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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

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Posted on Feb 12, 2010
AP / Tony Gutierrez

The smaller American Airlines Center will host some NBA All-Star weekend events in Dallas, while the All-Star game itself will be played at the massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

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By tonight11, December 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

the steroids isn’t such a great deal. they should concern about the possibility of using drugs. this is a real problem. i know that, because i was there a long time ago. drug rehab San Diego of course always is two sides of the story.

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By msaiwn, June 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

I don’t think the steroids are the problem. The sports are an example, or used to be, of fair play and the players should obey the rules, they are not above them. If the rules say you shouldn’t use drugs, you just don’t.

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By Tom Edgar, February 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Not much different to insisting other countries shouldn’t have access to atomic weapons when you have them yourself. If the playing field IS level then it is less likely an unfair result ensues.

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By Howard Mandel, February 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Can somebody (preferably, a sports fan) tell me why we should care if
professional athletes use steroids or other performance enhancing drugs? Why
don’t we just let them all use it?

Don’t we want to see the best performance humanly possible?

Doesn’t every manner of technological innovation render sports stats from
previous eras moot?

Isn’t it already a settled matter that celebrity athletes are inherently poor role
models?

Our obsession with sports and steroids is a wonderful example of how
schizophrenic our culture is. On one hand we tell them they are the elite, the
best; that everyday rules don’t apply to them. Then we turn on them when they
act like the rules don’t apply to them.

I get that it irks some people that players who choose to stay clean can’t
compete. Well, I could take all the steroids in the world and it wouldn’t give me
the inherited traits I would need to compete with a professional athlete in
anything. Why is that any less fair?

I’m not a sports fan, so I don’t understand why this matters. Somebody help
me.

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