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Old 12-27-2006   #1
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Default Jason Taylor rips Merriman

"You really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with," Taylor said Wednesday. "To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message."

"A performance-enhancing drug is, obviously, what it is," Taylor said. "You enhance your performance by doing that. You fail that test, I think it's not right, it's against the rules and ultimately I think it's sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment but also to learn lessons from it."

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Old 12-27-2006   #2
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

I'd say he's dead on.
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Old 12-27-2006   #3
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

Meriman is fun to watch, but Taylor is spot on in my opinion.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

I wouldn't say he should've sat the entire year because I don't have many problems with the league drug policy (as a Cowboys fan, imagine that). If he tests positive again, he'll miss a full year regardless of when he's tested.

But Taylor is right to say Merriman should not be going to the Pro Bowl or receiving any other awards by performances that were aided by illegal drugs.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

It's strange that the NFL gets a free pass. Any MLB player does the same thing and they are crucified.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

Major props to Taylor for saying that. Merriman and any other athlete regardless of what sport they play is stupid for using steroids. I wish more athletes would come out and say stuff like this.
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Right is right and Taylor is right.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

I completely, wholeheartedly agree. It actually pisses me off that Merriman is not only a Pro Bowler, but that he might get the DPOY award.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

Does it matter the type of substance they are caught taking? Are they all in the same class as far as punishment goes? Do some warrant harsher punishments than others type deal.
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

Though I agree with what Taylor said. From a business standpoint it is better business sense to only suspend him 4 games instead of a year right off the bat.

Merriman is a player people want to go see. Drugs or no drugs. Him being up for awards however I agree is a very bad message.

I'd go with the 4 game suspension and prohibited from receiving any awards or recognition for that season.
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Im curious to Merriman's reaction....
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Taylor obviously has higher standards than the league office.
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It's strange that the NFL gets a free pass. Any MLB player does the same thing and they are crucified.
To me, it's a different game. MLB is all about individual efforts. One swing of the bad can change the entire tempo or win a game. If you juice in the NFL, you still gotta compete every play against the 11 guys on the other team. If the juice makes you bigger or stronger as a pass rusher, you still need to break through that line to get the sacks. Maybe they will let you throw around a 300lb guy like a ragdoll, but the offense has a chance to adjust and double team you or change their blocking strategy on the next play(s).
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Default Re: Jason Taylor rips Merriman

If it is "Performance enhancing" and you have a good year........how much did that contribute to the good performance? That is why Merriman should not be in any post season award consideration. He had an unfair advantage over those he was competing with and against. It's a bit like if you take a test, say the SATs that have an effect on you life and ability to go to a good school. If someone has some or all the answers, they will do better and by doing so, diminish what you have accomplished on your own.
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Taylor's right...but who here thinks either the league of Merriman will have the balls to correct the situation?
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If it is "Performance enhancing" and you have a good year........how much did that contribute to the good performance? That is why Merriman should not be in any post season award consideration. He had an unfair advantage over those he was competing with and against. It's a bit like if you take a test, say the SATs that have an effect on you life and ability to go to a good school. If someone has some or all the answers, they will do better and by doing so, diminish what you have accomplished on your own.
There's a constant issue on campus about students taking other peoples ADD medication to stay up forever and study. I've never done it but my roommate has a prescription for it and always has people trying to buy pills off of him before finals. He doesn't seem to equate it to steroid use but I think it still falls under the category of abusing a substance for an unfair advantage. It's kind of frustrating knowing that people with higher GPAs than me are using drugs to obtain them.
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To me, it's a different game. MLB is all about individual efforts. One swing of the bad can change the entire tempo or win a game. If you juice in the NFL, you still gotta compete every play against the 11 guys on the other team. If the juice makes you bigger or stronger as a pass rusher, you still need to break through that line to get the sacks. Maybe they will let you throw around a 300lb guy like a ragdoll, but the offense has a chance to adjust and double team you or change their blocking strategy on the next play(s).
There's no difference between the two. Cheating is cheating and steroids are bad for any game. A kicker can do the same as a hitter hitting a walk off HR. Football is more of a team game, but one player can make a difference.
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Jason Taylor is right.
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I hate Merriroids!
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