records?

Yup, the team on defense has the ball, and the best hitters can’t even do it 40% of the time. Sounds exciting to me.

Prometheus on August 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Its not cheating if everyone is doing. Its an equalizer.Everyone who competed with Lance in the Tour de France were using enhancers. EVERYONE. He just didn’t get caught. How is that cheating. Its a level playing field. Reality people.
As far as baseball, same thing, MLB was complicit, they wanted to fill seats. The pitchers were on juice, yet its cheating if a slugger is on it? Come on. People stop with this holier than thou
b.s.

Big D on August 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Debbie,

Thanks.

Yes Baseball is boring. It’s no accident that the NFL kicks Baseball’s butt when it comes to TV ratings and revenues. Today’s sports fans want action, not boredom. On a another level, we tolerate cheating or a “win at all costs” approach to sports. Fair play is tolerated only when it is convenient. When it gets in the way of the objective of success (which usually translates to more money), than fair paly becomes inconvenient and has to be circumvented. So much for ethics effecting an individual’s personal conduct.

Peter on August 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

If the Cubs were to win the World Series, but then it was discovered that they had stars using steroids and their opponents didn’t, that would probably be the saddest scandal in baseball history.

CornCoLeo on August 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I agree with you a lot – OK, most of the time – but I disagree with you on this one. People DO care about players using steroids and cheating. There are a lot of baseball fans (I’ll get back to that in a bit) and if the “baseball is a boring, dying sport” crowd think it’s no big deal, we in the “baseball is a thing of beauty” crowd think performance enhancing drug cheating is a very big thing.

1. America doesn’t necessarily hate liars, but it really hates repeat liars, especially those who let others take the hit for their lying. Which is why America hates Lance Armstrong. So I agree with you there.

2. Ryan Braun was given a pass for being Ryan Braun, because America wanted to love Ryan Braun, because there was nothing not to love . . . . . . except apparently he was BSing the whole time. Which stinks because owning up to it and apologizing would’ve taken care of the issue, as what happened with Andy Pettitte. There might be some weird people who throw the whole Jewish thing up when talking about Ryan Braun, but his religion (I would’ve written “ethnenticity” except I’m not sure how to spell it) had nothing to do with it. His cheating and lying did

3. Baseball is the only American team sport that is making a public effort to do something about cheating. The result is that it comes across as the ever-repentent sinner (“Oh, dear Lord, my people have sinned yet again”) and gets chewed up in the media all the time for not doing enough. I suppose that the fans and the media could get on professional football about its blind eye to steroids, except the NFL has to deal with murder and such, so steroids are the least of its problems.

4. I watch baseball on television and honestly it’s one Viagra commercial after another, so you’ve got to think that advertisers have concluded that the demographics for baseball are skewed towards older men (or steroid abused younger men). But I go to Los Angeles Dodger baseball games and there are tens of thousands of fans in the stands (they’re winning) and it is predominantly young, Hispanic COUPLES and families. So what’s going on here? If baseball is such a boring, dying, old white guy’s sport why is it drawing a young, Hispanic fan base? This isn’t a rhetorical question, I don’t know the answer. I just know what I see.

5. I am ambivalent about steroids (and maybe HGH) to this extent: under doctor’s supervision, it does help recovery from injury faster. So why shouldn’t it be used for that?

gmartinz on August 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I’ve nothing against the practice – its human nature for pro athletes to obtain to obtain every advantage they can to win.

Policing doping is a thankless and impossible job in pro sports. Like Debbie, I do hate the smug arrogance of pro athletes who think they’re better than every one else and who try to fool the public about their integrity!

So when they’re caught using, its less the fact they used than they lie about it and pretend they did nothing wrong that frosts people. Like pro sports is about fair play and being role models. In reality, its about making lots of money and pretending one is a champion.

There ain’t much to write home about in pro sports.

NormanF on August 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

First off, EXCELLENT JOB, Debbie.

Now, take it from someone who has been involved in health and fitness, i.e., the Iron Game, more specifically, bodybuilding since 1972, but not able to lift since 1983.

I was around Arnold Schwarzenegger and Co. on an infrequent but regular basis from 1973-1983. A cousin of mine became one of the greatest bodybuilders during the period of late 70’s to early 80’s, and competed in two Mr. Olympia contests, THE top bodybuilding contest, to this day. I was also around the top wrestlers, some top weightlifters and powerlifters, some pretty well known actors, steroid doctors, etc. I was on the ground floor of something that was a despised subculture in the time that I got started in the early 70’s. With the release of the movie Pumping Iron on January 17, 1977, the modern fitness boom began a short time later. Arnold, for whatever negatives can be said about him, is a charmer and a conqueror.

For those of you who do care, when Debbie says nobody cares, let’s have some perspective. Do you really think she means 100% when she uses the word “nobody?” But it’s such a small percentage, let’s get real. Most people want to see bigger, faster, stronger, plus people jumping longer, higher, vaulting higher, and throwing implements farther. So do the executives of sports federations, because IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FUCKING MONEY. If you think that there is no corruption in drug testing labs between lab techs, government officials, and sports federations, sorry, but you are a na├»ve ass. Sorry, but you are, and this is coming from someone who is OPPOSED to PED use.

Believe me, many of the folks who claim they care have been deceived in to cheering for many, many, champions in many sports, who have long since retired with medals, money, trophies, accolades, various Halls of Fame honors, and in some cases, few if any medical issues. And those who have had medical issues, including some VERY FAMOUS PEOPLE (no names) have successfully prevented the public from finding out.

Why didn’t YOU become Mr. Olympia, Alfredo? Yes, that’s right, I was recognized as having an “Arnold type” body in the potential sense, but with “better legs.” Those quotes are not just my own observations, but MANY other persons, and yes, ARNOLD HIMSELF watched me work out intently on one occasion in October 1983, when it was thought I was due for beginner’s competitions in early 1984. This was shortly before neurological damage from a 1978 car accident overtook me, and knocked me out of the gym forever a month later. THAT, and my INSISTENCE on not doing WHAT EVERYONE AROUND ME WAS DOING, was why I didn’t make it. Yes, my cousin did it, and has his own medical issues today, at age 64.

Arnold as far back as a Sports Illustrated article in 1974, justified the use of anabolic steroids (HGH was yet future) because he said as a professional, he had a right to make a living using adjunctive aids. That’s 39 YEARS AGO, FOLKS!!! LOOK IT UP, IT’S ON THE NET!!!

Know what now deceased (at 79) hammer thrower Hal Connolly said about PED’s in an interview long after his very successful career was over? “Everyone was on something after 1960.” Same with bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, shotputting, etc. People were experimenting big time in the 50’s. And now revelations are coming out about WEST German soccer and rowing teams using PED’s as far back as the 1950’s, maybe even 1940’s.

Want an education, folks? Take this little first day of PED’s 101 that I’ve given you, put Track and Field News’ web site on your computer, iPad, whatever you use, and GO TO IT EVERY DAY. You WILL receive an education in PED’s, use and testing. Track and Field is THE LEADING sport when it comes to testing, and THEY STILL CAN’T GET IT RIGHT. Believe me, this post could be as long as The Bible if I wanted it to be. It would be all true, and it is coming FROM THE HORSES MOUTH!!! You will NEVER catch up to me in knowledge, but you will go far, indeed.

In conclusion, is testing better than ever? Yes. Is drug testing still a joke? Yes, although testers have made wonderful strides in recent years. Does anybody care? Yes, but NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! FOLLOW THE MONEY, LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY!!! Unless you want to see the 100 meter dash winner in the next Olympics go not much faster than Jesse Owens did in Hitler’s time, or the long jump winner not go much further than he did. That was a WHILE ago. The only athletes who get caught are the ignorant and arrogant.

Again Debbie, excellent job. Thank you. I love you. God bless you.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

The only reason soccer was invented, was so people too f—–g stupid to understand baseball have something they too can watch. Chess is bit more that just checkers with horsies on top. I took my wife to a Dodger game and afterward she told me she never knew all the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on. Baseball is very entertaining if you know all that is going on. If you bet money it is even more enjoyable,just ask Pete Rose.

#1 Vato on August 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    @Vato–

    Silly analogy:

    I understand chess, but it is still boring to watch. There are things going on “behind the scenes” in all sports. So what?

    Prometheus on August 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

Oh, “one more thing.”

“One more thing” is what attorney’s say at 5:27 p.m. after their secretary has already shut off the computer, and is organizing their desk, getting ready to leave. “One more thing” means the attorney leaves at 5:30, and the secretary leaves at 6:15. Of course, if you’re a temp, as I was for a long time, it means you get paid an extra 3/4 of an hour. At temporary legal secretary rates, that’s a good incentive, although a pain in the ass if you were counting on leaving at 5:30. ROTFLMAO!!!

Anyway, “one more thing” with regard to the spelling of names. Know how to spell Isaiah? That’s right, I S A I A H.

Well, that brings us to Isiah Thomas, and since his time, a lot of other Isiah’s. I once mentioned on another web site, lhong, lhong, gago, n fharr, fharr (anchors) aweigh, that Mr. Thomas did not know how to spell his own first name. I am fully aware that many people in this country have had parents, grandparents who were not the most literate, hence misspellings that ended up on birth certificates. I was making a little joke. Boy, was I VICIOUSLY ATTACKED. For what? For being A RACIST, OF COURSE!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Attacked by white people, no less.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 5, 2013 at 10:47 pm

What ever!

Why people are still so into professional sports is beyond me. I mean, when I was a kid, the Tigers were the same players every year. Micky Stanley, Jim Northrup, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Willie Horton, etc. That’s how I remember it. They were the Tigers, my team. They had team spirit and they were loyal to Detroit and the Tiger fans. And I was loyal to them. But I was just a kid then.

Today, it’s everyone for himself. What ever franchise will pay the most, that’s where the players go. I don’t get how people maintain loyalty to a team when the players don’t. One year here, next year there. Buy a jersey of your favorite player; next year he plays for someone else. It’s all BS. I’ve lost all respect for the whole business; I guess because that’s just what it is, a business and not a game anymore. But what do I know.

Hell, they pay players millions and millions to be the best they can be, and then when the players do everything they can to do just that it’s frowned upon, cheating. But only if found out. Seems hypocritical to me. Cheating isn’t body building, it’s spit balls, altered bats, it’s sharpening your spikes, players not playing as well as they could, it’s umpires on the take, etc.

Seems to me PEDs and the like are just a form of industrial espionage. Coke’s secret formula. Just business. Nothing more. Let them play their little games. I’m done with pro sports, have been for years.

Red Randy on August 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

Those were great Tigers teams. I remember them well, and I agree with you in large part on professional sports. There are two that I no longer follow, partially because of having gotten sick of the scene, partially because it’s so vastly unimportant, and partially because of time constraints. That would be baseball and basketball. But those were some days back then, huh?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2013 at 1:13 am

Oh, throw in boxing, too.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

Rick Horowitz over at Huffingtonpost had a good view of the
situation, “Drugs in Baseball: It’s All About the Numbers”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-horowitz/

It’s all a colossal time-waster; A diversion from more important issues. There are many examples of people using technological advances to enhance their situations, why should sports be different. I wish people cared as much about Wall Street’s cheating… and PED’s. Ho hum…

Good points on the difference between the athletes.

dj on August 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

No hatred here for Lance or Ryan or any other athlete who uses steroids.

The problem is all these self righteous inquisitors who want to make sports “pure” using the power of government.

Sports is entertainment. It’s no different than an actress who has a face lift, tummy tuck, or boob job.

Pete on August 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

One more thing…

Beyond how the precious stats would be distorted, no one has EVER articulated why taking PEDs is “cheating.”

Let’s see. If a player had asthma, would his taking a drug for this condition also be “cheating”?

Prometheus on August 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ms Schlussel mis off base on this one. Steroids like gambling may never be eliminated from sports but it must be opposed there if the sport is to survive and endure.

Bill Ford on August 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    @Bill–

    Uh, why is that, exactly?

    Prometheus on August 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

Please consider:

1. The parent’s vicarious thrills, pride, and projection.
2. The introduction of PEDs to young non-professional players and the blindness of the parents to these young users.
3. The win at any price coaches, sponsors, schools – all levels, and media.
4. The “RELIGION OF SPORTING EVENTS, FOLLOWERS, AND CULTURE”.
5. THE MATHEMATICAL ODDS of making and remaining on a team in any professional sport.
6. The few STARS who can actually say they wisely saved and invested well, have good health, and directed their after-sport’s life into marketable and rewarding pursuits.

If anyone still has any naive beliefs, please watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61-GFxjTyV0

Now, go watch the entire movie and have a talk with your kids.

Athletes must decide individually if they want PEDs, want to be exposed mentally and physically to their potential dangers,
and the effects on their families, friends, and reputations.

To all athletes…Choose Wisely. I am happy that the sons of my good friends did exactly that – chose wisely.

Dennis on August 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

A-Rod, hasn’t lived up to his enourmous contract, the highest in Baseball. He really sucked in the playoffs against the Tigers last Fall, for that, I don’t hate him. He’s a liar. and an attention whore. That’s all.

Steve Epps on August 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Tennis is a real sport which requires intelligence and skill. If you doubt me, try playing the game.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Mr. Grant, there’s no denying that, but ALL sports require intelligence and skill. I HOPE you are not one of the deniers about the wonderful sport of tennis. And if you haven’t already taken my advice about Track & Field News’ web site, please go there immediately and read the article by Dick Pound, former head of the WADA. Also, please remember what John McEnroe said about 25-30 years ago, that no one should have their head in the sand about things that may have gone on in tennis. That was then. It’s even worse now.

    The obvious cases of acromegaly, signifying use of HGH, are too blatant to ignore. Education, not denial. Tennis is not clean, and has not been for decades, and that’s a FACT. Believe your eyes, and a few other factors as well. Quick, before the statements by Dick Pound disappear in to the archives. Also, please read the testing chart article done on all sports recent published on that web site. Tennis has a HUGE case of obfuscation and denial, and Dick Pound has been pounding away at that point for the past year. Tennis is due for some enhanced scrutiny, and I promise you, it IS coming. It IS a wonderful sport, but I hope your statement was not one alluding to the “cleanliness” of the athletes, because I know differently.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

The players today and in past years do know and have known it’s wrong. I think any player who uses a P.E.D. should have a lifetime ban.PERIOD. It’s not just baseball, it’s in all sports (not sure about hockey though). Sports in general are almost not worth watching these days. PC rules the day. The players today, who go by the rules, in high school, college, and pros , in all sports are not given the same respect, for their abilities. Players who can hardly pronounce a understandable word are fawned over as the next greatest player to come along. The players who do it right are looked at as not as athletic. This is all in general now. And those who want fame and fortune as alex rodreiguez , cheat to attain that. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa…ect… and on down the line. I for one would not care in the least if pro baseball,pro football, college football and college baseball just stopped being . Forget soccer, let the socialist countries have that. Sports have become a distraction for the dirty deeds going on in our government in the latest 40 years. A Rodriguez so long for good !

William on August 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

A-Rod or “A-&%#@? The latter is fitting, you fill in the blanks. The guy is a pathetic unrepentant joker like other pompous misfit rich sports athletes, hollywood actors, politicans, cops and musician artists clowns in society who defecate on our morals: Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, etc. Test them all whether it is NHL hockey, NFL, Olympics, Soccer or others……no more random testing – hold it over their heads before any game. If they test positive boot out their lying carcasses, tear up their greedy money contracts and ban them for life, not a joke slapped wrist approach.

Elizabeth From Ontario on August 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Elizabeth, the problem is not testing on the day of competition, as the drugs, particularly HGH and steroids are long since out of the system, yet still working their magic. PLEASE people, PLEASE take my suggestion to go to the web site I suggested, instead of throwing out your own take on this subject. You WILL be educated.

There is a new form of testing, Carbon Isotope, which is responsible for some of the positives recently. But YEAR ROUND, OUT OF COMPETITION testing is the key, and TESTING HAIR SAMPLES is the way to go, on a MONTHLY basis. However, this gets in to the sticky situation of “civil rights issues.”

If you’re all for that, where is the money going to come from? Care to pay $50 for a hot dog, $250 for parking, along with $500 for a team jersey? If you’re all for PROPER TESTING methods, that’s what spectator sports are going to have to do to you, in order to fund this madness.

And GUESS WHAT? SOME ATHLETES WILL STILL BEAT THE SYSTEM!!! ANYONE EVER HEARD OF GENE DOPING? PLEASE PEOPLE, STOP THE MADNESS, AND EDUCATION YOURSELVES!!!

Look up and study thoroughly . . .

(i) HGH, what it is, how it works, and how futile it is to test for;
(ii) Anabolic steroids, including the undetectable “designer” steroids, which are constantly being developed;
(iii) Stimulants, what they are, how to test for them, how futile it is;
(iv) Masking agents, how they are used, how they can foul up tests, how quickly they leave the system, etc.;
(v) EPO, a blood boosting agent.
(vi) GENE DOPING, VERY IMPORTANT;
(vii) Civil rights issues pertaining to drug testing. BIG ISSUES HERE.

Like your cable bills now? Wanna see them balloon even more? Wanna find out in 2048 that an athlete who used gene doping and won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympics has finally been caught? You folks who are against PED use really need an education. I’m not saying that to put you down, I’m saying it to put you WISE. Wanna make up your own stories, and stamp your feet on it? Okay, fine. Your loss, not mine.

You’ve all got the benefit of a walking encyclopedia talking to you, and that’s not a boast, IT’S A FACT!!! THIS IS NOT EGO, THIS IS AN EXPERT SPEAKING!!! Get real, I am against PED use also.

How do you think I felt when it was stated many years ago that players on a certain baseball team used to go to a certain LEGENDS locker, MY FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER EVER, for some “red juice” whenever they needed a pick me up. None other than Willie Mays. There was a gasp in the courtroom the day it was mentioned. It was never mentioned again, except Mike and The Mad Dog covered it a bit that afternoon.

Hey folks, did you know when Ben Johnson tested positive, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie of Great Britain also tested positive that day, but were let go because of valid excuses and also because OLYMPIC OFFICIALS WANTED TO SAVE FACE?

LOOK IT UP!!! WHAT AM I DOING, TALKING TO MYSELF HERE? YOUR LOSS, ALL OF YOU, NOT MINE!!! EDUCATION, NOT DENIAL, AND NOT YOUR OWN “SPECIAL TAKE” ON IT!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Pardon me, two typos above EDUCATE (NOT EDUCATION) YOURSELVES, and “valid excuses” for Lewis and Christie, not valid excuses.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

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