|Cheating comes in a lot of forms.|
Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are a difficult topic to discuss. It is truly rare to find someone who is indifferent to them or at least not emotionally engaged in the discussion. I find that we, fans, want to see amazing athletic performances, but want these to be as clean and pure as is possible. We often create dividing lines between things like spitballs, corked bats, corrective lenses, cortisone shots, oxygen treatments, creatine, anabolic steroids, Viagra, caffeine, Ritalin, human growth hormone, and a bevy of other treatments that have been associated with improving performance. Everyone typically has their own line and many fight for it vehemently. The line drawn often rarely is with respect to how much certain aids helping in making a performance better and more often drawn by our emotional attachment to different approaches.
Emotional arguments are difficult ones to have as it is difficult to consider evidence that contradicts our position. Turning a logical argument into an emotional one shifts the debate from one of merits of an idea to the mere capacity of intellectual thought. This creates a conversational quagmire when trying to parse the data on a subject that is confusing and often misconstrued in the media, in the gym, and on message boards. What I hope in this two part series is to set the emotional conversation back to zero and build it back up on the merits of the application of human growth hormone, in this case. That way maybe we can strip the discussion free of our assumptions and weakly based convictions
More right after the jump.