In Cheating, Problems in Youth Sports

It’s always heartwarming to know that the NFL is taking “positive” (no pun intended) steps to ban cheaters from its’ ranks. In the first month of last season, Texas outside linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive for hCG or Human chorionic gonadotropin. hCG is produced by pregnant women and used by drug cheaters to kick start the production of testosterone following the completion of a steroids cycle. Therefore, in theory, hCG is banned by the NFL.

Of course like almost all steroid cheats, Cushing has adamantly denied that he’s ever taken any banned substances. Heck, I believe him! Reminds me of 2006 Tour D’ France “winner” Floyd Landis and his intense fight for “justice” to get his Tour title back after it was revoked because of a “false positive.” After adamantly fighting for four years and raising over a million dollars of other peoples’ money to help him clear his good name, Landis recently came out to finally admit that not only did he cheat during that race, but has done so for most of his cycling career.

The heart warming thing about Cushing is that he won the NFL’s 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award with 39 out of a possible 50 votes.

But here’s where it gets really fun! The AP, armed with this new information, asked it’s panel of NFL writers and analysts to revote. 17 of these keepers of our moral code voted for him again! And one intelligent writer even switched his original vote from another player to Cushing! Perhaps this individual was overly impressed with the rookie’s skillful, yet effective blending of all of these complicated chemicals. The results of the second vote? Cushing won again!

So despite the fact that he will serve a 4 game suspension at the start of this new 2010 season, everything is just cool with last year’s Rookie Of The Year! The message is quite clear from our esteemed panel of NFL “ex – spurts:” If you have big goals and dreams, cheating is the way to go. Why do it the old fashioned way with honest hard work when you can enlist a little help from your chemical friend?


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