The pathetic thing is Armstrong STILL doesn't get it. Even after rumors
that he would admit what he did, he refused to confess to officials, his
competitors, reporters ... even his staff and his friends. He would ONLY give a
self-serving 'confession' to Oprah, who doubtless paid top-dollar for
her 'exclusive.' He's STILL trying to profit the easy way, and is
quite willing to take what he hasn't actually earned.As for
heroes: Come-on, folks... So one hero lets you down. Get over it! No need to
wallow in self-pity. We have plenty of heroes in the world who haven't let
anyone down. Don't let THEM down. True heroes do what they do for the good
of it, not for the money or the attention. They're easy to spot, in sports,
in church, in your family, workplace or neighborhood. The mistake in idolizing
Armstrong wasn't in foolishly believing in heroes ... It was believing in
celebrity and supposed athletic prowess instead of real character. Good
character is EVERYWHERE, if you just look. It just doesn't come attached to
a big name.
Bruce T. Forbes- I know how you feel. I once used a church leader as an example
to an audience , 6 months later he was being indicted for some pretty heinous
things. No more church heros for me. I guess my point is this, be careful who
you put on a pedestal, you never know if they are truly worthy of it.
@reasonableUTEHow much do you have to raise for charity to cancel
out the careers he ruined and the fraud he committed? There is a long line of
people with lawsuits ready.
"Very sad that he also stole a moment of glory from the person that should
have won. Getting the award years later just doesn't come close to being on
the podium."Valid point. However, how can anyone know who doped
and who didn't? Seems to me that the testing is unreliable at best (or can
Very sad that he also stole a moment of glory from the person that should have
won. Getting the award years later just doesn't come close to being on the
@BleedCougarBlueHe didn't "beat" every one of them. He
failed plenty of drug tests. He just bribed or intimidated authorities into
ignoring or flat-out lying about the results.The other thing to
consider is that it's really not that hard to beat a drug test. Jan
Ullrich (Armstrong's chief rival for many years) passed over 700 drug tests
before he finally failed one. There are masking agents on the market that cover
for PED's, plus Armstrong was blood doping which is nearly impossible to
detect. The only way to catch a blood doper is to find the transfusion
he cheated, just like everyone else... big woop. He also raised millions upon
millions of dollars for a good cause. If he had to cheat at a sport filled with
other cheaters, fine by me.
So here's my question, and, yes, I'm being serious: if Lance Armstrong
cheated by using steroids, how did he beat HUNDREDS of blood and urine tests
over the years? He beat every one of them.Yes, I read that he
'admitted' to something, but in all the dozens of sorties I've
read on this, I have yet to read a single one that says HOW Lance cheated and
didn't get caught.
I don't care about his fame - I care about all the the money he stole from
sponsors and other winnings. The man made 100 mil - illegally. Without the
doping he makes nothing. ZERO. If is fine and good to disgrace him but the money
he made should be re-claimed as well. Law suit after law suit should be filed to
reclaim that money. Armstrong is a fraud and without the doping he would have
been a skinny bike ride rider probably working in a bike shop changing tires
since he probably would have never even finished a race in the top 10.
I have only had one single "sports hero" in my life, and it was Lance
Armstrong. All this hurts. I think there has to be a lot of people like me who
cheered him on, beleived in him, and held him up as a good example even to my
own sons. I think I even used him as an example in an address at church once.
Yes, I have learned my lesson. No more sports heros.
I guess this anonymous person simply wants notoriety, but simply has no moral
value for keeping quiet. Honesty, is not part of their moral groundwork. SO
sad, we have so many anonymous people willing to "leak" confidences
without a second thought.
This is a story about Lance and his actions. But somehow Obama gets dragged
into the discussion? Must be painful to live with so much hate one can't
see anything else.
All the people who told the "truth" about Lance were once in the inner
circle cheating and lying themselves.Their is no Honor among
thieves!I know a lot of people who took steroids in college sports
that will deny it to this day. Should we lynch them as well? Where
do we draw the line on hunting people down who told a lie?Obama is a
liar. So is most of Congress. So are most of you. So am I.It's all relative though. Some of us are just lying about Santa Claus
and some of you are lying about Benghazi.As for Lance. He had a
chance to be the greatest cyclist ever, even without cheating, because his
tactics, commitment, and team were just so much better. He should have changed
the sport for the better. He could have.Instead he blew it. Just
like Obama is doing right now.
Doping is so widespread, and hiding from it such a game. Some of these
'sports' should just give up and let the participants bulk up as they
want. It's dangerous and stupid to do this, but that's what they want
my2cents?Seriously? So, Lance and the rest just ate "enhancing
performance foods".Can you say DENIAL?
Completely agree with FT.More damaging that the doping, was the
lengths Armstrong went after his accusers. He used his "weight" to
destroy people who told the truth. He devastated people financially and trashed
their character. All while knowing they were being truthful.Many
will give Lance a pass for his doping. His real crime was the
lengths he went to cover it up.
Rightfully Lance is right about not using any illegal substances and they had
done more than enough tests to make that statement correct and I think the
commission unjustly stripped him of his titles.But with current
technology and pathological testing of human body enhancing performance foods,
it was the combination and methodology the team used to enhance themselves that
give them an edge and not really a drug issue. It took them 7+ years
and collaboration of several nations to figure out how personalized bio
engineering was accomplished. I'd wager a bet that every country invloved
in these races are using the same kind of bio engineering of the individual
bodies of every athlete competing in bike races to college and professional
sports. The combination of foods and enhancers are impossible in
drug testing, so bio engineering of athletes is here, its the sports world
version of engineered super soldiers with short term MTBF. (MTBF=Mean Time
Between Failure in the engineers world).Its the same principle of
bio engineered caffeinated super worker enhancers who usually end up more burned
out as employee than hero in the office, fake friendships tend to impede others
Did he call all of his old assoicates, friends and competitors who accused him
of cheating and apoligize for going after them emotionally and financially? He
was a mean, nasty person to anyone or any group who questioned his integrity.
What goes around comes around...armstrong should be treated with the
same scorn he gave to those he betrayed.I will never forget the
picture of armstrong celebrating the 2004 Tour win with his arms raised above
his head in triumph...wearing the maillot jaune with the word LIAR printed
across his chest.A well deserved legacy.
Henceforth, Lance Armstrong's name will always be associated with the words
'cheater' and 'liar'.It is sad that his competitive
spirit was greater than his personal integrity.
Everyone pretty much knew it, Armstrong was just the last one to admit it.