Steriods in Sports

Jay KaneContributor IFebruary 11, 2009

Cheating in win, how does this give you any true satisfaction anyway?

As we all know the Olympics have the most intense drug testing of athletes.  And this drug testing began in 1968.  So if they created drug testing in 1968, then cheating with drugs began before this date.

This brings up some interesting questions.

Alex Rodriguez is the newest big star to be caught cheating. One that has really hurt Major League Baseball. And I believe MLB should be held more accountable for this situation in baseball. Other sports managed to put there grips on this at a much earlier stage, why not baseball?

Sure the players have to be held accountable but MLB is to blame, not too mention the players association. But if steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs have been around for over 40 years then shouldn't everyone in this time period come under suspicion?

Let's face it, since the beginning of competition athletes have been looking to gain an edge in one way or the other. And if you ask me performance enhancing herbs to HGH, athletes have been ingesting what ever they can to enhance there performance.

So because we watch everything today with a microscope does it really mean that all other athletes before drug testing are clean of performance enhancing materials, I doubt it!

So how should the players today that are being caught be seen by society, history, and the Hall of Fame for some?

I don't have the answers to these questions but I would of had more respect for Barry Bonds had he quit one home run short of Hank Aaron. Certainly would of had more respect for Roger Clemens for just admitting it. Then again are some of these guys really guilty of doping or just caught up in the time?

Most likely they are but how many less home runs would of Barry Bonds had if he didn't dope. Or how many less wins would Clemens have?

Alex Rodriguez claims to have only doped from 2001 to 2003. Not sure I believe that but it doesn't matter, with or without, Alex is still one of the best players in baseball, period.

Let's just hope the younger generations learn that cheating is no way to win. There is no satisfaction, no honor, and few rewards from cheating. 

The day I dread most is when a PGA player tests positive. That just might be the lowest day in sports history. The last game left where our kids can learn true life values, and sportsmanship. Let's only hope steroids never rears its ugly head there.

Cheating to win is simply wrong, and from my experience there is no real gratification either. Then again, I have a conscience and so many don't.