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Getting a `jump' on opposition Even licorice is said to pack mild punch
GARTH WOOLSEY FAIR AND FOUL
Whether it comes with a whiff of ammonia or not, athletes love nothing more than the sweet smell of victory.
They'll do practically anything to achieve that state of sensory bliss, including, we have been reminded this week, snorting smelling salts while fully conscious and presumably of sound mind ? a practice that is seeing a revival among NHL goalkeepers.
For the ultimate eye-opener may we suggest snorting the stuff ? it's a common ingredient in household cleansers, as well as plastic, fertilizers and (careful) explosives ? while wearing one of those breath-easy adhesive nosebands favoured by the likes of Jerry Rice.
People have been looking for a cheap boost since foot races were more about survival than bragging rights. Scientists reckon that Stone Age men were getting ... well, they were getting a little stoned on caffeine way back when. Tim Hortons is only the most common source of caffeine ? it is actually found in 63 species of plants.
Darcy Tucker of the Leafs has been known to drink a potent combination of coffee and caffeine-rich Coke before games. When Coca-Cola was first introduced, it actually also contained cocaine (since banned).
The English in the 19th century prescribed coffee drinking as treatment for the common cold, indigestion and venereal disease. For their part, the French said it was good for smallpox, gout and scurvy. No one even mentioned hockey.
Half the world's population, at least, is said to drink tea regularly for its stimulating effects. Innocent chocolate has some of the same, if mild, effects.
In his heyday with the Canadiens in the '70s, Guy Lafleur smoked like a chimney. Baseball players used a more direct source of nicotine (some still do) in the form of spit tobacco.
Back around the time that Ben Johnson was nabbed for illicit steroid use, it emerged that many athletes were using liniments containing DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) as a way of easing aches and pains, but also to help absorb other substances. DMSO is a by-product of paper production and in industrial strengths it is used in solvents and antifreeze. It's used as a horse rub, too. In humans, it has the side-effect of making one's breath smell like garlic, or oysters.
When snorted, ammonia, which used to be recycled from animal horns and hooves, is supposed to cause a jolt to the system. Some hockey players will tell you the same effect can be achieved by wearing the same underwear for an entire season.
Winning is an attitude: The ancient Greeks used to sometimes get up for the original Olympic Games by ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms. More recently, in 1970, Dock Ellis of Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. Canadian Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati pleaded guilty to second-hand marijuana smoking.
British sprinter Linford Christie is still rumoured to have had much more than ginseng in his system at those same 1988 Games in which Big Ben paid the price.
You name it, they've tried it: Sudafed, HGH, creatine, ephedra, eucalyptus ... the pitcher Turk Wendell swore by licorice.
Scholars say the word "doping" probably derives from the South African Dutch word "dop," an alcoholic beverage made of grape skins used by Zulu warriors to embolden their courage going into battle. The term became popular to describe the illegal drugging of racehorses.
Dope would describe the English cyclist who died of an overdose of something called "trimethyl" while competing in a Bordeaux-to-Paris race in 1886, the first such recorded instance, as well as Thomas Hicks, who won the 1904 St.Louis Olympic marathon despite fuelling himself with raw eggs, injections of (potentially deadly) strychnine and in-race shots of brandy.
Smelling salts have been used, too, in what's called "olfactory aversion therapy" for the likes of sex offenders.
The idea is that when they encounter a situation that might arouse a deviant image, they snort the ammonia to interrupt the process and get back to more normal thoughts.
Quote: motaman said: Winning is an attitude: The ancient Greeks used to sometimes get up for the original Olympic Games by ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms. More recently, in 1970, Dock Ellis of Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. Canadian Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati pleaded guilty to second-hand marijuana smoking.
Interesting thing about the Greek olympics...
And ummm, second-hand marijuana smoking is illegal in the olympics? I guess cuz its sooo preformance enhancing