Game-day HGH testing a sticky proposition


Game-day HGH testing a sticky proposition

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Noon rolls around in an NFL stadium and players are in the throes of preparation for a 1 o'clock kick. Tape is being affixed. Stomachs are being emptied. Final preparations are being made. And here comes an NFL drug tester with a needle ready to take a tablespoon of blood. The NFL's new collective bargaining agreement includes HGH testing and the only test for that is a blood test. And that will and can be performed on game day. Adolpho Birch, the NFLs senior vice president for the law and labor policy said on Tuesday, "We have historically not been particularly desirous to use game-day testing because of the logistical issues involved much more so than any philosophical issues. In the NFL, game days have a lot of moving parts, so historically, we have adjusted the way we test in order to account for the fact that we do not test on game days.
"But we have now developed a solution that will allow us to do game-day testing in a way that is not overly disruptive to the clubs and respects the game-day process and all of the things going on."In a separate interview, Birch mentioned, "For this test, you need less than a tablespoon of blood."This should be interesting. "Pardon me, Vince? Vince Wilfork? Are those your size 15 cleats I see under the stall wall? When you're done, I need to take some blood. A teaspoon or so. Won't take long."There is some irony in what is going to be a burgeoning point of contention between players and the league. This is thecountry's most violent sport, a three-hour cavalcade of collisions and open wounds. Yet these pregame needles - which the rank-and-file players may not yet know are coming - will be a major annoyance. I think people wanted to get a deal done so badly that it was overlooked, said Steelers safety Ryan Clark. In that sense, players kind of got screwed, for lack of a better word."Screwed first. Needle second. "Theres every possibility that the program will be implemented by the first game of this season because thats what the parties have committed to," said Birch. "Thats what I have every expectation that we will accomplish."While players are currently trying to cram a full offseason of preparation into a five-week period, game-day blood drawing to test for HGH is something that's been lost in the shuffle. It may not be for long.
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Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents