Scott Cordischi On Sports: Squeeze The Juicers
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Breaking news: Alex Rodriguez, Ray Lewis and other pro athletes have allegedly taken performance-enhancing drugs.
In other news, the sky is blue and grass is green. Details at 11.
Another week, another revelation that some well-accomplished professional athletes have allegedly taken PED’s. The problem is that none of us are surprised.
As a society we have almost become numb to the news that athletes are breaking the rules in order to get an edge. It’s a shame that it has come to this, but that is where we are.
There are so many problems with what is going on with PED use in pro sports, the least of which is the athletes themselves constantly looking for an edge.
Before anyone ever knew what anabolic steroids, HGH, The Clear or Deer-Antler Spray was, athletes were taking things like amphetamines to get that extra energy to perform at the highest level.
The bigger problem is that the testing for PED’s and enforcement for breaking the rules is so lax that it has not curtailed the use of these drugs nearly enough.
Sports like Major League Baseball and the National Football League talk a mean game. They want fans to think that they have the most stringent drug testing procedures in place and that penalties are strictly enforced for those who test positive.
But we know better, don’t we?
Until a recent change was adopted two weeks ago, Major League Baseball subjected to blood testing for HGH during spring training. After that, players could load up on the juice at will with no repercussion.
The NFL “randomly” gives urine tests to its players at least once a year. The problem is that they seem to pick and choose whom they want to punish and when.
Take Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman. With the Seahawks charging towards the playoffs, Sherman beat his positive test on a shabby technicality that his urine sample was mishandled.
Now we learn that Ray Lewis may have taken Deer-Antler Spray which contains a performance-enhancing drug. Do you really think that the NFL will suspend Lewis the week before he and his Baltimore Ravens play in the Super Bowl? Not a chance!
If Major League Baseball and the NFL had balls, they would implement true random testing on numerous occasions for all players both in and out of season. They would also strengthen their penalties for positive tests to a 1-year suspension without pay for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense.
These leagues would also allow teams to void the contracts of players who test positive a first time at their own discretion. That’s what the New York Yankees would like to do with Alex Rodriguez and they should be allowed to if he can be proven guilty of these latest charges.
But these leagues will never do that. Because they don’t want to risk losing star players that help sell tickets and put money into the pockets of the owners.
So if they don’t care, why should we?
-I thought I had heard it all when it comes to PED’s until this week. Deer-Antler Spray? Really?
-Although if you ask Ray Lewis about his speedy recovery from a torn right triceps I’m sure he will tell you that it was the Lord Jesus Christ who helped him recover quicker than anyone thought was humanly possible from that injury. Because we all know how much the Lord loves Ray-Ray.
-No one said that the Boston Celtics would be a more talented team without Rajon Rondo in the line-up. However, they will function much more like a team without him. Their wins over Miami and Sacramento have shown us that.
-With that said, not having Rondo would seemingly make it impossible for the Celts to beat the Heat in a 7-game series.
-Break up the Boston Bruins.
-Will tonight be the last time we see the UConn Huskies at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center? I certainly hope not.
-Why is it that anyone even suspected of using PED’s is kept out of the Baseball Hall of Fame but seemingly not even a consideration for those who select players for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
-Dan Hurley’s URI Rams may be short on talent this year but their long on effort.
-Is it too premature to say that Tiger is back?
-I can honestly say that I really do not care who wins the Super Bowl Sunday. You?
-Manti Te’o told Katie Couric that he “far from” being gay. Yet Dr. Phil tells us that alleged hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is gay. Hmmmmmm?
-If Greg Oden is indeed capable of a potential comeback, shouldn’t the Boston Celtics be one of the teams to at least kick the tires on bringing him in?
-Did you see where Baltimore Ravens free agent-to-be safety Ed Reed said that he “could definitely play for [Bill] Belichick?” Reed was asked that question down in New Orleans where his team is preparing for Super Bowl 47 against the San Francisco 49ers. Belichick has always admired Reed and it would not be shocking to see the Patriots inquire about him this offseason.
-To Marshall Faulk who said this week that he still feels that his St. Louis Rams were “cheated” out of a Super Bowl win by the Patriots 11 years ago…….get over it!
-Who’s Tim Thomas?
-And did you see where the Los Angeles Lakers had their own version of Festivus last week? They had an airing of grievances at a players-only meeting.
-I have three words for Rajon Rondo: Deer Antler Juice!