Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Peyton Manning & HGH

I failed to post yesterday, because I was under the needle for 5 hours getting a new tattoo. Who knew lying, doing nothing for 5 hours could be so exhausting? It's got a ways to go (like the kitty going bye bye in a couple weeks, but so far so good.
Obviously the A-topic yesterday was news coming out of Peyton Manning (and others) banging HGH (Human Growth Hormone). It's hard not to give Peyton the benefit of the doubt, being that he's always seemed to do the right thing. However, I thought the same about Lance Armstrong, and we all know how that turned out.
The thing that makes me hesitant on Peyton, and question my trust in his way, is simply his response to the accusations. 
I realize we are all different, but if somebody accused me of something, and I was 100% positive of my innocence, my response would go something like, "Whatever. You're an idiot." Simple, and to the point.
Peyton's response was anything but. He told Lisa Salters (ESPN), "It’s completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage," He also used the word "furious" to describe his displeasure with the accusation. Granted, "trash", "garbage", and "furious" are hardly words that conjure up mistrust, but his lack of simplicity is what I question. Like I said, "Beat it" or "Pound sand" would have been a perfect response, or even no words! But the long winded, looking for excuses response doesn't sit well. He actually tried to distance himself from his wife, who the HGH was addressed to, saying, "Any medical treatments that my wife received, that’s her business," he said. "That has nothing to do with me. Nothing that's been sent to her or [that] my wife has used have I ever taken. Absolutely not. I have my treatments that I do, she may have hers and that is her business. There's no connection between the two." Really? We're supposed to believe that Peyton and his wife don't concern themselves with each other's health? C'mon, Peyton. Also, and maybe most troubling, is the fact he never actually dismisses the allegation that the HGH was shipped to his house.
And what may end up being the nail in Manning's coffin, is Charlie Sly, the pharmacist who prescribed Peyton the HGH. 
"Another time that I worked with Peyton, him and his wife would come in after hours and get IVs and s—," Sly was recorded as saying to Liam Collins, an undercover guy for Al Jazeera. And now, as you can imagine, Sly is backtracking faster than Darrell Green in is prime. "The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect," Sly said. That's because you were busted, Charlie.   
Bottom line is that this is only the start of what feels eerily similar to the Lance Armstrong case. A Golden Boy who ends up tainted. If that's how this indeed ends, it would be unfortunate, to say the least, but maybe stirs the argument for HGH in sports. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Show review (BLM & Concussions) 12/27/15

Obviously, I would've liked to have at least one caller on the show today, but I guess the millions of you listening were just too shy to make your voices heard. No worries, I was able to fill the 1/2 hour. Topics today included the changing of the show's name, the Black Lives Matter Movement & concussions in the NFL.
As for the BLM, I wondered aloud while the protests are for a good cause, are they are misguided? Interrupting holiday shopping at the Mall of America and delaying flights at MSP airport aren't the mature way of going about drawing the right kind of attention to your cause. Also, I raised the question of why there are no marches or protests for the black on black homicides, just for white on black? Per FBI statistics from 2013, of the black homicides, 91% were committed by fellow black people, so it seems like there should be epic marching and protesting for that, comparatively to the BLM Movement against a couple white cops (and one black one...) killing a couple black guys.
As for the concussion discussion (see what I did there), I feel like the former NFLers who are trying to sue the NFL for hiding information on the complications of concussions are in it for the money. There's no way you can convince me that a NFL player didn't know the dangers of hitting your head a 100k times. That's just common sense. Plus, what is the NFL hiding? If the NFLers are so concerned, maybe they should consult Google for a couple minutes, or call the Mayo Clinic? Granted, it will probably say to not hit your head a 100k times, but it's the NFLers choice to do so, and they did. Why is it the NFL's fault that they are suffering from too many concussions? It's about time people start looking in the mirror, instead of blaming others for their voluntary decisions. End of story.