Griffin: The Spin reminds us we need to ask questions
|Damien Cox: When it comes to Jose Bautista, how is it exactly that at the age of 29 he's suddenly become the most dangerous power hitter in baseball?|
Today's The Spin entry by Damien Cox on this Star website regarding Jose Bautista got me thinking. Why is it just baseball, a sport that has mandatory PED testing at least twice a year, that falls under suspicion?
For the following unpopular question blame Don Cherry and all the nonsense he has been spewing over the last decade about no, absolutely zero, problem in the NHL with performance-enhancing drugs.
Don't blame me.
When it comes to hockey hall-of-famer, forward Dave Andreychuk how is it exactly that at the age of 30, back in 1993-94, he suddenly joined the illustrious ranks of 50-goal scorers?
Chance? Healthy living? Diet? New contact lenses? Composite stick?
Hey, prior to 1993-94, Andreychuk, one of the nicest guys in the game, had never potted more than 41 goals in a season, then BAM. What's up with that? The Hamilton, Ontario native (hmm!) had 25 goals the year before, then out of the blue, Bobby Hull and Boom-Boom Geoffrion-esque numbers.
Things happen in hockey, I guess.
The next year, Andreychuk scored 22 goals, then eight the year after that. But was he done? No sirree. All of a sudden, Andreychuk seemed to find a mysterious Fountain of Youth that carried him for another 10 productive seasons until retiring at age 43. How so? Are these questions that should have been asked at the time by Hockey Hall-of-Fame voters or are they just too trusting and star-struck?
And by the way, when Andreychuk was drafted, he was listed at 6-4, 200 lbs., yet when he retired he was listed at a strapping 225, gaining 25 pounds of mysterious muscle. Hmm, again.
Now, granted, I have never spoken to Andreychuk and may have met him only once while covering a Tampa Bay game late in his career. But that shouldn't matter.
Hockey fans won't like it, but you've got to at least ask the question when it comes to Dave Andreychuk. As to what the question is, I'm not sure, but you can only guess.
For the fact that we do wonder, blame hockey....and Damien.