Test: The Steroid Excuse Quiz
Description: Real excuses made by notable athletes following positive drug tests
Spanish cyclist Roberto Heras blamed a flunked EPO test on:
A laboratory mix-up.
A wrong phone number.
A check lost in the mail.
A bank error not in his favor.
American sprinter Dennis Mitchell blamed his too-high testosterone levels on:
Drinking five bottles of beer and having sex with his wife four times the night before the test.
Drinking two bottle of tequila and visiting the Gold Club with Patrick Ewing and Andruw Jones the night before the test.
Attending a Minnesota Vikings nautical outing the night before the test.
Downing a shot of absinthe and reading Wilt Chamberlain's autobiography the night before the test.
Russian hurdler Ludmila Engquist blamed a positive steroid test on:
Her vindictive ex-husband, who spiked her vitamins with steroids.
An angry barista, who sprinkled 'roids in her morning espresso.
A bodybuilding dentist, who injected her gums with steroids instead of Novocain.
Justin Gatlin's massage therapist.
American cyclist Floyd Landis speculated that his high testosterone/epitestosterone ratio found in an initial sample taken during the Tour de France was the result of:
Cortisone shots taken to ease the pain in his degenerating right hip.
Drinking beer the night before the test.
All of the above.
Professor Plum with a candlestick in the conservatory.
After testing positive for two different steroids, Australian kayaker Nathan Baggaley insisted that he:
Mistakenly drank his brother-in-law's steroid-laced carton of orange juice.
Mistakenly sat on his great-grandmother's Winstrol-dipped knitting needles.
Mistakenly chugged a bottle of his niece's HGH-reinforced baby formula.
Mistakenly washed down a plate of spaghetti Bolognese made from steroid-enhanced calves with a glass of orange juice spiked with Vitamin B-12 by his brother-in-law's angry ex-wife, who happens to be Justin Gatlin's massage therapist.
British bobsled rider Lenny Paul blamed a flunked drug test on:
A plate of spaghetti bolognese.
A side of eggplant parmesan.
A slice of Neapolitan pizza.
When police found EPO and other performance enhancers in the home of Frank Vandenbroucke, the Belgian cyclist claimed the drugs were intended for:
His anemic dog.
His arthritic cat.
His diabetic goldfish.
His SARS-infected pet rock.
After the "Mitchell Report," Andy Pettite says he used HGH because:
Roger Clemens advised him to try it
He thought it would speed his recovery from elbow surgery
It would make him feel "like a man" again
Everyone else was doing it
Spanish walker Daniel Plaza claimed his positive drug test was the result of:
Having oral sex with his pregnant wife.
American cyclist Tyler Hamilton blamed a flunked blood doping test on:
A mysterious unborn twin.
An inexplicable third nipple.
A silent Scientology birth.
Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor blamed a number of positive cocaine tests on:
The CIA, and also the Cuban Mafia.
The KGB, and also the Hong Kong Triads.
The Freemasons, the Teamsters, Opus Dei, the Rothschilds, Skull and Bones and the sinister Jewish cabal that runs Mel Gibson's Hollywood.
The rain, 'cause the rain don't mind -- and the rain don't care!
American sprinter Torri Edwards argued that her positive test for a stimulant was due to her consumption of:
A sugar pill.
Ho-Hos and Twinkies, washed down with a 64-ounce Double Gulp.
A single, fleeting sip of southern Sweet Tea.
After a cleaning crew found needles, tubes and transfusion bags in the Olympic residence of Austria's nordic ski squad, a team coach insisted the equipment was used for:
Preventing colds by drawing blood, exposing it to a magnetic field and ultraviolet radiation, then reinjecting it into the body.
Preventing cancer by drawing blood, then letting patients die of hemorrhagic shock.
Saving money on overpriced Olympic liquor by drawing blood, then injecting hooch straight into skiers' veins.
Catching vampires by drawing and bagging blood, then putting the bags on fishing lines.
At the Nagano Olympics, Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati claimed his positive marijuana test was caused by:
Secondhand smoke from a kickin' going-away party.
Secondhand smoke from a burning marijuana field, conveniently located behind his house.
Secondhand smoke trapped inside a DVD rental case for Cheech 'N' Chong's "Nice Dreams."
Secondhand smoke wafting out of Damon Stoudamire's carry-on luggage.
Bulgarian tennis player Sesil Karatancheva blamed a positive steroid test on:
Her menstrual cycle.
Owning and enjoying the complete DVD sets of "Sex and the City" and "Friends."
Attorneys for American distance runner Mary Slaney argued that her too-high ratio of testosterone/epitestosterone was the result of:
Her age, alcohol and the use of birth control pills.
Her eye color, wine coolers and a nicotine patch.
Scrap metal, some logs, a welder's mask -- in short, everything the A-Team needs to break out of jail.
Er, whatever Floyd Landis said.
Tennis player Petr Korda blamed a positive nandrolone test at Wimbledon on:
Eating veal made from steroid-enhanced calves.
Chewing gum manufactured from pesticide-protected trees.
Wearing cologne produced in … a chemical plant!
Drinking water bottled in San Francisco's Bay Area.
German distance runner Dieter Baumann claimed his elevated nandrolone levels were the result of:
Tainted hand soap.
Contaminated body lotion.
Extra-Strength Listerine, the kind that sword fights and swings on jungle vines.
Finger-wagging baseball slugger Rafael Palmeiro attributed his positive steroid test to:
A vitamin B-12 injection.
A coffee colonic.
Cellulite reduction cream purchased from QVC.
An entire bottle of Flintstones chewable vitamins.
After testing positive for strychnine, Dutch cyclist Adri van der Poel faulted:
Eating a pigeon pie made from juiced racing pigeons raised by his father-in-law.
Eating rabbit stew made from roadkill found next to an unlocked gate at an animal testing lab.
Eating cookies baked by his absent-minded grandmother, who mistakenly used strychnine -- one of the most bitter substances known to man -- instead of sugar.
Eating a convenience store hot dog. Really, who knows what's in those things?
American skeleton rider Zach Lund blamed a positive test for the banned stimulant finasteride on his use of:
A baldness cure.
A ***** pump.
A Hummer H2.
this is a pretty funny one!