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A little cynical I guess

Like everyone, I was glued to the television watching Mark McGwire battle Sammy Sosa in the summer of 1998 get 70 home runs in a season. I watched Barry Bonds attempt to get the most career home runs. With a raised eyebrow kept an interest in Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis reputation be dragged through the mud on doping allegations. Landis later being stripped of a title due to it. Marion Jonesadmitted to doping during track and field. Sad, simply sad. The list is endless of those that rose to fame in their respective sports and have either been accused of using performance enhancing drugs or using them.As I see Michael Phelps celebrate tonight, I pray that he is not using some form of steroids. What made me glad is that he volunteered for a program with the United States Olympics that monitors athletes for drug use. I am not  Michael Phelps hater in fact I am cheering for him. It is just that young athletes could use a role model unlike one that we have had in years. I would love for Phelps to be looked up to and be proclaimed clean, no if ands or buts. That our youth do not see cheating as their only means of fame or glory. This is a small look into a bigger societal problem, that we are willing to throw our morals out the window in order to make a buck. What happened to ones integrity? Hopefully it is something that can be reborn in sports.  It makes me sick to think I cheered and our country was generally behind people that cheated. Televisions switched from regular programming everytime McGwire got up to plate. There was a sense of unity that brought baseball back to the forefront. We were amazed at the spectacle of one breaking the home run record that had stood for a long time. And now we have rumors that it all happened because of the aid of performance enhancing drugs? If he is clean he needs to step up and declare it. McGwire brought us together and then dropped us like a prom date that was no fun. Though it has been almost ten years it has not been forgotten.No, not everyone does it.Yes, you can win without it and it means so much more.


A little cynical I guess

Like everyone, I was glued to the television watching Mark McGwire battle Sammy Sosa in the summer of 1998 get 70 home runs in a season. I watched Barry Bonds attempt to get the most career home runs. With a raised eyebrow kept an interest in Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis reputation be dragged through the mud on doping allegations. Landis later being stripped of a title due to it. Marion Jonesadmitted to doping during track and field. Sad, simply sad. The list is endless of those that rose to fame in their respective sports and have either been accused of using performance enhancing drugs or using them.

As I see Michael Phelps celebrate tonight, I pray that he is not using some form of steroids. What made me glad is that he volunteered for a program with the United States Olympics that monitors athletes for drug use. I am not  Michael Phelps hater in fact I am cheering for him. It is just that young athletes could use a role model unlike one that we have had in years. I would love for Phelps to be looked up to and be proclaimed clean, no if ands or buts. That our youth do not see cheating as their only means of fame or glory. This is a small look into a bigger societal problem, that we are willing to throw our morals out the window in order to make a buck. What happened to ones integrity? Hopefully it is something that can be reborn in sports.  

It makes me sick to think I cheered and our country was generally behind people that cheated. Televisions switched from regular programming everytime McGwire got up to plate. There was a sense of unity that brought baseball back to the forefront. We were amazed at the spectacle of one breaking the home run record that had stood for a long time. And now we have rumors that it all happened because of the aid of performance enhancing drugs? If he is clean he needs to step up and declare it. McGwire brought us together and then dropped us like a prom date that was no fun. Though it has been almost ten years it has not been forgotten.

No, not everyone does it.

Yes, you can win without it and it means so much more.