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  1. You're mostly right, but winstrol, which is what Raffy tested positive for, is usually water based. It isn't uncommon for bodybuilders to mix oil and water based compounds in the same syringe.
  2. Has any interest been expressed for Missouri Western K Greg Zuerlein? He looks like the real deal. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eCI62qHzya0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  3. I agree with this. The sad part is that we were able to move the ball effectively but weren't able to put them away. To me, that comes down to lack of creative scheming. There was no reason why we shouldn't have been able to put up 30+ points.
  4. I'm just as perplexed as you are. It's obvious to anyone who understands offense that Cameron's schemes are generic and ill suited to our personnel. We did well against the Patriots utilizing more short routes and quick drops, but with the way we were able to move the ball, I couldn't help but think a more creative scheme would have put us in a position where we didn't have to win it at the last minute. Guess we have no choice but to wait and see if anything changes, but there's no reason to get our hopes up here.
  5. Unless some serious concessions were made on Cameron's part, I can't see how this is a good decision.
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    Could you elaborate on this? Are you saying that DeCosta would have went with the rookies, that he would have upgraded WR prior to this becoming an issue, or that he would have went in a different direction to upgrade prior to the beginning of the season?
  8. I'm kind of surprised that Bagwell never was linked to PED use. It's possible that he didn't use them, but as Tony and TradeAngelos have said, there is enough circumstantial evidence to where you could safely assume he used steroids. When you factor in that it was very likely that upwards of 90% of major leaguers were users back when they had nothing to lose (and this is based off of what I've heard from other athletes), then it shouldn't be that difficult of a thing to accept that Bagwell was more than likely using. It also makes the excuse to not include confirmed users in the HOF laughable, because you'd have to be incredibly naive to believe that baseball was mostly clean and only the few among the elite were cheaters. As I've said before, steroids were just part of the game for the better part of the past 40-50 years. There is no way of knowing who was clean and who was not clean. The best thing to do, in my opinion, is just accept it as part of the game and move on.
  9. There are natural supplements that are designed to help your body increase your natural testosterone levels, but like many products in the supplement industry (which is largely unregulated), the effectiveness of these products is debatable. There are also cases where manufacturers of supplements have knowingly added banned substances and pro-hormones to their products in order to develop a reputation for having a supplement that works, only to the removed the banned substance before getting caught. I remember reading about a big case in the 80's that involved methyltestosterone being added to a supplement and subsequently removed for this reason, but I can't remember the name. As for testing positive for a synthetic source, it's not unheard of for supplements to contain illegal substances as part of their "proprietary blend," but I wouldn't bet on that being the case.
  10. Don't get me wrong, at this point, the only thing any of us could do is speculate. Who knows what exactly he was doing?
  11. I really don't know that much about HGH, but from what I've heard, the only performance enhancing effect that it has in athletes is that it keeps the body in an anabolic, that is, muscle building state. This is opposed to a catabolic state, where the body burns muscle and holds on to fat. Essentially, it allows athletes to over train without having to worry about their body breaking down its own muscle. Scientifically, the basis for recovery is that it promotes growth and cell regeneration and reproduction.
  12. As far as cycling goes, I've actually discovered that it is more common to front load a cycle with short estered testosterones or orals in order to sort of kick start the cycle while the longer estered steroids take their time to kick in. My thought is that he was kick starting a cycle towards the end of the season hat he could end it during the offseason with enough time for it to clear his system by spring. That scenario makes the most sense to me, as he probably thought there was very little chance he would be tested by the time the season ended. If my hypothesis is correct, Braun and most athletes are beating the system by playing the time game during the offseason. Manny's positive test for clomid last spring could farther support this, as Clomid is a common post cycle drug used to restore ones natural testosterone production.
  13. It wouldn't surprise me to find that he had been using the whole time. Even then, he already had money, fame, and stardom. The only thing he had to gain by continuing to use, if he had in fact been using all along, was the chance of becoming one of the all time greats. I still think it's very valid to wonder why he continued to risk it, assuming he wasn't clean all along, after getting everything he could possibly need. At this point, the reason for starting to use or continuing to use would have to be based in his own desire to be the greatest, which would be a pretty bold move. Maybe not the smartest move given what he had to lose, but bold none the less. Even if he used the whole time it's not like he'd suddenly revert to a 150 lb weakling by coming off. So long as he trains at a level to maintain his current muscle mass and diets properly, it's not like he'll suddenly lose everything he built.
  14. I didn't say that I didn't commend him for making himself the best by whatever means necessary, because I do, but given the quality of player Braun already was and the change in culture and policy over the past decade, I don't understand why it was worth risking at that point. He already had everything you said he had to gain. The only thing he had to gain at this point was the difference between being great and one of the best ever. I suppose I can't fault him for trying.
  15. Maybe, but I think he'd be awful arrogant to assume that he could make that much of a difference by juicing. According to BBRef, Braun was worth 7.7 WAR, with .6 of that coming from defensive value. His defensive value was .5 WAR higher than the previous season, but his offensive value was 2.5 WAR higher than the previous season. However, last season was a down year for him, as he was worth 5.9 WAR (6.5 oWAR, -.6 dWAR) 2 seasons ago. Assuming he was clean back then, is it really a wise decision to risk so much over what amounts to a .6 oWAR increase over what you were already capable of, and would that half of a win really make that much of a difference in the standings? That half a win could mean a lot to a replacement player, but is it worth the risk when you're already a 5-6 win player?
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