There is no hotter topic in sports right now than the circus that is surrounding Alex Rodriguez. From his appeal of the 211 game suspension that he was handed by Major League Baseball to him getting beaned by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in this past weekend's game, A-Rod is consistently the lead story on SportsCenter.
Why? Because people really love being entertained.
Sports, not unlike a television show or movie, is infinitely more entertaining when there is a great story-line. As much as MLB wants to punish A-Rod for his involvement with using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), they would be kidding themselves if they don't think he is main reason for the high ratings that the Yankees-Red Sox games got over the weekend. He is the villain. He is the heel. He is the guy everyone loves to hate. Most importantly, he provides great theater.
While I don't advocate the use of steroids in sports, I just think it's hard to deny that the topic is pretty entertaining to talk and argue about. In fact, I'd definitely say that PEDs kind of make sports more interesting. Hear me out.
Last night, it was announced that as many as 20 Major League Baseball players may be suspended from the league for their connection to a clinic in Miami that's involved in a performance-enhancement drug scandal. Among the players up for suspension are New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun. Others include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher and first baseman Jesus Montero, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Padres outfielder Everth Cabrera.
Some players may even be suspended for as many as 100 games. These developments came as part of MLB's investigation into Biogenesis Lab founder Anthony Bosch, who (allegedly) provided the performance enhancing drugs to the players. Because Bosch will cooperate completely with the investigation, the lawsuit MLB had filed against him will likely be dropped. If things continue along this path, this performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
What do you guys think? Personally, I think one commenter on ESPN said it best: "Stop this nonsense, I have a fantasy league to win."