Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Rumor is that this was verified on August 17th in Central Park when a bunch of primates failed to crack the 20 mph barrier.
“The ability to throw was one of a handful of changes that enabled us to become carnivores, which then triggered a host of changes that occurred later in our evolution,” study co-author Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological sciences at Harvard University, said in a statement. “If we were not good at throwing and running and a few other things, we would not have been able to evolve our large brains, and all the cognitive abilities such as language that come with it. If it were not for our ability to throw, we would not be who we are today.”
The researchers said this unique throwing skill does not seem to have evolved in other animals, including chimpanzees.
“Chimpanzees are incredibly strong and athletic, yet adult male chimps can only throw about 20 miles per hour — one-third the speed of a 12-year-old Little League pitcher,” Roach said.
Friday, August 23, 2013
More than 2,000 track and field athletes participated in the study, and according to the findings, which were reviewed by The New York Times, an estimated 29 percent of the athletes at the 2011 world championships and 45 percent of the athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games said in anonymous surveys that they had doped in the past year.
By contrast, less than 2 percent of drug tests examined by WADA laboratories in 2010 were positive.
The researchers were eager to publish their results, which they believed would expose a harsh reality of modern sports: that far more athletes are doping than might be imagined, and that current drug-testing protocols catch few of the cheaters. But after a final draft of the study was submitted to the antidoping agency, the organization ultimately told the researchers they could not publish their findings at this time, according to three of the researchers, who requested anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements with the agency.
This isn’t strictly baseball-related, but I thought it was an interesting insight into the way the business of drug testing works with regard to major sports.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Murray Chass’ “I know Mike Piazza did steroids because he had back acne” crusade has its charms, but sadly, it does not have much medical science on its side.
I STILL SAY PIAZZA WAS A ROIDER, MR. PRESIDENT!
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