Signs of the Apocalypse: Mark McGwire Admits to Steroid Use

I don’t really consider the fact that Mark McGwire used steroids as a sign of the apocalypse itself, instead the GDAFSA is more on the my overwhelming desire to just say “no shit!” about the whole damn thing.  Seriously, is there anybody who is really surprised by Mr. McGwire’s admittance?  the real sign of the apocalypse (for Baseball at least) is that we are living in such an age of steroid usage that really anybody knew admitting to doping does not create all that much of a surprise.

Yet we still need to keep up the degree of disgust and upset which is deemed proper in these matters.  Don’t get me wrong, I think steroid use in sports is a shameful practice; it is outright cheating, plain and simple.  Still the abundance of use in sports like baseball should certainly raise some questions, not just about the practices of the athletes but what we as a spectating audience demand.  When McGwire was on his major home run streak in the 1998 season, it was some of the biggest news around.  Does not the public appetite for superstar athletes continually pushing the bounds of sporting records in some way encourage the illicit use of performance enhancing drugs?  Again, this shouldn’t make steroid use right, it just, to me at least, suggest that we should reconsider how we choose to blame and hold people accountable.  At this point the whole steroid controversy in athletic performance extends beyond just the individuals doping, but to the demands of the entire form of entertainment.

Consider it a bit.

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~ by Nathaniel on January 12, 2010.

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