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Anthony Galea, a Canadian doctor charged in U.S. federal court Tuesday with smuggling and drug offenses, frantically traveled the U.S. last summer and injected professional athletes with human growth hormones (HGH) and other drugs, according to ESPN. Galea was charged in Buffalo with unlawful distribution of HGH and introduction of the unapproved drug Actovegin, among other charges. According to ESPN, the doctor made a frenetic trip around the U.S. last summer. He treated 11 athletes in Cleveland and others in Orlando, Boston, Tampa, San Francisco, New York, Washington and San Diego. Only one athlete was treated in San Diego. According to ESPN, the legal filings do not spell out whether an athlete played for a team in the city in which he was treated.

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SanDiegoParrothead May 19, 2010 @ 1:44 p.m.

Geez, I thought Merriman quit that juice?!

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David Dodd May 19, 2010 @ 2:16 p.m.

On August 10th, 2009, the date that Galea (or someone associated with Galea) allegedly was in San Diego treating an athelete with HGH, the local teams status were as follows: The Chargers were in training camp participating in two-a-day workouts (one AM, one PM). It was a travel day for the Padres and the active roster was jetting to Milwaukee.

Of course, the story by ESPN does not identify the athelete so it's entirely possible that it wasn't even a Charger or a Padre. I have a very good idea of who it was, but to speculate without more proof would be foolish.

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paul May 19, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m.

refriedgringo,

You don't have to be coy. They have already named the athelete that was treated in San Diego.

He is "Athlete H"

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paul May 19, 2010 @ 4:45 p.m.

The biggest name of all, of course, is Tiger Woods.

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nativesd May 19, 2010 @ 5:49 p.m.

Hey, Athlete H, I know who that is: John Hadl!! (for any of you over 50 years old...)

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David Dodd May 19, 2010 @ 5:55 p.m.

I'm only 49, but I remember Hadl when he was with the Rams. And Paul, you're correct of course, it was, indeed, "Athlete H". I never suspected that guy of using.

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:19 p.m.

Response to post #1: Come now. We don't even know if the athlete played for a San Diego team. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:24 p.m.

Response to post #2: For all we know it was a golfer or pugilist, although the majority of those allegedly getting the juice are supposedly football and baseball players. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:25 p.m.

Response to post #3: Don't football teams have an H back? Seems to me I have heard that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.

Response to post #4: Was Tiger playing in or near San Diego at that time? Or was he visiting a girlfriend in the area? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:40 p.m.

Response to post #5: Didn't Hadl play in the 1950s and 1960s? Doubt if he needs juice now and don't know if he ever did. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2010 @ 7:43 p.m.

Response to post #6: Athletes L, K, V, W, and Y were treated Sept. 11 in Cleveland. Others were treated earlier there. Best, Don Bauder

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David Dodd May 19, 2010 @ 7:49 p.m.

I had my tongue in my cheek with the remark about it being "Athlete H". Hadl played from the '60's into the '70's. And do not be surprised, should the names be revealed (can't imagine that they won't at some point), if "Athlete H" is not and was not a member of the San Diego Chargers.

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SurfPuppy619 May 19, 2010 @ 8:46 p.m.

I have a very good idea of who it was, but to speculate without more proof would be foolish.

Oh, don't be a tease...speculate!

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David Dodd May 19, 2010 @ 9:31 p.m.

SP, it wouldn't be fair to drop names unless I had ironclad proof. There's enough speculating going on. I'm pretty sure that I'm right, and if I am, it was a victimless crime, because the HGH didn't help. Sometimes age takes its toll and there's nothing that can be done. There is no magic potion to restore our abilities when we were in our twenties, else I'd have tried it by now ;)

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paul May 19, 2010 @ 10:41 p.m.

The funny thing about the jokes referring to "Athlete H" being Hadl, is that he was supposed to be one of the very few Chargers that were NOT on steroids when he played in the early to mid 1960's.

It was before my time and I wasn't aware until I saw this story, but the Chargers actually pioneered steroid use in football and steroids were directly responsible for their success during the 60's

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3866837

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 6:26 a.m.

Response to post #13: We all realized your tongue was in your cheek. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 6:28 a.m.

Response to post #14: Might it have been a cyclist? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 6:30 a.m.

Response to post #15: I can think of a lot of athletes whom HGH didn't help. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 6:32 a.m.

Response to post #16: I didn't know the Chargers pioneered use of drugs. I have read about the scandals back in those days, but I didn't know San Diego gets the prize for introducing the juice. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 20, 2010 @ 8:01 a.m.

The thing is HGH is so easy to order out of China now that no one needs a doc, and it has been this easy for at least the last 10 years.

I know NUMEROUS "athletes" (using the term "atheltes" VERY loosly here folks) who do this. If run of the mill weekend warriors are on a DIY (do it yourself) doping program then no one can doubt PRO athletes are doing it;

http://jintropin.net/order.htm

(they have changed their website recently-you used to be able to order this directly into the USA-but if you read their disclaimer they have this juicy nugget "If it's legal to order HGH for personal use in your country you may contact us for a quote"....hmmmmm, me thinks you can still get HgH from GenSci in the USA)

http://www.gensci-china.com/gensci/index.htm

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paul May 20, 2010 @ 8:43 a.m.

lifesbeengood,

You should take a look at the article I linked. The Chargers were the first football team to hire a strength coach to coach weightlifting, and the guy they hired was one of the coaches from the 1960 US Olympic weightlifting team.

In his first address to the players, he told them about the wonders of Dianobol, which the US team learned about in international competition from the Russians several years before the 1960 olympics, and the US team had a full program in place for those olympics.

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 9:51 a.m.

Response to post #21: That line "If it's legal...." is such a joke. Online casinos that have their operations in offshore tax havens, but are really U.S.. companies, use the line: "check to see if it's legal in your country" before you gamble. The casinos know damned well almost all their money comes from Americans but they will say with a straight face that it must be coming from foreign investors....couldn't be coming from the U.S. because it's not legal. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 9:53 a.m.

Response to post #22: If those pills weren't illegal back in the 1960s, then hurray for the Chargers. Why didn't they win more games? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 9:57 a.m.

Response to post #23: The Chargers had some winning years in the 1960s, as I recall (and I'm not a good source on this), then fell apart in the 1970s as several scandals hit, some drug-related. I am wondering if other teams started using the same juice and the Chargers lost their competitive edge. Best, Don Bauder

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paul May 20, 2010 @ 10:10 a.m.

Don,

I thing two things happened to the Chargers: 1) The rest of the league started using steroids as well, plus 2) the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, so the Chargers were no longer playing in a small second-tier league.

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Duhbya May 20, 2010 @ 11:51 a.m.

Re #28: "Sir Sidney" (Jerry Magee's characterization) left the team midway through the 1969 season, but his physical health was not indicated as a reason. He came back in 1971 and left again 10 games into the season. He returned to the NFL again as the GM of the Houston Oilers and stepped back onto the field after their 0-5 start. They won but once, winding up 1-13. His final season was 1974, when he coaxed the Oilers to a 7-7 season, surprising considering the debacle of the previous season. There's a great NFL Films shot of him as the Oilers coach softly intoning to of one his assistants during a game, "Get him out of there - because he HAS no hands."

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SurfPuppy619 May 20, 2010 @ 2:10 p.m.

In his first address to the players, he told them about the wonders of Dianobol, which the US team learned about in international competition from the Russians several years before the 1960 olympics,

Dianabol was released in 1958 by Ciba. It is a synthetic dirivative of testosterone. It is generally considered the king of steriods b/c of it's potency.

Prior to D-bol strength ahtletes used testosterone supplemntation.

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nan shartel May 20, 2010 @ 3:48 p.m.

that Refried is such a cheeky bastard...hahahahahahaha

the bad boys of everything..the steroid users..but i thought it made their winkies shrivel up and die :-O

i knew sports were more important...dang it!!!

~~please excuse the use of the word WINKIES here Don~~

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:13 p.m.

Response to post #27: I think the team was owned around that time by Eugene Klein, an L.A. car dealer with dubious connections (such as Meyer Lansky) and even more dubious managerial abilities. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m.

Response to post #28: Sounds like good history. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:17 p.m.

Response to poste #29: Sid Gillman was supposed to have been an offensive genius. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:19 p.m.

Response to post #30: Drugs. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:21 p.m.

Response to post #31: Are you suggesting that Gillman was a great genius because he had really good players? That's often the case. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:23 p.m.

Response to post #32: Testosterone is supposed to have some wicked side effects, as I recall, but I may be wrong on that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2010 @ 7:25 p.m.

Response to post #33: I believe the side effect is called testicular shrinkage. But winkie shrinkage is OK. Best, Don Bauder

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David Dodd May 20, 2010 @ 8 p.m.

Steroids have an effect on one's "manhood", that's documented. HGH doesn't. Or so I'm told. If HGH positively affected brain power, I'd be on it, regardless.

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paul May 21, 2010 @ 12:12 a.m.

Don said: "Testosterone is supposed to have some wicked side effects"

The proof of that can be seen at High Schools all across the country. If you don't believe, just drive by one shortly after the last bell.

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Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 9:54 a.m.

Response to post #41: As I have noted before, I have a prescription for smart pills. But I either misplace them or forget to take them. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 10:10 a.m.

Response to post #42: In March of 1970, Gene Klein was registered at the Acapulco Towers in Mexico "during a meeting of major underworld figures," according to the authoritative book, "Interference," by Dan E. Moldea. There were only 21 rooms in the towers. Also in attendance were Meyer Lansky of the Bugs & Meyer Mob and Morris (Moe) Dalitz, long-time gangster and one of the original major investors in La Costa. The Illinois Bureau of Investigation reported on the meeting in a confidential memorandum. That investigation led to Lansky's indictment. Klein was one of a dozen shareholders in the hotel, called "a sunny place for shady people" by the chairman of the Illinois Racing Commission.

One of Eugene Klein's closest friends was Herb Klein of the Union-Tribune. One time, a sports columnist for the U-T ran a dutiful piece, claiming how Eugene Klein was innocent as a lamb in this Acapulco Towers relationship, despite his ownership position in a mob hangout. I'll bet that columnist got a fat raise. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 10:13 a.m.

Response to post #43: High school boys have always been overflowing with testosterone. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel May 21, 2010 @ 12:40 p.m.

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hey Refried...tetracycline given during childhood is suppose to increase brainpower...of course ya gotta put up with a green stain on ur teeth

r..um..smile less???

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Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 3:28 p.m.

Response to post #47: I haven't noticed that people with green teeth are any smarter than anybody else. In fact, I can't remember ever seeing somebody with green teeth. Of course, smart people are rare, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m.

Response to post #48: If you don't mind, I will sit this one out. Best, Don Bauder

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