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Meanwhile, this is how drug testing is going in the NFL

Jul 22, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

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Baseball has allegedly been ruined by drugs and doesn’t get it and the records have all been distorted and it’s a big fat disgrace and oh my goodness won’t someone think of the children.

Meanwhile, in the nation’s most popular sport:

NFL players will have a blood sample taken during training camp physicals as part of a population study for human growth hormone in order to determine the threshold for a positive test … The NFLPA board said in the memo that “several additional issues” need to be resolved, including the “issue of discipline” before an agreement with the NFL on HGH testing is reached and a proposal is brought to the players for a vote.

A source, meanwhile, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that even with the population study, “No one will be suspended for HGH use in 2013.”

I feel like this — a place where baseball was a couple of years ago — is going to be applauded as the NFL getting tough on drugs. Meanwhile, when players are actually disciplined under baseball’s drug testing program, people point at it as evidence of a problem. Maybe the NFL will get that treatment in 2014 or 2015 when they suspend their first 300+ pound speedster for drugs.

Heh, who am I kidding? The NFL will get a second tongue-bath for getting tough when that happens. If it happens.

  1. pftalk - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Craig, how is the weather up there on your pedestal?

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Ah, the NFL, where PED suspensions happen with little fanfare and no outrage.

    Then again, the NFL is generally tougher on drunk drivers than MLB (with the strange exception of the now-retired Joshua Brent). You could say their priorities are straight.

    • El Bravo - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      In other news (from today):

    • jrbdmb - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      I wonder if they’ll ever bar an NFL Player from the Hall of Fame due to PED use.

      Nah, I didn’t think so. We enjoy watching our 300+ pound linemen run 4.65 40s too much to actually crack down on NFL PED usage.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        While I’m sure no writers did, I did hear one or two people complain that Lawrence Taylor should not have made the HoF due to PED use. Probably the first time I’ve heard someone say that cocaine was a PED.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        COPO–Check the 1960 SI article “Our Drug-happy Athletes”…It named European cyclists as the most drugged up athletes and stated their PED of choice was cocaine.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Ahhh yes, but the NFL is also the place where people, you know…commit murders, and commit various other crimes, yet the BIGGEST blast on Baseball is taking drugs for themselves.

      • km9000 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:50 AM

        Bashing teammates upside the head with a beer bottle?

  3. northstarsmitty - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    HGH testing is not going to go well in the NFL. There are plenty of forms that are not detectable in blood because it breaks down, others that are- but not definitive because it can be cause of some other natural substance. Long and short, this should back fire on the NFL. Too difficult to measure, unlike steroids and many other types of PED’s.

    • El Bravo - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      This is why they’ve researched this for years with the Union’s involvement. They may conclude just what you say here, but at least they are looking at this realistically thus far.

  4. El Bravo - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    The NFL has been forthright about their testing procedures they have in place (illegal steriods testing and its ramifications for using) and not yet in place (HGH testing and its ramifications for using) for way way longer than the MLB. The track record, however flawed, in the NFL is still better than the MLB’s thus far. The NFL and NFLPA actually have discussed publicly that HGH testing is around the corner for years now and have been pretty thorough in developing that process as well. The MLB has historically been reactionary to, well, everything. It seems pretty clear to me why the NFL gets a more positive spin on things than the MLB does these days, regardless of the fact that the MLB has cleaned up its act with respect to testing and disciplining players.

    • uueyell - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      You have to be pretty stupid to test positive when you know exactly when the test is going to occur…

  5. crisisofinfinitephils - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    You’re right Craig. It’s not the drugs ruining the sport, it’s those big ole American flags that make us feel…funny. Go sabremetrics!

  6. nobody78 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Yep, football gets a free pass on all of this. And there is ZERO reason to believe that football’s PED problem has been any less prevalent than baseball’s. At this point, there’s good reason to believe it’s a lot worse.

    Generally speaking, baseball has handled PEDs terribly, but it has been a model of responsibility when compared to the NFL and (I fear) the NBA.

  7. offseasonblues - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Given what football players do for a living, I say let them take whatever they want.

    And if that’s the football reality, maybe some of the better athletes will come back to baseball – a game based on skill and smarts, rather than violent collisions.

  8. laserrocketarm31 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Amazing! In MLB you take steroids and hit a ton of home runs and drive the fans wild. In the NFL you shoot up testosterone, give your opponents concussions, and 20 years later they develop a brain disease and commit suicide. Yet all of the media attention is on MLB. Geez I wonder what is more important, illegitimate home runs or suicide?

  9. misterj167 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Never mind the NFL, fans of college (or even high school) football should pray this type of serious scrutiny never happens there, because you can bet the situation is far worse there than in major league baseball.

    Of course the player haters would hate having anything happen to THOSE sports, because to them it’s how the world SHOULD be: players earn billions for the NCAA, yet everyone screams bloody murder if they get a pair of shoes in return for scrambling their brains.

  10. thebadguyswon - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    The NFL will never truly address steroids. Because they don’t care.

  11. thebigtim2012 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Ever wonder why this stuff really isn’t an issue in hockey? Is there a well concealed problem or no problem at all? Hockey players are by far the toughest athletes in sports, personall I think they would disown a ped user as a wuss. I could be way off the mark but given the level of toughness those guys posses I could see it. Big Z Zdeno chara on roids. That’s a scary thought, his 127mph slap shot boosted by roids would probably kill somebody

  12. banpeds - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    NFL going to have a Biogen mess on thier hands soon, trust me! Biogen and other clinics are on the radar of the FEDS, DEA and multiple states. Tick Tock Roger.

  13. walterwhite1976 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    The NFL suspends 5 players a year for Adderall and that’s about it. Keeps the focus away from HGH.

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