Saturday, 11 July 2015

Rule #180: Performance enhancing drugs

 Proponents argue that their harmful health effects have been overstated, that health risks are an athlete’s decision to make, that using drugs is part of the evolution of sports much like improved training techniques and new technologies, and that efforts to keep athletes from using PEDs are overzealous, unproductive, unfairly administered, and bound to fail.   
 Opponents argue that PEDs are harmful and potentially fatal, and that athletes who use them are cheaters who gain an unfair advantage, violate the spirit of competition, and send the wrong message to children. They say PED users unfairly diminish the historic achievements of clean athletes, and that efforts to stop PED use in sports should remain strong.

 I say we allow PEDs for all one dimensional sports. By that I mean, sports where the field is even. All players jobs are the same, like cycling or baseball. If Mark Mcgwire wants to jack himself up until every ball he hits ends up orbiting the earth, go for it. Everyone else in the league is free to do the same. And if Lance Armstrong and friends want to rock smack until the average speed at the Tour de France is 900 mph, hit it! That's what people want to see, right?

 Where I don't think it should be allowed is multi-dimensional sports like football or hockey. A football quarterback doesn't need PEDs. He's got to rely on his keen wits and intellect. It wouldn't be fair to the game to let a 400lb linebacker juice up until he can run over a QB like a sherman tank and smash him into a million pieces. Or for Gretzky to have to constantly be on the lookout for a mutated Chara so he doesn't get embedded into the boards. Essentially what we would have is 2 different games going on at the same time. I don't think we'd have to worry about soccer players juicing. How could they justify faking all those injuries every time they get touched. 

In the new world, performance enhancing drugs will be allowed for all one dimensional sports.

Whaddya say Lance? I fugured you'd be down!



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Agree? Disagree? Lay it on me!