Originally Posted by brabson
The problem with performance-enhancing drugs is they don't level the playing field, but instead un-level it.
Instead of watching the best athletes compete, you get a chance to see the best chemists at work. Ability and preparation take a back seat to getting the best set of drugs.
Many performance enhancing drugs have dangerous side effects, including premature death. You end up forcing athletes to make a choice: compete and risk the side effects, or be placed at such a disadvantage as to no longer be competitive.
OK, I see your point, here's my rebutal:
1) Sports aren't about equality, they are about 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Someone is supposed to WIN and everyone else DOESN'T, thats how sports work. If everyone who competed was 'equal' and the results reflected that you would have... Little League baseball.
2) Are you saying the Olympics don't feature the best athletes, just chemistry experiments? You are welcome to your opinion, no matter how rediculous it is.
3) Yes, there are side effects to pretty much everything, including breathing. So what. Don't like the trade off? Don't do it. We have the gift of free will, use it.
Sports are fun to participate in. Anyone can be involved in youth soccer or baseball. Most can compete at a high school level in something. Some are good enough to be competative at a collegiate level, a few of those recieve scholarships for their ability. A very small portion of those scholarship athletes might someday earn money from sports, maybe. A chemist isn't going to get you more than one level above where you would have been naturally, anyone dumb enough to risk longterm health in order to play D3 football is stupid, and stupid should hurt.
...but we're not talking about HS football, we're talking about Olympic Athletes. They are professionals, they are the best in the world at what they do. They deserve a little more respect for their effort than saying: "you get to see the best chemist at work."
...and show the chemists some respect!! Do you think some track coach is out there whipping up new performance enhancing drug formulas in his bathtub?