City Paper is not for tourists
Last night on WUSA’s 11 o’clock news, Brett Haber ended his sports report by showing portions of a cutesy commercial designed to prevent anabolic steroid use.
The animated clip began with several sports balls sort of hanging out together in a locker room. One by one, the balls deflate, as a narrator goes over the alleged harmful side-effects of steroid abuse (“damage kidneys, destroy the liver – even cause heart attacks and strokes”).
The money shot comes with the biggest orb in the bunch, the basketball, shriveling into a small pea just as the narrator says , “Not to mention something else they can do to a guy’s body.”
Get it, kids? STEROIDS WILL SHRIVEL YOUR BALLS!
Turns out the clip is called “Shrinking,” and was a public service announcement produced in early 2006 by the Partnership for a Drug Free America, a governmental body, with support from Major League Baseball.
The same message, of course, is implied — with much greater impact, I must say — by Dead Balls Era
My three-plus-years crusade to get Dead Balls Era
I just Googled “Dead Balls Era
That’s less than “Dead Balls Era
I’m not givin’ up.