Tiger Woods on Steroids? It 's not a ridiculous question
For many, the controversy over performance-enhancing drugs has already passed. Much like how a great part of the nation has been rendered immune to torture due to years of knowing about it, many sports fans have reached a point where they just don’t care what athletes stick into themselves. As long as they perform, let them do what they want.
Still, there are holdovers that take umbrage to their favorite athletes cheating. And there are others who will side with their favorite athletes when they deny using steroids. Remember, we are but a decade removed from fans arguing that man-mountain Mark McGwire would never cheat.
Lance Armstrong has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, and has vehemently denied it. And the average American sports fan will side with him. He’s Lance Armstrong, Tour de France superstar, American hero, he would never cheat. It must be the damn jealous French out to get him.
Of course, it shouldn’t be out of line to think that Armstrong has likely cheated in the past. It’s difficult to comprehend that Armstrong - after a brilliant and inspiring fight against cancer - came back to cycling and dominated - while clean - against the world’s best cyclists, many of whom were in fact cheating.
But it seems we are supposed to believe that every athlete that has risen to the top of their sport has never cheated. All of these top, buffed athletes have previously denied, or continue to deny cheating: Armstrong, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Tiger Woods …
Wait, Tiger Woods? How could I conceivably think that Tiger has ever done anything either illegal or illicit? He’s Tiger Woods! As Shane Bacon at Golf Fanhouse put it: “[R]umors that Tiger may be on the juice are obviously ridiculous.”
The question that many will refuse to ask - Why is it ridiculous to wonder if Tiger has ever juiced? Is it because the PGA Tour has announced that 100 percent of the players they’ve tested are clean? Well, as we’ve seen from Major League Baseball and the NFL, sports organizations will do whatever they need to do to keep their biggest moneymakers from being found out.
Do you really think the PGA Tour would test Tiger Woods for performance-enhancing drugs unless they knew he’d be clean at the time of his test? There is just far too much money to be lost to think otherwise.
You can argue all you like that performance-enhancing drugs wouldn’t help a golfer, but, no offense, you’d be speaking out of ignorance. Because there are all types of designer drugs out there that will help athletes in any sport, golf included.
In the end, let it be known that this is in no way an accusation against Tiger. I know what everyone else knows - he has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, and he has now said he’s passed two drug tests. No accusation made against him (if there even have been any) holds any water, whatsoever. About the only inkling of evidence against him would be his amazing physique, but Woods’ remarkable dedication to being the best golfer ever easily explains that away.
More than anything, though, Woods is, and will continue to be, a victim of his own era. Top athletes use performance-enhancing drugs. This is clear. And while I can write with confidence that I believe Woods is clean, the idea that he may not be is anything but ridiculous.
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Benefits? Higher mental acuity and better focus, but I'm not becoming Ironman because of it.
How can you 'not' have even the slightest question of anyone these days? Even the purist of the pure (e.g. Tiger, Phelps...ok umm maybe not) are asked.
Thanks McGwire...Sosa, Barry, A-Roid and a few dozen NFL players over the past 2-3 years.
Thanks...thanks a lot for making all of us cynics.
now" body image coupled with golf course behavior that can also be described as "roid rage" make him suspect. The communist Wolfrum is correct - the PGA Tour would never jeopardize its investment in their walking advertisement for hybrid vigor and the wonders of multicultralism reigning triumphant in the game most emblematic of "whitey".
The big bucks, superhot babes dropping their panties everywhere you go vs a little risk. Take this and the knowledge of no tests for you unless your clean at the time, and no up and coming competitor can juice and meet you on a even playing field. Big money and stupid laws have ruined sports. We are suckers for believing its just a game and fairness really matters.
With that being said every professional and amateur athlete could be tempted to use it since it speeds recovery. The faster you recover the increased likely hood you will play good the next day.
Golf is a technical sport but it is also a dynamic explosive sport. Strength training is very important in it though few realize how important.
I am not saying Tiger used anabolics. Not sure and dont care. Majority of athletes I am sure at some point in time have used them. There is to much money at stake not to use them.
On a final note there are different types of steroids. Just because an individual does not look like Mr. Olympia that does not mean that they are not using steroids.
Anyways just my 2 cents.
however, we know tiger is a serial cheater and in a short time went from a walking 1 iron and
half the size of his caddy steve, to where he now appears substantially bigger.
tiger was on top of the world chasing history with a squeaky clean image only to throw it all away. he needs to be tested for steroids and lets see if he loses 30 lbs. of muscle or will
the PGA just bury their head in the sand.
i say we start a grass roots movement to BAN
THE CHEETAH NOW!!!!!!
his carefully contrived, false P.R. may be his
own undoing. it's just a shame.
The PGA would absolutely have to cover it up......after all Tiger is the probably the greatest golfer ever.
Some of the TW interviews I have seen have him being easily angered by tough questions.
Certainly not a ridiculous question.
Marion Jones is just one example...
Because it appears this article was written in 2009, well before the Tiger scandal broke out.
But I myself believed this guy was cheating even before this Doctor Galea was arrested.
Just looking at how huge he suddenly became comes down to more then just lifting weights.
Another sign of steroid use is a quck temper.
Which he also exhibits.
Woods in my opinion is on his last legs in golf.
THE DONT ASK DONT TELL. mentality. If they dont test they cant catch him, so they are happy not knowing.Woods is a cheat, a liar and a thief in that order.
Ban woody for life.
The only solution to the problem
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