There are times when being part of the sport world is tremendous fun. And there are days when you feel like you need to take a shower to get the slime off.
Today is one of the slimy days. A group of players, mostly in baseball and one in football, have been hit with allegations of using banned substances. If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying seems to be the mantra for the day.
In baseball, plays like Alex Rodriguez (surprise!), Melky Cabrera (surprise!), Gio Gonzales, Nelson Cruz and a few others have been liked to PED use through a clinic (surprise!) in Miami. This is the same clinic and the same, uh, doctor? who were involved with Many Ramirez was banned from the game not once but twice for banned substances.
The idea of people cheating in baseball and using PEDs is so common now that I can’t image anyone is surprised by any story anymore. And I start to wonder if fans even care, even as baseball writers rebuke players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for their association with PEDs.
Now comes word that Ray Lewis (remember, we aren’t supposed to talk about the blood and the gun and Atlanta anymore) apparently was using deer antler spray in his recovery from a torn tricep muscle that put him out for the second half of the year. Don’t ask me what is in deer antler spray that is banned by the NFL. But there is something, and gosh, isn’t Tuesday of Super Bowl week the perfect time for Sports Illustrated to break this little story?
Are we at a point in time in sports now when everyone cheats? Where people who don’t cheat are the freaks of the sports? Where the defense of “I never tested positive” has become as believable as “My dog ate my homework”?
Today, because the moon and the stars are in just the right place or because it’s Super Bowl media day or because someone in New York hates Alex Rodriguez, is a day of a lot of negative news in sports. And by the end of the day, feel free to wash up and towel off and start fresh tomorrow in search of better news.