In light of Lance Armstrong's recent admissions
and the failure of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to elect a single member to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year
, the New Atlantis examines the era that created people like Armstrong and Barry Bonds
and what this subsequent rejection says about us, them, and the sports themselves.
What do NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger
, Joe Haden
of the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants safety Tyler Sash
of the Philadelphia Phillies, and many other athletes
have in common?
They have all used a performance enhancing substance
that is growing in popularity among athletes, one that is widely prescribed and which is taken by millions of children every day. The drug in question is Adderall
: The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. [more inside]
Bartolo Colon, now of the New York Yankees, underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment
in the Dominican Republic to regain his old form.
The recently retired Manny Ramirez was one of the most inscrutable players in recent history. Ben McGrath of the New Yorker attempted to figure out Ramirez's motivations in this 2007 piece
has an excerpt from the upcoming book Game of Shadows
. The book claims to have detailed evidence of heavy drug use by Barry Bonds. Tom Verducci of SI (who has a Hall of Fame vote) has suggested this will keep him out of the Hall and is damning as the Dowd Report
, which lead to a lifetime ban for Pete Rose. Would this provide any kind of closure to the steroid era? If Bonds does not sue, is that as good as an admission? And although his motives can be considered dubious, did Jose Canseco end up becoming a savior of baseball?
Bonds said he unknowingly used steroids
Following up on yesterday's article on Giambi's grand jury testimony,
the SF Chronicle reports that Bonds admitted using steroids, but didn't know what they were at the time
Gary Sheffield said something very similar
in October, and was not penalized by baseball
, nor by public opinion
. Meanwhile, the Yankees are reportedly trying to void Giambi's contract
. What will the fallout be from the Bonds story?
Yankee Star Admits Steroid Use.
Jason Giambi finally came clean. Will this lead to the confession of other baseball players? Barry Bonds - the heat is on. Or are you in "the clear"?
Over the past few years, doping in sports has grown into an arms race of biology, chemistry, and technology as atheletes attempt to push their limits and escape detection. While it's hard to estimate how widespread the problem is or how much it actually improves one's performance, one amateur athelete for Outside Magazine decided to test the latest on himself
as he spent 8 months training for an ultramarathon cycling event. The article also notes pro-cheating sites
filled with atheletes trading stories
of their own programs. Disturbing stuff, when you think of all the records being broken in sports these days. As Rafe
says, this might be one of the most important sports articles ever written. note: it's a long article, but worth it.
(Note to young sportswriters: Always make your steroid question your last question.)
Sports Illustrated Übercolumnist Rick Reilly asks Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa if he would be willing to undergo a test for steroids. After all, Sosa has said he would be "first in line" if baseball required tests for steroids. Reilly asks, "Well, why wait? Why not step up right now and be tested? You show everybody you're clean."
Sosa chuckles ruefully, pats Reilly on the back, and replies, "No, sir, that would weaken the player's union, and besides, your question is quite inappropriate."
Just kidding. Actually, Sosa yells and screams. His answer includes the word "motherfucker." "You're not my father," he tells Reilly.
Journalists writing to the letters page
of Jim Romenesko's Media News disagree on the appropriateness of Reilly's request.
Coach Touretski Suspended Over Steroids Charge
- Leading swimming coach Gennadi Touretski has been suspended from the Australian Institute of Sport following allegations of illegal possession of anabolic steroids.
This is very big news here in Australia at the moment.