Welcome to Sports Saturday on The Block, I’m your host BROWNLEE. Today we’re reporting to you live from my laptop regarding the subject of Steroids….are they the new Hemorrhoids, and by hemorrhoids I mean PAIN IN MY ASS?!?
The use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of American football has been an ongoing issue since the late 1980s, especially in the National Football League. The NFL began to test players for steroid use during the 1987 season, and started to issue suspensions to players during the 1989 season. The NFL has issued as many as six random drug tests to players, with each player receiving at least one drug test per season. The NFL banned substances policy has been acclaimed by some and criticized by others, but the policy is the longest running in professional sports, beginning in 1987. In comparison to the policies of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, the NFL has long been the most strict. While recently MLB and the NHL decided to permanently ban athletes for a third offense, they have long been resistant to such measures, and random testing is in its infancy. Since the NFL started random, year-round tests and suspending players for banned substances, many more players have been found to be in violation of the policy. By April 2005, 111 NFL players had tested positive for banned substances, and of those 111, the NFL suspended 54.
But now the actual question is, does the NFL actually have a serious steroids problem? Some baseball fans, who have become defensive in the face of the attacks, scrutiny and suspicion that doping has brought to America’s Pastime, are quick to point a finger at football now that one of its star players has tested positive for a steroid. It’s clear to me that steroids in some form have been around clubhouses and locker rooms for a long time. Older players often regale you with stories of how a teammate or two would use these muscle-building, recovery-hastening drugs, along with the legendary “B-12” shots and vitamins that often were amphetamines in disguise. From what I hear, the most common reason is to recover from an injury faster and not to become Bigger, Faster, Stronger like everybody thinks. The NFL is real clear on this: Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies, whether it’s a protein powder from GNC, a voodoo concoction from a back-alley farmacia in Mexico or an over-the-counter cold tablet.
I’m really not trying to see my favorite football players in suits and ties in front of Congress wasting even more taxpayer money like they did with Roger Clemens. Now take note, Clemens was NOT on trial for using performing enhancing drugs, he was on trial for lying about it under oath. However, if the government wasn’t butting in where they didn’t belong he would’ve never been under oath in the first place and they wouldn’t have spent over $10 million US dollars just to have a mistrial on Day Two of the trial! And THAT’s how the US ends up with a bad credit rating…by being on that Ricky Rozay and Blowing Money Fast!
Enough of me ranting, Massa Goodell has already dumbed down the NFL enough in the name of player safety. I’m not really on board with most of the stuff that he’s implemented but nobody listens to me. They keep saying the NFL is a contact sport, I wholeheartedly dispute this. Dancing is a contact sport, Football is a collision sport! When you have collisions, people get hurt, it’s simple mathematics, with or without PEDs. I’m just a single fan hoping that they get a grip on this HGH/Steroid thing in the NFL immediately. But the only way to do that is to stop it early, because by the numbers, most football players did not starting using PEDs once they got in the NFL, it was a habit that they brought with them from high school and college. Making them stop in the NFL is like trying to change a quarterback’s throwing mechanics once he is drafted in the first round…shout out to Tim Tebow! LOL!
Are any of you worried about steroids ruining the NFL? Do real fans even care? What do you all think?
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