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  • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
    But baseball players are still said to "come up for a cup of coffee", so I assume caffeine use isn't proscribed in MLB.
    Or are they drinking decaf?
    Lol made me laugh

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    • Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
      I was talking about salary arbitration, not drug testing appeals.
      Sorry about that, my bad.
      San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

      "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

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      • I'd like to see the report from the arbitrator. We really don't have the whole story here. The piss fight in the media has been a case of he said, she said.
        RIP Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010).

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        • Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
          Lol made me laugh
          I'm glad somebody got it.
          Shalom, y'all!
          What's the rumpus?

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          • Will the arbiter's written report/explanation be released in its entirety? Any guesses or bets? And more importantly, will Braun participate in the triple sealing of the document like he was with the urine sample?
            "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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            • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
              So now we're equating pain killers and anti-inflammatories with steroids? Where does it stop? What about caffiene? Obviously a PED, right?
              No I am not equating steroids with painkillers. Painkillers are worse because a lot of the time players wouldn't be playing at all. Furthermore, playing with painkillers can cause irreversible damage. Norcaine injected into Curt Schilling enabled his Game 6 ALCS win against the Yankees but he was never the same. The NBA saga of Bill Walton and the NFL career of Mike Webster show that painkillers are far more dangerous than so-called PEDs.

              On the pop culture front the deaths of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson surely show the deadly consequences of prescribed medications.

              Caffeine harms performance. The use of the term "PED" is advertising so people who have spent their entire adult lives watching ESPN think that there is a magic bullet for fitness. Once again I have used DecaDrol that I obtained legally. Once again steroids are used to get high as the sensation is pleasant.

              I trust that you are aware of the enormous amount of Oxycontin and Vicodin used nowadays.

              Please do not make an assumption that I equate painkillers with steroids. Painkillers are worse morally and in causing death.
              Last edited by Steven Gallanter; 03-02-2012, 03:02 PM.

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              • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                No I am not equating steroids with painkillers. Painkillers are worse because a lot of the time players wouldn't be playing at all. Furthermore, playing with painkillers can cause irreversible damage. Norcaine injected into curt Schilling enabled his Game 6 ALCS win against the Yankees but he was never the same. The NBA saga of Bill Walton and the NFL career of Mike Webster show that painkillers are far more dangerous than so-called PEDs.

                On the pop culture front the deaths of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson surely show the deadly consequences of prescribed medications.
                Caffeine harms performance. The use of the term "PED" is advertising so people who have spent their entire adult lives watching ESPN think that there is a magic bullet for fitness. Once again I have used DecaDrol that I obtained legally. Once again steroids are used to get high as the sensation is pleasant.

                I trust that you are aware of the enormous amount of Oxycontin and Vicodin used nowadays.

                Please do not make an assumption that I equate painkillers with steroids. Painkillers are worse morally and in causing death.
                Not a good comparison Steve, two stars who were taking probably more drugs than we could imagine, prescribed or not to an athlete fighting through an injury. From what we learned about Elvis and Michael if even half true, drugs were over done with them.

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                • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                  Caffeine harms performance.
                  Does this include just plain coffee?
                  It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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                  • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                    No I am not equating steroids with painkillers. Painkillers are worse because a lot of the time players wouldn't be playing at all. Furthermore, playing with painkillers can cause irreversible damage. Norcaine injected into curt Schilling enabled his Game 6 ALCS win against the Yankees but he was never the same. The NBA saga of Bill Walton and the NFL career of Mike Webster show that painkillers are far more dangerous than so-called PEDs.

                    On the pop culture front the deaths of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson surely show the deadly consequences of prescribed medications.

                    Caffeine harms performance. The use of the term "PED" is advertising so people who have spent their entire adult lives watching ESPN think that there is a magic bullet for fitness. Once again I have used DecaDrol that I obtained legally. Once again steroids are used to get high as the sensation is pleasant.

                    I trust that you are aware of the enormous amount of Oxycontin and Vicodin used nowadays.

                    Please do not make an assumption that I equate painkillers with steroids. Painkillers are worse morally and in causing death.
                    Any source for that Steve. I just visited 6 sites and they all said Caffeine can give a boost to performance, including some lab test on endurance testing.
                    Minimal at best but none of them gave any real bad side effects on performance.
                    I am sure if I search more I will find some with a different take on caffeine and performance.

                    I doubt a cup of coffee or a Coke is going to matter much either way, your reaching. Ped's is a whole different subject.

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                    • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                      Any source for that Steve. I just visited 6 sites and they all said Caffeine can give a boost to performance, including some lab test on endurance testing.
                      Minimal at best but none of them gave any real bad side effects on performance.
                      I am sure if I search more I will find some with a different take on caffeine and performance.

                      I doubt a cup of coffee or a Coke is going to matter much either way, your reaching. Ped's is a whole different subject.
                      My personal experience with caffeine is with weightlifting, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. Too much jittery energy and less upper body strength. I think that caffeine might help sprints a tad but I don't sprint.

                      Caffeine hurts performance as a bartender and waiter. Painkillers are catastrophic as I have seen literally 100's of injuries of hospitality workers and managers who disregard the pain that is blocked by ibuprofen/Advil and acetaminophen/Tylenol. These OTC drugs are very dangerous. The OTC status of these drugs have created an assumption of harmlessness that is at odds with my experience.

                      To repeat myself regarding on DecaDrol; sex, appearance and intoxication are among the uses of DecaDrol. I have never used DecaDrol and alcohol together but it was a very popular combination during the rave/techno music era at the tail end of the 90's. Today's MLB players are definitely of the generation that would have experience with Decadrol as a party drug. Indeed, even knowing of the party potential of DecaDrol would convey social status in certain circles.

                      I find it odd that no BBF poster seems to acknowledge that drugs...get you high!

                      People like to believe that they could have been athletes and if they took "PEDs" they could have. I am sympathetic to the desire of most men, and quite a few women, that they be more physically gifted than they are. However, the great majority of folks are...the great majority of folks and as such will be close to the norm.

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                      • Caffeine is performance enhancing for cycling.

                        It is also performance enhancing for finance and law. So is adderal.

                        Physically steroids could help but agree with Steve on painkillers. Plus players can have surgeries that allow them to player longer and better than before. Legal drugs and supplements can have similar effects to the ones that are banned.

                        I used to lift and Argenine and creatine were big boosts. Nothing illegal but a definite aid. A PED.

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                        • What about glasses, contacts, or lasik?

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                          • Originally posted by Joltin' Joe View Post
                            What about glasses, contacts, or lasik?
                            I seem to recall that Barry Bonds and Harold Baines had lasik surgery. I have not researched this. If any BBF poster has good information regarding this I would be interested.

                            It IS complicated.

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                            • Originally posted by NJYankeeFan View Post
                              Caffeine is performance enhancing for cycling.

                              It is also performance enhancing for finance and law. So is adderal.

                              Physically steroids could help but agree with Steve on painkillers. Plus players can have surgeries that allow them to player longer and better than before. Legal drugs and supplements can have similar effects to the ones that are banned.

                              I used to lift and Argenine and creatine were big boosts. Nothing illegal but a definite aid. A PED.
                              Caffeine improved my cycling speed but sapped my endurance with calf cramps. My use of it was coincidental.

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                              • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                                Caffeine improved my cycling speed but sapped my endurance with calf cramps. My use of it was coincidental.
                                Caffeine is a stimulant and that's why it can get you in trouble with regards to drug testing. But it also dehydrates you...
                                Mike Hopper
                                Former Gateway Grizzlies Intern

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