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What a Bunch of Head Cases

Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:30 pm
I'm sick and tired of hearing about it.  The excuses.  The explanations.  The debate about the Hall of Fame.  I hate hearing every day, it seems, about PEDs, steroids, and HGH by athletes across the board in both amateur and professional sports.  But, this issue is here to stay.  As more digging and reporting is made, we all need to prepare for once-hallowed names being bandied about as part of the "Steroid Generation" of athletes.

The current fiasco about Manny Ramirez centers on the substance he used "for health issues".  Apparently, this is widely taken for testosterone production, especially in recovering from sterioid use.  Alright, so the guy got caught.  The question most are trying to answer is, Why?  Why does a talented, gifted athlete have a need to get to the next level, when he or she is on the top already?

Immortality.  They don't ever want to come down off the top tier of the ladder.  As age creeps up, sometimes the physical stamina and skills slow or even have the bottom drop out.  That is scary for someone always regarded at the top of his selected profession.  That, to me, is a factor in the decision to do or take whatever is available at the time to keep the edge for one more game, one more series, one more season.  Maybe that's why Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire could be impelled to sacrifice what they accomplished in the past for one more glorious run.

Being naive.  Some athletes reportedly don't want to know what their athletic trainers and advocates are recommending as part of their regimen.  Do you blame them?  Having the question posed, 'Did you knowingly take a performance enhancing substance', who in their right mind would want to say yes.  Well, I suppose they could lie about it.  Ask Roger Clemens how that route ends up for you.

Inferiority complex.  Some have been belittled from youth on up that they would never be good enough.  Never good enough in the eyes of their parents, their coach, their team, their sport, or their country.  That is a lot of pressure.  Some just can't handle that, so feel inclined to speed up their skill and power level artificially.  What if they are already regarded at an elite level in their sport?  It doesn't matter if you always have the need to be better, faster, stronger and more capable than where you currently are.  There is always that inner drive to go one more mile, get a little faster, be a little better.

It doesn't matter to me what the reports or the soundbites during interviews reveal for the reason, the thought-process or the excuses given for using these substances.  Cutting to the chase, the individuals have issues.  Deep, personal issues that drive them to do this.  Until that is addressed effectively for each person involved, this will continue to be the norm in sports.  That's how I see it, anyway.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 11:53 pm

What a Bunch of Head Cases

Great blog man. These are truely the reasons why athletes use performance enhancing drugs.

As a Dodger's fan I'm so tired of all this Manny talk also, we won in Philly the other night but the main Dodgers article in the paper was about Manny's positive tests results. Which indicated that he didn't have any HCG in his system but rather his testosterone levels were 4 times the normal amount. Yes he's a roider, yes he's a cheater, but most importantly the commish is the main cause of all this. When A-Rod tested positive in 2003 he kept his trap shut because he knew the home runs he hit would create revenue and how many jerseys he would sell. Money is truely the root of all evil and has corrupted our sport for an entire era. Now that we finally are starting to get past it we can start anew and perhaps can find some confidence in our elite players again.

I think we owe Conseco a thank you, he started the cleansing process of this ancient sport that so many have loved in the last 100+ years. There's still much more we need to do so that we never have to worry about this, a drug called DHEA is considered as an anabolic steroid but is yet to be added to the list of banned substances leading me to believe players are still juiced. We need to honestly get rid of our commish and start again with someone who wants to keep our game clean and is willing to give up whatever profits they make off of the players cheating.

That's my two cents, once again great insight on the steroids issue.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 1:01 pm

What a Bunch of Head Cases

Great blogs, bro. I've got you featured on the Community homepage!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:46 pm

What a Bunch of Head Cases

I would imagine seeing the difference between a 2-year $3.7M contract, and a 10-year $250M contract would be plenty of incentive for a player to "juice" up and earn that cash.  In that case, it may involve a more postive type of mind set, earning what you agreed to.  For that type of contract, though, doesn't greed come into play?  That is along the same line, in my estimation, of the other "head case" reasoning stated earlier.

Look at the ramifications involved.  Lying to cover it up.  Being ostracized by the general public.  Even today on the CBS boards there is a poll regarding Manny Ramirez.  Does he get into the Hall of Fame?  Yes, he has great skills.  No, he cheated.  In the court of public opinion, over 60% are of the opinion that he cheated.  He did something illegal to gain an unfair advantage, an edge, over his competition, regardless of the reason.  Keep him out, the people say.  How can that not adversely affect your family?  Then, what does that do to you and your minimized or over-inflated self-worth?  It can't be good.  It's all part of a potentially non-ending, vicious, cruel cycle that ends up crashing in a heap for most.  At the very least, it puts one on the defensive with the media and everyone wanting to know why.

That is a high price to pay.  Is it worth it?  I guess that is what each athlete needs to figure out on their own.  In the end, it is their decision, and they will live with the consequences that are self-inflicted.  For good or for bad.

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