Thursday, March 17, 2005

The hypocrite's steroid guide
by Jim Caple


"You're a 24-hour sports network that shakes its head at Barry Bonds, while you assign a reporter to cover his exploits on a daily basis."

"You're a sports magazine that frequently attacks Bonds on the suspicion that he might have used steroids, but you've also run stories lionizing Bill Romanowski for his workout "regimen'' and you still gush over how big and strong players in the NFL are."

"You're a columnist who frequently holds up the NFL as a shining example of a league with a strict drug-testing policy, even though your own eyes tell you that the policy has done little to keep performance enhancers out of a sport where the players grow bigger, stronger and faster every season."

"You're a fantasy leaguer who chants "Steroids! Steroids!'' at a player when he runs onto the field, even though he was your first pick in your annual draft."

"You're a fan who thought it was great for baseball when Mark McGwire broke the home run record while using andro (now banned by baseball), but you consider it a scandal that Barry Bonds broke that record while possibly using steroids."

Friday, March 11, 2005

Can the players just come clean?
by Skip Bayless

Behold the Glory of Skip Bayless.

"Yet we know there have been lots of "communists" and "witches" in baseball -- lots of steroid users."

"Call me a communist if you like. But I've said for years that professional athletes should have to waive their right to privacy and be tested on a daily basis for performance-enhancing drugs, as well as cocaine and marijuana."

"And don't argue that rock stars also should be hauled before Congress and interrogated about their drug use. Rock stars are mostly anti-heroes, not heroes. Rock stars don't cheat to break cherished home run records. "

"At the very least, I want to watch these baseball players answer a very simple question, under oath, with immunity, before the scheduled congressional hearing March 17: 'Have you used steroids?' "

"But if you've always been clean, wouldn't you relish the opportunity to answer every possible question on steroids before God and country? To preach to kids about the horrors of steroid overdosing during teenage years?"

"I'm even more excited about March 17 than I am about Opening Day. Even if a player takes the Fifth, he'll be admitting guilt in the court of public opinion. Play ball!"

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