Beginning in 1998 with injections in his buttocks of Winstrol, the same steroid used in the 1988 Olympics by Ben Johnson and last year by Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds allegedly took a wide array of performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, over at least five seasons in a massive doping regimen that grew more sophisticated as the years went on, according to Game of Shadows, a book to be released later this month written by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.
Am I the only one who doesn't care? I guess I understand the furor of 'doping' and such in sports, but I don't share in it. Did Ben Johnson not actually run really fast? Does Bonds not hit the ball very very far with a great deal of regularity? And don't feed me the 'bad for their health' line - I don't think it's a big secret that professional athletes tend to end up with permanent impairments. It's part and parcel with pushing for every last ounce of performance.
Update: In the comments, Bill adds
I'll say it: legalize performance enhancing drugs. Most have legitimate real-world applications and under a doctor's supervision aren't that hazardous. With the legitimate drugs and vitamins available, along with training improvements gained from DNA research, the line is becoming extremely fuzzy.My thoughts precisely.
There are ballplayers with 20/20 vision who are having Lasik surgery for that slight improvement to 20/10 or 20/15. Athletes have hyperbolic chambers in their bedrooms to simulate high altitudes.
Mr. Furious feels, er, differently:
Bonds is going to wish he retired. The treatment he receives at ball parks this year will be merciless. I cannnot imagine that even his hometown fans will restrain themselves after reading this. Good. Bonds is a complete dick, seemingly without any redeeming qualities. Others who have been caught (Giambi) have issued mea culpas, asked for understanding, or at least been stand-up or nice guys in other ways. Not Bonds. He has been a prick his whole career and taken it to new levels since this BALCO thing broke. . . it just cements him as a the asshole and liar we all suspected as well.Well, there is that as well...