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Barry Bonds And Steroids Coverage

Posted by Matt on August 9, 2007


I realized that after all of the talk about Barry Bonds on this site, regarding both sides of the argument, that when Bonds finally sat alone at the top of the all time home run list Tuesday night, I was completely speechless. Maybe I am awe-struck or impressed. Maybe it is the fact that I am tired of hearing about Barry Bonds or discussing the allegations. Or maybe I was just glad it just happened so now we can finally, comfortably, move on to the college and professional football seasons.

Regardless, no topic sparked more controversy here at “The Nasty Boys” than the topics of Barry Bonds or steroids did. Despite this, however, we were still able to have several great discussions on these topics, ranging from well-researched essay-type posts to short rants on behalf of myself that were intended, in part, to point out an obvious argument in a joking fashion.

I have a very interesting perspective, circa 1995, regarding athletes and steroids that will be coming in the near future and should by highly anticipated as I had to dig deep for this one. Until then, here is a look back at the Barry Bonds and steroids coverage on “The Nasty Boys” over the past three months with commentary now that I can look back at the articles knowing Bonds broke the record:

Links with commentary:

An Open Letter To All Major League Pitchers, by Matt – April 3, 2007: This was one of the first posts on the site when I was merely testing out the system but it is interesting to read it now that the record has been breached. My views have not changed much on the issue but my overall message is a moot point now.

The Genius Of Jose Canseco, by Matt – April 11, 2007: This is an in-depth look at what Jose Canseco brought to the table with his tell-all antics in Juiced, the research may surprise you. And now, more and more names are popping up in allegations from Canseco to positive tests from Major League Baseball: Alex Rodriguez, Neifi Perez, etcetera. It is interesting to note that seemingly roughly 75% (not scientific by any standards) of names linked to steroids by random testing, or Jose’s mouth, are of Hispanic descent, Bonds not withstanding. I will have to follow up this article when Canseco releases his second tell-all memoir, Vindicated.

Hey, Look At Me, I Am Barry Bonds’ Brother!, by Matt – May 16, 2007: One of the shortest pieces you’ll find here yet no other article has seemed to cause as much controversy as this one, yet it is more of a knock to Bobby Bonds than it is to Barry, but take from it what you will. For reasons unknown to me, and it certainly isn’t because of ground shattering content, this has been our most-viewed articles reaching well over 2,000 page views. I thought it was funny but it seems to have rubbed others the wrong way.

Barry’s Crucible, by Josh “Charlie Hustle” Stankovich – May 17, 2007: Playing the part of the voice of reason in this one, “Charlie” offers one of the best pieces you’ll find here regarding any sport and one of the best pieces you’ll find regarding Barry Bonds anywhere. “Charlie” doesn’t try to be flashy when he speaks from a different angle than you usually expect; this piece is the ‘must read’ of the bunch and may encompass the sentiments of some of the middle-of-the-road Bonds supporters. This article is still very relevant.

Twenty Years Of Testosterone, by Matt with help from “Charlie Hustle” – May 18, 2007: This was my personal, sarcastic follow up to the controversy sparked by Hey, Look At Me, I am Barry Bonds’ Brother! and Josh and I think it is a fun piece. We write things based on what we find hilarious between us, hopefully you will enjoy it too.

Bud Selig’s Dictatorship, by Matt – June 26, 2007: I attempt to take Bud Selig to task regarding his handling of the steroid situation and, more importantly, his dealings with Jason Giambi, who seemed to be a bit of a scapegoat. I can only claim to attempt to take Selig to task, you can decide how worthy it is.

Who Wants To Be A Commissioner? by Josh “Charlie Hustle” Stankovich – August 2, 2007: A three-part post that looks at all three professional sports leagues’ commissioners and their handling of their leagues’ respective controversies. The portion on Bud Selig more than applies to this situation and feel free to participate in the comments section of this particular article. We now know that Selig was present for the tying home run but not the breaking home run and celebrated about as much as I would at a funeral; an interesting situation to say the least and this piece a close second ‘must read’ piece of this group.

Bonds Did It, by Matt – August 5, 2007: I couldn’t have been more mum on the topic of Bonds tying Aaron than I was the morning after; it isn’t really worth a read because there isn’t much TO read but it is interesting now that he has broken the record how many places like TNB has seen the milestone come and go without much fanfare.


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