Lance Armstrong to be stripped of titles retroactively?
Is it me? or is this complete and utter Bullshit?
Even if he was doping back in the day you couldn’t catch him. So he WON… The race and he beat your tests. So make better tests.
If you make better tests and you still didn’t catch him. Guess what? He WON again on both counts.
And with the exception of a couple of possibly false positives Mr. Armstrong consistently won the Tour de France, doing so even after a battle with cancer.
Mr Armstrong has always denied using performance enhancing drugs. I honestly don’t think he was getting away with anything. I think he’s just that good and trains that hard.
Sadly Mr. Armstrongs name has become synonymous with performance enhancing drugs or doping.
I, as the average “Joe” on the street am sick of hearing about it.
Honestly, it’s always sounded like the French were being whiney assed bitches who somehow thought that the Tour de France was supposed to be won by a Frenchman, and when it wasn’t they cried foul.
I guess it really hurts their national pride such as it is, that they kept getting their asses kicked by an American!
What does this tell any other competitors?
“Be good but throw the occasional event so that you’re not TOO GOOD.” Mediocrity is preferred… After all you don’t hurt someones feelings now do you?
I’m glad Mr Armstrong chose to say FUCK IT! After all it was obvious that he wasn’t going to be left alone no matter what. In a no win scenario you might as well not play. This is especially true when you have a decades long Witch Hunt leveled against you.
Then you look at Michael Phelps… there was controversy about whether the IOC was going to pull his medals because he did a photo shoot that was going to be part of his endorsement contracts after his retirement.
Apparently the photos were taken before he retired but they weren’t published until after he retired.
There’s no break of the rules here.
But since Phelps was too good someone went looking for something to spank him with.
This is one of the concerns I personally have.
People have always sought to tear down those that they perceived as privileged, wealthy, good looking, stars, or top athletes. This is nothing new.
But now, there are so many ways to tear someone apart. If it’s not naughty pictures, (See Prince Harry) it’s via the rule of law, or simply questioning ones sexual habits. Hell even ones beliefs or religious affiliations can be enough to trail blood in the water.
Once the trickle of metaphorical blood appears in the news (or tabloids, they’re interchangeable these days) the rest of the world attacks like ravenous sharks in a feeding frenzy.
I have to ask why?
These people are human, just like the rest of us. They’ll make poor choices and mistakes just like all the rest of us. Why then are we so quick to rip them apart and not give them the benefit of the doubt?
When did we become so unforgiving and judgmental?
Lance… Great Job! Thanks for representing the US so well
Michael… Fanfuckingtastic! You deserve every single bit of success and I hope your retirement is everything you planned for.
Harry… Dude… I hope you can get back to Vegas or Monaco soon, get naked, party hardy and live your life. Next time… just make sure there are no cell phones or cameras. Have your security confiscate them at the door. (BTW Nice Bum!)