Charles Pierce on steroids and Ryan Braun:â†µ
The steroid frenzy is of a sad piece with this history. It began, as all drug frenzies do, with a series of scare stories guaranteed to terrify the rubes. Then came the rush to pass laws and regulations without really thinking them through because this was The Greatest Crisis There Absolutely Ever Was. Then came all the people who made careers out of the laws and regulations prompted by the original frenzy. Then came all the reporters and commentators who got rich enabling the people most directly profiting from the frenzy and/or being professionally outraged on behalf of "the fans" but, really, only expressing their own anger at not being allowed to be 14 years old anymore.â†µ
He pillories the steroid craze here and exposes the farce of the industry at large--not the people making PEDs, but the people who make a living testing for them, prosecuting users, and writing sanctimonius scare pieces. It's a machine that exists to feed itself, and it's all built on amateur science and professional moralizing.â†µ
And... Just sayin: one day, a book exposing all this in depth could be pretty fantastic.