In a scene of the movie "Gladiator," Russell Crowe (the gladiator) enters an arena and violently disposes of six or seven warriors with ease. The crowd sits in stunned silence until the gladiator turns to them and demands, "Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?"
I believe this is the position we have put our professional athletes in today.
We go to modern-day coliseums to see modern-day gladiators compete.
We want to see touchdowns and home runs. We want to see the fastest track and the strongest field athletes.
We want our gladiators to be the best that have ever lived; our athletes do everything they can to meet or exceed our demands. Even if it means taking performance enhancers that risk shortening their lives.
Are we not entertained? Is this not what we pay to see?