I CAN buy a pack of caffeine-based tablets from my local chemist with less hassle than buying a pack of condoms.
The sudden interest from do-gooders wanting to see tablets such as No-Doz banned from AFL locker rooms is extraordinary.
Steroids of course. I'm not about to find nandrolone on the shelf at the local supermarket any time soon.
But give me a break. These are grown men who can make their own decisions when it comes to their health and the potential long-term side effects of taking the tablets.
Are they doing anything illegal? No.
Does anyone seriously think an AFL team will march to a flag on the back of a super strong caffeine buzz? No.
This is truly a storm in a coffee cup.
In fact had it been any other player not named Ben Cousins involved with this incident you would wonder if it would even be on the radar.
Retired AFL players will tell you that this has been going on for years with instant coffee back in the 80s before we had the convenience of a simple tablet.
To call this a performance enhancing drug is absurd and hopefully the powers that be see that.
As for the players, they are big enough and ugly enough to look after themselves and if they can not see the benefit of taking these tablets is miniscule and not worth the health risk, then that is their own fault.
But at least let the players work that out for themselves.
Banning the tablets is simply babying them.
the Angry Man