Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis scandal have sports networks losing focus

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At a time when Major League Baseball pennant races are typically the topic of sports news, some sports networks focus on Alex Rodriguez and performance enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball has the longest and richest history of the major sports leagues dating back to 1869. As July ends, and August begins, Major League Baseball pennant races are typically the topic of sports news.  Sadly, in 2013, Alex Rodriguez and a now defunct clinic known as Biogenesis of America dominate the talk on televison and radio sports reports.

Listening to a major sports network for over an hour on the morning drive to work today, every mention of Major League Baseball was about the possible suspensions of Alex Rodriguez and a handful of unnamed players implicated in the Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal.

Sadly, there was no mention of the Pittsburgh Pirates having their best season in twenty years.  A story that has many casual baseball fans rooting for a team that is not only trying to break out of their slump of twenty losing seasons, but currently fighting for the lead in their division.

Instead of what teams are the surprising winners and losers, or what players are hot or not, the talk was on legal and medical issues. Doctors, lawyers, and anyone who is an expert at something remotely related to performance enhancing drugs and drug related scandals are being interviewed. These experts are questioned on legal and medical aspects of a now defunct clinic known as Biogenesis of America. Talk focuses on  how the clinic allegedly sold performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes.

Junior Seau's brain disease puts NFL gladiator mentality into perspective

Junior Seau was the ultimate gladiatorHopefully the results of Junior Seau's Brain disease study will help us to understand the NFL gladiator mentality and make the game of football safer.

The NFL gladiator mentality

In ancient Rome gladiators performed armed combat entertaining audiences in grand outdoor stadiums. Crowds cheered as they watched gladiators compete in violent confrontations with other gladiators.  The gladiators value as entertainers was celebrated throughout Roman culture.

Much like gladiators football players entertain fans in grand outdoor stadiums for the honor of their team and their cities. Much like gladiators part of the game that excites the fans are violent hits on individual players.  Football stars are celebrated and their value as entertainers permeates throughout American pop culture.

Junior Seau was the ultimate gladiator 

Junior Seau was a linebacker in the National Football League known for his passionate playing style. Seau played college football at the University of Southern California. The San Diego Chargers took Seau with the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Seau was celebrated as a star for 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers.  Seau also spent three years with the Miami Dolphins, and four years the New England Patriots. Seau was a 12 time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

In 2012 at the age of 43, Seau committed suicide with a gun shot wound to the chest. It was generally believed that Seau spared his head so it could be studied.

Studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage caused from many blows to head during his NFL career.

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Hey Chris Rainey, why are so many professional athletes idiots?

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The question "why are so many professional athletes idiots?" is a rhetorical one.  There is no right answer.  But it does create an interesting topic of discussion.

Christopher Arthur Rainey played college football for the University of Florida Gators from 2007 to 2011. He was a member of Florida's BCS National Championship team in 2009. 

In 2010 Rainey was charged with felony stalking for sending a threatening text to his girlfriend at the time.  The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

The Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League selected Rainey in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. 

Rainey was arrested and charged on January 10, 2013 with a single count of misdemeanor simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend.

Rainey has had other incidents including a recent citation for defiant trespass after trying to enter a casino from which he had banned himself.

The string of bad behavior has caused his employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to release him.


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