Re: Borges Alludes To Cunningham Using Steroids
posted at 9/15/2012 2:37 PM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to JohnHannahrulz's comment:
I could be wrong on this one, but it seems to me Willie Mac was about 255-260 when he was drafted and yet his playing weight was usually around 270-275lbs. It could be juice or it could be strength conditioning and a high protein diet. Any journalist can basically insinuate that any player in any sport( who has put on weight and is stronger) is on PEDs. The simple truth is there are players who are extremely dedicated to their craft to the point of being almost obsessed with keeping their jobs; and others who use PEDs to gain an edge. My guess is that, at some point Cunningham (like everyone else) will be tested and if he fails that test he gets suspended.
Suppose I am reporter for the SF Chronicle and I state in an article that Mike Trout looks " abnormally larger than he was early in his AAA career". Then I sort of leave it out there without any corroboration or evidence. I have just inferred that the AL ROY and potential MVP candidate is using PEDs. All it takes is the underlying cynicism fans have at being lied to and for there being no transparency about PEDs for years. PEDs were the dirty little secret that no one wanted to divulge until recently. Naturally most fans recognise the inate hypocrisy of all the allegations and innuendo; as such, most will say he's juicing rather than freely admit that sometimes hard work and dedication can be rewarded. This might be true of some players, but I doubt it applies to all players. Ray Lewis was in better shape than I was at 36 because he is physically gifted and has devoted his life being a professional athlete. Same with Brady. There is no real way of measuring what motivates people and it's not something that can be quantified.....And yeah I know that sounds like Nike commercial.
I choose to devote my life to getting an education(and thus a decent job) after the dating a South American supermodel and pretending to be a professional athlete thing didn't quite work out. If only I had known better I'd marry rich.
Why mustCunningham's improvement be 'roidds related? IF my memory serves me right, Willie McGinest was nothing special until he and his body matured, and he started playing with a better supporting cast. Couldn't the same hold true for Cunningham?
At no point did I infer that Cunningham was juicing, in fact being on the PUP or IR or the practice squad is in and of itself a motivational tool and an ideal situation to improve both strength, play, intelligence (film room) and conditioning. Borges can insinuate all he wants, it really means nothing without proof. I then used Mike Trout as example of how a journalist can couch the language by using words that are either inferrences or downright accusatory. To me it is yellow journalism at its finest and ultimately very lazy journalism at that. Anyone one can state their opinion. My opinion is that Cunningham used his time to self-motivate and become a better player. And why wouldn't he; doing so is generally a great way to prolong his career. And yeah he was considered more raw than Spikes or Dunlap who came from the same program.
I can't honestly say that Cunningham reads about his being another Pats LB bust (MacKenzie, Lua, Crable etc...) and uses that as motivation. Its simple when you realise something is about to become a career your mindsight changes. You're not some college kid with potential, you're a man that has to realise that potential.
Also don't know what year it is in Cunninghams contract, but playing well will always garner some financial interest (cf; Gronk, Mayo, Fork, Hernandez).