Ray Lewis, one of the NFL's most prominent players, was linked with performance-enhancing drug use in a Sports Illustrated article this week shortly before the Super Bowl, an article that also said some Alabama Crimson Tide members received PEDs from the same salesman in the case the night before the BCS championship game... and yet, the story hasn't stimulated a lot of wide-ranging discussion about PEDs in football with the Super Bowl later today. Lewis refused to address the issue in his media remarks, while there hasn't been much discussion at all of what went on with the Alabama players, and both stories have largely faded from the public mind. Meanwhile, a Miami New Times report linking Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and other baseball stars to PEDs is still creating a massive stir. The differing reaction to the two stories has some, like CBS Sports' Matt Snyder, questioning if there's a double standard at play:
nfl is the golden goose. very few writers and media types are willing to taken on the goliath that is the nfl.
another factor, as dan patrick has stated, it is expected. you are talking about 280lbs men running 4.6.that isnt normal. the fans and media demand their players to be bigger, faster and stronger..
i knew something was up with ray lewis. i watch the wwe. over the years several wrestlers have torn muscles (biceps, pecs, tris, quads). all of them were out from 8months to a year. ray torn his tricep in october. HE WAS PLAYING IN JANUARY, less than 3 months later.
its simple,its about the all mighty dollar. if the NFL wasn't the #1 sports revenue generator, we'd hear about ped use all the time.
the NFL knows that if their dirty little secret got out like it has in base ball, they would lose so much money.
What would intrigue me is how Tom Verducci, who the same day wrote an overwrought obit-like article about Alex Rodriguez, along with MLB Hall of Fame voters feel about football players. I would guarantee you they are football fans. If they feel differently about football players than you would have serious credibility issues and a microcosm of society's hypocrisy towards PEDs.
like anyone would think football players wouldn't make use of every advantage? it's a biz just like golf, baseball, hockey, cycling, Olympics......
Stats and numbers are more important to baseball and its fans than football. So if numbers are achieved illegally, a bigger fuss is going to be made.
because people look a football players like Gladiators or barbarians...stronger faster, more pain for our amusement...which is sad.
@UnitedWhofans Not only that, but the PED users managed to completely blow up some of baseball's most cherished records. Maris and Aaron, for example, were both replaced by Bonds, who in addition to being a PED user was one of the most dislikable players of his generation. Baseball fans can easily see how PEDs hurt their game. With football, the negative effects are not nearly so obvious.
the ped issue in baseball has everything to do with bonds and no one else. no one in the media questioned sosa and mcgwire in 98. one did and was osctracized for it.
former players were saying there was a steroid problem. again the media said nothing. then bonds began OBLITERATING records. then all of a sudden, "oh we got a problem." and by targeting bonds they opened up pandora's box on everyone else.