Originally Posted by Chip R
The question I have with people who feel - rhetorically or otherwise - that greenies users are tainted is where do you draw that line? Caffeine would be a stimulant albeit not as powerful. Now my research tells me that amphetamines were legal until 1965. After that they were only legal by prescription. I suppose one could stretch a point by saying if trainers and team doctors brought greenies into the locker room, that could be considered as legal.
I don't necessarily see greenies as "performance enhancing" but more as "performance normalization." Without greenies you might keep the bat on your shoulder for that 3rd strike or fail to get your normal jump on a ball hit your way. With greenies, you would perform how you would if you had your full 8 hours in your own bed.
I've always felt that things should be legal if their purpose is to guide in getting more consistent performance out of your existing potential. Energy drinks and other types of over the counter products simply help guide in reaching your existing talent level consistently.
Anything that gives you extra ability, such as HGH or other type of steroids, enhance your ability though. That's where I draw the line.
I think maximizing potential = OK. Increasing potential through substances = not OK.