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Actually, the University of Chicago ethicist along with co-author Eric Cohen pondersthe role of sportsin our lives and the current steroid investigations. He thinks sports important to the culture (I agree), and worries that "sport has morphed into entertainment." A key quote:A culture that degrades its heroes, especially the heroes of the young, will destroy the very idea of heroism. A society that gets used to steroids in sport will become even more cynical than it already is. A civilization shaped by the possibilities of biotechnical enhancement will erode the twin possibilities of gratitude and excellence. All that will remain are cartoon heroes and high-tech magic acts, and a life devoted to their soul-deforming amusements.

John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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