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Old 12-02-2008   #1
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The NFL announced Tuesday the suspension without pay for four games of six players -- Charles Grant, New Orleans, Deuce McAllister, New Orleans, Bryan Pittman, Houston Will Smith, New Orleans, Kevin Williams, Minnesota and Pat Williams, Minnesota -- that violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.

The players specifically violated a longstanding provision of the policy relating to the use of diuretics and water pills, which serve as masking agents for steroids and are potentially dangerous to the health of players.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=090...o&confirm=true

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Old 12-02-2008   #3
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I say we just go for it on fourth down the rest of the year and attempt 2-point conversions after every TD. I was very impressed with Turk's athleticism on that busted snap yesterday.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

It make me wonder if this has been the reason for so many bad snaps. He hasn't had a very good season. Maybe this has been weighing on his mind for a while.
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Who takes his place?

As bad as he's been chucking it back there this year, I'd say just about anybody.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

Wow, the Vikings are in trouble.

The NFL has really dragged its feet in this for a long time. All of the six players above (according to McCain) tested positive in traning camp over the summer. Kind of a BS thing to do to wait until the final 4 games to suspend players, in some cases teams making playoff runs.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

I'd say put Sage in there. He's pretty good at hitting our players feet when he's not throwing interceptions.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

Didn't Pittman run it by team doctors or even the league before he even used it and got the okay??
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Didn't Pittman run it by team doctors or even the league before he even used it and got the okay??
The players are saying the league didn't mention that there was a banned substance in what they were using.
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Didn't Pittman run it by team doctors or even the league before he even used it and got the okay??
Funny thing is, there is a 1-800 hotline for NFL players to check substances before using to see if they are banned. I can't remember what player was interviewed, but they said that they left several messages at that number and the phone calls were never returned.
People are pointing fingers in every direction.
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Zgoninia is a backup long snapper
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I'm really fine with whoever it is, as long as we can still declare Salaam an eligible receiver 3 plays in a row.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

From November 3rd when this first shook out:
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HOUSTON -- Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman met with league officials in New York on Monday to appeal a possible suspension after testing positive for the weight-loss diuretic Bumetanide.

"We took the opportunity to review the test results and present Bryan's physicians' records and testimony demonstrating that they authorized Bryan to take weight loss medication," Pittman's lawyer David Cornwell said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Bumetanide is banned under the NFL steroids policy because it is considered a masking agent for steroids. However, Cornwell's statement continued: "Bryan is also gratified that the evidence confirmed that he did not take steroids."
Not sure who it means when it says, "they authorized" it... most likely Bryan's physicians.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3681080
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I went into the stadium really early yesterday (cause it was damned windy and cold outside) and Dreessen was practicing long-snapping with Bulman.
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Why would a long snapper take steroids? To help him zing those balls a little harder?
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Why would a long snapper take steroids? To help him zing those balls a little harder?
He wasn't suspended for taking steroids. He took something that could be used to mask the use of steroids. And that's against the rules.

BUT...

Taking steroids and growth hormone could keep a long-snapper strong enough, fast enough, and healthy enough to perform much much better than if he didn't. Taking steroids (and other performance enhancing drugs), if done right, can pretty much improve your performance in any sport.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

he's not been snaping the ball that well this year. could be the end of his career.
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Default Re: Pittman suspended....who's the long-snapper?

Do they allow shooting guards to turn around and shoot between their legs?, because he's better at that anyway.
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I'll do it!
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Well, don't forget your steroids and your water pills. Gotta fit in and all that.

I would do it, but I'm allergic to breaks in my spine and head. It's a genetic thing, I think.
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