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It seems that Rory McIlroy is a little bit more opinionated than I ever thought. The top guys in golf are usually pretty tight lipped and conservative when talking to the media, so while it’s refreshing to hear Rory speak his mind regarding the irrelevance of the Olympics, I just can’t agree with him on his stance that all players should be getting blood tests for illegal drugs.
“I didn’t get into golf to try to grow the game. I got into golf to win championships and win majors. All of a sudden you get to this point and there is a responsibility on you to grow the game and I get that. But at the same time that’s not the reason I got into golf. I got into golf to win.
This I can get behind. These guys have a couple of massive tournaments ahead. To risk not being in tip top shape for any major event just to go to the Olympics where Zika is a real concern is asinine. And did I mention the police who are revolting and holding up signs in front of tourists that read “Welcome to Hell”?
We’ve got the British Open, The PGA Championship, The FedEx Cup, and The Ryder Cup coming down the pipeline. That’s a lot of golf, and everybody is forgetting that you don’t watch the Olympics for the mainstream sports that are on all the time. I mean, you’ll tune in for basketball and soccer, but for most of us we want to see those weird fringe events. You watch the USA gymnastics team, the 100 meter dash, team handball, and swimming. I don’t have time in my limited Olympics schedule to be watching golf when the top four players in the world aren’t even showing up. So good on Rory for saying what pretty much everyone was already thinking. Golf simply isn’t important when you’re talking about the Olympics. Rory said he was “not sure” whether or not he’d even be watching the Olympic golf tournament. But his anti-HGH stance is just silly.
“HGH [human growth hormone] you can’t really pick it up in a urine test. I could use HGH and get away with it. So I think blood testing is something that needs to happen in golf just to make sure it is a clean sport.”
No, no, no. We need more cheating, less rule following. Don’t be such a nerd, McIlroy. I’m firmly in the camp that believes all athletes should be using performance enhancing drugs like HGH or whatever the hell Lance Armstrong was using back in the early 2000s. Hell, I’m trying to get the PGP squad some black market HGH right now just for shits and giggles.
PEDs would make every sport better. What’s not to like? Stronger, faster athletes and shortened recovery time for our star athletes that get injured. Watching the Lebrons and Messis of the world play on drugs that make them superhuman would be frighteningly cool. Do you know how much more exciting baseball would be if every guy on every team was juicing? As it stands, I hate baseball. It’s incredibly boring and I never played it so it’s not like I have any real ties to the game at all. But if you told me every player was allowed to start using HGH, I’m not missing that for the world. That’s appointment television if I’ve ever heard of such a thing. And the same goes for golf.
Why do you think people take “golf naps?” It’s because the announcers are talking in monotone, barely audible voices and a final Sunday round takes anywhere from 4-6 hours. Just imagine if Spieth, Rory, J. Day, and Dustin Johnson all started using HGH. That’s a weekend full of massive drives off the tee and more than likely a few steroid induced rages from a missed putt of bad chip shot. I mean, my God, Dustin Johnson wouldn’t even need to bring a driver to most tournaments. It would be an electric atmosphere, and if Rory knows what he’s doing he’ll retract his statement regarding PEDs and start lobbying for all athletes the world over to begin juicing..
[via The Guardian]