OK, that’s not Mark McGuire but hang on. It’s a picture of “Lia” Thomas. He/she used to be Will Thomas (below).
Lia Thomas left Akron with the nation’s fastest 200 freestyle time, the nation’s top time in the 500 free & 1650 time that would’ve had Thomas in the finals at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Thomas won the 1650 at the Akron Zippy Invitational by 38 seconds over her teammate. Her results in all three races set new Penn records along with meet and pool records.
Friday night in the 500 free, Thomas won the race by 12 seconds; she won the 200 free by seven seconds.
These times, while good, would not very notable in men’s competitions. Now he/she is killing it against women. They have no chance.
It’s not fair to real women. Sorry, but Thomas is not a real woman. Genes don’t lie. Neither are Laurel Hubbard nor the track and field man-girls in Connecticut real women. It’s sanctioned cheating. It’s reduced to tears the young women who have trained so hard for the sport. Penn has told them to shut up.
“Now they’re having to go behind the blocks knowing no matter what, they do not have the chance to win. I think that it’s really getting to everyone.”
That bring me to Mark McGuire. It also brings me to Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Raphael Palmeiro, Pudge Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell, A-Rod, Gary Sheffield and David Ortiz.
Why are they not in the Hall of Fame?
In a word, cheating.
All have had accusations of steroid use levied against them. Steroids in these cases are called “Performance Enhancing Drugs.” They’re called that for a reason. Steroids can enhance performance. They can make you stronger and faster. Kind of like artificial muscles. Here’s the thing- why is this cheating any different than testosterone blockers?
Testosterone blockers are used the process of men transitioning to women but they have only a measured effect. Does this look like a woman’s body? Ever see a woman transition to a man and blow away men’s sports competitions?
I am in the camp that says genetic males should compete with genetic males and females compete with genetic females. Alternatively, all trans competitors should compete with each other in a separate category. It’s a question of simple fairness.
The very least thing sports can do is to affix an asterisk to the records broken by trans athletes in recognition of their advantages.
Otherwise, put Mark McGuire and the others in the Hall.