To the end Lance Armstrong, desperate to remain relevant, somehow is allowed to control his own narrative. So after all the lies from Armstrong from across all the years, lies about himself and about all those who dared to tell the truth about him, there comes one last one: That he still has something we want. To the end this guy thinks he can play the whole world for suckers. Unless Armstrong and his team of lawyers and crisis managers have him back out of his interview with Oprah Winfrey at the last moment
Comments: Welcome to Pete Rose´s tarnished world, Mr. Armstrong. There are consequences to the brand, even for the icons.
The "drug" that Armstrong is accused of using has been an integral part of cancer treatment, to prevent anemia by aiding in rebuilding the red blood cell production damaged by chemotherapy, for some time. He would have had to have it for that purpose. Did that get snarled up with his racing?
When you read the reports most of the griping comes from his competitors and their wives. It seems to me that they have a built-in conflict of interest.
That said, I have no interest in Oprah ever, regardless of her guest.
I hear ads on the radio all the time on products boosting testosterone and others selling HGH formulas but both are considered as PEDs by professional sports owners/operators.Both products are produced naturally by the body and all these supplements do is boost the levels causing quicker muscle development. I mean whey power products can do the same thing.So it´s hard for me to understand why legal products are banned from sports use. You still need a base skill to produce in any sport.
I don´t know what Armstrong is accused of,nor do I care because I hate the sport of cycling to begin with.One of Armstrong´s whistle blowers said he got death threats,more that likely some came from Armstrong himself. Whatever stupid mea culpa he does on Oprah means absolutely nothing to me.He´s only came clean after evidence cornered him in a box.I have questions about his mentality from dating Cheryl Crow,a lefty fruitcake if there ever was one.
We´ll have to see what the actual ´confession´ is, but this is a huge disappointment. Perhaps cyclists like Greg LeMond feel a little bit vindicated now, since he had blowing the whistle on Armstrong and others for many years.
A cheat is a cheat; his scam was so elaborate he´d have blood transfusions to get rid of evidence. He wasn´t just a bad husband and a cad - he let down a whole bunch of people at his foundation.
I´m talking about the essence of the man´s character. You can use the relativity of his enhanced prowess all you want. That memory will now be cast aside because of his other gargantuan effort: lie and fool everybody.
To me it´s perfectly pitiful that he´s taken the Oprah route. There´s historical evidence now as to how bad many her choices of champion have gone. I chose not to get her channel, but wouldn´t watch it anyway, not even to see him do the grovelling bit on TV.
The lefty Mike Lupica is not a beloved figure on this blog and for good reason. Another athlete of a different color or race would probably be treated, if anything was said at all by Lupica, with sympathy and the kind of paternalism that now passes for compassion. But cheating is cheating. We long for heroes but are fed a steady diet f phoneys. It´s not good for our children to see us make excuses for such people. And having or having had cancer isn´t no excuse. Armstrong was living a lie rather than trying to reform a dirty sport.
#2 and #8 said it best - I do remember that incident and it was whiners from other countries that started that rumor and at the time, I thought it was stupid that no meds, no nothing could be taken by an athelete. Good lord, they get sick, have allergies and sometimes need medicines. The other countries were dismal.
Oh poor me. Armstrong is just another narcissist who will do or say or leak anything to keep himself on the front page. As an above poster mentioned, he reminds me of Pete Rose. But at least Rose has just reduced himself to whining and selling signed pictures, not crying to a bunch of foolish women and their Leader, Oprah. Armstrong has now hit bottom.
I can´t say I care much for Armstrong´s lies and treatment of other people, but I fail to see how taking him down does anything to vindicate the sport of cycling. It seems that everyone in the top tier of cyclists was doping and that nobody won any of the big races without doping. It´s disappointing, but not terribly surprising, that Armstrong wasn´t the super-athlete that he appeared to be, but his sport was, and probably always will be, dirty with dope.
Its not (just) about the doping. It is the trafficking, the lying, the bribery to the UCI, and USADA, the witness intimidation in a Federal case, the threatening of other riders´ wives, the public humiliation of anyone who dared question the myth, and on and on.
His own "Doctor" who started his doping program (Ferrari) thought that his early doping in the 90s gave him his cancer.
Cycling is a sport where everyone cheats, I learned that decades ago when I saw Breaking Away. I really don´t care about whether Lance cheated. I do admire his fight against cancer and I hope that he can go on to have a productive and meaningful life. But most of all I am glad that he has a life because he beat cancer.
Just the fact that Lance Armstrong is confessing his "sins" to the most worthless obese lump of flesh in existence (except Michael Moore) , Oprah Winfrey, who´s own "career" was built on a mountain of lies tells you just what kind of person Armstrong really is and how the moral standards of this country are almost to rock bottom. These two (Oprah and Lance)deserve each other.
I stopped being excited about being able to ride a bicycle when I turned 11. And I don´t own a TV so I can´t watch all the trash stuff. But Armstrong is a loser and a crook; if wants forgiveness, there are churches in that business.
I´m conflicted about all of this. I tend to think, he got away with it fair and square, and probably most of his competitors were doing it too. He put in a lot of work cheating, it was very risky to himself, and that should be respected.
Let´s not forget a meeting with Senator Diane Feinstein; two weeks later, his charity Livestrong makes a $100,000 donation to Planned Parenthood. One week later, Feinstein protege and US Attorney Andre Birotte drops the Justice Department´s criminal investigation with no consultation with the Federal investigators and only 15 minute notice.
Yeah, every bike racer does that - because they all do it. I saw it in a movie.
Lance Armstrong apparently took substances he knew were against the rules and then lied about it. Not once, which would make him weak and human, but over and over and over again, which makes him a liar and a cheat. Once one´s lack of character has been confirmed, only a lifetime of pennance and demonstrated change can earn back the trust that was destroyed. There is no quick fix.
I knew all I needed to know about Lance Armstrong when he threw away his wife and kids for the glamour of fame and fortune. So this surprises me not one whit. Just another lying cheat who wants everybody to overlook his indiscretions so he can "move ahead" with the work of the people. Or something.
Many contemporary celebrities (athletes included) subscribe to the idea that the ends justify the means, because, once famous and rich, one can afford as many mea culpas as needed to pacify the law-abiding, uncelebrated suckers.
Lance used epogen, a red blood cell multiplier that, guess what, thousands of kidney patients and others use to maintain some level of energy through their day. I used to give myself injections of it daily when I was on dialysis, not that it helped greatly in the treatment of dying kidneys. I do NOT consider that substance much of an aid to the blood. Lance was the greatest cycling athlete since the Belgian Eddy Merkx, and his accomplishments should not have been ignored because of epogen. It just is not that much of a stimulant, if at all.
#4 you don´t know the seedy underside of professional European cycling. #1 would probably win a bet with you; the pressure and stakes are enormous for riders who routinely ride an average of 28 to 30 MPH over hundreds of miles, or in the case of the Tour, thousands. These kids see racing as their only hope out of desparate conditions, and are superstitious to the max along with willing to try anything to give them an edge.
If they were all doping then the "playing field" was still equal...yes? He is going to say that the drugs were for his cancer...probably true. This whole thing is sad. Please continue to support Livestrong!
Whether it´s Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Pete Rose, Michael Vick or other athletes, kids look up to you and you lied and cheated when given extraordinary opportunities they can only hope to have one day.
I really don´t care what Lance Armstrong did or didn´t do. I am more concerned about what politicians are doing to this country. Wish the media went after Obama and his ilk like they have been after Armstrong.
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