Performance-enhancing political committees
Bettman joins the big boys
How can you still tell hockey's a major-league sport in the United States?
Well, the Commish has been whisked off to meet with the politicos, called out with the other ringleaders to address society's latest Greatest Evil. (Substance abuse in professional sports.)
No Nascar honchos to be found. Tractor pull doesn't register on this ratings scale.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.Bettman went on to tell the committee that substances that make one stronger or recover faster from injuries have little use for the average hockey player, who is a muscleless, uninjurable athlete:
Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.
"Indeed, while our historical experience indicates that performance-enhancing drugs are not a problem in the NHL, we nevertheless agree that the public at large and our fans in particular are entitled to have confidence that our games are being played in an environment free of performance-enhancing substances."Historical experience indicates some pretty funny things about major league baseball, and even present experience would tell you the NFL is clean as can be.
Does anyone honestly believe that Sean Hill, the only guilty party found in two and a half years, is the only one?
Anyway, I think the NHL should use this opportunity to remind people they're still one of the four major sports, and haven't sunk into WNBA territory. Bettman should have a Versus logo on his forehead, and Doc Emrick could be brought in to do play-by-play.
I'd watch that.
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