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Friday, December 03, 2004 

Roid Rage, Part Two

I hope when all the BALCO smoke clears and everyone has had the opportunity to express their shock and outrage that the issue of the effects of steroids is addressed. Let's be honest, the only reason athletes take supplements, legal or illegal, is because we demand top performance. That doesn't excuse their actions, but it should lessen our moral grandstanding.

Here's what I want to see addressed--scientifically and objectively, not on "Around the Horn:"

1. How do steroids actually help players? Sure, it makes them stronger, but does it effect hand-eye coordination? Speed? Accuracy? Does it truly change a player's influence on the game? I don't know, but I would like to find out.

2. What is the window of effectiveness of these substances? Two players who admitted to using, Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco, saw their bodies deteriorate quickly after their peak years. Mark McGwire, who admitted to using the legal Andro, could barely walk at the end of his career despite his home run outburst. Is Giambi's recent injury streak a result of steroid use? Again, I don't know, but I do think it is important that we find out. Fans and owners use these players for entertainment and profit. Granted, they are rewarded handsomely, but as we are once again being reminded, there's more at stake here than money.

well put on all counts...just wanna add that i don't understand what's different today than from one week ago, before the giambi thing broke...we all knew they were taking steroids before...i truly can't understand this...if the media had reported this differently, then it could just been one of those stories that we hear the word BALCO and vaguely know it has to do with Bonds and steroids...but for some reason they have been all over this one...the reason of course is to sell papers/get ratings...

also, some places have made it out like giambi is some horrible human being...he "disgraced" the game and the yankee pinstripes...like, gag me with a spoon...

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