His conclusions are
1. Walker contents steroids are not nearly as bad for responsible adults as people say and are significantly less dangerous than countless other things athletes do as a matter of course (he does say that steroids are extremely dangerous for adolescents).
2. Walker contends steroids do not help players hit more home runs.
3. Walker contends that other players are coerced to do MANY semi-dangerous and vaguely unnatural things to play high level sports … this is the price of playing sports at the highest level.
4. Walker contends kids absolutely do not take steroids because pro athletes do it.
Now 1 is probably pretty obvious actualy. Roid rage is a known urban legend and does anyone expect Bonds or McGwire to drop dead of health complications from roids anytime soon? Me neither. It's been pretty clear for a while that roid use by pro's is pretty safe. Probably safer than being in the NFL.
The others seem more debatable.
I'm not sure I totally buy his reasoning on #2, blaming the ball seems to be a bit of a cop out, as that is also equally unknowable(at some point you would think someone would start keeping balls from different years for comparison purposes; would be interesting at least).
I think for most of the others there simply is insufficient information(4 seems difficult to measure, although at this point professional atheletes do all sorts of stuff you wouldn't want kids to do; steroids seem to be way down the list actually).
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to talk about.
Edited by BucketOBalls, 07 August 2010 - 09:37 AM.