Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What About Lance Armstrong?

This is the same look that Bill Clinton gave America when it was clear that Monica Lewinsky repeatedly polished his chrome in the White House. Lance wasn't just a doper - he was the Al Capone of dopers. In fact, all past, present, and future dopers will be judged by the standard he has set. Yikes.

Now, let's roll back a few posts (here), where I said, even with it all, I would shake the boy's hand - I take that back! I read Tyler Hamilton's book, and for whatever kind of low-life Hamilton is, Armstrong is one scary dude. Hamilton's replay of Frankie and Betsy Andreu's battle with Armstrong over his hospital admissions to doping, leading up to his testicular cancer, is astonishing.

For me, it is not so much the doping - doping happens everywhere and will continue - rather it was the ruthlessness of Lance. He left no room near the top for anyone else. His policy was scorched earth - serve me, then die!

I never liked Floyd Landis because he suckered a coach I like, Arnie Baker MD, into supporting his claims of innocence, but I hope Floyd prevails in his whistle-blower suit against Lance, because Armstrong deserves all the arrows he may get. Lance froze his doping pal Floyd out of cycling completely, for no reason other than Armstrong is one gigantic paranoid, vindictive asshole.

I could go on, but you get my drift. Lance now has a lifetime to ponder the looks/stares that beg the question of what level of societal scumbag he's earned. The only thing to distract him will be all the people, with lawyers, trying to put his dumb-ass in the poorhouse, including the folks at the United State Post Office and Discovery. I wish them well.

The top symbol of doping in cycling is no longer my old Festina team jersey, but rather it's a Livestrong. Amazing!

James C. Collier


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Anonymous said...

Can't help but think about how the media and the establishment selected Barry Bonds to roast and drag through the mud for years regarding his steriod use. And yet Armstong was placed on a pedestol while many in the media knew his was a cheating,lying,con man.

James C. Collier said...

Barry never cared about winning the World Series, only the HR record. He treated everyone with contempt. Team ownership believed it was more lucrative to fill seats with people who wanted to see this once-in-a-life time event, but at the expense of his teammates and the game. The steroid scandal exposed Bonds and the Giants owners as selfish, beyond ego. Lance seems to have bullied & punished people in a way that Barry could not. Also, doping in cycling does not alter your physical appearance the way of steroids in baseball. Bonds clearly bulked way up from his base stealing days. Lance was actually smaller, due to chemo and regimens not meant to add bulk.

Fat Bastardo said...

Pro sports is full of cheaters. Stop watching and support local sports like baseball, soccer, track, wrestling and football ect..