Professional baseball player Mark McGwire admitted to using to using performance enhancing drugs while playing. A large consensus of the sporting world deems this cheating. Cycling deals with similar issues when it comes to performance enhancing drugs and doping. The general consensus is that this is cheating. My question to the general forum is why is it cheating? Why is the line drawn there and not other places. A friend told me that one of the larger reasons is so that you can compare modern athletes with their previous generational counterparts. But with perfectly legal performance enhancing supplements, modern bicycle construction, helmets designed in wind tunnels, and such are they even comparable? I mean take for example something as simple as asthma. A cyclist today has an inhaler that allows them to breathe when it flares up while a cyclist even 50 years ago did not have that option and most likely would never get as far up the ranks competitively. So if that argument is out of the question then why is the use of performance enhancing drugs the sin that it is today? Once again why was the line drawn there? What would the problem be if any athlete used performance enhancing drugs under a doctor’s supervision in a safe and highly controlled manner? I don’t mean abuse by some high school kid who is trying to get around hard work and discipline by any means. I mean a world class athlete who has obviously reached whatever genetic potential that they have and want to continue improving or maybe are on the decline and want to get another 3-5 years out of their career at the top level. If the playing field were level across the board so there would not be the “well person A dopes and person B doesn’t” what would the consensus be then? I am by no means condoning the use of steroids, doping, or any form of performance enhancing drugs as they are not allowed in any sport and are illegal. This is merely meant for discussion as the McGwire story broke yesterday and a friend and I were talking about it yesterday.