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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
May 28, 2019
Some days you have to work on an idea for a blog post, and then there are weeks when the work is easily done for you. I stumbled onto one of the funniest pieces of comedy in quite a while. We all remember The Lonely Island right? The guys that did the songs “I’m on a Boat” and “YOLO?” Well, they are apparently pretty big sports fans, and since they hail from the Bay Area I was kinda surprised they were Oakland Athletics fans like myself. So they made a viciously hilarious ode to the team called “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience.” If you don’t know who the “Bash Brothers” are, they were Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and were arguably one of the craziest stories in all of sports in the 1980s. Two gigantic men knocking homers out of the cavernous McAfee Coliseum and doing things no one had ever seen. McGwire launched 49 homers as a 22-year old. Canseco became the first player to ever hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases…and he did it just to prove he could. Needless to say, it was rare to see a team in those days with two massive sluggers on the roster, and thanks to changes in baseball philosophy these days as the parks have gotten smaller, having multiple players that can hit 30 homers a season is common. Anyway, you would think we would be celebrating these two…especially since Canseco is only one of four men that pulled a 40-40 and McGwire was the former single season homer leader. Instead, we just know them as cheaters…and The Lonely Island made sure you knew that in their 30-minute laugh-a-thon.
If there is a Webster’s definition of “‘roider” on the books, these two would be the poster boys. They helped bring the lexicon of different steroids into the mainstream and gave us a little too much information on the side effects of steroids to the male genitals. These days, we know Mark McGwire as the most juiced up player of all time, still in the game as a hitting instructor, which people make frequent jokes about him giving advice on where to inject the steroids. Canseco is a media attention whore, showing up on bad reality shows and trying to sell weird experiences like hunting the infamous bigfoot and claiming aliens gave him—just him—the secrets of time travel. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jose-canseco-bigfoot-hunt_n_5c6463e9e4b0018ed01b2d75Both of these guys are marginal hall of fame candidates and will most likely never get in due to their transgressions, and who can really blame people for being salty? Right now, the current argument is between Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, and this argument has taken a whole life of its own along racial and political lines. Personally….neither should get in. Yes, they were never officially popped for steroids, but we know they did it. We also know David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Palmeiro and a host of other greats did it as well, and probably should not be in either. Personally, this new idea of shaming these players is kind of an interesting one. Yeah, they laughed their way to the bank as their supporters might say, but then again “pasty no talent losers” like myself can help dictate their legacy. So take that.
I will be doing another blog about performance enhancing drugs and the physical side of what they can do to you next week, but this week is going to be the personal and side. Why did I mention The Lonely Island video? Well, it is most likely their way of dealing with the internal issue of being duped by their former heroes. The will still love the team (even though Billy Beane has run it into the ground) but this give them some license to take on the regret. Since I was not a fan of the Athletics during that time, I just laughed. But man, imagine the pain of knowing your team is a bunch of cheats. You either make up an excuse and accept it or renounce your team. Right now, the current saga with my alma mater’s basketball team—the University of Arizona—is just bringing up certain issues within myself. I am privy to real knowledge of past misdeeds, but I blew them off because I used to think it was pointless because everyone did it and blah blah blah. I’m older now, and I think it is time to make a tectonic shift in the landscape and force the NFL and the NBA to create legitimate minor league systems like the MLB. No one blinks an eye at 100-million dollar contracts anymore. It’s time to let these kids have the choice to risk their bodies for money rather than waste resources on them in a school setting, especially if they don’t even want to go to school but only do so because of no other available options. That’s a blog for another day.
Here is the bottom line when it comes to performance enhancing drugs…..you are just not being honest with yourself. You can create all sorts of narratives indoor mind and allow yourself to believe the reasoning. Everyone is doing it. It’s just for me, no one else. Their could be monetary gain from this. I just want to be the biggest guy in the gym. Listen, we all have those moments in our lives where we think we need something to make ourselves better. Some changes are healthy, like changing your job or your city or expunging bad influences in your life. Some people do it because they think, I might as well because this is the only life I have. That’s well and good but that is an attitude best equated to running a marathon or something or buying the car you always wanted, not necessarily putting horse steroids into your system because you wanna struggle with t-shirt shopping for the rest of your life.
There was an interesting series that was once produced by Vice Sports that illustrated some of the mental side of using performance enhancing drugs. One video showed an older bodybuilder struggle to maintain his career, for he even started contemplating the idea of using said drugs. Another showed a man that was well into the process, lamenting the fact that his body will never able to make testosterone naturally due to his overuse of the drugs. You had women in the elite levels of bodybuilding, struggling with perception of felinity and strength while using said drugs. And of course, you had one of the more controversial figure in the weight lifting world in Louie Simmons, a powerlifting guru who owns a gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio and is 50% interesting ideas, 50% steroids and completely unapologetic. If anything, the side effects and the personal scrutiny seem to be more of a problem than the actual taking of drugs. Guys in the Westside gym talk about all of their injuries, while someone like me gets pissy when I throw my back out. I can’t imagine tearing a bicep or messing up my neck like some of the guys in the videos.
Here is the other problem as well—we still have no definitive study on a large group of performance enhancement drugs. While we can say some things and flash some ideas, it is difficult to come up with concrete pros and cons. The only thing we can see is this…a great many body builders die young and a great many powerlifters have drug problems late in their life due to the accumulation of injuries. And much as I eluded to earlier in the article, your entire legacy will be placed into question if you are famous enough. Either way, the personal side has a lot of hang-ups, but next week we shall see what the actual physical is all about.
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