I’ve alternated between being riveted, annoyed, and bored with the news of Clemens’ testimony on the Capitol.
As anyone who has paid any iota of attention knows, Clemens denies any steroid use, and didn’t give much more.
I’m baffled. Why bother? He is either really stupid or really innocent. And he is capable of either… and of both. To the point that whether he ever used steriods is almost moot because he has continued a turkey dance that became a show in and off itself.
And, I’m just a confounded about this: why are the lawmakers my tax dollars are paying bothering with all this? The country is loosing soldiers’ lives in the Middle East as we speak, the world is showing increasing hatred of American foreign policy, the public’s faith in the government is at really low points, the national budget is at alarming deficits, the investors are panicking about recession, the housing market is at a crisis, social security is almost beyond fixable, and the most important thing on the Hill’s agenda is pondering whether or not the national pasttime stars abuse steriods. I could have just saved them the time and say “yes, they do. Move on.”
Finally, why are we indulging those questionable athletes by letting them keep the spotlight, and sullying the sport more. Leave it along, let the right people deal with it. And let the rest of us look forward to the beginning of a season.
I’ve been relatively quiet on the issue but it’s been sitting in my mind rather heavily lately.
I’ve heard many variations and interpretations of the use of steroids in the current age of sports. Most do not condone it, but some continue with a statement along the lines of “that’s how it is today.” I remember hearing the proposal to put Bonds into Hall of Fame with an asterick by his name to annotate the caveat that he was suspected of steroid use.
I sense a bit of “oh well, that’s just how it is” in the general attitude. And that sense of implicit acceptance irks the **** out of me.
It is not OK to take drugs just to get a better edge over your competitors.
It is not OK to get a “little help” because pressure has become overwhelming.
It is not OK to base your athletic career on something your biology is not designed to do.
It is not OK to profit off that lie.
It is not OK to let yourself become a model for young kids as a drug user.
It is not OK to give prospective athletes the impression that they need to take growth hormones.
It is not OK to drive athletes to believe they need to follow your example.
It is not OK to think you can get away with it.
It is not OK to be unprofessional and unsportmanship, and, to me, above everything else, steroid-using athletes have done just that and poisoned the notion of how an athlete plays and competes with grace, dedication, and hard work. Those athletes have bring a dark reputation to their world. Shame, shame on them.
Not baseball, but of interest to me as a competitor and a sports fan. It ***** to see someone who as been seen as a role model and an inspiration do this. I never really formed an opinion about Bonds and the suspicion of taking steroids. I didn’t really care. But the Jones case bothered me a lot more although I don’t follow track. If anything, I’m angry. Angry at her for poor sportsmanship, for cheating, and for putting out such poor representation of American athletes. I am so ashamed for her.