Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Good reads

A couple of good pieces by Roger Pielke Jr.:

1. Gather data to reveal true extent of doping in sport

"In my opinion, anti-doping agencies suffer from a sort of institutionalized blindness that has been characterized by Steve Rayner, who studies science and civilization at the University of Oxford, UK, as the “social construction of ignorance”. This is a strategy that organizations use necessarily to make their way in a complicated world. Organizations also create zones of ignorance to ‘manage uncomfortable knowledge’, and this can sometimes lead to dysfunction.

"In the case of doping in sport, uncomfortable knowledge includes the possibility that doping among athletes is much more prevalent than is recognized and that anti-doping programmes are not very effective." 

2. Anti-doping agencies are failing in assessing the scale of the drugs problem

42 comments:

  1. WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE,,,,no mention here of the she-man's 19th grand slam title, at the age of 33? Someone's sleeping on the job. LOL. And then there's the "Federer's doping since he's still in the top 10 at 33" camp (even though he hasn't won a slam in 3 years). Where are they? Why does Serena get a pass, still unbeatable well into her 30's? Because she's American? This one won't stop until she has beaten Steffi Graf's record and I've no doubt she'll do it playing like this. And with a cold no less!!! What a joke this sport has become.

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    1. At this rate, she's probably aiming for 25 Slams to be the undisputed #1 player. And she'll probably be close to 40 when it happens. The tennis media will call it one of the great days in sports history.

      Amazing to think that the same Serena who won only two Australian Opens and no other majors between Wimbledon 2003 and US Open 2008 has been so dominant the past few years.

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    2. This is a sick joke. She would basically not win anything at her peak age, yet she is almost indestructible now. This is Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa levels of cheating right there, yet no one (in a position of power) seems to really want to know. This sport disgusts me.

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    3. Look at that arm (photo #7 in the series)....

      http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/galleries/2015-01-31/201501311422705158771.html

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    4. Unbelievable:

      Prime Serena (ages 21-26) went through a drought of winning only 2 of 20 Slams.

      Since then, she has won 11 of 26 Slams.

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    5. I didn't even watch the final because I knew what the result would be, although it looks like from the scores that Sharapova at least put up somewhat of a better fight than she has in the past.

      Graf's 22 Slams is going to be overtaken soon and Court's 24 is probably gone too at the rate Serena is going.

      It's a massive, massive joke and no one in the tennis media cares that the current #1 is MORE dominant at 33 years old than she was in her prime in her 20s.

      It wouldn't surprise me at all if tennis authorities know she is doping and are deliberately turning a blind eye because Serena is a "star" who makes them money.I wonder how many doping tests Serena has failed that have been covered up - or how many stimulants she has a TUE for that are "helping" her game.

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    6. Seeya, considering that Serena just like Nadal has sometimes disappeared from the tour there's a chance at some point in the past she has been caught and suspended (silently of course).

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    7. What is the point of suspending players silently in the first place? They could just as well nt suspend them. It's not like they have any integrity.

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    8. It's a loophole that is spelled out in the WADA code. They simply follow this code, which ultimately covers their ass legally if they get caught out (Cilic).

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    9. you always did fail at understanding our arguments regarding federer lopi

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    10. Unbelievable:

      Prime Serena (ages 21-26) went through a drought of winning only 2 of 20 Slams.

      Since then, she has won 11 of 26 Slams.
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      It helps that all her main rivals are long retired and the weakest era ever in the WTA is still ongoing. I don't even like Graf, but it saddens me that Flo Jo will end up winning more than her and Court.

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    11. Because she is black, not because she is American. Political Correctness rules us all.

      As for Federer, he is as suspicious as anyone. Never gets tired, always fresh at the Master's Cup.

      http://vjetropev.blogspot.com/2013/06/is-roger-federer-greatest-player-ever.html

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  2. Serena is obviously going to beat Steffi's record. Of that I have no doubt. It sickens me, but I'm resigned to it because there is nothing we can do about it. It's not like anyone's ever going to call her out on anything considering that the panic room incident went by relatively unnoticed in the sports/tennis media.

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  3. Serena became the oldest #1 in history, and has now been there 101 straight weeks. Previously, no one spent even 74 straight weeks atop the rankings.since Hingis in 2000 - 2001.

    Meanwhile, Sharapova who is 6 years younger than her still hasn't beaten her since 2004 Wimbledon.

    Whole thing is a sick joke :(

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    1. Drugs has nothing to do with it. Serena is a better player than Maria.

      Also, Victor Conte claims to have had Sharapova as a client.

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    2. If you think you are going to convince anyone on a site called "tennis has a steroid problem" that any player isn't doing steroids you are sorely mistaken.

      Let alone the biggest cheat in all of women's sports.

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  4. http://www.ausopen.com/images/pics/misc/f_310115_serenaw_40.jpg
    She's quite amazing. Biggest problem is, she is allowed while some low level mugs get punished.
    Life is unfair *sigh*

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  5. On a more general note, this site revealed to be quite useless.
    It's been extremely hyped by a few delusional fedtards 5 years ago, but the revolution just did not happen. To be honest, I don't feel particularly sorry for them. Still it's just another proof that in this world, sanity and morality range behind power and money.

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  6. It started raining in the middle of the first set and they had to close the roof lasting several minutes. Until then Serena was coughing and breathing heavily. People told the day before she was sick and had to cancel practice.

    During the break she got some kind of cough attack and left the court. Sharapova had to wait longer, even though the roof was already closed, but Serena was still in the catacombs.

    After play resumed her coughing had disappeared.

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  7. "She also said she vomited when she left the court during a rain delay in the first set."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/sports/tennis/serena-williams-beats-maria-sharapova-in-australian-open-final.html?_r=0

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    1. So what they are basically trying to tell us is that Serena would have won in even more dominating fashion if she had been at full strength...

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    2. For sure. Double bagel probs.

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  8. An old one: http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/serena-williams.html

    So many oddities. Yet still going strong.

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  9. Andy Murray has made good use of the off-season. From having his butt kicked by Federer 6-0, 6-1 at the WTF in December last year he is now poised to take the AO a little over a month later. As they say, who would have thought? Reminds me of the transformation of Djokovic at the beginning of 2011 - and Nadal in 2010 (or any other time he makes one of hs 'miraculous' comebacks.) Federer, by contrast, is still much the same player at the end of the season as he is at the beginning of the next. So what are these other guys doing in their breaks that he apparently isn't?

    I am also picking that Serena will be picking up her 50th grand slam at age 43, playing an 'ever youthful' 120 year-old Kimiko Date Drumm. And the crowds will still be going wild.

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    1. Hahaha... But on a more serious note, wouldn't that be nice if Serena wins at least 26 so that no disrespectful prick ever dream about challenging her grand slam record?

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    2. I echo richard's thoughts. I also can't stand the epiphany talk tennis commentators are so used to, like when Djokovic became unbeatable for a time in 2011, they were justifying his form with a newly-found confidence, the result of a Davis Cup win. Yeah, right... but no. Whereas he used to be tentative and had breathing problems before, he transformed into a cyborg to rival Nadal, which he did.

      As for Serena Williams, in a "post-Lance Armstrong" America, I am disgusted and somewhat surprised by the lack of enquiring into her training regimen and whatnot (odd foot on glass incident in restaurant which nobody seemingly has détails about, infamous panic room stunt - you can extend this to the weird disease her sister has seemingly contracted which is used quite loosely to conveniently explain losses). Anyways, for Serena Williams, I won't predict her total GS trophy count, but I will say this: I wouldn't be surprised at all if she were to suffer the same fate FloJo did a couple years into her retirement, i.e. a deadly heart attack.

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    3. Regarding the restaurant incident, an investigative journalist found out she was doping with a machete. So at least, that one has been uncovered.

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    4. "Andy Murray has made good use of the off-season. From having his butt kicked by Federer 6-0, 6-1 at the WTF in December last year he is now poised to take the AO a little over a month later. As they say, who would have thought? Reminds me of the transformation of Djokovic at the beginning of 2011 "

      You are beneath contempt.

      Federer looked terrible in the end of 2013 (all of 2013 really) and great at the AO 14. You worm.

      Murray looked as good as he has always looked. An off season tends to produce some changes in a player.

      In an ideal world, people like you would be getting assfucked in prison for your (likely) slander of Murray.

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    5. You must have found it very unpleasant.

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  10. Tomorrow geriatric dance party at the Australian Open (also called mixed doubles final) Daniel Nestor (42) versus Leander Paes (41). This week Kimiko Date-Krumm, a young 44 years old lady reaches her career high doubles ranking.
    Bjorkman, Johansson and Enqvist are the same age or younger and they played the Legend's final (losers!) Janie longo will kick their asses back to Sweden.

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  11. does anybody watching final ?
    someone looks so fresh,like he didn't played 5 sets in semis.

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    1. Whatever side of the court you are looking at, doper tennis reigns supreme now.

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  12. Djoko was dead on his feet at the beginning of the third set against Murray particularly after playing 5 the other night. He gets sent some "water" from his camp and then barely lost another game for the rest of the match. Now there was water and energy drinks available on court but he bypassed this and obviously his formulation was different. After that a remarkable turnaround in on court fortunes.

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  13. I've stopped to care for quite some time. Even if there'd be proof of negative tests and alas, there'd still be a cloud of nagging doubt over everything I'd be presented. By now I've lost faith in most (if not all) players as well as in all the institutions involved (ITF, ATP, WTA, doping agencies, tennis media). The amount of tennis I watch on TV tends to get less every year. On the other hand, I try to keep track with some lower ranked players and smaller tournaments. Let Serena have her 30th slam at the age of 40 and Naal his 15th FO title in his mid-30s: I could not care less.

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    1. Completly agree with you. The Australian Open Final has done it for me. Djokovic doing as he so often does, using fake medical time outs to put his opponents off, whilst doing his super human impression, and laughing his head off. I await with some macabre interest the French Open, when Nadal will undoubtedly reappear "miraculously" restored to full fitness to win again. If this is sport then it's not for me.

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  14. The testing is a joke. But Cilic's absence raises a red flag for me. Wins his first major then basically disappears, can't beat a top 10 player. Wins some rinky dink tournament in Moscow and loses all his matches at the WTF. Hasn't played this year due to a supposed shoulder injury. Sorry, but a player who has served a doping ban will always be suspicious to me.

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    1. A ban? Lol he was 'out' for like 2 months. The off season is a longer break.

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    2. Like I said, it's a joke. Even when they do get banned, they get their suspensions reduced. I think even Troicki got his reduced.

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    3. They changed the rules after Hingis. It used to be straight out 2 years, then they changed it to anything from 0-24 month ban, hence why no one has had one since. They also raised the threshold after banning her, meaning the amount she got banned for wouldn't even fail anymore.

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  15. BREAKING. UFC's Anderson Silva tests positive for steroid metabolites. Very surprised this was not brushed under the rug.

    http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/2/3/7974585/anderson-silva-tests-positive-for-anabolic-steroid-metabolites-in-jan

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