Wednesday, February 13, 2008

When is cheating OK?

The Counselor is IN:

With all the steroid hoopla surrounding Roger Clemens and Congress, it has caused me to ponder the greater issue of cheating in sports. In this country, we appear to have a double standard with cheating. Sometimes we become passionately and aggressively against it. Other times, we are happy to turn a blind eye to it and even embrace it.

The steroid use in baseball has been a huge issue. We had records being broken by men who used performance enhancing drugs. The outcry has been intense against players that are caught in steroids. Barry Bonds has not been found guilty but we (as a society) treat him with disdain for what we think he has done. Mark "Big Mac" McGuire went from super star and first ballot Hall Of Famer to a man that does not have a chance to make the Hall of Fame because of assumed steroid use.

The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame has a ton of known cheaters. Some pitchers used files, Vaseline, and pine tar to give them an edge. There are Hall of Fame players that have used corked bats. Yet there were no Congressional Hearings on these practices?

People seem alright with players in the NFL to sit out a hand full of games because of steroid use. LB Shawne Merriman is a perfect example of this. They caught him dead to rights but yet we were happy with his mild suspension. Why is there not the same outcry as with baseball and steroids?

Another example is the SpyGate Scandal. This was swept under the rug and the team was given a slap on the hand. They did not even forfeit the game that they were caught cheating in. There are some suspicions of them filming the Rams' practice the day before the Super Bowl when New England upset St. Louis. If you try to point these scandals out, many people will dismiss you as a hater and will not give you any creditability. But wasn't SpyGate still cheating? Where is the uproar?

I find it fascinating that we want to rail against some players that we have no evidence of wrong behavior but yet we embrace other players and coaches that are caught red handed.

The Counselor is OUT:

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