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Tweet of the Day: Bill Shaikin on A-Rod’s hip

Jan 31, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

Pretty much nails it:


Now ask yourselves why none of the New York writers who have been carrying the Yankees’ “A-Rod’s hip is so bad his career may be over!” water haven’t asked the team what changed in his prognosis since 8AM Tuesday morning to make them say all the things they’ve been saying.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    It’s simple. He won’t be able to take the HGH he has been taking since 2009 because the story is out on him. So therefore, he won’t be able to heal as quickly as he probably hoped if this story hadn’t come out. Least that’s one way of looking at it, isn’t it?

    • nygiantstones - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I agreed with your comment but I have to ask why your tag here links to a dead WordPress blog that also includes disparaging comments on the “about you” section?

      • takavl - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Huh? What? What am I missing? I want my disparaging comments and am actually quite jealous…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        I have no clue what he was saying, but appreciated the agreement with my post.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        If you click the link in your name Chris it goes your wordpress blog which it looks like you haven’t updated since 10/19/10. Also you make some comments in the about you section that he doesn’t like.

        You probably also kicked his dog, or something…

      • nygiantstones - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        No, the comments in the “about me” section were calling him a fag, etc. I was wondering why someone would include a link that represents themselves in that way. Just curious if he was even aware. No offense intended. Call it bored curiosity on a Thursday afternoon.

    • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      HGH doesn’t help with post-op healing, or any other kind of healing. To date, HGH has not been documented to have a single positive effect on adults with normal GH levels. Not one. Which is why it is not used in PT or rehab therapy.

      Interestingly, just as some individuals have naturally low GH levels (and yes, these people are greatly helped by taking HGH to bring their GH levels up to normal), some individuals also have naturally high GH levels. Are this people bigger and stronger? No, they are not. In fact, one of the side effects of high naturally occurring GH levels is decreased physical stamina. When these individuals are treated to reduce their GH levels to normal, their stamina improves.

      Guess what happens when a healthy person takes HGH? Yep, it elevates their GH levels and decreases their physical stamina.

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Stop it with the facts. You’re frightening people.

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Is it as scary as an waxy vampire wearing an ochre sweater? Or a shirtless Roger Bernadina?

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        ….and people wonder why, as a species, we are fucked. Willful ignorance is no way to manage a population of 7+ billion people.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        So what’s all the hubbub about HGH then? Why is it banned? What are the positives and negatives for using HGH? Because I thought it was a substance that could help you heal faster. Judging from what you wrote, I am completely off-base so tell me what’s the big deal about HGH.

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        The next time a sports writer quotes a medical expert on the utility of HGH will be the first time.

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        HGH is all hype based on various snake-oil salesmen that are trying to peddle it as a cure all. If it really helped speed healing, don’t you think doctors would prescribe it post-op? If it really had the medical virtues that people keep saying it does, do you really think everyone would be getting it from shaddy clinics, many of which have been busted by the feds for illegal distribution of HGH (among other things)?

        Go to webMD and search for HGH and read the basic page, there is plenty more if you want to pour through it….it’ll give you the basics, but it is a medical website, it covers facts, it doesn’t spend a lot of time debunking every internet myth out there.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        he he When I first saw Chris’ post, I almost posted: Hmmm, who will respond first? paperlions, cur68, or raysfan1??? We should start a betting pool.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Oh, and:

        ochre sweater > t-shirts (non-Playboy) > shirtless barflies

      • nygiantstones - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        My buddy went on a cycle of HGH and said he had more hair grow on his head, his muscle mass increased, and he even said his dick got bigger.

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Y’all just jealous of my Bernadina-esque physique. I’m in the best shape of my mind.
        kisses own bicept

        Also, HGH has medical uses. BUT after a lot of testing, we’ve determined with a reasonable amount of certainty, that growing bigger and stronger when you are already big and strong and possessed of normal HGH production IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FROM TAKING SUPPLEMENTAL HGH. As Paperlions notes, HGH might even be counter productive if you are taking it for strength and endurance (Berggren & Ehrnborg et al, 2005).

        The hormone MAY have some uses in injury recovery (Creaney & Hamilton, 2007) and may have some uses for the elderly (Chu & Lam, et al, 2001) but study results are tentative and require more and better focussed study with respect to doses, long term effects, side effects, and injuries for which the hormone is suited. Its highly irresponsible to treat sports injuries with HGH with so many questions still to answer.

        In a fair world HGH wouldn’t be illegal: it does not enhance performance. In a fair world federal regulations would see to it therapies like HGH weren’t demonized and proper studies could be carried out before people started pumping Dog Knows What into themselves.


        dismounts from high horse and back onto soapbox

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Well ranted, Cur.

        Somehow corticosteroids = a okay

        HGH = the devil (pointy-tailed, pitch fork carrying version)

        Yet, odds are that corticosteroids are FAR more useful to enhance/enable performance than HGH….as corticosteroids are known to be awesome in this respect, and evidence that HGH is has been hard to come by/elusive.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        So you’re saying they should all be on Wellbutrin instead?

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        That isn’t banned, just based on how commonly it is prescribed, I assume about 20% of MLB players are on that or something similar.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Lemme guess, today’s t-shirt says: “Very, Very Serious.”

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Nope, it actually says “Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop”, but I do take fishing seriously, so there could be a connection.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      who is A-Rod and why is he hip?

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I thought you were done with all this A-rod stuff didn’t you say back to regular blogging??? let’s move on people!

    • bsbiz - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Tweet of the Day is a regular blog feature.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    paperilions…I don’t know if that’s completly true please post some links to back up your facts. My sister had surgery on her hip and steriods were used to give her more strength to help her recover…though I guess its not really healing her more as if its giving her the ability to heal faster by doing more excersise and take more treatment. Still it Did greatly help her recover and speeded up the lengthy process. So I would just like a few good sites that can help back all those claims Since I’ve seen you say this in other posts in the past.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Per a previous post from PL:
      But the most common uses for HGH are not FDA-approved. Some people use the hormone, along with other performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, to build muscle and improve athletic performance. Yet HGH’s effect on athletic performance is unknown.

      Because the body’s HGH levels naturally decrease with age, some so-called antiaging experts have speculated and claimed that HGH products could reverse age-related bodily deterioration. But these claims, too, are unproven. The use of HGH for antiaging is not FDA-approved.

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        It should be noted that “unproven” does not mean that they have not been investigated, but that investigations have turned up no supporting evidence. Science doesn’t proceed by proof, but by evidence, so a cite like that won’t state that it doesn’t do something, just that the claims are unproven (i.e. lack evidence).

    • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      There are many classes of steroids, I don’t believe HGH is classified as any kind of steroid. I wouldn’t be surprised if what she got was a corticosteroid, like prednisone, which have a long list of medical uses.

    • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      HGH Steroids

      • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Apparantly when you put this:

        In an HTML page, nothing happens.

        Anyway, HGH is not the same thing as steroids.

        Also, medicine often prescribes corticosteroids, which I think are wonderful, but they are not the same as anabolic steroids. I have no idea what kind of steroids were prescribed to your sister.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Huh. I just assumed you were grunting. Have a beer. You can fit right in.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        As Joe said, HGH (human growth hormone) is not a steroid.

        Anabolic steroid is not a term that gets used much in medicine; the distinction between it and corticosteroids is an arbitrary one. Essentially, when one uses the term anabolic steroid, the reference is to a drug with a greater testosterone effect (testosterone is a steroid). All steroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs. When one uses the term corticosteroid, the reference is to a drug being used for the anti-inflammatory properties.

  4. Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    OK, I guess you can’t do “greater than” and “less than” signs on this page. Thumbing myself down for ignorance and incomprehensible comments.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Those two signs are part of html coding, which screws it up. For instance, if you wanted to make something bold, b is the code and you use less than b greater than to open it, then less than / b greater than to close it.

    • jwbiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Joe, What you want is & gt ; without the spaces
      & gt ; >
      & lt ; <

      • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Thanks, folks. Let me try it.

        HGH &lt &gt steroids

      • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        “Dammit, Jim, I’m an accountant not a web programmer!”

        Never mind. Thanks for trying.

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Like this >

      • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Reading comprehension 101: I didn’t realize that the semicolons were part of the code. Fortunately I could draft a WP post and have it show me how to do this.

        Trying again. I’ll be really embarrassed if I manage to screw it up. Though it wouldn’t be such a big deal if we had an EDIT FUNCTION! I do know how to do bold and italics.

        HGH < > Steroids

  5. hitdog042 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    HGH may not speed up his recovery but Igf-1 would. So there’s that.

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