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feltdizz
01-15-2009, 06:56 PM
not a good article IMO...

From ESPN outside the lines...

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3831956

PITTSBURGH -- At 6:45 on a Friday morning in October, Dr. Richard Rydze is perched behind the cluttered desk in his second-floor corner office, surrounded by autographed Pittsburgh Steelers footballs and photos. Just over his shoulder, a window provides a view of the Monongahela River and, just beyond it, Heinz Field, home to the Steelers.

Rydze wears a thick Super Bowl XL ring on his right hand, a reward for his work during the Steelers' 2006 championship season. A nurse scurries about the expansive, awakening office in a white scrub top dotted with Steelers logos. A receptionist shows up wearing a black-and-gold Steelers jacket.

Clearly, this is a Steelers town, and Rydze is a Steelers guy. For 22 seasons, longer than the tenure of Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw or any of the other Steelers icons, Rydze, 58, paced the Pittsburgh sideline as part of the medical team. Then suddenly, in the summer of 2007, like a free-agent rookie signed as training camp fodder, the bespectacled internal medicine specialist quietly parted ways with the Steelers.

The details are sketchy, but his split with the team came approximately four months after news reports identified him as the buyer of a substantial quantity of human growth hormone (HGH) from a Florida pharmacy during several months in 2006. HGH, a performance enhancer banned by the NFL and other major sports leagues, is the supplement of choice for some athletes because it can't be detected by current testing...

article is way too long so you can click the link for the full story..

this sucks.

JAR
01-15-2009, 07:02 PM
It's old news, why the hel is ESPN bringing it up now?


Steelers drop longtime MD
Internist was linked to purchase of $150,000 in steroids, HGH
Friday, June 15, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers have removed Dr. Richard Rydze from their medical staff roster, an apparent reaction to the revelation in March that he had purchased $150,000 in testosterone and human growth hormone with his own credit card.

JAR
01-15-2009, 07:04 PM
"There is no evidence that Dr. Rydze prescribed or provided any hormone treatments to any of our players," Rooney said in a written statement. "Dr. Rydze has assured me that this has never happened and will never happen."

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which employs Rydze as an internist at its Downtown facility, started its own investigation of the doctor, hospital spokeswoman Susan Manko said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 95525.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_495525.html)

SidSmythe
01-15-2009, 08:04 PM
HGH is good stuff. I could use some actually.
Anyone got this guys number??

Chachi
01-15-2009, 08:15 PM
It's old news, why the hel is ESPN bringing it up now?

We are in the AFCC game.

That is reason enough.

rpmpit
01-16-2009, 07:28 AM
Professional athletes use steroids??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

stlrz d
01-16-2009, 10:13 AM
It's old news, why the hel is ESPN bringing it up now?

We are in the AFCC game.

That is reason enough.

Innuendo + timing = readers.

No new revelations, no new facts, no Steelers players suspended...nothing. Just ESPN and a writer trying to get traffic to ESPN.com.

RussBII
01-16-2009, 10:19 AM
It's old news, why the hel is ESPN bringing it up now?

We are in the AFCC game.

That is reason enough.

Innuendo + timing = readers.

No new revelations, no new facts, no Steelers players suspended...nothing. Just ESPN and a writer trying to get traffic to ESPN.com.

$$$$$ PFT has a pretty big thread about the article. One guy said it best. I'll attempt to paraphrase:

ESPN is to sports, what MTV is to music now... pretty irrelevant.

Chachi
01-16-2009, 10:46 AM
It's old news, why the hel is ESPN bringing it up now?

We are in the AFCC game.

That is reason enough.

Innuendo + timing = readers.

No new revelations, no new facts, no Steelers players suspended...nothing. Just ESPN and a writer trying to get traffic to ESPN.com.

$$$$$ PFT has a pretty big thread about the article. One guy said it best. I'll attempt to paraphrase:

ESPN is to sports, what MTV is to music now... pretty irrelevant.

The PFT article.....

http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/


The entire goal of this piece, in our opinion, is to take facts that had been already reported long ago — that a Steelers physician had purchased $150,000 worth of HGH with his own credit card — and to then fill in details that aren’t all that surprising or groundbreaking as part of a lengthy analysis aimed at communicating to the casusal reader inclined to dislike the Steelers that the Steelers are cheaters.

Iron Shiek
01-16-2009, 11:08 AM
Yeah Florio at PFT pretty much bashed ESPN and Fish (the author of the article) for trying to lead readers into a hypothesis that just doesn't compute. And he lambastes them for waiting until 3 days before the AFCC game when this could have been published anytime in the last 2 years. And then he connects the dots with the ESPN hype machine doing the same thing to the Cheaters last year coming out with the article the day before the super bowl last year claiming the cheaters video taped the Rams walk thru.

Screw ESPN and Mike Fish.

NJ-STEELER
01-16-2009, 07:34 PM
from another board.....


In 2007 Dr. Rydze resigned from UPMC or more significantly the Pittsburgh Steelers as their medical Doctor. Dr. Rich Rydze has been linked to giving old people HGH injections as an aid in the healing process for pull tendons, etc.

He has never injected a Pittsburgh Steeler with HGH to help healing.

Here is what Merril Hoge had to say.

"One of Rydze's longtime patients, former Steelers running back Merril Hoge, said he knew about the doctor's interest in HGH therapy; in fact, Rydze and Hoge discussed it as a possibility for his treatment in the years since he retired from the NFL. Hoge refers to Rydze as a "world-class doctor."
"The HGH stuff was for elderly people, for joint reproduction, stuff like that," said Hoge, who is now a pro football analyst for ESPN. "He never prescribed to a player. He never did it around me. … I'm passionate about training. He educated me on HGH. Talked about the benefits later in life.
"He talked about the aging process, recovery process, helping with allergies. My allergies are atrocious. I wanted to educate myself. I asked medical people about it. I asked Dr. Rydze. I never took any steps to take anything."
Hoge remains supportive of Rydze, saying the doctor has been miscast in and hurt by the controversy around the pharmacy investigation. So why, Hoge was asked, did Rydze leave the Steelers so willingly? Why didn't he put up a fight to save his association with the team?
"I don't think there was anything to fight," Hoge said. "He bought it. He didn't deny it. It's just how he used it."

Big Greg confirms there is nothing to the story.

Dr. Rydze has an office in the Hartley-Rose building in Pittsburgh. He is an upfront and honest guy. He beleives deeply in helping older people with pain management and quality of life. HGH does not help young athletes with joint and tendon healing. Their HGH levels are still at a very high range.