Re: Cheating - Looking for that Edge
Originally Posted by RedsManRick
No, I don't condone cheating in any form and would prefer that nobody cheated in any form.
While I think it's stupid that anybody would risk their health for such marginal gains, I just don't see the moral difference in finding a way to build muscle better so you can hit the ball further and corking your bat, so you can hit the ball further. Cheating is cheating, no?
To take it further, if taking steroids is the worst form of cheating, then what about Lasik eye surgery or cortisone shots? Are those natural?
There seems to be two basic groups of activities: ones that affect the player and one which affect the implements of the game. Are the former worse than the latter due to some structural difference? If steroids were "healthy", would they still be so horrible?
Steroid use is sad and should be strongly discouraged because of the precedent it sets which would encourage others to risk bodily harm for their success. But I think it's a much much grayer conversation than the one that's being held in the media.
I agree and disagree. Scuffing a ball doesn't encourage kids to go out and try just about any performance enhancer they can get their hands on just to keep up with the big boys. If Barry Bonds can afford to use that stuff safely with the help of Victor Conte, Greg Anderson, and doctors and nutritionists, then what are those kids who feel they need to use to keep up with the stars going to do? They can't afford the good stuff and the professional trainers and doctors that a Barry Bonds can. They have to resort to whatever junk they can find on the street or in the local gym. I could care less what Barry Bonds does to himself. I'm more concern about what pressures Barry Bonds puts on high school and college kids who are trying to break into the game. I don't think that's a gray issue at all. The media makes it gray because it whines about meaningless records.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.