Originally written on Losers Bracket  |  Last updated 2/8/13
We’ve seen this before Ryan Braun, the most popular and by far best player on the Milwaukee Brewers is accused of using drugs.  Last time he got off on a technicality.  This time he got off because he was reviewing the technicality.   What in the hell are we even talking about? Hi Ryan. I don’t care if you are a juicer. Really. Rookie of the year, 202 home runs so far, a career .313 average, member of the 30-30 club… I could go on and on.  But I’m not here to talk numbers.  I am here as a life long adult Brewer fan and if I give two craps if he is on drugs.  I’m done.  I don’t care.  Well I care.  Like I care if likes beer or rum and cokes. It’s interesting conversation.  I probably care as much as he cares that I have eaten at his 812 restaurant that he has a minority ownership in with Aaron Rodgers. Ok…and I lose focus.  812 restaurant on Bluemound in Brookfield sucks ass.    SERIOUSLY BAD.  Wait, incredibly average.  Big difference.  There was nothing bad about the place, it’s just that they didn’t try at all.  It was a BBQ joint that went out.  So they took that sign down, paid about a grand for a new wooden 812 sign, and on the inside bought some token Rodgers / Braun **** that I could of bought at Target.  The only unique piece is Rodger’s and Braun’s supposed game worn shoes.  In the dining room the same pictures of steers and cows that used to hang up at the BBQ place are still hanging.  Fairly certain neither guy have even been at the place.  Dude it’s your place!  The menu was over priced for comparable Apple Bees steak joint.  No signature “this is Aaron’s favorite Mac and Cheese” recipe **** either.  It just was blah.  I did lose $20 bucks when I dared the guy next to me to ask if Aaron or Ryan were coming in that night (it was a Tuesday night in October).   The waitress thought it was doubtful.  Sad part, most people in there (and it was packed- no pun intended) were wearing Brewers and Packer ****.  What is wrong with people? Do I think Ryan is on drugs?  FOCUS BEEFE!  I think most guys do what they need to do to keep a competitive edge.  **** 1/2 the craptastic athletic people I work out with take natural chia seeds and advocare protein shakes for “that edge” so they can lose 5lbs and do 20 burpees without hurling.  Take that times 1 gazillion motivational reasons and effort and skill set.   I think pros… they take what they can to gain an advantage.  Hell, I would. Ok, so why don’t I care?  I wrote an article where I think he had herpes the first time.   It has 197 facebook likes.  I don’t pretend to know why people “liked” it. I don’t care because I accept the fact the world and people are less than perfect.  Making athletes heroes for adults is beyond stupid.  That I should know so much about Donald Driver but very little about my priest or my neighbor is kind of odd.   It’s just entertainment.  And the lofty dream these people are supposed to be… well it’s too high of shelf we put them on.  So if he’s on drugs so what?  I mean, what the hell it’s his life.  I don’t crucify the co-worker that drinks a little too much a few nights a week after work, but I crucify Ryan Braun because he cycles some HGH or steroids to bulk up and stay sharp.  wooty friggin doo. It’s funny no one talks about this much, until it’s a big “scandal” when someone gets caught.  Lance and too many others to mention (ok Sammy Sosa) we don’t discuss until we ARE SHOCKED to find out the news.  Clay Matthews is on HGH; the circumstantial evidence is deep… I think he would be convicted in a jury.   The evidence is staggering.  See high school picture and now.  Now imagine that guy was you next to your locker in high school and you see him 5 years later.  It doesn’t matter his “genetics” is NFL quality.  He had a little frame and now he is a monster. (Almost literally.)   HGH changes your FACIAL features.  That’s a fact.  (Cue a Barry Bond picture).   Clay looks just a little different doesn’t he? 80lbs of all muscle since he was 17. This is not human. This isn’t a rant.  It’s apathy.  I will cheer Ryan and Clay on.  Either way.   Do I condone it?  Hell no.  But I don’t condone my buddies drinking habits either;  he’s still fun to go out with.   Roste Beefe – About Roste:  He went to Panama City Spring Break 4 years in a row in the early 1990s.  He also has an English degree from UW-Oshkosh and his spelling, grammar, etc is sorely lacking.  He is co-owner and author for losersbracket.com          
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