I have had this conversation before and there have actually been a few good threads about the whole cheating thing. My main point is (I want to keep this short for the sake of the thread) is that if something is against the rules, it’s cheating. With that said I DO NOT think steroids should be banned in professional sports.
No steroids don’t make people hit more homers by themselves. I play baseball and have used steroids, although never while in season (not for any moral reason I just tend to be off cycle in the summer). Steroids in baseball allow better recovery. That is the effect of AAS for baseball players. Football is a different animal. The agression and strength increases are highly beneficial. And of course the recovery aspect is huge. I do think steroids help football players a lot. I also believe that if someone didn’t have the skills to be a good player in the nfl naturally, steroids wouldn’t make him an all pro.
Anyway. I don’t judge people who use steroids in tested sports. I do think it gives an extremely bad name to steroids in general when pro atheletes get caught. But using something banned in the sport is clearly cheating; it’s the definition of cheating. [/quote]
Well said Bones. I thought of starting a whole thread on it but I’ll look for the ones you referred to. That is a good point as far as juicing in a “collision” sport, and is also a conversation I’ve had with people. For the record I never juiced in season because of fear of being caught, season ended late November/Early December and I would start right up hard til spring break and then stop in hopes of being clean by the time we may be tested (funny side note, it always seemed that frosh and kickers were the “randomly” selected players).
My friend from college who never juiced and was against it and a freak of nature as far as strength went, went on to be the strength coach for the Blue Jays. He got the job right before Balco really broke and his stories were insane. He’s no longer a pro strength coach and runs a private training facility where he trains some really well known athletes, but anyway, stories for another thread…