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Viagra isn’t banned, ExtenZe is

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A pointed comment from Bears receiver Brandon Marshall has opened a new avenue of unexpected NFL discourse.

Marshall, for those of you who missed it, claims that some NFL players use Viagra as a performance-enhancing substance.  Though there have been questions as to whether it assists with blood flow generally (and not just, you know, specifically), the World Anti-Doping Agency looked into banning the substance (the 2008 headline in the New York Daily News said that WADA was taking a “hard look” at the drug) but has not yet added it to the list.

The NFL hasn’t banned it, either.  It appears nowhere on the list of banned substances, and the league office has confirmed that Viagra is not prohibited.

But here’s the unexpected twist.  ExtenZe, a non-prescription male enhancement supplement endorsed by former Dolphins and Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, is prohibited both by WADA and the NFL.  ExtenZe, as it turns out, includes the steroid Dehydroepiandrosterone.

It’s something U.S. Olympic sprinter LaShawn Merritt learned, yes, the hard way, accepting a two-year ban in 2010 after testing positive for the banned substance three times.

To summarize:  Viagra good, ExtenZe bad.

We also suggest staying away from Propecia.  As it turns out, the active ingredient masks something other than baldness.

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32 Responses to “Viagra isn’t banned, ExtenZe is”
  1. clayme52 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:56 PM

    I’m sure they took a very “hard look”…

  2. bathroomben7 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:57 PM

    Jay Cutler doesn’t need Extenze. He’s known for his skill with the long ball and his deep accuracy.

  3. yourmomcalled says: Nov 29, 2012 8:59 PM

    bathroomben7 says:Nov 29, 2012 8:57 PM

    Jay Cutler doesn’t need Extenze. He’s known for his skill with the long ball and his deep accuracy.

    ———————-

    but half the time he hits the wrong target

  4. onlypeoplewhostarveforattentionbegforlikes says: Nov 29, 2012 9:02 PM

    I’m all for Viagara in the NFL. It helps promote “stiff” competition.

  5. benh999 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:03 PM

    ED and bald pills — finally something Florio is qualified to comment on.

  6. iamthorny says: Nov 29, 2012 9:06 PM

    How can you ban ExtenZe from a “game of inches”?

  7. donny1rodriguez says: Nov 29, 2012 9:06 PM

    why jimmy johnson? why?

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 29, 2012 9:07 PM

    Jose Theodore, goalie for the Blackhawks at the time (IIRC) was suspended for using Propecia.

    And I think the Extenze ban is just because they don’t want players carrying weapons onto the field.

  9. thekiller678 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:08 PM

    Wouldn’t wanna be QB if my big 330 pound center is using Viagra. i doubt his weight is the only thing about him that’s huge.

  10. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 29, 2012 9:09 PM

    I like that athletes will happily admit “I wasn’t cheating, I just (have a small weiner/receding hairline)”….

    I’d be like….”Got me. I was totally cheating.”

  11. abninf says: Nov 29, 2012 9:10 PM

    So now all the players who get busted for cocaine or steroids will claim it was ExtenZe, since they know we’ve caught on to the Adderall lie.

  12. genericcommenter says: Nov 29, 2012 9:12 PM

    I guess this is surprising- that Extenze has some real steroid as an ingredient. Since most rational people would think that Extenze doesn’t, you know, actually “enhance” things, and that such “d pills” are pretty much a scam. I’m surprised at how mainstream these things have become and continue to be. So maybe they do help something- since everyone knows they don’t extend, you know.

  13. jeffpeabody says: Nov 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    Wasn’t there a news article a few years ago about a player getting pulled over and searched and they found Viagra on him? Maybe this has been going on for a while.

  14. numberonesteelersfan says: Nov 29, 2012 9:14 PM

    that sounds painful while wearing a cup for 3 hours

  15. wwwfella says: Nov 29, 2012 9:15 PM

    gives a whole new meaning to deep ball across the middle….LMAO

  16. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:16 PM

    Well, with Viagra, doesn’t it ExtenZe ?

  17. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:18 PM

    With Viagra allowed, sure won’t be a shoratge of towel hooks in the locker room !

  18. ghjjf says: Nov 29, 2012 9:18 PM

    The league needs to test cromartie for these banned substances.

  19. nonjaghater says: Nov 29, 2012 9:18 PM

    Wait for it… wasn’t that really a long hard look. Oops

  20. grogansneck says: Nov 29, 2012 9:19 PM

    ExTenze will make the suspension longer.

  21. wwwfella says: Nov 29, 2012 9:19 PM

    does viagra help a qb find a tight end??

  22. numberonesteelersfan says: Nov 29, 2012 9:20 PM

    not i understand why matt schaub was in so much pain after suh’s kick. Being kicked there is one thing but while on viagra…

  23. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:21 PM

    Yeah with the inclusion of Viagra , now the halftime show will include a ring toss compitition.

  24. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:23 PM

    Gives a new definition of ” Third and Long ! “

  25. kp071310 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:23 PM

    But 13 out of the last 15 he wins so…..

  26. idolized1 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:31 PM

    No Extenze?

    Charles Haley don’t care!

  27. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:32 PM

    This will make carring 2 cups of coffee a dozen donuts alot easier.

  28. 2difshoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:37 PM

    Wait, are we talking about football, sword fighting or pole vaulting.

  29. demolition510 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:51 PM

    My boy Louis Murphy approves

  30. chi01town says: Nov 29, 2012 9:59 PM

    With a million ways to cut corners and gain some kind of edge the players will always find another way to cheat. These guys are NOT stupid. They are college students with all kinds of majors or this story will not end.

  31. fister30 says: Nov 29, 2012 10:04 PM

    Is it too early to guess which team will be featured on Hard knocks next year?

  32. blackdonnelly says: Nov 30, 2012 2:16 AM

    And just remember, folks, one should seek immediate medical attention for any “extension” that last for 4 hours or longer……

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