many things to say here.
I say juice em up and let em go. I pay good money to be entertained by these guys, and they get paid HUGE money to play........Pro athletes are paid to entertain me. I want to see the best of the best. If somebody wants to enhance their ability with supplements so be it.
home runs do not entertain me. drama entertains me. you dont need 8 home runs a game to create drama. baseball was a good and entertaining game before steroids were invented and it will continue to be so when steroids are eradicated from the game.
Many people use a form of steriods and have zero side effects from them. Its the abuse where people get into trouble.
that is not true. the form of steroids people take for medical purposes, like prednizone, are not the same form that athletes take. additionally, they can have significant side effects because people react differently to them. that is why you need a prescription and regular check ups with doctors when you have been prescribed a steroid. additionally, steroids approved for medical use do not have significant body building attributes.
so what is the difference if our athletes bulk up one way or the other?
for one, supplements are legal and steroids are illegal. not only are steroids banned by baseball but it is a crime to possess them. due to insufficient regulation, some supplements may actually be harmful. eventually though, like ephedra, they will get banned.
there are several issues. first in my mind is health. promoting the use of chemical coctails that will drastically harm your health for the sake of sports improvement is a horrible ideology in my opinion. in addition to needless illness, suffering and death, other effects such as increased health care costs may occur. furthermore, if everyone is on the juice and everyone is jacking 80 home runs a year then 80 home runs a year will no longer be entertaining and the game will lose its entertainment value to those that value that sort of achievement. another issue is that that the succesful athlete will no longer be the one with the most talent or the most will to succeed but the one with the most money to spend on drugs. maybe it is just me but i prefer to reward someone who works hard as opposed to someone who was merely born into a rich family and could afford the latest technology.
...as far as I know the most anticipated event in the summer olympics is the 100 metres, and that wouldn't be as exciting if it weren't for roids.
i think it would be. a close race makes it dramatic and entertaining. the runners would still be running ridiculously fast. the 100 was a popular and entertaining race long before performance enhancing drugs entered the scene.