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  1. William Susswein May 14, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

    Wow, In all actual honesty… that is a good question. How far can the human body be pushed before it just can not give any more? I think athletes get so into fame rather than being just them selves and so to be cool, they try things and sooner or latter that forget what there getting paid to do and they focus on there paycheck. They get sucked into wordly views and forget about the possibility that some kid out there looks up to them.

  2. Cadie May 16, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    I don’t think we could really say that because of the fans that athletes feel more obligated to look to performance enhancing drugs. These athletes should have more integrity.

    Don’t they know that since they’re in the public eye that they will be criticized regardless? Don’t you think they would just stay on the legal side?

    It seems like steroids will be hard to get rid of.

  3. Brittany May 17, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

    Cadie,

    The world would be a better place if everyone “just stayed on the legal side,” wouldn’t it? That’s not likely to happen, of course, so all we can do in the meantime is argue and discuss.

    What bothers me the most about this issue is the affects on real athletes out there. For the men and women in sports that work day in and day out, steroid/performance enhancing drug free, striving toward their goals and our world records. These are our top players, our top performers, our top competitors, not those on steroids.

    Sadly, and as you say, steroids are an unfortunate truth to the world of sports. All we can do is applaud those players who perform at their best naturally and work to look for those who do not.

Ramirez for the win…or lose?

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Major league baseball superstar Manny Ramirez was suspended on Thursday for 50 games.

What to do, what to do…now that one of the highest paid and most popular players in MLB won’t be playing for at least half of the baseball season. (According to ESPN.com, Ramirez will be returning to the game on July 3.)

Even if you haven’t been paying attention to the latest in sports news, or news in general, really, with the magnitude this story has brought, I’m sure you can guess why the Dodgers’ dreadlocked outfielder got such a slugging sit out.

Yes, that’s right, it’s because of those pesky little performance enhancing drugs we all so affectionately know as steroids.

Surprised? I think not.

It’s also interesting that just one day after Ramirez was jerked out of the game, Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees after his hip surgery. Let’s not forget that back in February A-Rod admitted to using steroids from 2001 to 2003 while he played for the Texas Rangers.

Ever since the late ‘90s, which featured the famous homerun hitting embattlement of Mark McGwire vs. Sammy Sosa, baseball just hasn’t been that fun. One minute it was Sosa overtaking McGwire with a record 48 homers in a season, and later that day, literally, McGwire regained the lead by hitting numbers 48 and 49.

Although stringent controversy surrounded both McGwire and Sosa as to whether or not steroids were used during their homerun hitting career surges, with McGwire especially under fire, nothing was ever officially confirmed.

My point is, every year athletes in all areas of sport are pressured to push the envelope. As with McGwire and Sosa, fans want to see ball after ball slugged out of the park. Is that really possible without the use of performance enhancing drugs? How far can the human body, even one as strong as that of a top athlete, be pushed before it just can’t give any more?

Brittany @ May 10, 2009

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