Category Archives: steroids

Sports History Files: A new twist to Germany’s doping past

TweetIt’s not known at this point whether alleged state-sponsored doping of West German athletes dating back to the 1950s was as systematic and devastating as what was practiced in East Germany.
But a bombshell report published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend about research conducted by Germany’s federal insitute of sports science (BISp) figures to have [...]

Catching steroids ‘cheaters’ — by any means necessary

TweetAt the risk of sounding like a condescending scold — in other words, becoming like those I like to scold — I offer up a post from January written on the heels of media excuse-making about Baseball Hall of Fame voting (and in one case, the willful abstinence from casting a ballot).
The reason was the [...]

As the rage over ‘roids continues to be the rage

TweetAndy Hutchins asks the essential question about the AP’s examination of PED use in college football:
“So the point of this ‘BOO THERE ARE STEROIDS IN SPORTS’ report is what?”
That is the point, and Tim Keown is happy to pile on:
“High school kids are getting and using steroids with the complicit approval of their parents [...]

Steroids, moralizing and the Baseball Hall of Fame

TweetMy objections to the War on Steroids are not subtle, nor are they conflicted, as I have written here and here and here.
The caveat has always been that I’m more concerned about the public unaccountability of the taxpayer-funded USADA than athletes who are presumed guilty merely by being charged with doping. Including Lance Armstrong.
But expressing [...]

To ‘cleanse’ cycling, but at what cost?

TweetIt’s official: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned for life — even though he’s retired. UCI, the international cycling union, will not challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s punishment, and the event will have no official champion from 1999-2005.
Says UCI president Pat McQuaid, long derided as [...]

Armstrong must be guilty if Nike bails out, right?

TweetI saw a Tweet this morning from a not-obscure sportswriter I know by acquaintance, moments after the news broke that Nike was terminating its endorsement contract with Lance Armstrong:
“Guilty.”
It was a retweet, with that single word as his response.
And the media self-righteousness took off from there, with some wondering when Armstrong might “come clean,” because [...]

The Saturday Sports Reader: Convicting Lance Armstrong

TweetMy previously expressed views (here and here) on the “investigation” of Lance Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency haven’t changed with this week’s release of its “Reasoned Decision,” a lengthy accumulation of its case against him.
Neither has the seemingly consensus view that the disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion (for now) is pure evil, and [...]

The triumph of American anti-doping zealotry

TweetIsn’t anyone in the establishment sports media the least bit uncomfortable that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that has brought Lance Armstrong to his knees gets a good bit of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy?
Taxpayer money this is, yours and mine.
The agency that brought us the futile, [...]

I think it was something I ate

TweetRoss Tucker at The Science of Sport blog says there have been many villains in the world of sports science this year, but the ongoing, dragged-out doping case of 2010 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is the clear and easy winner, and virtually everyone involved is to blame:
“As for what happens next, I’d bet strongly [...]

PEDs and the presumption of innocence

TweetOf all the speculation over National League MVP Ryan Braun’s positive test for a banned substance — and which was disclosed anonymously to ESPN.com — only a handful of writers are raising the most important points. Maury Brown:
“If he lucks out and it’s found that due to some circumstance he should not be suspended, then the larger [...]