Re: Should any of the Steelers Super Bowl Titles be viewed as Tainted?
posted at 7/14/2009 12:39 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Should any of the Steelers Super Bowl Titles be viewed as Tainted?
[QUOTE]PED's have existed in some for or another since the days that predate the "gladiators" in the coliseum. Whether it were some concoction cooked up by the village doctor or master of apothecary arts, they've existed and have been utilized to enable contest participants to perform. It has been pervasive in nearly every sport. It has only been "selectively" pointed out when it is convenient to do so. Bygone era's of baseball, football, hockey etc... (but especially baseball), had sanctioned drug use. From painkillers to amphetamines, they were gobbled up in the name of commerce. It is now and has always been about the $$$$$. Players were told (coerced) that if they couldn't play due to injury, they'd be replaced. Their choice, "shoot up" and play. The fact that fans and media alike are all over Bonds, McGuire, Selig, and other players of this era is laughable. Players of the Babe Ruth era, constantly abused amphetamines to assist with the rigors of a long season (double headers, extensive travel). Even in golf, they used to use high blood pressure medications to ease the yips. They used anti-anxiety drugs to help them deal with the pressure. You don't know about it because it wasn't reported upon or you chose not to know. Let's really look at this from another perspective. Every supplement, medication, drug that is used to treat an athlete, injured or otherwise, is "performance enhancing". From Tylenol, thru OxyContin. From Aspirin to Percodan. They all serve the same purpose and the players, trainers, and team physicians who employ their usage all realize the same thing. Without them, the players can't perform to the best of their capabilities. Records are records and championships are championships. We don't change the outcome to past blunders by officials in years past, so how do we now change anything. If and when we do rewrite the books, begin with striking out every record in baseball prior to intergration and Jackie Robinson. How can any of that count when a significant portion of society was excluded from participation? When you're ready to do that, then we could talk...
Posted by theplaintruth[/QUOTE]
You have a valid point. It's only since the explosion of media outlets that these "reports" and "allegations" have come to light. You cannot change the past. But if they really want to be fair about it, they should provide a full list of what is banned, and test everybody instead of doing it randomly, or only those with prior failures. In such a competitive environment, everyone is going to try and get whatever edge they feel they can.