Friday, August 25, 2006

Silly and Self-flattering

Woods in Favor of Drug Testing
World No. 1 Wants PGA to be Proactive About Steroids

AP Sports

AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 24) - Tiger Woods said he would like to see testing on the PGA Tour for performance-enhancing drugs as soon as possible to make sure golf remains clean.

Despite the lack of evidence that any golfers are using steroids, Tiger Woods thinks that golf should have a drug testing policy. "I don't know when we could get that implemented," Woods said. "Tomorrow would be fine with me."

Woods did not say he thought anyone was using steroids, but said it could be a problem in the future.

"I think we should be proactive instead of reactive," he said. "I just think we should be ahead of it and keep our sport as pure as can be. This is a great sport, and it's always been clean."

Woods' comments came one day after PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said he saw no need for drug testing in golf without evidence that any players are using steroids.

C'mon now. While golf might be a very competitive game, it's hardly a physically-demanding sport. If there were any decisive advantage to be gained by being ripped, wouldn't we have seen massively large pro golfers by now ?
I mean, other than massively large around the middle.

When a fourteen year old girl can compete (although not win) at the highest level in men's golf, I think that it's safe to say that the PGA won't be in the middle of a doping scandal anytime soon, since there's little point in larger muscles in golf.
At least, not a performance-enhancing doping scandal. It's more likely that someone will get into legal trouble for abusing prescription diet pills, or actual dope.

Of course, if at some point in the future there was a league in which both men and women competed without concession for the females, then they'd probably want to have such testing, mainly to catch those women who needed an upper-body boost just to be as muscled as the sub-average man.
But that seems to me to be unlikely to occur.


Blogger Brit said...

It won't necessarily be muscle-building drugs that are a problem though.

Canada's greatest substance-abusing 'sportsman' (in the broadest sense - literally) was not Ben Johnson but the magnificent snooker player Bill Werbeniuk.

To reduce his shakes, he used to drink six pints of lager before he even started a match, then another pint for every frame, and all the while popping beta blockers to counteract the appalling effects of the booze on his heart.

August 25, 2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

While that strikes me as self-abuse, it's not clear-cut substance abuse, since Bill Werbeniuk was apparently using alcohol medically.

Did he ever say why he didn't just get a prescription for mild tranquilizers ?

August 25, 2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

They lack the refreshing crispness and fruity finish.

August 25, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger Oroborous said...


August 25, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

This whole sports testing issue gets complicated, but I'm ready to throw my support behind mandatory testing for bloggers.

August 25, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Bret said...

If steroids would make golf exciting, I say "bring it on"!!!!!

August 25, 2006 3:28 PM  

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