Monday, March 9, 2009

A Rod Did Roids and Other Useless Crap

Did you hear? A-Rod did roids? What? Huh? What's going on here? He now has a torn labrum? He left his wife for Madonna? Michael Phelps smokes pot? Charles Barkley got a DUI for trying to get a blowjob? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

A Rod did steroids and guess what? I don't care. I don't care if he "hurt the integrity of the game." Let me tell you a secret, it never had any to begin with. Babe Ruth was a drunk as was my Dad's hero, Mickey Mantle. Legions of baseball players did amphetamines in the 1950's and 1960's. The 86 Mets did more coke than Al Pacino did in Scarface. Ty Cobb was a womanizing, racist prick both on and off the field. I still love how Pete Rose played the game. I just never took a gambling tip from him however.

The year was 1994, baseball took away the world series. Fans left in droves, me being one. Then came along Cal Ripken, shorter fences and the 1998 season. It was called by many and I quote, "The greatest season ever played.". My Yankees set the record for most wins. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were captivating us just like Mantle and Maris did in 1961. The economy was booming. Asses were in the seats and in front of the TV watching it go down. President Clinton made sure to have Sammy Sosa front and center during the State of the Union speech. We all were happy....

Flash forward 11 years, according to those who are history revisionists, it was all bad and evil. They were all doing steroids. They were somehow destroying America's youth. The players from that era should be punished. Now if they were wife beating, womanizing drunks, like the players of days gone by, put them on the box of Wheaties! I just don't buy any of it.

I am also fan of auto racing. For years the name of the game is to get a competitive edge until the rules change or you are caught cheating. No race driver or crew chief is ever villianized the way other athletes are who are caught using steroids. Why is there no outrage? Oh, we could do the same to our cars we drive to work everyday and cause havoc like you wouldn't believe... None of this would ever happen, because almost all of us think that is an absurd proposition, that I just put forth. Well guess what? This is exactly what we are doing with steroids. Am I advocating them? No, I just think it's time to get real.

Maybe I'm tired of the witch hunt, Maybe I'm tired of the media trying to be my moral compass. I'm tired of headline chasing DA's turning professional athletes into criminals. I'm tired of my tax dollars being wasted on the cleaning up of professional sports in the so called name of protecting our nation's youth. I'm tired of the folly and I'm tired of soap opera. I just want to see the games played at their best. I want to see how many home runs can be hit in one season, juiced or not. I want to see a 45 year old who can still bring a 100 MPH fast ball. I want to see athletes using the greatest technology available doing herculean fetes, only dreamed about a generation before. Guess what. I don't care if they are juiced or not and most fans are like me. I know Michael Jordan is degenerate gambler and I still will only remember him for that last shot against Utah. Let's play ball...

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