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Lance Armstrong, 7 time players’ Champion and still a hero

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This month held the greatest cycling event in the word, aka Tour de France, and it was intense. I am completely sapped and I haven’t even ridden a bicycle all month! I’ve been doing minimal work and rushing home to watch about 4.5hours of Tour de France every day. It’s actually very difficult to keep this routine up for the entire month, minus the two rest days.

This particular topic on Lance is something I’ve been meaning to vent on numerous occasion, but I seem to do it more in restaurants and sport bars than anywhere else .lol. It’s amazing how much hatred there is for this man, and I think it is overblown.

It is no argument UCI’s Anti-doping program is probably the strictest in the world. You can be involved in a car crash with a broken collar bone and blood everywhere, but you are not allowed to take any banned substance such as aspirin/Tylenol as long as you want to stay in the race.  These guys can come after your urine/blood samples while you are having Christmas/Thanksgiving dinner with your family, and they will preserve your samples so they can screen it through any future drug testing method that is yet to be developed. They are relentless.

Ethic of the bust

As you may already know, Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete ever by multiple anti-doping agencies. For 20+ years Lance has passed every test imaginable using latest/greatest testing methods and equipment, this guy was clean in terms drug test results. The way Lance got busted in 2012 was absolutely disgusting in the type of tactic these agencies used. USADA knew they couldn’t bust Lance using any of their testing tools anymore, so they resorted to threats and persecution on former team members who are not as financially fortunate as Lance. Most pro cyclists only make an average living and they don’t have the money to fend off federal agencies like Lance can. USADA made lives of these former members and their family a living hell, and coerced these close friends to point their fingers at Lance.

It’s like a schoolyard bully trying to kick my ass, but because I kicked his ass, he has to go beat up my sister and my pet turtle instead.

Is Lance a hero?

I’ve been once called a hero for participating in one of those Walk-a-thons and various other charitable activities, I think most I ever raised was about $500. Firefighters are heroes for savings lives, Police officers are heroes for saving lives, and the U.S. military would be considered heroes for saving all of our lives. You think there are drug users among these undeniable heroes? Does it make them any less of a hero if they did?

Lance raised over $500million for cancer research. If my math is correct that’s about $500million more than the most I ever raised for charity. Through his work, I’m pretty sure he helped countless amount of loved ones make it through one more birthday, one more anniversary, watch his/her child get married, etc…

You can take away his Tour de France titles, but let’s not take away what he accomplished in the cancer community. The dude is a hero, no argument here.

Does U.S.Postal have anything to get upset over?

I think Lance did more for the U.SPostal than USPS did for Lance. Lance made USPS a cool icon, a really cool icon. I bought stamps, jerseys, and other misc. USPS trinkets because of Lance. Without Lance, the USPS is just another bloated government organization that is bleeding taxpayer money and misrouting my mail. Currently the USPS is asking for their money back from Lance. By similar logic, can we get our money back on all the GM stock that we purchased during the bailout? Yes, I would like to get $95/share for the current $36/share stock… just want to break even please. Or can I get my money back on my Pentium 2 desktop computer that I spent $1000 about 10years ago? I really thought I was buying the fastest machine on the planet, but I just realized it’s actually not that fast.

I think USPS should just focus on delivering my mail instead of wasting more money and resource on this lawsuit. If the lawsuit is for $14million, I guarantee the USPS will spend over $20million to get the $14million from Lance. Yeah, that will show’em who is the boss.

Lance and me

I didn’t start cycling back in year 2000 by some random chance. I was inspired by his cancer story and the amazing matchup between Lance and Ullrich. Cycling has done wonders for my health, cardio, and saving money at the gas station. Lance has inspired many people around the world to just grab a bike and go. Even when Lance admitted to doping, it never crossed my mind, I should stop riding because I feel so cheated.

Is Lance the 7time Tour de France champion?

Riding bicycle through multiple countries, through the massive French Alps, through the daunting peaks of the Pyrenees, riding 23 consecutive days till you reach 2000+ miles, traveling at 50+km/hr wearing nothing but thin fabric and a bicycle helmet, etc… Is it even possible to complete this race without doping?

As a recreational cyclist, I actually attempted climbing the Alpe d’huez on one of those fancy simulator trainers. I only made it 1/2 way up the mountain traveling at 2mph before I had to stop. Ladies and gents, it’s absolutely insane that anybody can do this 2000+ mile bike race through Europe.

There is almost no wrong answer to the question of Lance’s championships. I can fully understand why some would say he is or isn’t a champion. My answer to this question is in a form of a question, did the guys who finished 2nd and 3rd also “cheat”? The Tour de France organization already answered this for me by declaring Lance’s 7 Tour de France wins to be left vacant, because the next guy also admitted to “cheating” and/or there is no proof he did not “cheat”. Even Jan Ullrich came out and admitted to doping soon after Lance was busted.

What if we were playing a game of Monopoly and ALL the players decided to start with $2000 instead of the usual $1500 while the banker was away. It’s as if the players formed a union and decided to play by their slightly tweaked rules. Is there a winner in the end?

Come to think of it shouldn’t Gatorade, Powerade, and Powerbar  be considered performance enhancing substance?

Although Lance has been stripped of his official 7 time Tour de France championship, I believe he is still the 7time champion among the other Yellow Jersey contenders that were competing at the time. I firmly believe ALL the contenders were doping.  Ones that over-doped got busted and the ones that under-doped made it through.   Lance is still the champion among the contenders.

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Addendum A

Here is a short top 5 list of characters that seems to be doing good job of flying under the radar who, in my opinion, are bigger frauds than Lance Armstrong.  If you use these names as a comparison point, Lance isn’t so bad after all.

1.  The politicians:  Some of the real crooks seem to get re-elected every election cycle.  How ironic Lance and some other athletes have to appear before a Congressional committee over cheating.

2.  Steven Seagal: One of my favorite blogging friends, call him ‘Cook’M to cover his identity, is convinced Mr. Seagal and his TV show ‘Lawman’ is a fraud.  Cook’M comment sums it up, “He is a commissioned JP officer for political reasons only. He is a huge financial contributor and they gave him an honorary commission. He is such a joke. I don’t know any real police officers who like him. Well at least not here anyway”…mmmm…mmm.mmm.  That’s a sure sign of a fraud if I ever saw one.

3.  Owners of various drug/alcohol recovery clinics: CNN broke this last week and these frauds pay few bucks to random people off the street to get signatures, so they can bill the taxpayers for the recovery service they provided.

4.   CEOs and directors for Toyota Camry hybrid: This thing gets same gas mileage as a Toyota Corolla and many other fuel efficient gas cars.

5.  Directors at Fannie Mae: For misleading investors about their holdings on all the toxic mortgages leading up to the big housing crisis.

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Addendum B

Confession…I’m guilty of cheating under the UCI rules.  My bike weighs less than 14.99lb and I take Advil before every bike ride…I’m a doper :(

Luckily I’m riding with other people in my category and we are all middle-aged, have nice bikes, and rely on Advil, so its okay.lol

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  1. July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hey my friend, it’s good to see you pop up over the horizon. My memory sucks but I sure to remember you and all the fun we had with my hubby bonding with you, lol

    About your post here: goes to show we’re all mixed bags, ain’t we?! Always good to keep a balance and perspective while dishing out any needed justice (emphasis on needed).

    Take care and get back on your bike.
    P

  2. July 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    how can I forget! I wasn’t sure who was still around from the last time I ever interacted here, but I’m glad you are still in the blogging biz.lol. I hope things are well with your family and I’m looking forward to checking out your blogsite soon.
    I hope Lance recovers somewhat from all this backlash, because he certainly isn’t deserving of all this hatred.
    As for me I’ll be back in my usual doping cycling mode, one Advil before every ride :)

    • August 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      I’m with you on hoping the hatred dissolves. We all sure do love a scapegoat and someone to project ourselves out onto. There by the Grace… All in balance.

      Hey! one advil pro-ride ain’t all that bad, and I betcha your serotonin level goes through the rough. Such a great sport. Don’t forget if you’re ever in my neck… lot of biking activity in my area.

      Nice chatting and my hubby says howdy, lol. ;-)

      • August 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        I just put you on my queue list of places to go cycling, but right after my European ‘tour de france’ tour.lol
        It took a lot for me to fess up to doping. Not only am I guilty of doping while riding with my local recreational ride group, I also did it during competition. Living without Advil or Aleve is unthinkable!
        Hope you guys are having wonderful summer up there.

  3. August 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Hey, welcome back! I like your thinking here – for all the hoopla, you’d think the guy had been mugging seniors for their lunch money or something. Yes, he cheated, and that’s disappointing, but as you so rightly point out, he did a lot of good for a lot of people. It’s nice to see some perspective applied to the whole thing.

    • August 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Good to be back, Mz.Heavy metal Henders! Whats even more shocking is, the surviving Boston bomber seems to get better treatment than Lance. What….the…Hell…is up with that?

  4. August 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Wonderful story and I agree totally many many of our heroes can’t pass drug tests and let’s add teachers, doctors, druggists, people from all walks of life I spent my whole life being tested for drug use. As a trucker it is what you do assure the public you don’t get high or drunk before getting onto our nations highways but trust me there were many who were wasted. School bus drivers too. There will always be a part of society who think they are above the law. I agree Lance did more good than he ever did to hurt someone.

    • August 2, 2013 at 11:20 am

      ahhh, welcome welcome, my favourite truck driver of all time :)
      I’m just hoping all critics will come to their senses and put everything into perspective. Cheating among all the other contending cheater to win a tournament full of cheater does not make you a hardened criminal :)

  5. August 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I have attached a link here from a law enforcement forum. It’s in reference to Stegal! lol

    http://forums.officer.com/t110195/

    • August 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      FYI Brad Pitt is a reserve deputy for Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (my husband and I both work for them) He donated the new Command Center/SWAT Team truck so he gets a badge. It’s all ceremonial.

    • August 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Just updated the addendum and can’t help notice the similarity of your view with that of Cook’m.lol. I guess you feel Steven Seagal is a bigger fraud than Lance Armstrong? :)

  6. August 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    What an excellent posting. You have made me look at this in a whole new light. Thank you for encouraging your followers to open their minds and hearts to the fact that Lance Armstrong is not simply a million bits and pieces of news. You have reminded us that he has been a positive contributor to our society and its subheadings of sports, hope, and determination. Well done!

    • August 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you for the wonderful comment, Deb. I think right amount of reprimand would have been fair, but when things get so blown out of proportion its difficult not to feel little sympathetic for the guy.

  7. August 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I totally agree with you on this and glad that you wrote about this…

    • August 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Sorry for the late response. My customer service portion of the blog has been lacking these days :(
      Thanks for dropping in to support some of Lance’s honorable accomplishment over the years. There are many things in society to get angry over, Lance just isn’t one of them :)

  8. August 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Chris, my gravatar is currently in the unseeable mode (?) hopeful will clear up soon, I made some admin. changes on my wordpress blog so hopefully this is of a short duration. Just wanted to applaud your post here. And say I agree with all your words for all the reasons, and many more, that are out there! Thank you my friend! :) xx

    • August 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Can’t wait to check out what you’ve done to your already fab website! Thanks for the nod on this controversial blog, you know it means a lot coming from a Jedi master :)

      • August 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        It seems that anymore everything is controversial in one way or another Chris. Your words speak truth and if people were honest with themselves they’d look at their own shortcomings first – so easy for too many to pass judgement! Re the gravatar, I’m doing a spin off blog to focus on the crafting of a creative writing style. So when I included the newer photo for this new blog in the gravatar, everything went wonky! :) My life is filled with “wonks” – a daily adventure! :)

        • August 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          hmmm, you just rewrote this 1400+ word blog into two sentences, and it sounds MUCH better…Jedi writing master indeed!
          So you creating another blog site to help out aspiring writers?

          • August 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

            Hey I got $5,000 awhile back (marketing firm) when I reduced a 42 page upper management brief (ha) into 3 paragraphs for a companies brochure. I should be good at this! I’m hopeful the new blog will help me and other writers both.

            • August 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

              That is VERY cool. A good writing is no different than a good gadget or good food, and it should be compensated as such :)
              I really like your blog spinoff idea, maybe it can be a franchise :)

              • August 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

                I need to hire you to be my promoter Chris … that’s for sure! :) xx

                • August 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

                  I’m sure we’ll cross paths in the future :)

                  • August 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

                    I look forward to that day, Chris! Okay just posted, it’s a social commentary one – you know me! :)

  9. August 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Oh there I am, it just popped up! And at your blog site too! Well how cool is that! :)

    • August 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      hmm, still seeing mix of gold/white square pattern and your black/white photo of yourself, depending on menu mode.

      • August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        Yeah, don’t know what’s up with that actually, will have the “computer geek in the household” (she’ll love that) see if she can figure it out!. Yes still black and white just a newer photo (a month ago)! :)

        • August 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          hmmm, while I have you isolated like this. You mind telling me what your “computer geek” does with a microscope? Its one of those lingering open issues that hasn’t been closed out yet :)

          • August 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

            I can’t do that Chris, hers to tell … however I am about to post a new post because, like you … I am rather disgruntled with the behavior of too many people’s actions (or lack of) today! Just saying! :)

            • August 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

              ohhhh yeah! Penny H, UNPLUGGED!
              I know I need to beat Christina in a walkoff competition before I can even ask the question again.lol

  10. August 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I think the sad thing about all this is that cycling has been totally discredited. Doping as you say is rife. This has a hugely negative effect on the sport long term, through popular perception and loss of sponsorship. it should never have been allowed to get that dirty.
    i was involved in swimming to quite a high level and the tolerance for drug cheats is minimal. It happens but the attitude of the masses is very anti drugs. i would hate if I had to defend my chosen number one sport. Everyone works hard to win, i just hate the thought of cheating. I know it was different in cycling as they were all at it, but that is in my mind not a personal defense. Some day you have to look your family or children in the eye. Do you lie to them?
    I am not actually holier than thou and I did enjoy your post and to a large extent agreed with it, but drugs in sport are red rags to me. Zero tolerance, and test them everywhere!

    • August 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Well, you look at how it evolved to what it is and it comes down to money and popularity. Swimming doesn’t have this kind of problem yet because its just not as mainstream and doesn’t involve huge endorsement deals for the team, the incentive isn’t there yet. I am a firm believer that ALL big money sports and big sporting events, have this problem. If I was a pro level athlete and each pill represented additional $1million in income, I’d almost be foolish not to take one. Money, fame, & glamour in sports will always guarantee PED use. If the right incentive/tradeoff is there, most of them will take it, I think its just human nature. Cycling only looks the worst because its the most tested and strictest, so its only logical you will get more busts. And since its the 3rd biggest sporting event in the world(next to FIFA world cup and Summer Olympic), it will get huge worldwide publicity.

      My gut feeling is, there is even more PED use in other much bigger money sports like boxing, football, basketball, baseball, & mma. And they have lax rules that allows “cheater” to know when the next test will be. Once you know the test date, its just matter of knowing when to cycle off the ummm, “vitamin” treatment. You really gotta be a goofball to fail a drug test in these other sports.

      I really appreciate your input and would love to hear more about your swimming days. I would flip out if you personally know Phelps or Missy.lol. I wish there was a way to eliminate ped/doping in these big money sporting events, but I am a pessimist. The devil is waving that million dollar pill infront of you and a human being can only resist so much. He/she may resist the first million dollar pill, but now what if that pill eventually becomes a $125million pill like it was for Lance, can anybody resist that? I hope I am wrong but I know what people are like :(

      • August 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        My swimming days are well over and I am Irish so no top brass US numbers in my mobile!
        I do agree that power and money corrupts. It is said that only one in four of the population is absolutely honest so by that alone most if given the chance would cheat. It is just for me something that goes so far against the grain that it spoils the sport, as it has done a lot of the athletic events for me also. I just cannot watch them without my cynical hat on.

  11. August 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Nicely worded, fairly put. Thank you for the fair and balanced point of view, Chris. I like that you challenge folks to think. Always a pleasure to read your posts.

    • August 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      and we all love seeing the cool canine in shades. Thanks for your visit

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