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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Double standard for drugs?

So Barry Bonds used steriods? Wow. Pick me up off the floor. I'd have never guessed.

Sports Illustrated is treating the new Bonds book as if it was the tablets coming down from Mt. Sinai.

My problem isn't with outrage over Bonds. The outrage is deserved.

My problem is this: Where was the outrage last summer when a French sports newspaper busted Lance Armstorng? Instead, the story was neatly tucked away in the back of almost every sports section in America. One denial by Armstrong and -- poof-- the story went away.

Is it because the American media wants to believe Armstrong and wants to bury Bonds?

I don't know. But the situations certainly appear to have some similarities.


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Lance Armstrong gets a pass because he ... left his wife for a worn-out Sherryl Crow? wins a overhyped bike race?
Whatever the reason ... he's a doper. At least Bonds was good before the needles.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Messerly said...

Scott and Roy have it wrong.

Armstrong WAS tested under tougher standards than imposed CURRENTLY by baseball or any other U.S. professional league. Armstrong passed each test.

Trust me, there was nothing the French media would have loved more than to have busted Armstrong.

Bonds, and others, took advantage of baseball's willing negligence to not only look away, but wink-wink at an obvious doping issue.

Bonds has had his manufacturer, supplier, regimen, steroid list, stool pigeon mistress and even his motive exposed to the world.

The biggest charge against Armstrong is what, the claims of a woman who found syringes while cleaning his room?

I don't know whether Armstrong is a doper or not, but even Lance would have a hard time climbing over the mountain of evidence Bonds has stacked up.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

Steroids or not, Barry Bonds is twice the man Lance Armstrong is. Just ask Lance's doctor...

8:10 PM  

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