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T-post Tom
03-30-2005, 11:14 PM
Yep! The race card. He's race-baiting again. Basically reducing white baseball fans to racists. :rolleyes:

The article rambles aimlessly until he gets to the punchline. Gadzooks, the editors at the Star are asleep at the wheel.



What about football and steroids?

By JASON WHITLOCK

Kansas City Star


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - So now we're supposed to believe that American sports - and American society - lost their innocence because baseball players used steroids to hit home runs.

Repeat after me, please, and say it loud: American sports have never been innocent, and America's capitalistic society has a built-in set of checks and balances because we know unfettered competition for money breeds corruption.

So, Sports Illustrated, spare me the whining about the congressional hearings on steroids and baseball. Spare me the whining about the lost summer of `98 and what to do with your scrapbook.

I was a college football player at the same time as Tony Mandarich, the man Sports Illustrated lauded in April of 1989 as the "best offensive line prospect ever." The magazine plastered a shirtless Mandarich across its cover and called the 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle "The Incredible Bulk."

"Roidhead" is what we called him, the guy was so obviously juiced. But no one cared then. SI certainly didn't. It had a magazine to sell and a football player to promote.

I don't get the hypocrisy. Steroids (or performance-enhancing drugs) and football go together like peanut butter and jelly. But there's no outrage. New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett, an NFL linebacker in 1980s, said last week that he juiced while a player, and he claimed the Steelers dynasty was built on steroids.

I'd bet 15 to 20 percent of the NFL Hall of Fame players during the 1970s and 1980s used steroids at some time in their career.

No one cares. I guarantee you there are more high school football players juicing than baseball players. No one cares. The government and Barry Bonds' alleged disgruntled mistress are cooking up a criminal case to send Bonds to jail before he surpasses Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.

But the governor of Bonds' home state, California, wouldn't be governor without the benefits of steroids. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an admitted steroid user as a body-builder and another SI cover boy, became a celebrity in the 1980s thanks to steroids. It wasn't until he became a political figure that he strongly spoke against steroids.

Why the hypocrisy? Why the double standard?

It's all about a stupid record and the man who was about to break it. We can't hold a legitimate conversation about steroids and performance-enhancing drugs because America doesn't want to see Barry Bonds surpass Babe Ruth (and Hank Aaron).

That's it. It doesn't have anything to do with kids killing themselves or damaging their bodies with steroids. Kids, particularly football-playing kids, have been doing that for more than two decades. The steroid users on my college teams didn't hide it. There was no reason to. Heck, you could end up on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best prospect ever if you used steroids correctly.

We were fine with Mark McGwire overtaking Roger Maris for the single-season record. McGwire looked the part. He was the boy-next-door type. No grandstanding reporter confronted McGwire in front of his locker and asked him to fill up a urine cup. The Andro bottle in his locker didn't stop the celebration either.

Had McGwire stayed in the game and kept hitting home runs at a record rate, if he were around today to battle Bonds for Ruth's record (and, yes, I said Ruth's), I'm not sure we'd be talking about steroids today. We would be calling Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti liars. We would be ignoring the steroid issue the way we have in football, basketball, hockey and most other sports.

We wouldn't be debating the stiffness of major league baseball's steroid penalties. We'd accept them and believe the game is moving past its problems, the same way the NFL did.

But the home-run record seems to have a special significance. Nothing's really changed. America was none to happy when Aaron surpassed Ruth. Aaron, a black man like Bonds, didn't look the part. I'm sorry. I know it makes people uncomfortable. But race is a component of the hysteria surrounding steroids now. We conveniently ignored the issue for years when we were more comfortable with the abusers.

We're uncomfortable with Bonds because he's surly, unrepentant and black. He's being chased from the game. I'm probably foolish, but I don't expect Bonds to play again. He'll hide behind injuries and try to duck out of the game ... if he's smart.

Count Zarth
03-30-2005, 11:20 PM
Whitlock nails it again.

Well, except the race part. :rolleyes:

Taco John
03-30-2005, 11:22 PM
I like Whitlock. But this article was terrible.

SBK
03-31-2005, 12:54 AM
I don't think Barry's color has much to do with it. I think that it's the fact that he's a dick. But I don't think it's the fans that are causing the ruckus.

I think the whole steriods issue is media driven anyway. I don't know too many people who give a crap because everyone knew it was going on before it was "official." Now it's all over tv, and Washington is trying to get involved, but I've yet to come across someone that gives a crap.

SBK
03-31-2005, 12:55 AM
I like Whitlock.

We around here would appreciate if you would keep your sexual fantasies to yourself. ROFL

J Diddy
03-31-2005, 12:56 AM
I like Whitlock. But this article was terrible.

pretty big sig pic, what are you compensating for?

Count Zarth
03-31-2005, 12:58 AM
pretty big sig pic, what are you compensating for?

He has a rotating sig.

Rausch
03-31-2005, 01:10 AM
I like Whitlock. But this article was terrible.

Yup.

I'll argue with anyone that Whitlock is a good writer, but he chooses to write about silly $#it half the time.

If you didn't know Bonds, Big Mac, or Sweet Swing'n Sammy were on steroids yer' a ****ing idiot. ALL OF THEM juiced. It wasn't hard to notice.

The reason there's a double standard between baseball and football is that no one gives a fat frog's ass about baseball. It's as dead as disco. It's a zombie searcing for brains to eat to kill the pain...

The reason more black atheletes are being exposed is because there are more black athletes at the pro-level than white athletes.

Or more black athletes worth a $#it anyway...

J Diddy
03-31-2005, 01:11 AM
He has a rotating sig.


OOOOH!


It's worse than I thought.

A large sig pic to compensate for his tiny winky and a small one to compensate for his large vagina.

Damn them smart hermaphrodites.

HolmeZz
03-31-2005, 02:25 AM
Why is the article called 'What about Football and Steroids'?

He needs to quit with the McGwire/Bonds race thing. People don't hate Bonds because he's black; they hate him because he's an arrogant asshole who cheated to help him get to where he is today. Not to mention he's got tax evasion and an extra-marital affair hanging over his head. On the flip side, McGwire is only a cheater. There's plenty more to hate when it comes to Bonds, and none of it has to do with race.

HemiEd
03-31-2005, 02:38 AM
The race issue is the only reason that Whitlock has a job IMO. He is an a$$hole just like Bonds. Why does he put Hammerin Hank in ()? This issue is old and tired. Like the thread starter said, he is out of material so he is playing the race card.

keg in kc
03-31-2005, 04:29 AM
Column's actually several days old: http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=113014

NJ Chief Fan
03-31-2005, 04:42 AM
i think all the people that used steroids were pieces of garbage...here is a list of my suspects:
bonds the obvious
big mac another obvious
sammy sosa another
giambi brothers of course
louis gonzalez d'backs
brady anderson orieols
kevin brown
miguel tejada
mike piazza
a-rod
ive basically came to conclusion if you were an athlete from the state of california you are a juice head for example everyone on the raider team that went to the super bowl them cheatin liein bastards theyre all gonna fry

SHAQ IS A JUICE HEAD TOO

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 04:49 AM
He has a rotating sig.Speaking of sigs, I approve.

BigRedChief
03-31-2005, 08:08 AM
Every time I see Bonds on TV hes behaving like an A-Hole. Since I don't know him personally I have a pre concieved notion about him from TV. That may or may not be the way he is in real life. But as fans isn't the TV how we mainly form our opinions of players?

Valiant
03-31-2005, 08:25 AM
he needs something to get him back in the limelight since the ****er took himself out of the spotlight by quitting his only job that kept him paid regularly and on the air...

whoman69
03-31-2005, 08:47 AM
Fatlock, its not because Barry's black, its because he is an @sshole. If you hadn't noticed, Hank Aaron is black too, and Barry couldn't carry his jockstrap.