Prosecuting the Obvious and Inevitable: Steroid “Inquisitions” Should Cease

[[[ The Case Against Lance Armstrong – Sports Illustrated ]]]

Craggs: “We know that 15 of the last 23 Tour de France winners, counting Armstrong, have “doped” in one way or another. So when Sports Illustrated asks, “Was the miracle a mirage?” it’s indulging in a lot of sham naivete about the essential nature of Armstrong’s sport (and about sports in general). Is there anyone over the age of 10 who truly believes that a multi-cycle chemo patient with one nut is steaming all over the Alps without some sort of “unnatural” help?”

I agree, agree with Craggs’ complaint that the true story of steroids in pro sports is why one prosecutor has been given such a free rein to trample on the law and why the media don’t seem to care. When the U.S. government starts dumpster-diving the newsroom garbage, maybe THEN reporters will get interested in due process?

In case you don’t remember or never knew about Food and Drug administrator Jeff Novitsky and his outrageous violations of the constitution, the law, and common sense, read all about him here.

The media hyenas who just love feasting on all the “red meat” of these wealthy athletes being given their comeuppance by the steroid police are the same ones who used to wail and tear their shirt sleeves over George Bush’s Patriot Act, and what a horrible imposition into our PRIVACY it is/was. (Never mind that Barack Obama has not only CONTINUED the Act, but expanded upon it. But I digress.): 

I don’t care for a lot of the professional athletes who are “heroes” to so many fans — I think Barry Bonds is an arrogant jerk who tweaked his first wife, Sun, mercilessly on her support payments. It was also Barry Bonds, who loved his “hos” but who was penny-wise and pound-foolish by not paying a big enough bribe to one of his mistresses to keep her quiet about his tax-cheating. I think Lance Armstrong was horrible to dump his wife who stayed with him through his cancer surgery and treatments. There are plenty of examples.: 

The PERSONALITIES of the pro athletes and the pop-culture popularity of kneecapping spoiled millionaires should not be a reason to persecute them for using steroids. And really, that’s what the steroid story is, a chance to wage class warfare on the rich guys. If you want to go to battle, why not throw spears at the OWNERS of the clubs who: profit most when : the athletes to win and win?: 

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Professional athletes should be free to use steroids, or growth hormones or whatever the hell else they want to use to be the best:  they can possibly be. The narco-prosecutions conducted by Congress and the federal government for “performance-enhancing” drug use are a waste of taxpayer resources and should cease.

Why shouldn’t performance-enhancing drugs be legal?

Professional sports fans: are asked to pay a small fortune to take in a pro game. Going to a baseball game here in San Francisco — with bridge or train fare, $30-$50 parking fees, tickets (which can range all over in price depending on location and availability on Stub Hub) and food, can easily cost $300 for two people. Season tickets to any of the San Francisco teams cost thousands of dollars for mediocre seats.: 

If I am going to take the time, trouble and bushel-load of money to go see a professional game IN PERSON, I want to see professional gladiators at their absolute physical peak. I want a GAME.: 

Athletes who are millionaires can and do afford the finest, most cutting-edge medical care and advice in the world. We have no idea what advances are being made, but trust me, the ones who aren’t getting caught right now are using the very best stuff and so they should.: 

Owners of teams have made the money so meaningful to a high school or college kid, who can blame them for wanting to make as much money as possible? If steroids can make a great player into a homerun record-holder, that player is going to inject, drink and rub in the magic drugs to optimize the few short years of income —earning ability.: 

If pro athletes take performance-enhancing drugs knowing full well there may be health problems later, they take that risk knowing they can give their families a very good life for the present. They can pray for good medicine to save them later and it probably will.: 

We have radical Islamists infiltrating every fabric of our society. Our resources to investigate are few and precious. We should not be wasting money persecuting athletes for wanting to be excellent. We should not waste Congress’ time holding ridiculous inquisitions of people like Roger Clemens, who was reportedly (per Jose Canseco’s book, “Juiced”) the ONLY pro baseball player who never cheated on his wife. He did take steroids and he was an awesome player before and after he did. Persecuting a good man like Roger Clemens is a sickening use of taxpayers’ dollars.: 

But it’s for the CHILDREN……..[oh, GAG me]

The argument that young kids will get their hands on the same performance-enhancing drugs the pros use is a ridiculous argument posed by people who do not have gifted athletes in youth programs.: :  They are using them now.:  A lot.:  I am an expert on this because I have lived in “this world” and I do know EXACTLY what is happening in youth sports in one of the most competitive, affluent athletic zones in the country — Northern California. If you have never have kids, or have never had a kid who was a great athlete, if you haven’t spent 20 ++ years in top-level youth sports as I did, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about and have no way to understand the dynamics.: 

I raised two great athlete girls in an upscale suburb where some of the young kids in sports were being given performance-enhancing drugs in elementary school. Mine never did, and they were never as good: in sports: as the ones who did. The Hgh-or-whatever kids did very well, got great college scholarships and are going strong in college right now. Long term effects of HgH, etc? Maybe, maybe not. These kids were exceptional athletes to start. The drugs do not turn a pastry-bicep computer geek into Superman. They do take a great athlete and make him/her into a star. They just do. As long as there is competition for slots in colleges and on pro teams, there will be short cuts to success. I think it’s fine. My kids made their choices not to take the stuff, we don’t fault the ones who did. In fact, we were cheering loudly at all their games all during high school.: 

Pro sports are one of the few things the USA still does well…(enjoy it while we can, damn it)

Stop the witch hunt. Tell Congress you want them to cut the budget, repeal Obamacare and get this country back on track. DEFUND the Food and Drug administration asshats like Jeff Novitsky. He’s a nut and what he is doing is illegal and being questioned by judges.: 

Watching our pro athletes, some of whom are legendary in history and in the world, is one of our few things left to be proud of in this country. Let our athletes be all they can be. Let them be gladiators.: 

For what it’s worth: Here is the Sports Illustrated article telling us all about evil Lance Armstrong:: 

The Case Against Lance Armstrong [Sports Illustrated]

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