I seem to always be in the minority when discussing this. I have NEVER thought of using PED's or steroids as cheating. I have never done a cycle myself, but wouldn't consider myself a cheater if I did.
Look at everything that teams and trainers do today compared to what they used to do. Thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in strength coaches, training equipment, nutrition experts, protein supplements, alternative diet programs, vitamins... You name it. All of it is centered around enhancing performance. Yet athletes are not allowed to take pills or injections that would give them the most direct and immediate results. All based on an arbitrary line drawn by people trying to protect some mythical ideology they refer to as the, "integrity of the game."
Baseball seems to be the most aggressive in these policies now, not because of the, "steroid era," but because of the reverence die hard old time baseball fans hold for historical records.
I can't count the number of times I've heard morons talk about the old time greats like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Talking about how they set their records and made their mark without the use of steroid. Just old fashioned hard work. That is a ridiculous argument. Steroids weren't AROUND in the 20's, 30's, and 40's. And you can bet that if they were, the all time greats would have been popping Anadrol and injecting Testosterone at alarmingly high rates.
Personally, I don't care about records. I don't care about the reverence people have for the players who set their numbers 100 years ago. I like 600 foot home runs. I love a home run chase. I love seeing athletes perform at insanely high levels and competing with others doing the same thing.
I cannot believe that we can accept the advance of medical science when it comes to injury repair, surgical advances, strength and conditioning strategies, and leaps forward in our knowledge of the best way to make the human body stronger and faster; but we shy away from pharmaceutical assistance because the public has been conditioned to believe that steroids are bad and users are cheaters.
April 13, 2012