Making Bonds : The Steroid Scandal

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Public opinion these days seems to be swaying towards an acceptance of steroid use in baseball. People are not asking so much about if it is being done, but rather how can you actually prove it. There is very little debate over the consequences of being found out, this is a sport where statistics are king. For the baseball enthusiasts, numbers like 500, 30-30, 50-50, .300, .400 need no additional information. We all know what they mean, and their significance is based on the premise of fair play. Barry Bonds, the media's favourite whipping boy, is at the center of this controversy, even if the recent hearing on this matter excluded him. Barry Bonds has not only broken McGuire's single season record, but he is about 1 juiced season away from becoming the all-time leader. There were allegations and positive tests before, in newspapers and on television, but these rumours turned into air after a few days since it was not considered cool to go after Sosa and McGuire during their historic Maris-breaking single season event.

McGuire himself is in the best position. He was only caught taking Andro, a substance that was banned after the fact. He has been out of baseball now for a few years, and there is virtually no way to do any kind of testing that would conclusively prove he was juiced during his Hall of Fame making seasons. Voters who choose not to select into the Hall of Fame will be doing so simply out of principal. In fact, if McGuire was part of an ethnic minority, he could easily gain instance entrance if he publicized the fact that the bias would be based on race. Bonds pulls the race card on a daily basis, not caring that his personality makes him hated by people of all colors. To me, there have been some really sad events that have happened as a result of all this:

- Politicians using the scandal to get their faces on the camera so that they can spout written speeches about the state of the game, and even more useless, asking the players ridiculous questions that they are in no position to answer
- Jose Canseco reversing position on his position on steroids in athletics, when he was caught advising a parent on how and when to use them doing on of his book signing tours.
- Politicians blasting Canseco when they used the popularity of his book to get a hearing to discuss the issues he resurfaced.
- Curt Schilling throwing curveballs himself, as he changes positions before, during and again after the hearings.
- People who actually believe that an organisation like MLB, led by a man like Bud Selig, cares enough about the integrity of the game, and the quality of health of not enough his players, but society as a whole, that he would seriously admit he was late in reacting to a reasonable threat of steroid use in the game, and would take appropriate corrective measures.

All MLB players, including Barry Bonds, have the right to be innocent until proven guilty, and should only be judged by the guidelines set by the sport at that time. While taking certain performance enhancing drugs in illegal, there are still natural supplements used by players to get an edge over the competition. Until either Baseball gets serious about it's testing policy, or a player is caught, players need to be given the benefit of the doubt and accorded all the privileges and awards that he is deserving of. Maybe Bonds is taking time off now, not only to heal from his injuries, but to avoid any testing the new policy would make his submit to. Who knows? But at his age, if he does not come back soon, and steroid free, he will never be the Home Run King and that would be punishment enough for him, given the circumstances

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xtrabigs 22.08.2007. 03:31

Can the NHL capitalize on the problems going on in the other 3 Major Pro Sports? 1. NFL - This whole Vick issue coupled with Pacman Jones and half the Bengals team have given the sports leader some trouble. They will still always be number one, but even still.

2. MLB - Bonds, steroids, enough said. This wont end till Bonds retires. I dont even know why people hate him, I dont.

3. NBA - Gambing officials and calling games may be the worst one out of all three, compared to a league standpoint.

So the big question, Can and How will the NHL be able to jump on this huge oppurtunity?

xtrabigs

Admin 22.08.2007. 03:31

While scandals create stories hockey has to market the 'good guy' thing to the masses.

The average NHL enforcer is known for being as tough as they come hell raiser on the ice and the nicest guy in the world off the ice (obviously, there are exceptions). Isn't that marketable? Guys who can do their job and not go beat their wives/girlfriends/dogs.

Hockey players have the guts, the toughness and skill they just need to be marketed better. American ad agency are afraid to use guys who don't speak perfect English in commercials - they shouldn't be, use their charisma - just look at the Ovechkin Lays commercial.

The three things the NHL needs to do to take advantage of the opportunity the other sports have given it (besides kicking Gary to the curb with a 'will ruin a league for food' sign):
1. The NHL needs to market the players better
2. Let franchises move where they'll be successful. I'd love the Preds to stay in Nashville but if they can't make it, allow them to go to Canada where they will be financially successful.
3. Don't expand any more. We've got 30 teams. That's enough. The talent pool is plenty deep but let's not water down the product anymore. 2 more teams would result in each team losing at least one decent player.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

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epjet19 03.02.2008. 01:30

Why do the Patriots get a free pass on cheating, when Clemens and Bonds get jumped on for steroid use.? There is concrete evidence the Patriots cheated, yet no solid evidence on Bonds or Clemens, yet most people want themkept out of the hall of fame. While most sports writers and analysts just gleem about how great the Patriots are and say their cheating will not tarnish their dynasty, why is that?
If they dont have to cheat then why do it?

epjet19

Admin 03.02.2008. 01:30

Doug summed it up pretty simple, the Patriots don't have to cheat,the so called cheating scandal was against the jets of all teams, whom the Patriots practice squad could probably beat, they are just that damn good so you folks need to just realize it and quit hating and enjoy history in the making, as you may never experience it again in a lifetime.

Who gives a crap about Bonds and his tainted homerun record that he was able to attain due to ILLEGAL DRUGS, and when they find clemens guilty then both of them should have all their stats abolished as if neither player ever existed,
what about Pete Rose all he did was a little gambling and look at what has happen to him, total B.S. that the alltime hit leader will never be in the hall of fame for gambling but theres a chance that several juiced up over the hill players all of a sudden got better than they were when they were in their prime? so go figure, atleast Pete was all natural, hell if hgh and steroids were around and legal back in the days of Mantle, Ruth, and Maris just imagine how many homers they would have wound up with. So in summing it up what the Patriots have been accused of in no way compares to induviduals cheating for their own personal gain, so the hell with bonds mcgwire clemens and all the roid freaks, kick em all out....and let Pete in........

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Smile 16.07.2010. 23:47

Do you personally know someone who has taken anabolic steroids or growth hormone? How did it affect them? Do you think the use of these performance enhancing drugs should be tolerated in sports?

Smile

Admin 16.07.2010. 23:47

I have two pals who have taken steroids in the past. One of them bought a 12 week cycle worth of dianabol and responded amazingly while using it. He only worked out to look good. The other used steroids (he did not specify to me what kind) while playing football in high school and he was one hell of a monster. They both received increase muscle mass, and my pal who played football received moderate acne. Neither of them suffered from gynecomastia, hair growth, aggression spikes, high cholesterol, and only one of them received moderate acne.

I do think that the use of performance enhancing drugs should be tolerated in sports--professional/Major league that is. Performance enhancers are so rampant at the professional level of competition that it shouldn't even be considered "cheating"anymore. Steroids in particular have been blown way out of perspective in the media. The media and the government have tried as hard as possible to brainwash people and demonize steroids to no end. It's truly ridiculous to me.
You can find performance enhancers in every sport and every event at the professional level of competition. Hell, thousands of American athletes fail their drug tests every year that the Olympics are held, but the scandals are covered up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, simply because the most revenue for the Olympics comes from America.

A lot of people think that steroids are an "easy way-out" of hard work. The truth is, people who take steroids train much harder than people who don't take steroids. Regardless of what people think of Barry Bonds, no one can just take a bottle of testosterone, put on Barry's uniform and hit 700 home runs. Barry needs to go out and train and practice to hit 700 home runs. Nor can someone just take a dose of phenylpropanolamine and suddenly become a world record sprinter.

The most naive thing anyone could believe is that just because an athlete doesn't fail a drug test, he/she isn't using a performance enhancer. There is still no way to test for urethra potency. There is still no way to test for human growth hormone. And there is still no very effective way to test for testosterone.

People all over insist that use of steroids and other performance enhancers is cheating, because they put the user ahead. But, if steroid use is considered cheating, why isn't it considered cheating for:
-Swimmers to remove all of their bodily hair?
-Long distance runners/cyclists to sleep in altitude chambers?
-Golfers to have Lasik eye surgery?
-Porn stars to use injectable Viagra?
-Musicians to use beta blockers?
-Students to use Adderall?
-Fighter pilots to use amphetamines?
-Anyone to even workout in the first place?
Simple: It's all part of the competition. These are all advantages and nothing more. So, what makes anabolic steroids any different?

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cool.panamania 07.02.2009. 03:29

Is it just me or is anyone else sick and tired of hearing about Michael Phelps smoking marijuana ? I wish everybody would just get over it !

cool.panamania

Admin 07.02.2009. 03:29

It's just the media. Phelps story sells and increases media ratings. Notice how they kept Marion Jones's steroid scandal more quiet, but Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds you read about everyday? The reason why is that Marion Jones is not in a major sport like baseball. Dana Stubblefield also took the same steroid as Marion Jones and Bonds, yet I heard his name mentioned only about 2 times since this scandal broke out. Stubblefield is not that popular, so the media can't make any money by talking about his steroid use.

I mean...for crying out loud, I just seen last week in Yahoo Sports more on clemens and bonds again...sigh! I really didn't read it...but I seen the headlines.

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Maquina 92 07.02.2011. 01:02

So nobody that was involved in the steroid scandal will make the baseball hall of fame? Those this mean Alex Rodriguez won't make it?

Maquina 92

Admin 07.02.2011. 01:02

They will let a bunch of them in now that they have made an example of Bonds and McGwire. They made a public stand against steroids by driving the two HR kings out of the picture, which clears the way for them to turn a blind eye to the rest of the players for that 15 year time period.

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Psycho Sid Vicious 23.02.2012. 03:44

what happened that sinse the 90s bodybuilding got less popular in the spotlight and wwf changed? I mean society wise maybe?

Psycho Sid Vicious

Admin 23.02.2012. 03:44

The steroids scandal. Not just in the WWF, but in bodybuilding, pro football, pro baseball, the Olympics, jeez everywhere, even in high school sports. It got to the point that all pro wrestlers were looked at as steroid monsters, and anytime anybody broke a record in any pro sports the first thing most people thought was "he used steroids to do it". In the bodybuilding world they tried to sell the competitions as "natural bodybuilding" to try to deflect the steroids accusations, constantly harping on the "drug testing" they do to make sure all entrants were "drug-free".

Society as a whole looks down on athletes who cheat, and to most people, using steroids is cheating. For example, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron never used steroids to hit a million home runs, so Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds shouldn't be celebrated for doing the same after they were found "dirty". Because of the visual effects of steroids on the human body it's hard to convince the average person that bodybuilders and pro wrestlers DON'T use them.

Pro wrestling has toned down the steroids abuse (more because of the devastating negative effects to the body than negative publicity, I think) and bodybuilding went back to being the niche "sport" it was before Ah-nold made it famous. Steroid abuse cast a black cloud over both "sports" that's still hovering over it. I doubt you could convince the average person that bodybuilding is actually a science. Likely their response would be to snort and say, "yeah, deciding whether to use 50cc's of steroids or 55".

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looksfar 09.02.2008. 17:48

Why is'nt Pete Rose given a second chance for re-instatement? They originally said he tarnished the image of baseball but with the steroid scandal going on ,players like Clemens' Bonds and others are still playing. Yet all he did was bet on baseball.

looksfar

Admin 09.02.2008. 17:48

the thing with Rose is that he bet on games that he was managing . . . . which makes it more likely to throw games & be in it just for the money. yes he is the Hit King but there is no excuse for that.

gl & peace!

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MrPhotographer 15.07.2010. 17:59

What is YOUR opinion on steroids in baseball? I wouldn't have asked but somebody wrote on one of my questions, its not cheating. They didnt go into details but it would be nice to know what everybody opinion is on it. Just from a baseball fan stand point. Im not posting what i think i don't want to influence any answers.
baseball in high school was pretty dangerous itself. Pitches 75 miles an hour isnt exactly safe, helmet or not!

MrPhotographer

Admin 15.07.2010. 17:59

"If we could do nothing to take doping out of sports, then doping was meant to be in sports."- Dr. Wade Exum

I feel that athletes deserve to compete if they have used performance enhancers. Performance enhancers are so rampant at the professional level of competition that it shouldn't even be considered "cheating." Steroids in particular have been blown way out of perspective in the media. The media and the government have tried as hard as possible to brainwash people and demonize steroids to no end. It's truly ridiculous to me.
You can find performance enhancers in every sport and every event at the professional level of competition. Hell, thousands of American athletes fail their drug tests every year that the Olympics are held, but the scandals are covered up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, simply because the most revenue for the Olympics comes from America.

A lot of people think that steroids are an "easy way-out" of hard work. The truth is, people who take steroids train much harder than people who don't take steroids. Regardless of what people think of Barry Bonds, no one can just take a bottle of testosterone, put on Barry's uniform and hit 700 home runs. Barry needs to go out and train and practice to hit 700 home runs. Nor can someone just take a dose of phenylpropanolamine and suddenly become a world record sprinter.

The most naive thing anyone could believe is that just because an athlete doesn't fail a drug test, he/she isn't using a performance enhancer. There is still no way to test for urethra potency. There is still no way to test for human growth hormone. And there is still no very effective way to test for testosterone.

People all over insist that use of steroids and other performance enhancers is cheating, because they put the user ahead. But, if steroid use is considered cheating, why isn't it considered cheating for:
-Swimmers to remove all of their bodily hair?
-Long distance runners/cyclists to sleep in altitude chambers?
-Golfers to have Lasik eye surgery?
-Porn stars to use injectable Viagra?
-Musicians to use beta blockers?
-Students to use Adderall?
-Fighter pilots to use amphetamines?
-Anyone to even workout in the first place?
Simple: It's all part of the competition. These are all advantages and nothing more. So, what makes anabolic steroids any different?

Steroids aren't nearly as bad as the media and the government want everyone to believe.
Now, let's expose the myths.
1.) Steroids have no effect on penis size. Truth is, if you have a tiny penis without steroids, you'll have a tiny penis while on steroids.
2.) Steroids do not cause cancer.
3.) Steroids do not cause kidney damage.
4.) Steroids do not shut down sex drive. In fact, they do the complete opposite. They boost one's libido.
5.) "Roid rage" does not exist! It is something that has been wildly exaggerated by the media. If someone is a jerk without steroids, I guarantee they will be a bigger jerk when they're 20 - 40 pounds heavier and very intimidating physically. Steroids won't take a Doctor Jekyll and turn him into a Mr. Hyde.
6.) No one has ever died of steroid USE. Use and abuse are two entirely different things, but even then, Gregg Valentino abused steroids (4000-5000 mg a week he admitted to E:60) and will be 50 years old in August and he is still in good health.
7.) There is no proof that steroids stunt growth.
8.) While steroids may be one of thousands of risk factors for getting heart disease, low testosterone levels are another huge risk factor.
9.) Steroids do not cause baldness.
10.) Steroids have no addicting properties.

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Dorin 14.04.2009. 16:36

What is the Yankees win-loss record so far? Also what is the Mets win-loss record?And can you tell me the spot they are in like are they in 3rd 1st 2nd?10 points most info

Dorin

Admin 14.04.2009. 16:36

3-4

i don't see the Yankees as a championship team. Sabathia can't pitch under pressure and was hammered by the Red Sox in the 2007 playoffs. Burnett's going to make a couple trips to the DL (the next Carl Pavano?). the defense behind the pitching is still a horror show. the Teixeira free agent signing won't be enough to replace Giambi and Abreu. also, this is very important: A-Rod has always struggled under pressure (his career BA is below .200 in the postseason). will he still be effective after the steroid scandal? fans will be giving him the Barry Bonds treatment by heckling him nonstop. will A-Rod be able to handle it or collapse?

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Mateo 09.04.2009. 02:06

How do you think the 2009 Yankees will do? Okay, well the game just finished, 7-5. Not too bad in the ninth inning got some good runs. But now you got 0-2 Yankees. Well? After seeing Sabathias performance, Not impressed. Wang? 3 1/2 innings, Not impressed. Texeria, he might just have a tough time in Baltimore, and we'll see about Burnett.
I am a Yankees fan but hoepfully spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these guys, it'll pay off this season.

Mateo

Admin 09.04.2009. 02:06

i don't see the Yankees as a championship team. Sabathia can't pitch under pressure and was hammered by the Red Sox in the 2007 playoffs. Burnett's going to make a couple trips to the DL (the next Carl Pavano?). the defense behind the pitching is still a horror show. the Teixeira free agent signing won't be enough to replace Giambi and Abreu. also, this is very important: A-Rod has always struggled under pressure (his career BA is below .200 in the postseason). will he still be effective after the steroid scandal? fans will be giving him the Barry Bonds treatment by heckling him nonstop. will A-Rod be able to handle it or collapse?

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