What's the big deal with athletes taking steroids? Seriously - do you really care that Barry Bonds took a substance that enhanced his performance? Does that take away from your enjoyment of the sport?
I am seriously perplexed by all of this. Here's why - particularly in baseball:
1) We live in a society where athletes constantly strive to improve their performance and where they are conditioned to take supplements to enhance their health/performance. Where does the line get drawn about one performance enhancing substance that is "illegal" and the others that are not? Furthermore, who draws that line and why?
2) The substances that Barry Bonds took were not illegal when he took them. They may have "enhanced performance", but so do 1,000 other things sold in GNC's across the country. Again, even if he knew what he was taking (which he probably did), it was legal to do so. So what's the beef about?
3) Major League Baseball, essentially, turned its head to all of this. Why? Because it made for GREAT baseball; a much better product for its fans. When Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire were in the midst of a record home run race, and while Barry chases the all time home run record - MLB has licked its chops at the larger fan attendance numbers, advertising, licensing etc. Won't it be a bit hypocritical if MLB gets sanctimonious on this all of a sudden?
The bottom line for me on this is that the fact that someone takes steroids has no negative impact on my sports experience. Remember, pro sports is only entertainment - no different from WWE or sitcoms or whatever. It is people creating engaging programming that attracts eyeballs which can be advertised to. I don't quite understand what this "integrity of the game" argument is all about. What integrity and who cares about it?
Who cares about something that Barry Bonds took that was not illegal? Barry is going to break Hank's record and that is that. So what if he has an asterisk beside his name, there are plenty of those out there in sports - particularly in baseball where the concept of cheating is interlaced in the sport in the form of spit balls, scuffed balls, corked bats etc. Even the great Bambino, Babe Ruth, has a huge asterisk beside his name in my book. He never had to pitch against some of the best hitters in baseball - because they were black and barred from playing in the Major Leagues!
So what! If Bonds wants to take something that's going to shrink his nuts, so what?