Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall made a little bit of noise in the news when he said:
"I know guys, it's such competitive league and guys try anything just to get that edge…I've heard of guys using Viagra, seriously, because the blood, it's supposed to thin . I don't know. Some crazy stuff. It's kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful."
Which led offensive coordinator Mice Tice to comment: “"Viagra? I've never heard of such a thing. He's making that up. He's got to be making that up. You've got to be kidding me."
So, where did this all come from?
Well, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember I called the Viagra improving performance thing way back in 2009 when I was some kid in grad school making crazy guesses on stuff (not much has changed…) (http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2009/09/complex-to-simple-beware-of-gurus-and.html)
The first study came out in 2006 by Hsu et al. and found significant improvement in a number of factors. That was in the research world. In the real world, people seemingly caught wind of it’s effects as can be seen by this nice little clip of the British TV show Top Gear from 2010: