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Thursday
Jan312013

Protocol Says Vijay Should Get A One-Year Suspension...

Rex Hoggard explains that the first doping violation, according to the PGA Tour's policy, results in a one year-suspension. 

Oh, that is, unless Commissioner Distraction deems otherwise. Which, he probably will because he doesn't want to have to avoid running into Vijay Singh at the TPC Sawgrass range every day for the next year.

According to the Tour’s policy, which was initiated in 2008, a player’s first doping violation results in a one-year suspension, although Tour commissioner Tim Finchem “may depart from the sanction guidance . . .  as he deems appropriate in a particular case.”

Unlike all other fines and punishments doled out by the Tour, a violation of the circuit’s anti-doping policy is made available to the media and public. According to the policy, “In each case where a period of ineligibility has been imposed or tournament results have been disqualified, the PGA Tour will, at a minimum, publish the name of the player, the anti-doping rule violation, and the sanctioned imposed.”

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Reader Comments (16)

According to the New Yorker, Swats' deer antler spray contains no IGF-1.
01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiovanni
Now wouldn't that be something if they tested the SWATS product and it was simply some flavored water!!
01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
It's like being Catholic....,Now it's OK to eat meat on Friday, but look at all those people doing time in hell on a meat rap. Actually, to THINK about a sin, is as great a sin as to have committed it, so go ahead and , uhh, do whatever it was that randomly popped into your mind, you are already going to hell!

So if TW had not deemed the ''purpose'' of his drop, and asked ' whatcha got? and said , yes I knew it was sand, and that was a penalty drop---one stroke---made the cut......but HE SAID he was taking a plugged lie FREE drop, and was invoked 2 strokes, and the rest is history- 3 million for 2 days at the inland waterless beach.

VJ KNEW he was taking deer antler whiz, and so he DID IT~!!!! even if it was Houston Ship Channel water, which, BTW, caught on fire 3 decades or so ago. THAT will make you stronger, but maybe sterile. Film at 11.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Ok really a 1yr suspension? That's ridiculous . Boat baseball and the nfl usually are around a quarter of a season type deals.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Wonder if a suspension would carry over to the Champions Tour.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Fritz
"doping"...really?...this is "doping"? a joke
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
After all is said and done (and I would think the next time we'll see VJ tee it off is at the 2014 Waste Mgt Open ...), I can tell you who is REALLY loving all the back and forth...From the S.W.A.T.S. website:

"Due to such a high demand because of recent news coverage, the delivery of the Utlimate Spray will take at least 15 days for delivery. Thank you for your patience."
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
"I'm shocked Vijay would associate himself with such deplorable behavior and dubious characters," stated R. Allen Stanford from his cell in Sumter County, Florida, where he is currently serving out his 110 federal prison sentence.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Madoff
Brad Fritz, on Morning Drive yesterday when they were trying to trip up Pernice and he (Pernice) mentioned for the 2nd or third time that Calc had received no penalty or suspension for using the deer spray one of the announcers said "well Tom, after August 2011 when Calcavecchia cut off his involvement with SWATS we do know that Mark did not play another PGA Tour event that year, and as you know Tom there is no drug testing policy on the PGA Senior Tour".

So, according to that announcer (I don't even know their names, just watched the online clip), the Senior Tour has drug policy of any sort and he intimated that possibly (i) Calc was suspended but as usual we just didn't know it, and (ii) said suspension did not extend to the Senior Tour.

Personally I find item (ii) highly implausible, and the other problem with that announcers thesis is Calc did play Disney in October 2011, just as he did in October 2012. In each of the two years it was the only regular Tour event he played after The Open Championship.

I think it's becoming clear the "process" (it is a process after all ;) is going to take a long time and in case you weren't aware Vijay turns 50 in exactly 3 weeks from today!

Alex H, I too saw that on the SWATS website, what a load of BS!
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
(should read)

...Senior Tour has "no" drug policy of any sort...
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I think a one year suspension is appropriate for demonstrating extreme gullibility. Deer antlers will make you young? Hey I got some prime real estate in Nebraska to sell you.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
I really don't care what happens to Vijay, he's been a non-factor for years now anyway. Karma is a bitch.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
It wouldn't surprise me at all if there were no IFG-1 in the spray, even if it exists in deer antler extract. These SWATS guys are all about selling high-priced placebos, so the spray has probably been processed like homeopathic 'medicine'. i.e. it begins with a high dose of the active ingredient, then is diluted by a factor of ten, then rebottled and diluted again, and again etc.

Depending on how the witch doctor thinks the magic potion should be mixed, this dilution process can happen up to 100 times. Consequently, many bottles of this type of medicine contain not a single atom of whatever the original ingredient was. The idea is that the water will retain a memory of that ingredient (and yet somehow forget all the times it had poo in it over the last few million years). Placebos work better with a convincing back-story, and are more effective the more the patient pays for them. More money = stronger belief, which can actually translate into better results. At the very least, there is often a perception of better results, which is all the 'doctor' needs.

I don't know how this particular snake oil is produced, but the guys seem all about the profit. Which leads me to think that they wouldn't shell out big bucks for a barrel of extract when they have the option of buying a thimble-full of it which they can then dilute and sell as a memory of it. They already use the memory theory in their magic cell-phone vibe repelling water, though they implant that memory with radio waves.

I hope Vijay actually hands over the stuff to get tested. It would suck to be suspended for spraying the memory of a banned substance under your tongue when you didn't even know it was there. Did the PGA Tour actually test the product before they stopped Calc from using it? Or were they simply convinced that the substance existed by the magician's patter of SWATS?

On the other hand, if water does retain memories, then everybody has to be banned, since everything has been in water at some point. That's right... that sparkling and expensive bottle of Evian you have in the fridge is full of memories of heroin, all manner of HGHs, whale sperm and Hitler's poo. And Hitler's poo should definitely be a banned substance.
$9K for the spray? Again I'm behind the entrepreneurial curve.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
I'm with BB Vijay...the only thing phonier than this "dope" allegation is the media hype that blew it up.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Just got in from a day trip down the road, and found a possible location that may help back pain.....

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/33/9e/46/sign.jpg
02.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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