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Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:23 pm
The first pronouncement the NFL and union had agreed to test for HGH and that a test could come as early as next week came from the NFL. The denouncement from the union came a short time after that. It was, for a few moments, quite confusing.

The truth is, the league's announcement regarding HGH testing was slightly premature. Yes, the two sides have agreed to test for HGH, but when they start is still uncertain.

"We have an agreement to test for HGH," union spokesman George Atallah told me, "what we don't have an agreement on is the process and the protocol to implement the test."

The union still wants answers on a number of issues related to what's tested for and how that's done. Those answers could come as soon as Monday or they could take weeks. Or the union, rightfully looking out for its players, could decide the testing system is unfair.

So basically, after all of that, after even Congressional intervention, we have premature testulation.

This is the good news. It seems we're headed for testing this season and it could come quite soon. But the union isn't going to sign off for the sake of signing off. Nor should they but it seems like they're poised for an agreement.

Category: NFL
Tags: HGH

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:14 am

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

The question is will this testing be the real deal or another NFL PR stunt?  They will lose a lot of players to this if it is in fact the real deal.  You can start with Clay Matthews, James Harrison, etc... Will they be willing to pull the trigger on these guys?  I think not.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:26 pm

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

 I disagree about the speed issue... Players are much faster now on average. Back in the day the league might have had one or two players capable of running a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, now you probably have a half dozen players per team. Not only that, the biggest difference is players now are big AND fast. The combination of size/speed/agility is lightyears ahead of where the NFL was even 10-15 years ago. I'm sure some old timers will chime in and talk about how great the players were in the good old days, but it's BS. Even a marginal NFL talent today would have dominated a few decades ago. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if a large majority of players in the league are on HGH, I'm sure that's the real reason the union has been fighting against it. They are buying time so their members can ween themselves off of it.  

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:44 pm

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

How can a test be "unfair"? Good grief. It's a very simple process. The tester obtains a sample and it is tested. Where does "fairness" come in? It's pretty simple. If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. It shouldn't make any difference when, or how often the test is scheduled. For most of us, you could test us every day of every week, and not come up with anything. For the cheaters, drug abusers, and low lifes that are using the stuff, it could be a problem They must of course have advanced notice (six months), so that they can properly clean themselves up.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:59 pm

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

Freeman, as one of the few people on your boards who does not think you are "playing the race card" everytime you even mention a black player, you definitely should not call yourself the "Head Blogger in Charge." For obvious reasons, you should know why. This is coming from a middle-aged whitey.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:23 pm

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

The increase in strength can be accounted for with simpling having the coaching staff having a better understanding about the human body and how it responds to training.  The more research that is done with regards to improving athletes conditioning, the stronger and faster they will become.  As far as your speed argument, there really hasn't been that much difference in the speed department in the last 10-15 years.  Sure, maybe one to two tenths of a second on the 40 time, but that isn't that much considering the advances in training techniques.

I do agree with you that a lot of the NFL is probably on something other than high protein shakes and meals.  I would not at all be surprised if 1/4 of the players were taking something that is banned at some point throughout the year.  I would bet that most of this happens in the off season, when they are not actually working.  Does the NFL test year round if there is no history of failed tests for a particular player?

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:55 pm

Union, NFL will test for HGH...but when?

People are going to get a rude awakening once the testing is legit meaning completely random. So much of the NFL is on this stuff. Modern  training regimens and nutrition do not get you the increases in size and speed that have taken place in the span of 15 years. Lifting heavy weights and eating high protein meals is not something that just happened. It's something "in the water" for sure.

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