Steroid Smackdown: So Awkward

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Roger Clemens, flanked by lawyers.

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Today, Congress was the center of some of the most riveting testimony I've ever heard. (Yes, you read "Congress" and "riveting" in the same sentence). Testimony on the Mitchell report was pretty exciting. Yankees (ptuh) pitcher Roger Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee sat in the same room, and looked at the cameras and several other illustrious folks in the eye. One of them lied. And one of them told the truth. We just don't know which one did which.

I listened to hours of the testimony, and I swear it was like the best reality show ever. Between lengthy discussions of Clemens' buttocks, his wife's swimsuit photo preparation, McNamee's creepy professions of "love for the game," and awesome Congressional explosions ("Gee whiz, are you kidding me!?!" (Rep. Dan Burton)), the radio was pretty spicy. Tune in to hear the juiciest (no pun intended) cuts and commentary.

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The lack of credibility from all sides (Clemens, McNamee, MLB, and Congress) is stunning. Clemens has holes in his story. McNamee as more holes in his account than a screen door. The representative of the Mitchell Report doesn't seem to know if the information in the report is accurate. MLB doesn't really seem to care. And Congress seems happy to preside over this three ring circus.

Sent by Cletus Hemphill | 2:10 PM | 2-13-2008

Y'know, I didn't hire Congress to deal with drug problems in the business world, even if it is Pro-Sports. And therefore, I believe Law Enforcement should deal with illegal drug use and the Media should shed light on the issue. If this escapade were run by business, they'd ask, "Is this what I hired you for?" Quit folling around and get back to running the Country...everyone!

Sent by Alan Blue Heron, Turlock, CA | 3:51 PM | 2-13-2008

Why are we not talking about the 800 lb gorilla in the room? Football and Steroid use. Seems reasonable to address the biggest, most obvious offenders then work your way down past baseball to Golf, darts and ping pong.

Sent by Jeffrey Pelo | 4:01 PM | 2-13-2008

It's fine for Congress to oversee the Steroid issue if they would actually do something about... such as institute a National independent drug testing program (modeled after the WADA) to oversee all athletics from High School up...The program should be paid by taxing Professional leagues, TV Broadcast of Sports and Million dollar athletes

Sent by Charles Cheval | 4:04 PM | 2-13-2008

I'm a huge sports fan and am sadly disappointed in the image that is being projected by these 'athletes' to our younger generation. Yes I disagree with steroid and HGH use in pro sports,or any sports for that matter. But I do not see where it is the responsibility of Congress to regulate baseball. That is why the league has a commissioner and policies. The players have to abide by the law like anyone else, so until someone within baseball can prove that the steroids and HGH these players were using were in fact of an illegal nature, I would prefer my tax dollars be used to get the country out of debt, bring our soldiers home, help our citizens get out of an endles cycle of federally assisted programs, etc. There are much more pressing issues for Congress to focus on. Let baseball regulate baseball and parents teach right from wrong.

Sent by Elyse Poland, Edmond, OK | 5:15 PM | 2-13-2008

Huge performance fills stadiums, and huge performance lines players' pocketbooks. If not for "Commissioner" Selig and the MLB Players' Union, the public expense of this theater would not be taking place. MLB could have - and certainly should have - addressed this issue aggressively on their own. Random, aggressive, unannounced, cutting-edge testing. There's your cure. Rather greed, complicity and incompetence forced the ridiculous insertion of Congress into this issue. That being said, now that congress is involved, players' lies about performance enhancing drugs may be more publicly prosecuted under perjury laws rather than be hidden behind lies overutilized by athletes like "I was unknowingly injected" "I only took it to overcome ______ injury" and the more frequent Bart Simpson-esque "nobody saw me do it, nobody can prove anything." I am hopeful that dishonest players being publicly humiliated (Mark McGuire, Jason Giambi, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens) will help future athletes think twice about duping adoring fans with trumped up performance. Moreso, I am hopeful that this disgrace to MLB will force owners and the union to act in accordance with logic and morality and force anti-doping compliance with a brutally forthright testing policy.

Sent by Kyle Williams, Spring Lake, MI | 10:55 PM | 2-13-2008

Why are my taxes being wasted on this nonsense again?

All the representatives involved in this should be removed from office. They have no place in a responsible government.

Sent by Alex | 1:44 AM | 2-14-2008