my room mate and I were talking over cigars last night, and he posed me an interesting question. Given all the arguments to keep steroids out of sports, whats to say we can keep them in? What i’m talking about here is separate leagues, most likely smaller, consisting of athletes that use steroids.
Let them have their own record books, let their use be controlled, regulated and what not, essentially make a safe environment for these guys or girls. Just think of how exciting it would be to watch a football game where you know every play is going to be run with the upmost intensity, or watching a baseball game like they were played back in the so called “steroid era”.
We can more or less all admit these years were the most exciting to watch. Taking away the legal issues concerning steroids, anyone else care to weigh in?[/quote]
Athletes don’t take steroids for the sake of taking steroids. They take it to get an advantage over their competition.
I tend to think that maybe a lot of athletes don’t really know the exact effects of steroids on their body- I’m sure a lot of them think pretty much what the media does- but are willing to “pay the price” in order to be that much better than the competition. A league full of juicers defeats the purpose of juicing, as that clear cut advantage would obviously be gone.
And this is assuming, of course, you can find enough juicers to make a league out of it. It would probably dilute the talent pool so much even steroids wouldn’t make it top-level playing. You’d get a bunch of close-but-not-quite college players taking steroids in order to continue playing, where they would most likely lack a lot of the God-given talent of their naturally-gone-pro teammates (which gives sports many of their shock-and-awe, “how did he do/see that?” plays- a great throw, a clutch shot, etc…).
Plus, it wouldn’t exactly solve juicers trying to sneak into the non-juicing league. The incentive to do so would still be there, and with today’s public view of steroids (many would attribute most, if not all, of a successful athlete’s accomplishments within that league to be due to AAS), I doubt many athletes would want to tarnish their image by competing in a league specifically for 'roiders (“Sure, the kids got game, but he’s on steroids.”).