In today's Not-from-The-Onion news, the governing body of the sport of professional ice-fishing (yup) is instituting drug-testing requirements as part of a long-shot campaign to be included in the Olympics. Think about it: Olympic ice-fishing. Just when you thought the Olympics had maxed out their capacity for dullness by adding soccer! (Oh, the majesty of the 0-0 tie! The thrill of the 1-0 barnburner!)
I don't think this is a great idea--the inclusion of ice-fishing, not the drug-testing. I mean, curling is bad enough. Although maybe Olympic officials could combine the two sports: Curlers could slide their teapots (or whatever those things are) along the ice towards the spot where ice-fishers have camped out to await nibbles. Fishermen earn points by dodging teapots, and curlers earn points by bowling ice-fishers into the frozen lake. That I would watch.
In all semi-seriousness, though, I think the drug-testing authorities are taking the wrong approach. I doubt many professional ice-fishers would test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. After all, steroids, which can increase one's aggression, would seem ill-suited for a "sport" whose key to success is patience and the ability to sit still--on ice--for long periods of time. On the other hand, since scoring is based on the weight of the fish caught, I would think certain growth hormones could be helpful: My point is, is anyone testing the fish?