Sports and my thoughts

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sports: Tougher drug testing for NFL?

Well the new Commish wants there to be.
The NFL and its union are discussing strengthening their drug program to keep pace with the increase in the number of performance-enhancing substances and the efficiency of masking agents.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, in his first news conference since taking over for Paul Tagliabue last Friday, said Wednesday he has been discussing the problem with Gene Upshaw, the head of the NFL Players Association. Among the topics discussed were increasing the number of tests and perhaps the number of substances tested.

But Goodell, who has been the NFL's chief operating officer the past six years, noted that the review is nothing new: The union and the league review the drug testing program annually. The NFL currently makes approximately 10,000 random tests annually for performance-enhancing drugs to about 2,000 players.

"I think we've got a lot of great experts who will be able to work with this," Goodell said. "We've always been at the front of the line in drug testing and I think we will continue."

Goodell touched on a number of subjects, taking in most cases the same positions as Tagliabue -- not unexpected given that he's been on the job for less than a week and was Tagliabue's No. 2 man for so long.

Good for the NFL and good for Roger Goodell. Hopefully baseball follows the NFL. I would love to see players tested for HGH along with steroids.

With all the younger players like Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and David Ortiz putting up numbers like that are, I want to know for sure that they are 100% clean. My blind trust can only go so far now a days.


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