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the truth would be nice


"Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see me sock a few dingers?"

[episode 228]



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Also, so does this:
Def Leppard and Bryan Adams
Saturday, July 9 $45
Which will be better? The show or the fans?



Grabs printout, stuffs under hat


Ahh, Focusin, what would we do without ye.

I find the whole "jock's with roids" thing fascinating. I so want them all to go to prison for a very long time...

My secret hope:

Sammy Sosa: "I don't know, if John Edwards had taken steroids during the campaign, or if Teresa Heinz hadn't, maybe John Kerry would be president. You tell me, would that be a bad thing?"

I just noticed how much the cop in the Simpsons looks like Henry Waxman.

It's the nose, and the vacant stare, I guess

I, personally, would like to know why my fucking tax dollars are paying for this horseshit.

That's an excellent point, Seki, and all the more reason why I would like to have seen some real drama and supsense from these hearings. If I'm paying for this, some fisticuffs or bloodletting or backstabbing would have been worth it.

I'd pay good money to hear a congressman say: "Mister McGwire, if you had any balls you'd admit to taking steroids ... oh, right ... side effects, allow me to rephrase ... "

but to answer Seki's question:

I, personally, would like to know why my fucking tax dollars are paying for this horseshit.

The children.

Somebody has to think of the children.

Apparently the incidence of high school athletes using steroids went from 1:75 to something like 1:35 over the past ten years. (the numbers may vary, but the ratio is correct)

That being the case, I think bitch-slapping prominent major league athletes a bit over illegal use of performance enhancing drugs warrants a bit of face time on national television.

Besides, as Phillies fan, I have faith that Curt Schilling will give as good as he gets ... so long as Mitch Williams isn't at the hearing and closes for Curt.

~ shudder ~

it's a pain that lingers.

But the youth of the country need this spectacle if for no other reason than the SNL/MadTV skits it will produce.

Unless y'all think that a commercial spot of Laura Bush saying "If somebody asks you about Juice - say, Make Mine Orange!" will stop kids fucking with their chemistry.


Sorry BumperStickerIST, I'm with Sekimori on this one. Anyone who is worried about the children should be paying more attention to them. Explain the facts and let them know that steroids might help a bit in the short run, but you have to be friggin fantastic to start with.

Sorry, my children are MY responsibility, not the government's. If parents would actually start, oh say, PARENTING, perhaps this farcical bullshit wouldn't be tolerated.

Well some of us who were tortured by 'roid using jocks in our youth don't really mind with some moron jock dies from taking them. Its called culling the herd.

Maybe this will finally convince people that sports stars are not be idolised.

I appreciate your wishful hope that all parents would start parenting. I share the same one.

But, judging from my local Walmart, playgrounds, Webelos meetings, youth sports activities, and school functions ... a significant number don't. At times I think me and maybe five other people in my school district actually know where our kids are most of the time and can identify 3-4 of their friends.

If your attitude towards the kids of those neglectful parents is 'well, they're screwed', then ... well, that's your attitude.

I look at these hearings as more of a public health service and a decent use of Our Taxpayer Dollars ... baseball players and major sports atheletes are more accessible than Olympic atheletes to young people that are going to be under some pressure or have a greater desire to take steroids.

Plus, there are other upsides to 'Baseball Under Investigation' ...

if the owners get too smug or arrogant towards Congress, Congress could remove their Anti-Trust exemption, which would be interesting.

also, the Baseball Players Union will get run over should they try to get too union-y about their members taking illegal performance enhancing drugs.

fwiw - I also think the Umpires should be subjected to mandatory drug testing ... along with on-demand vision tests.

These hearings aren't opening the door to nanny-statism.

... Curt Schilling just recently "came out" as a "Born Again Christian"... now I know he's on drugs...

If your attitude towards the kids of those neglectful parents is 'well, they're screwed', then ... well, that's your attitude.

If you're directing that statement at ME, then that's a fine job of pulling something out of your ass for the benefit of the "jury", and I do believe the judge would disallow it. Let's stick to the facts as stated, ya, and don't pretend you know a damned thing about me or my beliefs other than as stated.

I, personally, have been known to provide parenting to neighborhood kids when they are not getting it at home. Brats, for instance, are not allowed to be brats at my house or they do not come back.

And I submit that we're already under nanny-statism. Any sort of legislation to attempt to control what Joe Q. Individual does to his body definitely falls into that category.

I see a lot of people asking why Congress is investigating the baseball-steroid issue, and BumperStickerist nails it above--its because a long long time ago Congress granted baseball an exemption to the Anti-Trust laws (since its the "American sport.") Anytime baseball screws up too bad Congress mutters about revoking the exemption. I dont know exactly what that effect that would have, but I suspect it would be significant.

So Congress does have some small interest in whats going on in baseball, though you can easily argue that it should just revoke the exemption and wash its hands.

McGwire need not admit anything because the public already knows. His evasiveness before Congress was a formality. It is unfortunate that there are children out there, fans of McGwire, whose innocence has been tarnished by this cheater's behavior.

Actually, I believe it was The Supreme Court in FEDERAL BASEBALL CLUB OF BALTIMORE, Inc., v. NATIONAL LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUBS et al. that said baseball was not commerce and thus exempt from Anti-trust law. The Supreme Court has refused to go back and look at this case and has basically said it's up to Congress to remedy the situation.

Thats being said the anti-trust exemption benefits the teams not the players, so why should the players be out through the ringer just beacuse MLB and Congress have this cozy deal.

Again, the Simpsons proves prophetic...

Steroids are unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Unless we start paying a lot more attention to how to wisely use and control rapidly advancing new technologies, they may well lead to our demise as a species.

Targeted genetic modification will soon become a reality, and that capability makes steroids look like quaint and trivial by comparison. Using technology to cheat - and suffering competitively if you refuse to cheat - will become part of everyday life, not just the sports world.