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Please, let us resist the “Steroids Theory of Everything”

Feb 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EST

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Stephen Silver implores sportswriters to resist the “Steroids Theory of Everything”:

For as long as steroids have been a sports topic, the “Steroids Theory of Everything” has been one of the laziest sportswriter tropes around. Ballplayer’s having a good season? Must be on the juice. Off to a bad start? He must’ve been on the ‘roids, until last week, when he stopped and forgot how to hit. Looking a little more jacked this spring than last? I think I know why. And while there may be no evidence, when that guy’s up for Hall of Fame consideration in 15 years, he doesn’t get my vote.

I haven’t been following this story in any real way, but Silver notes that, with the reports of PEDs in Oscar Pistorius’ apartment, the sporting press is starting to play armchair police, chalking up the motive to Pistorius’ alleged acts to ‘roid rage.

It’s more extreme than which we’ve seen in baseball, but it’s similar in kind. People who do not know any more facts than the rest of us (and far less than the authorities), possess no special expertise or insight to the matter at hand, yet nonetheless have no compunction about weighing in with their faux-smart speculation.

  1. cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    ….so you’re saying there should be more stringent testing of Sportswriters to see if they really are capable of the feats of biochemical deductions they persist in making? Couldn’t we just check the sporting press for backne? I hear that’s a pretty definitive way of telling who’s doing what.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    but Silver notes that, with the reports of PEDs in Oscar Pistorius’ apartment, the sporting press is starting to play armchair police, chalking up the motive to Pistorius’ alleged acts to ‘roid rage.

    And the latest information during the second day of bail hearings, the defense stated that the substance was an herbal remedy (a legal supplement) to which the prosecution’s witness:
    Botha [witness] admitted he did not know the name of the medication, saying he “didn’t read the whole name”.

  3. galkie11 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I’m surprised you didn’t sneak in a quote from someone affiliated with the Phillies and twist it all around in your oh-so-hysterical way, Craig. This ones actually readable which is pretty high on my list of priorities when visiting this site. Keep up the professional journalism.

    • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Sensitive much?

    • jwbiii - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      To quote nategearhart on the Rollins/Young thread,
      “Professional” does not equate to “good”. It just means he’s paid to do it.

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    This sounds like the kind of article someone on steroids would have written.

    • cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      We should check him for backne.

  5. shzastl - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Have you been following the Pistorius story in a less than real way?

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