After reading the print version of SI’s Bonds blockbuster this evening, one thing became eminently obvious: athletes didn’t go to BALCO unless they wanted steroids. End of story. These athletes knew. The choreography of treatments, the intensity of administration, the carefully calibrated techniques used to help clients maximize the strengths of their designer steroids, these were all rigorously planned. None of the vast and complex regimens that the people from BALCO prescribed could have been achieved without the complicity and knowledge of the client. The drugs were carefully controlled, distributed, and adminstered, on a highly synchronized schedule. Blood tests were taken to test detectability. Bonds knew everything he was doing, the article makes this very certain. And so must have anyone working with BALCO. Anybody who claims they thought they were taking flaxseed oil (as Bonds stated at the Grand Jury) was lying. That includes several people still playing today, in uniforms we all follow.