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.
Lance Armstrong: Victim?
The embattled cyclist says USADA is out to get him—using powers that it really shouldn’t have. Brian Alexander says he’s right.
Bartolo Colon, now of the New York Yankees, underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment
in the Dominican Republic to regain his old form.
Floyd Landis' Defense Onilne.
Two pdfs of his defense, one zip file with a dozen documents supporting his claim.
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
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.
"the biggest anti-doping program in Olympic history."
``I'm very pleased,'' International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch said of the doping withdrawals. ``I'm very happy. This is very good news. It shows the new system for detecting doping substances will work very well. ... The objective is to have clean games."
Detecting doping? With what? Like a radar, err.. dopler?