Enhanced Performance

In my late-20s, for a little less than a year, I flirted with performance enhancing drugs; not HGH, steroids or anything like that, but the stuff you could get from those shops that are always right outside of chain gyms (the ones usually with ‘muscle’ and/or ‘nutrition’ in their titles). Even though what I was taking were like Skittles compared to what the big boys were droppin’ an’ shootin’ I did notice an ‘enhancement’ to my workout routines and subsequent play on the court. In the gym I could heavy-rep heavy weight and on the basketball court I was able to just ‘do shit,’ like go from thinking ‘I’m gonna tomahawk dunk over that guy’ to tomahawk dunking over that guy. This was stuff I could do before, but not this ‘professionally.’ Everything felt ‘relatively easier’ than it did before, which was sexy as hell. It felt beyond-good to be warming up before a game knowing I was about to do some ridiculous shit once the ball was tipped, and that the people in the stands were gonna freak the fuck out when I did it. And this was just RECREATIONAL ball (highly competitive, but still just weekend warrior shit). I could ONLY IMAGINE how dick-hardening it woukd be to pull that kinda shit off on the professional stage. Speaking of which…

There is a LOT on the line for these athletes. Pride, legacy, money, family stability (not just nuclear, but WAY extended). The average work-a-day stiff who is leading a life he fucking hates doesn’t quite understand this1. And there is something that kinda bugs me about how these bitter fucks—following an athlete getting popped—act like it was the drugs that ‘made’ the guy a superior athlete. Like their armchair-quarterbacking asses were an HGH cycle away from sports superstardom themselves. I’m not ‘condoning’ PEDs, but I understand why guys use them. I also think it’s one of those things that the public is mystified by, but those in the know treat like just another part of the game; no different than ankle tape. Also—as we saw during baseball’s big bat era—some guys use this stuff to level the playing field…

Imagine having a teammate who—just one season before—was riding the bench during home games and not even traveling with the team for away games, but is now averaging 22 and 11, getting endorsement deals, mainstream media attention, invites to celebrity-hosted club events and pretty ethnically ambiguous girls with shapely behinds; all while working a contract renegotiation that’s gonna add a few more zeros to his back account. Imagine knowing EXACTLY what he ‘took’ between this season and the last to achieve this. Imagine you being in the same situation he was in last season THIS season. What would YOU do?
















1. Although I said working ‘stiffs’ don’t ‘get’ this, they actually do. Quite a few of ’em pop little blue pills to ‘enhance’ their performance, and if they were to ever be banned by the FDA you know damn well their asses would STILL find a way to get their hands on ’em. This just goes to show you how much their feelings of inadequacy and jealousy influence their opinions of these guys (who they quietly feel inferior to). Not saying ALL sports fans are like this. There are a lot of fans (and athletes) who LEGITIMATELY feel the integrity of the game is being tarnished by this stuff, but when you think about it: is it the ‘stuff’ or the culture that created it that’s the ‘real’ problem? Our celebrity-worshiping, pedestal-propping, love-’em-when-they-rise-damn-’em-when-they-fall culture to be exact.

Advertisements

0 Responses to “Enhanced Performance”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: