The Other Shoe has Dropped...

"They" are at it again, and maybe "they" need to understand the difference between "children" and "adults."

I'd really rather be writing about the incoming recruiting class, and other things related to NU Athletics, but Chicago's arbitor of all that is wonderful and good in local athletics has again expressed his outrage.
Fine - its his opinion and he's welcome to it.

Here's mine:

What an Adult Athlete puts into their body is their own business, as long as they don't violate any laws, or other prohibitions. In athletics, certain substances are banned because they either can cause harm to the user, or give the user an unfair advantage in the contest.

Ephedrine, a component of the "supplement" product in question, was banned by the NCAA several years before 2001. The big questions you have to ask are:
1. Did the players know the product contained a banned subustance?
2. Was this banned substance actually identified on the product label? or was it listed as some kind of "nutritional or herbal" substance.
3. Did the players even bother to look at the actual contents of the product?
4. Did the coaches or trainers actually look at the product to see if it contained a banned substance?

Every one of us on the internet gets 4 or 5 spam e-mails a week promoting some "nutritional suppliment" that is designed to promote long life, etc. There are major personalities who plug this stuff every day on TV and Radio. Athletes who are trying to excel at their sport will use anything and everything to give them an edge, regardless of the cost.

What all of the critics seem to forget is that some kids will do things to improve their game that don't always make sense to non-athletes.

Some Kids will go out and build batting cages out of junk so they can practice hitting in January. Kids will shoot baskets outside in snow storms to improve their game. Kids who are serious about their sport will practice it year round.

And I've seen kids prowling the aisles at health food stores, and the local Walmart, looking for some magic elixer that will help them gain an edge over a competitor, and no amount of preaching about the dangers will stop some of them.

There are those in America that would eliminate competition because its not fair to those who lose. They forget that even in "no Score" T-ball, there are always kids can tell you who "won" [and their batting average, and how many runs their team scored in the last game.]

Those kids eventually become the winners because they never stop trying. The rest wind up sitting around when they're 60 wondering why they never seemed to be able to succeed [and blaming everyone else for their lack of sucess].

The coaches, managers, and trainers who stress winning and excellence in all you do are the people to be honored and admired. Those who manage to supress the need to win in kids are the real villains in all this.

And they're doing it "all for our own good." Right!

-- da Coach

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