Written by Paul Hauss- September 9, 2017
Anyone who watched a lot of ESPN during the mid-2000s
was surely exposed to the classic anti-steroid PSA which
showed a football, basketball, volleyball, and a baseball
all deflating as the narrator warns the viewer of the
dangers of performance enhancing drugs. The first thing any
sports fan will note about this PSA's premise is that
baseballs are not inflated and hence cannot deflate, no
matter how hard Tom Brady might like to try. The second
thing you'll notice is that the main focus of the main side
effect the PSA is warning you about is the shrinking of male
testicles, as the narrator concludes the commercial with
"not to mention something else [steroids] can do to a guy's
body". Yup, they know the thing you'll care about the most
is your balls.
Of course, nobody makes fun of anyone
for minuscule testicles, it is a small penis that is the
source of ridicule among men. Because of that, the telephone
effect has affected the national conversation about steroids
and created the misconception that steroids actually shrink
your penis instead of your balls.
Sammy's here to
debunk that once and for all.