Prep players with insight about PEDs understood that testing was no protection, just a false hope for prevention in the vast population of school athletes. Urinalysis could not prevent doping anywhere in football, although incessantly promoted by the sport’s doctors, employee scientists, and other associates of the game. All players, preps to pros, could juice with impunity through undetectable steroids, HGH, and more tissue-building substances. Even the NFL, easily the game’s most controlled and resourceful environment for battling doping, could not prevent systemic use among its 1,700 athletes and personnel such as coaches.
Daily use of marijuana declined among 8th graders compared to last year, from to percent. Among both 8th and 10th graders, daily marijuana use decreased over the past 5 years from to percent and from to percent, respectively. Among 12th graders, percent continue to report daily use—that’s about 1 in 16 high school seniors. Among all grades, the perception of risk associated with smoking marijuana regularly continues to decline, with only percent of 12th graders reporting that regular marijuana use is harmful compared to percent in 2000. However, disapproval among 12th graders remains somewhat high, with percent saying they disapprove of smoking marijuana regularly.
The night’s most awkward moments were when the music stopped, as Taylor frequently switched guitars, either by using the stands near to him, or with a technician bringing on another instrument. Sometimes, this threw him and left him trying to cover for dead air by grabbing for words like a high schooler mustering up the courage to ask his crush out. Admittedly, this is part of his harm. Taylor used these switches to show off his folksie conversational nature with stories delivered so earnestly, he sounded almost as if he had an Irish brogue.