I initially really didn't care about the DROY. I guess I always figured that Brian Cushing would fall and someone else would win. When I heard it didn't go down that way, I started to.
I never thought Clay Matthews should get the award. Yes, it would have been nice, but he didn't deserve it. So I ask the hoards of homers out there screaming foul because Clay didn't win to kindly shut the hell up. In addition (and god only knows who this will piss off), they should not let writers ever vote on anything. Writers are too fickle minded, plain and simple.
There is no doubt in my mind that the award should have simply been stripped. The fact that Cushing even got an opportunity to win again is a travesty. It's not the fact that he took steroids, or that nobody seemed to care, it's the fact that he took away someone else's chance at greatness.
There are players out there that would give just about anything to have the opportunity that Cushing had. God only knows how far back that stretches. What chance did he rob someone of in high school? How about college? If his history spans back a few years he could have taken away god knows how many spots from other more deserved athletes. But instead, Brian Cushing got the offer.
That is the true shame of it all. Somewhere, someplace, there is a C.J. Wilson type guy who would have been elated to EVEN GET A CHANCE that never got one. That's the harm here.
If this is truly how the greater public and writers view performance enhancing drugs, I am worried for the NFL as we know it. Once this becomes okay, what's the next step? Special shoes? Robotic arms? Super gear? Mark my words, this is another step into the inevitable world of professional sports in the next 100 years. A world in which we watch fake or enhanced athletes perform on a star studded stage fueled by gambling and merchandise sales.
Actually, when you put it that way, maybe the future is already here.
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