Morning Joe! Does PEDs Make For A Better Game?


Good morning Bills Fan,

I wish I had more time to really hash out this topic, so I'm hoping you guys can carry the conversation further in the comments section.

The day before yesterday, ESPN had an article on its site in which former MLB reliever John Rocker was quoted in saying that PEDs made for a better game. Now for those of you who don't know or remember who John Rocker is/was, he's notably known as the Closer for the Atlanta Braves during 1998-2001 season. He's also known for making some really racially insensitive remarks, and admitting to steroid use in 2011 in the Mike Silva New York Baseball Digest article.

"Yeah, of course I was using steroids. I mean who wasn't? Let’s be honest here, who wasn't?"

Once again, Rocker opened up about steroid use.

"Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said on Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan, a CBS affiliate. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120, whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.

"They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That's entertainment. You're paying to be entertained."

Rocker, who lives in Atlanta, told the Cleveland radio station the so-called steroid era in baseball "was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there."

"Was there anything more entertaining than 1998 -- I don't care how each man got there -- was there anything more entertaining than 1998? ..." Rocker said. "Watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?"

Disclaimer: I'm an African American Mets fan; so you can only imagine how I feel about John Rocker.

Now for those who know me on this site, I have the ability to remove emotion out of certain situations. I just deal with the facts, and I rarely let my personal biases affect my decision making, so regardless of how I personally feel about John Rocker, I can honestly say that I do agree with his comments about steroids. Here me out first and think logically, before your respond.

The question is, Does PEDs make for a better game? The question isn't whether or not PEDs are ethical; nor is the question whether or not the athletes that uses them are setting a good example. This is what I know:

  • I pay over a thousand dollars a year on my sports addiction to be entertained
  • I enjoyed professional wrestling as a youth mainly because of the steroid induced athletes (Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior), and stopped watching after they cracked down on steroids in the 90's
  • "Chicks dig the long ball". I was really in to baseball when Sosa, Bonds, and McGwire was hitting 50, 60, and 70 HR's in a season. My brother and I would go to Met games at least once a month; I haven't been to a game since the whole BALCO/Jose Canseco fiasco. I can barely watch a game from the beginning to the end nowadays
  • The only time that I ever watched cycling was when Lance Armstrong was winning all of those Tour De France titles; now I can't even tell you who has won the last title
  • I loved track and field growing up. Seeing Michael Johnson, Maurice Green, and Marion Jones win all of those gold medals was exciting for me, now I don't even watch
Lets face it folks, we all want to be entertained. We don't enjoy football or hockey, or any other physical sport purely because of the strategic aspect of it. The pure violence of the game is what draws us to it, it's the reason why a lot of us played these sports growing up. The barbaric nature of these sports somehow links to some primitive/instinctual code in our DNA. So I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I care about the "integrity" of the game; that went out the window years ago for me, probably around the same time I found out that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy wasn't real, and that you can throw a forward pass, get it reviewed and still have it called a backward pass. The word integrity in professional sports is just another word for bull$hit. The notion of "fair" isn't something that matters to me, because if they all are using PEDs, than its fair. Say what you want about Lance Armstrong, but a cancer survivor with one nut can win the most grueling cycling event 7 times and beat other PED users; that's a bad dude.

Okay so that's the end of my rant :-). This post is a vintage Morning Joe! so I know I'm going to get killed for it, but its the truth. Some of our favorite sports has been at its best because of the presence of PEDs, so lets not sit on our high horse and act holier than thou. We love our athletes to be Bigger, Stronger, and Faster, so lets embrace it.

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