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Game of Shadows

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The Book That Started The Biggest Steroid Discussions in Sports

  • Dec 18, 2009
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This book absolutely convinces the reader that what is stated, is in fact true. The amount of detail is too great to be ignored. It is amazing that the authors were able to gather so much in light of the on-going BALCO prosecution going on. The book focuses on several athletes as well as Bonds, Sheffield and Giambi. The footballer Romonowski (nicknamed Romo) and Marion Jones and her husband are the other main focus.

Victor Conte was a real con man that made people believe that he was smarter than a doctor and convinced so many people to not only take different types of steroids but on a specific schedule.

He mostly gave them the clear and the cream which apparently cannot be detected by current testing methods. It makes one wonder how anything will ever be detected and cheating will continue to be prevalent.

Bonds is the main focal point of the book and it focuses on his career from the mid-nineties to the current time. He is portrayed as someone who gets off by being worshipped and is extremely jealous of anyone who takes glory from him (Jeff Kent seemed to consume a great deal of his hate). It was disgusting that he almost came to blows with an elderly Bill Virdon when Bonds was with the Pirates.

I also found it surprising that Bonds seemed to befriend Sheffield and Giambi since he seems like the type to never have any real friends. What he probably needs is a good shrink and something to undo the damage to his brain that the drug did.

I would have rated this book higher but I was mostly interested in the Baseball aspects. Also, it seems like the authors wanted to put every single thread of information that they knew into the book and also each experience of each athlete seemed to be a repeat (well they took this then that and then they were on the regimen of the clear and the cream).

Interesting in light of what came out in the last few years about players testing positive.

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