Someone needs to make a big deal about this and I'm prepared to do it.
The other day ESPN ran an article online about who their NFL experts would pick to start a franchise with. Len Pasquarelli made the curious decision of choosing Shawne Merriman. Yes, the same Shawne Merriman who served a four-game suspension for doing steroids during the 2006-2007 NFL season. So what did Pasquarelli have to say about the steroid problem?
"His four-game suspension last year for a violation of the league's steroid policy is a little troubling, but [it] put a chip on his shoulder and made him even more devastating. He should dominate for many more years."
Wow, I'm speechless. How come Pasquarelli didn't say that we should expunge all of Merriman's stats for the 2006-2007 season? How come he didn't say we should put an asterisk by Merriman's sack total for the year? How come Pasquarelli didn't say Merriman should never have gone to the 2007 Pro Bowl?
Oh wait, I know why. Because the NFL and the media and fans don't give a shit about steroids or its impact on the league. And that's fine by me.
So why in the hell then do people go crazy about steroids in baseball? The NFL is dominated by steroid users and no cares. It's like it's expected in the NFL.
Meanwhile, in baseball, guys like McGwire, Bonds and Sosa, have been and continue to be dragged through the mud, even though it's never been officially proven that they did steroids. If Merriman were a baseball player, he would be crucified.
In baseball, we actively look to end a guy's career and make an example of him if he MIGHT have taken steroids during his career. In football, we reward them even when they test positive.
I'm not sure what this says about our society, but it says something. And it's not good.