What it is about is creating a level playing field for all the players of the game. If a substance is banned, you are cheating if you use it. It gives you an unfair advantage. I want to see 700 ft homeruns too, but by a guy that didnt cheat to do it.
"I like to relax with a chainsaw." Tom Brands 12/4/09
I understand your points, Herkey and Tom, but everyone cheats. Replay shows that Derek Jeter didn't get hit by that pitch in the playoffs last year. He knew it and took his base. Offensive linemen hold on almost every snap of the ball. The really good ones get away with it. Coaches & managers of all sports "work the refs or umps" in hopes of getting things swayed their way. I once broke a guy's finger who was about to lock up a tilt and it didn't get called. Just this year, my nephew moved up 2 weight classes for sectionals. After winning the first night he had to at least weigh 126 to qualify for 135 the next day. He didn't. The ref allowed him to put on all his clothes and ipod and phone to get the extra 3lbs. He ended up winning 2 more matches the next day. What's the difference?
There is a stark difference between cheating and bending the rules a bit for Quinns example. For the ref to let him weight in with clothes, thats not cheating and if anything else he is at a disadvantage for being smaller than everyone else.
To take steroids while the other players dont take them is cheating because you are giving yourself an unfair advantage while using something that is illegal to use. Whether you like it or not, the PEDs that arent allowed arent allowed for a reason, some may be political, some may not be, but they are the rules.
If PEDs werent illegal or against the rules then fine, take as much as you want, but I would guess the vast majority of athletes dont take PEDs, but maybe i am naive as well?
Also, the posts about Adderall or Cocaine being a PED are hilarious. Not that I am condoning the use of those substances, but If you have ever taken either of them or know of someone who has they are far from performance enhancing.......There is nothing positive that can come athletically from taking any Amphetamine substance.
As far as the other drugs not being performance enhancing, I don't know, I'll take your word for it. But why, then, are people still suspended for using them? Joe Warren was suspended for smoking weed and everyone knows that doesn't help your wrestling performance. I contend that the reason is simply because they broke a rule. Just like Jeter or me or my nephew or probably everyone.
Pot is banned, not because it has a performance enhancing effect, but because it is illegal. Whether it should be or not is a discussion for another time. Being suspended for smoking pot is just like being suspended for DUI or underage. Neither help your competitive performance, but they are illegal.
We have an established set of rules that we think wrestlers should follow to make it a good sport. My view is that PEDs are one of the rules, just like having weight classes, to allow for a "level playing field". If it was only about the one guy who was better than all the rest, no matter what, then drop the weight classes, drop the other rules, and see who is the baddest man (or woman). I'm not interested in that "sport."