The NFL Is Having Its Steroid MomentDrew Magary10/02/14 3:40pmFiled to: jamboroonflballs deepmlbsteroidsdomestic violencescandals8911EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Email Drew here.Advertisement The MLB playoffs started this week, and if you're a baseball fan and you've always wondered why baseball been raked over the coals for PED issues while football has gotten off relatively scot free, this has been a wet dream of a month for you. Because the NFL is now fucking up an off-the-field issue the exact same way baseball did with steroids back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I always like to goof on baseball people for their ongoing love affair with the sport's purity. Back in 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both broke Roger Maris's home run record, their accomplishments were viewed not simply as twin feats of great athleticism, but as moral salves for the sport and the nation as a whole. Gary Smith got all purply about it back then:Advertisement McGwire and Sosa gave America a summer that won't be forgotten: a summer of stroke and counterstroke, of packed houses and curtain calls, of rivals embracing and gloves in the bleachers and adults turned into kids—the Summer of Long Balls and Love. It wasn't just the lengths they went to with bats in their hands. It was also that they went to such lengths to conduct the great home run race with dignity and sportsmanship, with a sense of joy and openness. Never have two men chased legends and each other that hard and that long or invited so much of America onto their backs for the ride. Rarely has grace so swiftly begotten grace… Those two players turned out to be massive steroid cheats. When that happened, baseball writers felt betrayed by the sport and they felt like all the good will built up during that chase was a lie (not necessarily true!), and they have been punishing baseball ever since. They have kept every alleged PED user out of Cooperstown. They have scolded drug cheats like Nelson Cruz even after such players have served long suspensions. And as a defense against that outrage, as Marchman noted here, baseball has steadily napalmed the reputation of their own players in order to preserve the purity of the game, a purity that was always an illusion. They have taken up the mantle of being outraged about PEDs long after most of us have grown fatigued. Players will always try to cheat, and some of them will manage to get away with it. But no matter. MLB will hunt down the drug cheats and they will find a way to send A-Rod to the bottom of the fucking ocean and they will keep at it until they have saved the game by destroying it.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.