PEDs or PEZ?
I don’t know much about performance enhancing drugs, but I do know about PEZ.
Remember, the little candies you loaded in the dispenser? They all had different tops and you pulled the clown head back and gave your friends a rectangular piece of pure sugar. I guess athletes dispensed PED’s like we did PEZ.
I don’t know what the big surprise is all about. We created the situation.
When you pay someone $250 million to perform, why wouldn’t he use every available resource to get better?
We sat and watched with awe as a dozen players hit 50, 60, or 70 home runs a year. We marveled at players who changed their bodies in a short period of time.
It reminds me of the old magazine ads. You know, the scrawny kid that gets sand kicked in his face. If he tried the Charles Atlas program, he would have a well sculptured body and all the girls would want to be with him. Well, we watched 200-pound men transform their bodies in a short period of time. What biceps, what shoulders, what a chest, and they added fifty pounds of muscle.
Baseball fans love to see the ball fly out of the ballpark, Every All-Star Home Run Derby is a sell out – 50,000 people paying a hefty price to watch a ball fly over 400 feet. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds become heroes in a short period of time. Some estimates put 66-percent of the major league players on PED’s. We will never know, because the Player’s Union was doing everything it could to protect its members.
Perhaps the funniest scenario was accused PED users testifying before Congress. Now you talk about “the pot calling the kettle black.” They should have passed out dollar bills and had a great game of liars poker.
Now everyone is on the bandwagon. The Player’s Union wants stiffer penalties for PED use. The public is outraged toward any player using drugs to enhance their performance.
A-Rod should be banned from baseball, tarred, feathered, punished or worse. Let’s wipe PED’s from the face of sports.
I think the idea is a noble one and long overdue, but let’s examine what we didn’t do to prevent the situations.
Any knowledgeable medical person can tell you that adding that much muscle and strength in a short period of time can’t be done naturally. These were grown men who were strong already, and they became supermen overnight.
Did anyone jump up and down? Owners, players, and television were making billions off of their performances. The more home runs you hit, the more money I’ll give you.
So these guys were passing out PED’s like kids long ago passed out PEZ. The only difference was the PED dispensers didn’t have a clown’s head at the top.
John Blabe is the football coach at Kofa High School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.