Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Nothing to see here, people. Move along.

If the pitching coach for the New York Yankees was busted for buying anabolic steroids and HGH, don't you think we'd be hearing more about it than we are about the Dallas Cowboys' quarterbacks coach getting busted for the same thing?

Even those papers that are playing it bigger than others (the three papers I've seen report it as a sentence fragment among the final roster cutdowns in their "NFL Notes" pieces) the coverage reads like a press release for Wade Wilson and the NFL, working overtime to cut off any readers' curiosity about whether the problem is anything more than an isolated incident. "Don't you worry your pretty little head about it," David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune seems to be telling us. "This problem goes absolutely no further than the 48 year-old assistant coach buying HGH and steroids."

And maybe it doesn't. I'm just struggling to understand why a story about PEDs in the NFL gets such credulous treatment when the same story in Major League Baseball would foment Congressional hearings, three-score-forty editorials, and a Very Special Episode of Outside the Lines.

1 comment:

Pete Toms said...

Craig, you're preachin to the choir.

I've been up on my soapbox for awhile about exactly this. Why is baseball held to a higher ethical / moral standard than the NFL when it comes to PED's?

My favorite explanation ( not mine, wish it was ) is that baseball is about the American myth and football is about the American reality. Take this all with a grain of salt coming from a guy who has lived his entire life in Canada....

Anyway, yes it's bullshit, everyone, yes EVERYONE in the NFL is on something.

My only question is this: Are there not more positive tests amongst NFL players because the cheaters ( players, "nutritionists", "personal trainers", "personal physicians", whatever ) are that far ahead of the regulators? Or is it that the NFL only releases positive tests when they want to punish a team, player, coach, owner, whoever has stepped out of line? I understand that they need some positive test results as well to demonstrate to fans and media that their "policy" is effective.