December 10, 2011 was a great day for me. First of all, I got to watch my Indiana Hoosier upset the #1 Kentucky Wildcats on a buzzer beater in front of a raucous crowd in Assembly Hall in Bloomington. For the record I don’t have any problem with the storming of the court after the game, it was a huge win for a once struggling program (I am glad that they didn’t storm the court after they upset #2 Ohio State a few weeks later). As soon as that game ended Sports Center came on bringing us the news that Ryan Braun of the Brewers was facing a 50 game suspension for testing positive for PEDs. This was fantastic news because as a Cubs fan, I downright dislike the guy. Don’t ask why because I just do. So when I found out two months later that he won his appeal I, like MLB, was livid. I was even more enraged when I found out that he got off on a technicality. Now I’m no chemist and have never had any experience with chain of custody, oh wait I am and I have, but the fact that he tested positive after both tests yet got off because the sample wasn’t shipped right away is a crime. The lab stated that the sample did not appear to be tampered with and that only the pH was different which could have been due to using different sampling equipment. Now many people have argued that he is posting better numbers this year than last year so he is innocent. My rebuttal is that do the effects wear off? I’m no expert on PEDs but I think not. Well whatever, the past is past, but congratulations Ryan Braun on cheating the system and tarnishing the game we all love.
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