August 10, 2007

Destruction of a National Pastime

Although we focus primarily on politics, you have seen a mild intermingling of sports related issues addressed. As I watch the Bills and surf the web, I came across this story which sums up Barry Bonds breaking the home run record better than any other I have seen. Simply copy and paste this link into your browser, and enjoy as I have:
http://www.theonion.com/content/news/destruction_of_national_pastime

11 comments:

Larry S said...

That is a good piece, but as everything in this world, the perception of Bonds is media driven. Because he was such a jerk to the media for so many years, they've extracted their revenge on him by attempting to shed such a negative light on the record. They've succeeded.

William Wallace said...

Bond's record is the 'scapegoat' for the entire league. Bonds was no doubt 'roiding, but so was the majority of the league, thereby tainting every record, game, play, etc. It's a sad state of affairs for the entire league, but Bonds' record merely aims the attention at one place.

Tee2Green said...

I had to comment on this topic. I've been on the fence about Bonds and the record. Here's a fact...at this moment he is the all-time HR record holder. Did he use steroids? He admitted he used a cream unknowingly. Did that help him hit 758 HR's as it is now? No way! Barry Bonds would have hit over 700 HR's whether he was on steroids or not. I am all for tradition in the game, but as it stands, he is the leader until he is proven guilty...something we will never know.

Scott Leffler said...

Two thoughts ... when did the Onion start printing "real" news? And second, I don't care if Bonds used roids or not. If he wants to ruin his later years for today's glory, how does that affect me? I think players should be able to do whatever they want to improve their game.

Cardinal said...

Asterik or not, Bonds is the reigning homerun king. The good news for us, Buffalo got some attention this week since the kid who caught it attends UB.

William Wallace said...

Bonds def was roiding like the large majority of em. His HR hitting numbers jumped through the roof, right at the same time that his weight jumped nearly 100 pounds in pure muscle.

Leff---how does that affect me? ---Well, for starters, it ruins the history of activities I hold dear and pay a lot to follow: sports! How do you compare hank aaron to bonds or any previous star to the next? You couldn't, becuase all that sports would be is a demonstration of what science has done to make the human body more like a machine. Sports are about fair competition and if athletes could use any drugs they wanted, you'd see 5 year olds on it, stunting their growth, all because of their parents and see a race to get the most jacked up on drugs so you can land the biggest contract. Atleast now games can be won purely on heart, but let any drugs be used, it would ONLY be won according to who has the most doctors and needles. Sometimes a libertarian view has to step aside for common sense leff.

Scott Leffler said...

william wallace:

Should today's athletes also use the same equipment from the 20s? Or be forced to go out drinking and carousing like the Babe? Baseball does not exist in a bubble. It exists in the real world, which changes regularly. I'm not a fan of roids, but I don't think that athletes should be limited by the science of the past, either. I see your point, but records get broken. It happens. And some day, someone will be Bonds' record.

Big Daddy said...

Maybe it should be like the old Saturday Night Live Skit where they had the Steroid Olympics...where steroids aren't only allowed, their encouaged. This best part is when a weightlifter rips his arms off.

I don't like Bonds, I think the record is tainted. But for anyone to hold up major league sports as a pillar of our society and bemoan the loss of tradition....that ship sailed a long time ago.

Today's athletes are overpaid freaks there for our amusement and if they want to destroy themselves to amuse me further, such as juicing so they can hit more homeruns..and thereby make more money for themselves, I say have at it.

William Wallace said...

Leff,

I never claimed that things have to be 100% the same as back then, but my point was human evolution (body type) and equipment might change, but allowing roiding changes the game far too dramatically and quickly. It would become a freak show rather than sport. Cheers

Clark Griswold said...

Leff, wow, your comments on this steroid issue are completely ridiculous. Not only are steroids a banned substance and therefore should not be taken advantage of by players (aka cheating, just like anything else), but they also do incredible damage physically as well as mentally. Such as that idiot wrestler Chris Benoit who decided to brutally murder his wife and young son before doing himself in. He was a known roid user and they were also found in his blood and stockpiled in his home at the time of his cowardly act. Or how about a guy like Ken Caminiti, a career .260 hitter, taking steroids, winning the MVP in the late 1990's, and then dying less than ten years later? Give me a break. It's people who have a stance like yours about steroids that have allowed them to run rampant through the 90's and early millenium. If you can truly say you do not care about who is and is not taking this stuff, you're neither a true sports fan nor a rational human being.

Scott Leffler said...

Clark,

Athlete's are well aware of the problems that steroids cause. But they take them anyway. They're not victims. The death of Benoit's wife and son was tragic ... and avoidable ... but that's not relevant to Bonds' record. I can't police MLB. If they want to look the other way, who am I to say different. I think the rule in and of itself is silly, too. Finally, I don't think that it's irrational to think that Barry Bonds can deal with the consequences of his own actions and that if MLB wants to ignore it's own policies in order to sell more tickets then that's their decision.