December 07, 2004
Nobody in their right mind can look at before and after pictures of Barry Bonds and believe that he went from being a lean, athletic player to a bulked-up Incredible Hulk through exercise and diet. He had some chemical help to make that kind of transition in such a short period of time.
But Barry is not alone. Athletes have been doping for years, and they will continue to do so no matter what drug testing policy is instituted. Smart guys will find a way around it. Competition is tough at the professional level, and a lot of players will use whatever edge they can find. After all, look at what drugs did for Barry.
Is it cheating? I think so, and I believe that Barry's records are tainted by his use of steroids. But I can't become howling mad about it.
What is the difference between what Barry did and the various plastic surgeries movie stars, politicians and models have to enhance their allure? Fake tits, botox injections, a nose job or two, a tummy-tuck, a butt-lift, wrinkle removal, hair transplants and a chin rebuild are okay. We don't have a problem with that crap. To me, that's cheating, too, but it's par for the course for people who want to look better than they really do.
Lots of people cheat in this world. Why is Barry Bonds any different from Joe Biden? That ain't Joe's REAL hair you see on his head.
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