Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Enough is Enough

By a vote of 140-4, the Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill that will make public high school athletes face mandatory random steroid testing. Unless Gov. Rick Perry vetoes the bill, Texas will begin testing tens of thousands of students at the start of the coming football season.

The state has set aside $3 million in its budget to pay for the tests.

...This is absurd! $3 million to test adolescent teenagers for steroids???? Spend this money on books. Spend this money on facilities. Spend this money on TEACHERS...imagine that?

When you start drug testing 'innocent' teenagers, in public schools for that matter, then you have gone too far. High school students make mistakes. They will continue to make mistakes. But by the same token, these same teenagers learn from their experiences/mistakes. Newsflash...there are much more prevalent narcotics being ingested at your local high school.

Even if this testing is implemented, it's hardly going to stop a 17-year-old from juicing. Let's be honest, there are hundreds of ways to pass a sample steroid screening.

Steroids have a definitive place in the NFL, yet it doesn't belong in high school football? Doesn't make any sense to me. You cannot rid an issue starting from the bottom -- it must start from the top. And, Roger Goodell only cares about suspending NFL "problem childs" that may or may not have been convicted of a crime.

Stay tuned, as this is sure to cause outrage. Just wait until the first star QB is caught...

1 comment:

Simply Suds said...

I played with and against tons of kids that did juice, and I don't think this is a bad idea. If we're going to eliminate steroids from sports altogether, lets start at the root of the problem. Those high schools make more than enough money from ticket sales, etc. to help pay for most of the cost. Tens of thousands go to the Friday night games in Texas, as I'm sure you know, it's a way of life.

Level the playing field and keep em honest. It's not about the money. 90% of Texas High Schools probably brought in more revenue from football than our college did.