The looming Viagra threat

Open Thread: Yanks interested in Perez?
And the false rumors fly

On the front page of yesterday’s Times was a lengthy story about the latest threat to the (fictional) sanctity of professional sports. Watch out folks: It’s the Viagra threat. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, the infamous blue pill offers to benefits to athletes that could lend the impotency drug more performance-enhancing capabilities than Pfizer’s researchers ever intended. Rafael Palmeiro, the now-disgraced ex-Major Leaguer, once served as pitch man for the drug. Oops.

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Open Thread: Yanks interested in Perez?
And the false rumors fly
  • Manimal

    It always cracks me up when the warnings at the end of the commercials tell you to call your doctor after an erection lasting more than 4 hours. What the hell will a doctor do to help?

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      “I ain’t gonna call a doctor. I’ma call a hooker.” –D.L. Hughley

    • dan

      I actually heard of someone who had that problem. He had some kind of medical training, not sure what, and was embarrassed to call the doctor. So he used a needle to draw the blood out himself. Sorry for the image, but that’s apparently what they do in that situation.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      What the hell will a doctor do to help?

      http://tinyurl.com/5nnosr

      1. The first treatment for ischemic priapism is “therapeutic aspiration.” The urologist sticks a needle into the side of the penis and draws blood directly from the cavernosa. The same needle is sometimes used to inject saline solution into the penis, which can help flush out the remaining blood.

      2. In rare cases, an intractable erection will resist both aspiration and drug injections. In this case, the urologist performs a surgical shunt. The simplest type of shunt involves cutting a small hole in the head of the penis, then opening oval windows in the tips of the cavernosa.

      Hey, you asked…

  • E-ROC

    Isn’t Roger Clemens a spokesperson? ;)

  • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

    I know, I know here come the Raffie was a better player than Donnie posts. Yawn.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Meh, it might be a fun road to go down, but you’re not going to make any credible or logical arguments, you’re just going to claim that none of us are old enough to remember Donnie Baseball and that we’re all stupid dorky stat-nerds who don’t understand the game, and spout worthless tautologies, so let’s just skip it.

      We all know that Donnie Baseball was the greatest thing since sliced bread, better than Willie Mays, Michael Jordan, and Jesus put together, and no amount of “stats” or “facts” or “realities” will ever convince you otherwise. Why waste everyone’s time?

      • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

        Seriously I think this place is devoid of humor.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          I’d say these three posts back-to-back-to-back were pretty funny.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            I give because I love, buddy.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        From 1984-1987, Don Mattingly was a much better baseball player than was Willie Mays, Michael Jordan and Jesus.

        Annnnd I’m back. (I swear to Mo this will be the last time I use this joke, I’ve just been gone for a while and couldn’t help myself.)

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          I don’t know, Jordan was a train wreck with the Birmingham Barons, but 84-87 was his prime… he might have been able to play both, Deion/Bo style and given Donnie a run for his money.

          I’m not conceding that one.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Don Mattingly was never cut from his HS basketball team. He could have taken MJ.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              FUCK!!! As always, your logic is irrefutable.

              You win, Mondesi… but I’ll be back. Oh, yes, I’ll be back. Revengance will be mine.

            • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

              Donnie was a bad ass in HS basketball but you are not old enough to know that, well you are but you would have to be aware of that.

              He also never struck out in high school in 4 years of play but being that your dad was still in preschool… You get the drift.

              I get the jokes and all but again the real funnies come from the fact that several of you kiddies think what you think, the other funnies come from the fact that you make the same lame jokes over and over.

              My point is still valid that if you are not over 30 you really were not old enough to see Donnie when he was the best in baseball and if you did you were a rug rat who was not of the age to really discern baseball talent. You are also jaded because you only saw the roid era stats and compare his to those.

              Just like I saw guys like Bench, Morgan, Jackson, etc play but I was young and they were well past their prime so I choose to let others that are older and have seen them play on a regular basis say how good they were. Joe Tore gets talked about like he was the best catcher on earth but guys who played in that era say he was horrible outside of his hitting, but his stats look nice and purty dont they? (here is where one of you basement dwellers can prove me wrong)

              I toted around a baseball encylopedia from time to time when I was a rug rat too but I used it as reference to read into the game mainly during winters when there was no baseball to play or watch, not use it as the be all end all of how good a player is.

              So please make your lames jokes, I am sure somebody somewhere finds them refreshing, interesting and cute.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                A) Your main thrust of all your arguments as to why you are right and all the rest of us are wrong is that we’re not old enough to have seen Don Mattingly play.
                B) The majority of people who have argued with you on this topic, such as myself, were, in fact old enough to have seen Don Mattingly play.

                A + B = as usual, you have no fucking clue what the hell you are talking about. You have a right to your opinion. If you state an opinion that someone disagrees with, they have a right to call you on it. If you can’t back up your opinion with anything, and the person disagreeing with you can back up their opinion with evidence, perhaps you should consider the fact that you might be WRONG.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                “Donnie was a bad ass in HS basketball but you are not old enough to know that, well you are but you would have to be aware of that.”

                Actually, I made the joke because I’m well aware of Don Mattingly’s high school basketball exploits.

                “So please make your lames jokes, I am sure somebody somewhere finds them refreshing, interesting and cute.”

                If you don’t find them refreshing, interesting and cute, then maybe you should take your ball and go home. The other people involved in this conversation seem to be having fun with it, you’re the only one crying about it.

                Dude, you need to chill out. If you’ll look back at the big clusterf*ck Mattingly discussion in that Bernie Williams thread you’ll see that I made an embarrassingly sentimental argument for why I love Don Mattingly and would rather have him on my baseball team than just about anyone else. I hate to say it, but in a sense I’m on your side, chief. The “you’re too young to have watched Mattingly play” stuff is BS and is really just inapplicable here – I’m pretty sure the people involved in this conversation are all old enough to have seen him play and all experienced his era in Yankees baseball. Try discussing (or joking about) the issues and not attacking other commenters, it’ll be much more fun for everyone involved.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  Try discussing (or joking about) the issues and not attacking other commenters, it’ll be much more fun for everyone involved.

                  Shit, I wouldn’t mind the attacking of other commenters if his attacks either A) were valid or B) were useful.

                  They’re neither.

  • http://www.mvn.com/pendingpinstripes Ashish Skaria

    Hey Mike A.,
    Guess who Matt Richardson’s player was growing up?
    Kyle Farnsworth
    http://mvn.com/pendingpinstrip.....rdson.html

    • greg

      this guy a legit prospect?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Perhaps it was because of his fighting prowess

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    …and Barry Bonds was (according to Victor Conte and Jeff Anderson) also on Clomid, a female fertility drug, to help him block the effects of the excess estrogen created by his body to balance out the increased testosterone (and also directly produce more testosterone)…

    If he was taking this, along with Viagra, it’s a wonder he didn’t simply impregnate women that he walked past on the street.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clomid