Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Christmas has come and gone and a new year is but a bottle of champagne and a ball drop away. As I reflect upon 2015, there is one story that I suppose stands out beyond all others…deflate gate. The story that would not die, in many ways is a very accurate indicator of what the NFL has become…A sport more interested in headlines than the game on the field. As we leave 2015, the media has a new story to obsess over…Peyton Manning and HGH. I have no idea whether Peyton Manning did or did not use HGH, nor do I really care. The thing that I think that many people miss with regard to HGH is that it does not work like steroids. So many fans hear PEDs and believe that the effects are all the same…they are not. Steroids allow a person to become bigger, stronger and faster…a true benefit for athletes. HGH is used to assist recovery from injury…only a benefit for athletes recovering from injury.
In a sport like football where injury plays a really big part of determining the success for teams, perhaps it is time to examine more closely the possible benefits of HGH. What is the concern for the NFL? The health of their players? Please…as we have seen time and again, the NFL does not care about the health of former players. What the NFL cares about is ratings and is there any doubt of the appeal of allowing talented players a faster path back from injury? Here is an excerpt from an ESPN article by Tom Farrey: “I’ve seen a whole spectrum from professional athletes in all sports, down to college and even high school players that have been on growth hormone,” said Dr. Rick Delamarter, a Los Angeles spine surgeon and UCLA professor who has treated scores of big-name athletes. “I have seen the benefits of growth hormone post-operatively in recovering from surgery.” Although Dr. Delamarter does not prescribe HGH to his patients that does not mean that they do not find other avenues to receive HGH treatments. “He has not seen, in his anecdotal experience, a detrimental response to growth hormone. And recovery periods are sometimes cut in half.” For me, here are the most important words provided by Dr. Delamarter: “If the science proves that it’s efficacious and safe in the post-operative recovery period,” then I think it becomes a standard of care for sports medicine and surgeons.” There is a real possibility here.
While many will eagerly jump into the media frenzy surrounding the HGH allegations against Peyton Manning…I am hoping that somewhere along the line that we can move past the hysteria of PEDS and begin to realize that HGH can actually provide a benefit to sports. So…having said that, does anyone else find it odd that in less than a year, Tom Brady and now Peyton Manning have been elevated to public enemy number 1? With all of the media sources in the US so anxious to report unsubstantiated news…how damn funny is it that some rag in Qatar breaks the Manning story? What also seems odd to me is that for once, it is football fans instead of baseball fans going ape shit over PEDS. Although Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard were also mentioned in this report, their involvement has barely elicited a response. Oh well…maybe we have that ahead of us.
I am becoming increasingly disgusted with the manner that so many fans choose to accept any story as gospel…if it says what they want to hear. The anti Patriot fans out there, jumped on the deflate-gate story…even though the circumstances of the event was highly questionable. People just ignored the facts because it was a way that they could find fault with New England and Tom Brady. The air in the football in no way taints the Patriot championship for me, the Patriots were just better. With this story coming out regarding Peyton Manning…again we see very suspicious details regarding the true events. The source for the story has recanted his words, yet…the Peyton Manning haters out there have not let the facts get in the way of jumping on the hating Peyton wagon. What is even more surprising to me is that some of these fans are the same New England fans that just watched their own QB and team go through the BS of deflate-gate. I really have no explanation for this. I can only sip my iced tea and shake my head…
Here is the ESPN article I mentioned earlier…it is a good read:
I caught a bit of a conversation on the MLB channel about this year’s HOF vote. It is really have a tough time listening to guys that never played the game quibbling over the qualifications of a player like Jeff Kent. While I would rank Kent behind Craig Biggio, the numbers of Kent’s career speak for themselves. While they are at it…they should end the travesty of not having Buck O’Neil in the HOF…it is time to do the right thing. Or maybe, it is time to change the way things are done.
For those of you headed out to bring in the New Year, be safe and don’t forget to stay hydrated…it helps reduce that hangover.
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
Broken promises don’t upset me. I just think, why did they believe me?
For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here’s a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.