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How “Super” Are Todays’ Premier Athletes?

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In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of “super” athletes who have come under attack for drug usage. We see it in the years all too often. Many times a superlative performance has been turned in by a major star athlete only to find out later that these performances had benefited by some extra help. How do we compare the amazing feats of todays’ athletes with the records of major athletes of years ago who achieved their great accomplishments on their own merits and without the aid of any added stimulus? It seems that they cannot really be compared at all.

Many people who at one time had considered themselves to be fans of various sports (particularly baseball) have been turned off by this growing trend of taking drugs to improve performance to the point that they are boycotting the sports altogether. The latest statistics show that the attendance overall for major league baseball is down 1-2 percent. That may not sound like a lot, but when you consider that the attendance for many other sports is growing, the league obviously does not like to see any reduction in their ticket sales.

As awareness of this concern grows, steps are being taken by the powers that be to get some kind of control of this growing problem. Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, announced that his science adviser had been examining a human growth hormone blood test which is currently being studied. Selig feels strongly that HGH (human growth hormone) should be banned. It actually is currently banned by the Major League Baseball Association and yet there is no testing or enforcement for abuses. Obviously this “honor system” approach to the problem is not working very well. If an athlete is unscrupulous enough to take an illegal drug, he likely would be inclined to lie about it as well.

There is a lot to be nostalgic about when one considers the “good old days” and athletes who excel under their own power is certainly one of them.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in Baseball Uniforms and Gym Bags