Dispatches from Geezerville
OK, I'm going to be the weirdo here, and admit that I don't have a problem with athletes taking steroids if it helps them perform better. I don't really see how it's any different than being on a strict dietary regimen, or putting in more time on weights, or any of the other things people do to make themselves better at their jobs. If we're going to strike down athletic records because their holders used steroids, are we going to expunge Coleridge's "Xanadu" from the Norton Anthology because he was high when he wrote it?
Jeff!Your mother reads this blog.
George-- you know that over half of the athletes in our school used steroids-- only then we called it BEER!! The performance of everyone two days after an evening of liquid bliss was astounding---Goose
I don't think Jeff Hebert is a weirdo or that his mother should be shocked at his opinion... that is, unless she is living in a fantasy world.This so-called "Baseball steroid scandal," like so many sensational stories in the media, is being engineered to get ratings, sell papers, etc. Sports is a branch of the entertainment industry, for gosh sakes. Anyone who has ever gone backstage in a theatre to see things as they really are recognizes that the entertainment business in its essence is about acting, illusion, lies, and audience manipulation. Why all the outrage? How can people expect a higher level of integrity than this from such a business?I would much prefer that people reserve their outrage for the takeover of news, politics, publishing, education, etc. by the entertainment ethos and its practitioners. These branches of human activity have a far greater impact on human welfare than sports, movies, and other diversions.
What pisses me off is that the heroes of my youth didn't have a chance to use all this chemistry and instead had to rely on plain old diet and exercise and, most of all, practice. So I wouldn't put anasterisk after the names of 80 or so recent users, I would put one by the names of everybody who playedbefore, say, 1978. It would just say, "Not assisted by anything stronger than alcohol."
Using steroids can (will) cause long term physical and mental health problems for those that use them to enhance performance. Because of that, their use is against the rules of the game(s). Those that violate the rules are cheats and cheating is the antithesis of sports. Use the asterisk.
I think the message here, other than to eliminate the use of performance enhancing drugs, is to also eliminate the occurrence of perjury! I mean, everyone is so fixated on whether or not they did it, take the juice, and whether or not its right that they forget another very important factor: These guys, some of them at least, lied to Congress; period end of story. Like it or not, this is a crime in our country so, until these rules get changed, these guys deserve the prison time the felony commission, perjury, rates. Forget whether they took the drugs or not; it wasn't even against the rules for some of them when they took them so why lie? I for one think this one issue is at the forefront of what is wrong with privileged society in our country today. Politicians, actors, sports figures; many of them are simply liars.
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