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October 14, 2005

Former NFL Star Received Steroids from BALCO: One of the dirtiest players in NFL history, four-time Super Bowl linebacker Bill Romanowski, will tell 60 Minutes this weekend that he used steroids received from Victor Conte. Here's a line from his upcoming memoir, which can be filed with Jose Canseco's book in either the sports or pharmacology section of Barnes & Noble: "My rage was the orgasm of my fear."

posted by rcade to football at 08:21 AM - 42 comments

My weltschmertz is the orgasm of my schadenfreude.

posted by rcade at 08:24 AM on October 14

Shocking.

posted by yerfatma at 08:26 AM on October 14

Is that German rcade? I wonder how this will effect all of those who said the NFL testing program was so great! Is that Congress I hear calling?

posted by daddisamm at 08:39 AM on October 14

Am I the only person in the world who doesn't know where to find these drugs? It seems like they're everywhere. Cuz I'm working out really hard and eating lots of protein, but it's just not working. I need me some human growth hormone.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 08:52 AM on October 14

If steroids are as widely used in baseball as some would want you to believe, you'd have to be brain dead to think they wouldn't be even more prevalent in pro football. Like yerfatma said, "Shocking."

posted by dyams at 08:58 AM on October 14

daddisamm, Romanowski's steroid use is not really news. The "dirtiest player" link in rcade's post is to a blog entry written in May. Also, a test for BALCO's "clear" simply did not exist until about two years ago. There are probably drugs out there right now that simply cannot (yet) be detected because the testers don't know what they are looking for (although I think that their prevalence is exaggerated). The NFL's testing program is actually pretty good (useful article here, part of a four-part series by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

posted by Amateur at 08:59 AM on October 14

Prediction: Romo blames all his despicable, inexcusable behavior on roid rage. He's really just a big teddy bear at heart, but the drugs took control. Thus will begin the slow transformation of steroid abusers from cheaters to victims -- accompanied by the associated Oprah appearances, confessional biographies, and heartfelt cries to save the children from this scourge. Mark my words.

posted by dzot at 09:01 AM on October 14

they should change the name of this page to steroid filter. let's even the playing and make all pro athletes use steroids. they aren't real people anyway.

posted by HATER 187 at 09:02 AM on October 14

Just like people who don't like all the Yankee-Red Sox posts and topics, I picked up from the title this story was about steroids. If you don't like the topic, don't open it. It's that simple.

posted by dyams at 09:19 AM on October 14

Mark my words. (szot) I agree fully...(can U hear the violins in the background while he spews this crap?) - this is the same guy who would chop block his grandma, then spit in her face, and now he will portray himself as the "poor victim" who only did what he thought he had to do, etc etc etc....BS - there are PLENTY of guys who just plain WORK HARD to do their jobs, and not grab the easiest road available to cash in.....

posted by sinisterfoot at 09:28 AM on October 14

I never said this was news--I realize where rcades links go.(that doesnt sound right) If people can take steroids and HGH that cant be detected, then the program aint that great!

posted by daddisamm at 09:30 AM on October 14

Romo was on the juice? No way! He was always the nicest guy (just don't be black) and a true gentleman. What an absolute asshat Romanowski is. He is the NFL's Canseco, too stupid to realize that the world laughs at him all the time. I hope this guy gets what is coming to him, namely some jailtime, some ego-shredding and a big dose of reality.

posted by fenriq at 09:42 AM on October 14

The only thing he will get is another couple of minutes of fame and a spot on VH1's Surreal Life. Poor guy, I hate the way athletes are mistreated. It's not his fault he had to take illegal drugs.

posted by roycedawg at 10:05 AM on October 14

This isn't news he already admitted this back before the whole Canseco stuff came out. He's just bringing it up again for another 15 min of fame and to promote his book. I may be reading this wrong but is he saying that he didn't take roids with the 49ers or the broncos that it wasn't until he went to the raiders. If so that is a load of Sh*t.

posted by jtrluva at 10:07 AM on October 14

One thing I remember about Romo (my bro was/is a Broncos fan) is that apparently he had a prediliction towards punching people in the nuts during a pile-on. This guy is that roidy guy from The Program.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:16 AM on October 14

apparently he had a prediliction towards punching people in the nuts during a pile-on i've heard that a lot players do that during a pile-on, not just the roidy guys.

posted by goddam at 10:30 AM on October 14

Am I the only one who is not shocked by the fact that Romanowski was on steroids. The guy was the craziest freak on the field.

posted by mcstan13 at 10:34 AM on October 14

I think the news in this story is Romanowski's acknowledgement that BALCO provided the steroids. The fact he's done them before is not new, nor is his admission of abusing them. This is just one more thing that shows Bonds and other BALCO clients knew, or should have known, that it was Roids 'R Us.

posted by rcade at 10:36 AM on October 14

Prediction: Romo blames all his despicable, inexcusable behavior on roid rage. He's really just a big teddy bear at heart, but the drugs took control. I'm too lazy to look it up, but where does the civil suit brought against Romo by his former Raiders teammate stand? You know, the third-string TE he assaulted during training camp. As I recall that guy sued and part of the suit revolved around Romo's roid use. Anyone know how his admission would effect this? I'm guessing not much, but I'm curious (and lazy). Oh, and yes, this is very shocking indeed. Romo on roids?!!? That ruins my entire worldview.

posted by 86 at 10:37 AM on October 14

If people can take steroids and HGH that cant be detected, then the program aint that great! Agreed, but there's nothing the NFL can do about those shortcomings. The tests are imperfect. The NFL is making the best use of the tests that it can, and by that I mean: - there are lots of tests - there are random unannounced tests - there's good oversight of the tests so that it's hard to cheat the test by, say, passing somebody else's urine

posted by Amateur at 10:40 AM on October 14

that shows Bonds and other BALCO clients knew, or should have known, that it was Roids 'R Us I'm NOT SAYING THAT I BELIEVE HIS WHOLE STORY but Bonds testifed that he received those substances from his trainer. I don't believe that there is any evidence that Bonds was in direct contact with BALCO. Victor Conte, who stated on 20/20 that he personally witnessed Marion Jones (among others) shooting up, declined to finger Bonds when asked a direct question. He said that he provided the substances to Greg Anderson and did not know who was using them. Given his other stories he does not strike me as the kind of guy who would keep his mouth shut to protect an athlete, especially if he could get a few more minutes of TV time out of it.

posted by Amateur at 10:46 AM on October 14

I was kind of hoping this topic would turn into one of those ones where we just quote movie lines.

posted by HATER 187 at 11:27 AM on October 14

"You did not create me. You did not create... ME!!" "As a matter of fact, I did."

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:41 AM on October 14

You must have us confused with somebody else. My name's not turkey, and neither is his.

posted by HATER 187 at 11:48 AM on October 14

Romo only got caught when he sent his wife to buy a Whizzinator©.

posted by yerfatma at 11:49 AM on October 14

I was kind of hoping this topic would turn into one of those ones where we just quote movie lines. Kneel before Zod.

posted by cobra! at 11:53 AM on October 14

"Show me the monkey! Show me the monkey!" "It's on your back, stupid."

posted by graymatters at 12:09 PM on October 14

Kneel before Zod. Oh God that's funny. Haha ha ha

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 12:43 PM on October 14

Romo only got caught when he sent his wife to buy a Whizzinator©. Boy, I bet he was pissed.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 12:46 PM on October 14

"go in the kitchen and make me turkey pot pie bitch!"

posted by drjimmy11 at 12:51 PM on October 14

I hope Disney comes out with a new ride based on this, they should call it "Romo's Roid Rage-o-Rama". It wouldn't be much fun though because it would basically be a furious asshole attacking you for breathing too loudly or for not hustling enough or just for being there.

posted by fenriq at 01:03 PM on October 14

".....and stop calling me Shirley"

posted by sinisterfoot at 01:16 PM on October 14

Over?....Did you say over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

posted by willthrill72 at 02:48 PM on October 14

I was kind of hoping this topic would turn into one of those ones where we just quote movie lines. It's just gotta happen, man. When you have to ask for it, the magic isn't there.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:58 PM on October 14

Is anyone going to have Romo's back on this? Don't look at me, I was just asking.

posted by chicobangs at 05:54 PM on October 14

Bender: Claire, you wanna see a picture of a guy with elephantitis of the nuts? It's pretty tasty. Claire: No thank you. [sarcastically] Bender: Oh Claire, would you ever consider dating a guy who looked like this? Claire: Can't you just leave me alone? Bender: I mean even if he had a nice personality and a cool car... although you'd probably have to ride in the backseat because his nuts would ride shotgun

posted by drjimmy11 at 06:49 PM on October 14

Is anyone going to have Romo's back on this? Hells no. His back probably has its own Proactiv© infomerical.

posted by yerfatma at 08:53 PM on October 14

As if it's any kind of shock that dumbass was on 'roids. Now he written a book, huh? I really have to file this under the "Who gives a shit" section.

posted by Powerbill5000 at 08:59 PM on October 14

My rage is the orgasm of having to work 11 hours a day. (But that's just me.)

posted by sixpacker at 09:11 PM on October 14

boy I bet he worked with those moroons in Jacksonville they were sufferin from some idiodic rage too. all this bad talk about poor old romo I met him in 1988 and he was a raging asshole then so it cant be the roids he only started taking them ( now dont get this is only a quote) to compete with the niggers in denver remember.

posted by 9erftbl at 12:44 AM on October 15

Billy: This things gonna kill us all Dutch: You ain't afraid of no man Billy. Billy: This ain't no man Predator 1

posted by sandman at 05:18 AM on October 15

9erftbl, Huh??

posted by dyams at 07:45 AM on October 15

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