- Like the Mitchell Report, the Union-Tribune relied on hundreds of media reports, archives, plus public records and interviews with players and league personnel. There are no bombshell names unveiled for the first time, nor is it considered comprehensive or proportional, just the best snapshot that could be provided through those sources.
It is believed to only scratch the surface of actual usage in pro football during that time, according to doping experts.
“If I had to venture to guess, you're touching the tip of the iceberg,” said Charles Yesalis, a Penn State professor emeritus and anabolic steroids expert. “Because of the secretive nature of all of it, it's very difficult to come up with any kind of solid handle.”
- Individual recognition: Fans don't get as disappointed in those they don't feel they know very well. In baseball, you can see players' faces and recognize them individually when they bat or pitch. In football, players' faces are covered by helmets, and many of those who have used steroids are linemen who labor in relative anonymity.
“There's a greater ability to see and relate to baseball players,” said David Carter, executive director of USC's Sports Business Institute. “So the disappointment and outrage is slightly different.”