December 13, 2004

Roid Rage

So, yesterday, following yet another typical Vikings loss in which those arrogant butt-munches once again went into a game just expecting the other team to hand them the game only to have said team actually play a football game, I then had to watch as the Green Bay Packers went and won another last second victory.

And then I looked at those very large men celebrating on the field, and I started thinking: you know, probably 70 percent or more of those huge sum-bitches are using some sort of steroid or other performance enhancing drug.

I'm not sure I understand the lack of outcry in the wake of an investigation that has uncovered steroid use in such big baseball names as Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi, and possibly sprinter Marion Jones. It's also been generally understood that Mark McGuire used a minor sort of steroid and, quite probably, a few others.

And that's just baseball (and track), which is, for the most part, a non-contact sport. It stands to reason that football players, particularly the hulking masses that defy genetic boundaries, are more than likely awash in some sort of steroid cocktail.

And yet the general consensus from the sports-watching world has been: "Ehhhhhhh."

I've always taken issue with the outrageous paychecks professional athletes recieve. It's just ridiculous to me that people can make millions of dollars based solely on their ability to catch a football, or swing a bat, or make a basket. With a few exceptions, professional athletes, though they can shine on the playing field, are atrocious members of society both in demeanor and speaking skills.

And now we're faced with the uncomfortable reality that these geniuses of physical prowess and not much else, more than very likely attain that level of prowess, not through hard work and dedication, but through chemical enhancement.

I don't know. I guess, for me, it takes something away from the game to realize that the players aren't really playing, well, fair. Sure, you can say "well, they're all doing it, so it's basically fair," but that's not a very convincing argument.

The appeal of professional sports used to be that the people playing were, basically, limited by the same human traits as myself and the rest of the world. To watch sports now, realizing that most of the players are probably all using performance enhancing drugs takes a lot away from the game. At least for me.

Posted by Ryan at December 13, 2004 09:51 AM

Yep, the only true sports players in my eyes are those that played way back when. Way back when talent was the only thing that made you what you were.

Now days I take none of the achievments in sports at face value because I know that they didn't do it all themselves, they had help in the way of modern medicine.

Posted by: Machelle at December 13, 2004 11:09 AM
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