why steroids should be legal in sports
By Almost all the major sports (and minor ones, for that matter) have rules against the use of steroids. These Áperformance enhancing drugsÁ are thought to be cheating in the athletic landscape. ThatÁs dumb. I say let them juice up as much as they want! Intrinsically, the purpose of sports is to entertain. This dates back to the beginning of sports and organized competition, where gladiators would fight to the death in front of legions and legions of enthralled spectators. All we care about is the action. Give us highlights and give us excitement and weÁll keep coming back time and time again. Steroids are called Áperformance enhancing drugsÁ for a reason. ItÁs because they enhance the performance of the athlete taking it. ItÁs arguably what helped Lance Armstrong cycle past all his competitors for years. ItÁs arguably what helped Barry Bonds knock a billion home runs out of the park throughout his career. ItÁs the unspoken secret thatÁs quietly been supplying us with some of our most memorable and entertaining sports moments throughout history. But itÁs illegal. Why is it illegal? Let me put it this way: imagine youÁre a farmer. You grow crops and your annual income, and survival, relies on the amount of quality crops you can produce. Then, I come to you and say, ÁHey, IÁve got this substance thatÁll increase your productivity by leaps and bounds.
Á YouÁd be a fool not to take it. Sure, it may be dangerous and there may be long-term health risks to exposing yourself to this substance, but youÁre a farmer through and through and your success hinges on how well you can produce. áIf you can go from selling $100,000 in a year to selling $1,000,000 in a year, then youÁre damn well going to take that risk. The same is true in athletics. These guys are pro athletes. The ÁproÁ stands for Áprofessional. Á This is who they are and this is what they do, so why purposefully put a ceiling on their ability to do their job? Because of health risks? YouÁre telling me that 260-pound men running full force at one another 75 times in an afternoon and risking multiple injuries and concussions is less risky than taking a controlled substance to help your performance? YouÁre telling me the cocaine that every NBA player of the 1970s was doing is less dangerous than the needle A-Rod shoves in his ass? YouÁre saying the
was better than the PEDs that helped Shawne Merriman tackle? ThatÁs some nonsense if you ask me. ItÁs all dangerous and itÁs all part of the risk of being a pro athlete. These guys make millions of dollars for a reason: to do their job in the best possible way.
Their bodies are machines, finely tuned to perform at the highest level. Why dis-allow them from using the best premium gasoline? ItÁs the equivalent to a student taking Adderall or Ritalin to study for an exam, because letÁs face it: that is an extremely common practice whether theyÁre prescribed the drug or not. ItÁs something that will help them study longer hours and more efficiently, therefore helping increase their chances of doing better in school. ItÁs, by definition, a performance-enhancing drug. ItÁs clearly illegal, but nobody would ever discredit someoneÁs A+ on an exam because they chose to take Ritalin to study. How come it matters for home runs? Look, I donÁt care about baseball. Never have, and probably never will. ItÁs boring, itÁs long, and itÁs mostly just standing around in my opinion. IÁve never cared to follow a season or keep track of any stats. On the other hand, did I follow along when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were knocking dingers back and forth? Of course I did. Was I watching Barry Bonds break the home run record? I watched the entire game. Am I currently keeping tabs on A-RodÁs rise up the rankings? Indeed I am. The point IÁm making is this: I cared. These athletes, whether performing legally or illegally, did something to turn a non-spectator into a spectator.
They entertained, they captured peopleÁs attention, and they performed their sport at the highest imaginable level (even beyond human capabilities). Is that not the purpose of sports, to be a source of entertainment? And youÁre going to ban a substance thatÁs sole purpose is to increase the level of entertainment? That just doesnÁt add up to me. Tyler is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs and the Baltimore Ravens. He is a writer from Montreal, Canada and enjoys cheeseburgers, sports, music, and double cheeseburgers. Follow him on Twitter and every other social media Increased level of play! In order for the sport to actually stay fair, steroids should be allowed in order to erase all confusion on who is or is not taking substances that enhance the body. Any athlete who would get away with using anabolic steroids now has every other athlete using steroids. Steroids also help reduce the risk of injuries, the benefits of using steroids far outweighs the consequences found in steroids. Steroids should be legalized in professional sports. Steroids should be legalized in professional sports. Lets face it, it is not going to stop either way but lets give it a fair advantage and legalize it. That way all the conspiracy will cease and people can do it if they want to or choose not to if they do not want to.
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