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Posted on: May 12, 2009 6:22 pm
 

Baseball And Performance Enhancing Drugs

After many years, I’ve made a complete turn in my opinion about steroids in baseball or any sport. Yes many performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) can and do cause serious and permanent physical (balls shrinkage, hormone imbalance, etc.) and psychological (Chris Benoit, roid rage, etc.) harm. Yes it’s a great tragedy that our kids are taken in the web of illicit drug use and are being destroyed by the bad example professional sports has given us. From a moral standpoint PEDs are a huge question mark or exclamation mark even. But what we have here in the use of PEDs in sports of any kind is a business decision. We have a business decision, that is, made by adults for the most part, knowing, perhaps not the scope and scale of risk involved, but knowing there is a risk involved; and with that risk may or may not follow a reward.

Let us not forget that in every avenue of life as well as in sports, some sort of calculated risk precludes almost every reward. This does not mean the risk always merits the reward, but is this ethically calculated conclusion a reason enough to ban or outlaw a certain activity or substance? We can clearly see that in any sport what the athlete gives up, more than just his time, is his body. Any athlete will suffer wear and tear on his body. We are now having this debate in the horseracing world that the horses are not old enough and bodies not mature enough to take the pounding of the race.
 

So we have the ethical issue before us. However, we all know that not only is the world always changing, but also we can change the world; therefore our ethics can change too. The practical reality is both that sports will always have a risk/reward aspect to it, but as with other advances with science and medicine, there is always the potential to cultivate a sports world in which the rewards of PEDs can greatly outweigh the risks. 

One practical solution to the problem of PEDs is to have sports organizations designed to legally study and improve the science of PEDs. Not only that, but also there needs to be a more open discussion about what these drugs can and cannot do, how they should and should not be administered and if there is any way in the world some of these banned substances can be legalized either now or in the future. If you look at the surprising breadth and longevity of PED usage in sports, the inconsistency of testing and administration of standards, and the widespread ignorance of PEDs in general, you will conclude that the public certainly is grossly undereducated on the matter.

Let us take a look at some of the PEDs on the banned substances list for the Olympics. Things so ridiculous such as nasal spray and caffeine even are on the list. If these substances have the potential to empower the athlete, I say seek ways to harness that power to give a more effective yet safer outcome to the athlete’s performance. Don’t throw the sweet sweet baby out with the rancid bath water.
 

Ask yourself what that term performance enhancement means. If an athlete trains his body to withstand the rigors and harshness of his sport, would he not always want to be in the process of enhancing his performance? Would he not want his skill, mental understanding of the game, vision, physical stamina, joint health, etc. to be constantly improving or at least maintained as he ages? If he were given a magical pill that could do all this, would it not only be to his benefit to do so, but also his right to pursue that benefit, that happiness, have you? Whatever edge he gains, would not that be the product of the knowledge he has obtained, the dedication he has garnered, and the work he has endured? Would not the fallout from any side effect suffered from such magic pill be his fault alone to own?

 We can’t fool ourselves to think that any activity is without risk. Certainly, weight training and playing the sport itself could produce a negative result. I know of some sports fans that are angry with Tony Dungy, because he apparently neglected his son to the point that his son started using illicit drugs and committed suicide. I would be the last person to blame him for that, but even the best of us can make mistakes based on good intentions. Even the simple reading of a book to gather knowledge can result in the neglect of another more noble activity, perhaps, which only God could understand the magnitude of it’s importance. So who are we to judge another man’s decision to pursue an activity that could gain him fame and fortune? Yes, as reasoning, moral agents, we should judge people and situations, but are we always so sure that we are right, especially in matters of which we do not fully understand?

Posted on: May 12, 2009 6:17 pm
 

Hey Wake Up Tennessee Fans, Horde of Fools

If you are a Tennessee fan and agree with me, then I salute you, but the rest of you are beyond empathy.

They duct-taped her mouth, tortured, and raped her. She is Daniel Hood’s first cousin, the victim of the kidnapping, torture, and rape. She gave a lengthy and detailed report of what these young thugs did to her, yet she is not so important now. No, a kids’ game played by grown men is more important to many than her rights as a human.

I really don’t understand what goes on there in the buck-toothed hillbilly redneck land called Tennessee, but the aptly named, Daniel Hood, not only is not in a Tennessee prison for his violent perverted crimes, but he is now your next big hero for the state of Tennessee. Your Al Davis progeny and resident retard, Lane Kiffin, has welcomed this scum with open arms and you all are elated that this perverted little monster is so deserving of a football scholarship from your joke of a college.

You inbred social rejects really want your daughters going to school with this sicko? Is this the level of class we should now assume of ALL of you? Are these the sociopaths that you venerate as the types of individuals you hope your sons will become? A brave new college sports world we have here indeed.

I have in the past pulled for SEC teams in out of conference games, but now that you have chosen to support vicious criminals, so your football team will succeed, I hope you fail. I want to see your team and entire football program and fan base embarrassed and shamed. 

We, the Florida Gators Nation, are going to kick the living crap out of you in football this year, as well as in life. Your hero Lane Kiffen will make a complete sass out of himself and ALL of you fools. So keep on making excuses and supporting this loser. I thought the Biscuit Eater was embarrassment enough for you silly people, but Tennessee Nation has found a way to make themselves look even worse than ever. What new low will you idiots stoop to next? Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth whenever I hear mention of Tennessee football.

 
 
 
 
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