Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping in his first lengthy public interview since the governing committees accused him of running the ´sophisticated´ doping ring to secure his world record titles. ‘I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times,’ he said in an televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. He admitted that he doped in some form for each of his seven Tour de France victories, though he maintained that the last time that he ´crossed that line´ was in 2005. He described the elaborate doping ring
Oh that makes it okay to lie, everyone else was doing it. What a standup guy. Our society has fallen to the lowest being lauded and those with integrity ignored. We do have a sick society and sadly country.
Mr. Armstrong is a poster boy for what ails this country and that is situational ethics. Honor and integrity have lost their meaning for so many people who attempt to justify anything they do as a means to an end. This is what happens when right and wrong have no meaning. You have no moral compass. I applaud him for finally telling the truth but I hope he isn´t hailed as a hero for it.
There you go. There´s the difference between a normal person,i.e., one who knows the difference between evil and good, and a sociopath who knows the difference between getting caught and not getting caught.
While I´m NOT A FAN of Cheryl Crow, I remember thinking he was a jerk back when they were dating and he basically dumped her in the middle of her fight with breast cancer. He´s a complete meglomaniac...after he hit it big, he dumped his wife and daughters and began sleeping with anyone in Hollywood that would have him...if memory serves, he even dated one of those creepy looking Olsen twins.
Yep, everyone was doing it. And so is everyone in professional sports. As Rush says, the people demand from these athletes things they can´t do without drugs.
Armstrong has been stripped of his victories. I demand to know that #2, who will now be #1, wasn´t drugging as well. And then when it´s shown he was, I demand to know that #3 wasn´t and so on and so on and so on.
It´s time to get real about performance enhancing drug use and realize that sports fans are pushers whether they realize it or not.
Those other people who Armstrong destroyed could have said NO a long time ago. As despicable as Armstrong is he should realize that no matter what he says or does FOREVER, no apology will ever be accepted.
Lance is preparing himself to run for political office. In particular as a dem. For he is a poster boy for lying, cheating. This will greatly enhance his resume´ to run for, say, Senator, Representative and maybe even Mayor of NYC. Or maybe...President of the USA.
Lest we forget, Lance Armstrong once displayed the finest act of sportsmanship I have ever witnessed when he stopped in the 2001 Tour for Jan Ullrich who had crashed in to a ditch, and waited until Ullrich got back on the course before resuming racing. Ullrich and all the other top competitors were doping, just as was Armstrong. Unless you have competed at the very top of an elite international sport, you have no damn idea what you´re talking about regarding doping. ALL top rated elite cyclists dope, which means that Lance was competing on an EQUAL footing with his competitors in each of his 7 Tours de France. He still kicked their asses 7 times in a row. Lance Armstrong is a once-in-a-lifetime superior athlete who is the greatest cyclist of all time - period. All you naysayers can go pound sand.
#46 - Armstrong´s gesture was not his own, it is common in cycling. Look at the furor over Contador not stopping for Andy Schleck in 2010. This type of sportsmanship happens not only in European races, but at local US races, too.
It is not about the doping; and you´re wrong about everybody doing it. It is about the destruction of people who dared question the myth, the destruction of a sport for his own gain, and the cynical use of a disease, and those afflicted with the disease, to enrich himself.
The "everyone does it defense doesn´t wash" mantra is for those who ignore the realities of certain elite level sports. I don´t condone the use of performance enhancers, but I am realistic enough to understand that so long as they exist, the top athletes will use them. As such, they are truly competing on equal footing, and only the very exceptional athletes will rise consistently to the top. It may not appeal to one´s sense of sportsmanship, but it is the way it is and all the top guys know it. All the athletes who use performance enhancers to the max but still complain are hypocrites and losers. The only sure way to stop the use of performance enhancers in sports is to eliminate the sports in which they are commonly used.
#51 - PEDs affect riders differently. It does not make them all equal and it most certainly does not create an equal playing field.
Additionally, all riders cannot afford the same doping programs. Armstrong personally spent over $1 Million with Ferrari. Armstrong had access to private jets to get past Customs, more money, and the governing body, UCI, in his back pocket.
It is a tired canard and flat-out wrong that it makes a level playing field.
The whole thing is a huge, evil, sick joke on the competitive sporting world. Lance Armstrong was a fantastic hero. The French were extra-sensitive nationalistic cry babies. How in thw world could this level of "doping" have gone on, under the intense scrutiny of every French detective , spy and racing official for all those years and never get noticed- it took an insider snitch to expose it? Then it turns out every one was doing it and hundreds of people were involved in it? My smell-o-meter is off the charts on the whole thing.
When I saw the so-called ´dope´ he was taking, the blood transfusions and EPO shots, I was surprised. That is the same thing my 77 year old husband was taking for his bone marrow failure cancer. Didn´t Armstrong have cancer? Perhaps there is more to this than we know. My husband wouldn´t have thought his treatment would have been considered "doping". Lots of us here know little about this whole bussiness, but, bash away in ignorance,like always!
#56 you are comparing Armstrong´s story to your Husband´s and accusing posters of ´bashing´. Obama tactics. Armstrong did his ceremonial appearance on the Oprah couch and admitted to being a doper, a liar and a cheat. If he had health issues driving his doping he has had every chance to say so. There is a right and wrong and sometimes, if rarely, wrong loses.
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