Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Ridding Sports of Banned Substances..Who's Kidding Whom?
Dear readers, for a long time I've been trying to develop a rational argument for the current frenzy to rid several sports of banned substances. Let's start with my stating unequivocally that I am against the recreational use of any drug except alcohol. So, anyone who finds this to be a philosophical black hole that disqualifies me from commenting on, or even voicing an opinion, about the use of "banned" substances in sports can bail out now. Okay. Here's my problem with banned substances in sports. It has become a technology-based million dollar cat-and-mouse game. The athletes use amphetamines - the sport hires doctors and scientists to devise a detection test. The athletes switch to EPO - another detection test arrives. But, the next time you hear any sports federation leader talking about banned substances, listen for a phrase like - it hurts their bodies...it kills them prematurely. You won't hear this. What you hear is that all banned substances must be eliminated, even those not yet created. And, we can be sure that new banned substances will be created to stay ahead of the detection tests for already-in-use banned substances. My question is -- when tbe ultimate non-detectable, non-traceable, non-testable banned substance is created, will the world's sports federations declare total victory over banned substances and stop. Or will they move on to something else? Will they find a new athlete practice to target with technogy, something like exercises or travel timing or foods. Foods. There's an idea. All athletes eat...just like "all" athletes use banned substances. We could test for cornflakes (too much carbohydrate might disfavor those not eating cornflakes) or milk (today's wisdom is that milk's bad for adults) or eggs (oh, let's not even start on cholersterol). Maybe what really got me started down this road was deer antlers. Vijay Singh or anyone else dumb enough to believe that deer antlers can replace talent and hard work in professional sports deserves to be caught up in a phony racket that charges $900 for delivering what my hometown school friends could buy for their hunting dogs at about $5 a tube. Ain't technology grand???