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Golf legend Tiger Woods cheated on his wife, Cyclist Lance Armstrong cheated
his Sport and Tennis great Roger Federer has cheated "father time". It is no
longer a question of who is the greatest athlete of a generation, but who will
be the most forgiven.

Football players say they cheat to rid themselves of pain, while in Baseball they
cheat for immortality in the Hall of Fame.

Sport Cheating Scandals is not a new phenomenon, - but cheating to win is!

In 1919, when the Chicago White Sox became the "Black Sox" by deliberately
losing the World Series, - it was cheating to lose!

When Sonny Liston went from invincible to invisible with a phantom punch
that floated like a butterfly instead of stinging like a bee, by the soon to be
named Muhammad Ali, - its was cheating to lose!

And when 5 college kids from the City University of New York decided to shave
points and not their 5 o'clock shadow, at what should have been College Basketball's
finest hour, - it was cheating to lose!

As gambling changed the scandalous playing field for players from winning in the
arena to intentionally losing at the gambling hall, Performance Enhancing Drugs,
changed an athlete to be less focused on the outcome of the game and far more driven to care about his own individual performance that could garner an 8 figure endorsement deal from the streets of Madison Avenue.

Winning may not be a sure thing...but a good Nike Sneaker deal sure is!

Today's athletes, are now under the microscope of detection by more stringent
drug testing, passionate sports writers and the most loyal and ardent fans.

And they are certainly being judged by a jury of there peers...not by other
Superstar athletes but by a society who has made cheating such an every day
part of our lives, that it is hard to distinguish the playing field from the difficult
road in life.

Statistics say that more than 50% of the people we know have either cheated on
their spouse or lied on their taxes. Banks that are to big to fail seem to be to big
to follow the law and insider trading has become a sport unto itself.

College kids at West Point and Harvard have been embroiled in cheating scandals
and even the High School kids that are trying to get into those Universities are
being accused of cheating on their SATs.

Our athletes may be a reflection of who we are some of the time...but Lance Armstrong seems to be someone...who we don't want to be most of the time!

His moment of epiphany and mea culpa with Oprah Winfrey this week didn't come
because he failed to succeed in threatening and intimidating those that knew of his guilt and have already testified against him.

It didn't come when his charitable cancer organization, "LiveStrong" was under siege and he was forced to resign as Chairman of the Board.

It came, when his former teammate and friend, Floyd Landis, a former Tour De France winner himself, who was also stripped of his title due to performance enhancing drugs, refused to drop his 30 million dollar whistle blower law suit against Armstrong and he would be forced to either testify or take the stand and plead the 5th Amendment for more days than it takes to ride 126 miles.

Since there would be no drugs that could help this performance...he was not willing to win or lose a game where justice maybe blind...but they are not stupid!

So if you can't beat them...join another game! Armstrong decided to control the message, if he couldn't control the outcome! His appearance on Oprah Winfrey caused her to say that "Armstrong didn't come clean in the manner I expected."

Over the next several years, Armstrong will navigate the court of public opinion the way he drove through the French Alps...cautiously when called for, aggressive when needed and always relentless.

This is not a race to contrition, but a carefully conducted campaign that wasn't designed to restore an image but save it from ridicule and oblivion

When Sport is at its best, it is a metaphor for a society that can cherish the best that we have within us, when we thought there was no more to be found. There is more to be found than what Lance Armstrong had to offer.

And whether I am playing Tennis on Saturday or cheering for my favorite team on Sunday,
...I will always be playing to find it!

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  •  it just adds to his disgrace (11+ / 0-)

    after all his lies and his bullying, he finally was caught, so now he's going to try to pretend to be coming clean. to redeem his name and restore his brand. far too late, and far too obvious.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:50:29 AM PST

  •  Why does anyone care? (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, hnichols

    Just another shamed athlete to whom we should pay no attention to if we were all well adjusted people.

    I guess the only people who follow this guy would also watch anything Oprah Winfrey deposits on the TV.

    Sad that this is news.

    Can we pay attention to Mali or something?

    Eh.  Intertubes.

    •  Oh... I disagree (3+ / 0-)

      Lance was successful at hiding his massive doping effort and got the media to treat him as a darling.

      We were all supposed to somehow 'emulate' Armstrong's 'greatness', to push ourselves to "Livestrong" and then it turns out he's just a massive cheater and scam artist (as well as wingnut).

      he was a MegaScam.

      Worse than the run of the mill 'shamed athlete™.

      He dredged new depths to which pseudo-heros can stoop.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:09:53 AM PST

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      •  If... (1+ / 0-)
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        hnichols

        ...you buy into "heroes".  A better path lies with less contemporary "heroes".  Rosa Parks?

        Jesus.  It's just sports.

        FWIW... I really enjoyed 24 Hour Fitness aggressively remodeling their Lance Armstrong gym to remove his name shortly after his outing.  

  •  It pisses me off that this seems to get more (8+ / 0-)

    attention than say LIBOR. Where a bankster cabal stole trillion of dollars from millions of people. This guy is just another huckster caught up in big lies.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:01:26 AM PST

    •  THIS is America. (3+ / 0-)
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      hnichols, elkhunter, PowWowPollock

      Media's job is to obfuscate any scandal that impacts the commoners negatively and to keep them enthralled with shiny toys and half-assed pseudo-information disguised as "news".

      So yeah, we'll cheer the puppy walking down stairs and peaceably await the next NON-intervention in LIBOR or Wall Street.

      That, my freind, is called "maintaining the Status Quo" and the American media shines at this.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:12:04 AM PST

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  •  Dear Lance: (2+ / 0-)
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    citylights, hnichols

    See Pete Rose if you want to commiserate.  See what good it's done him,

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:01:37 AM PST

  •  I wonder how many people spit on the sidewalk (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, hnichols

    every time they realize they lionized this fucking drug-using cheater......

    Hey... at least he didn't smoke pot, right?

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:04:49 AM PST

  •  tour de france has been ravaged by lance type (2+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw, hnichols

    transgressions. its redesign produced a dull year. lemond was yelling that lance was wrong for years. initially, people thought him merely jealous and unstable. The French were always reluctant to embrace lance. Lemond, they liked. What a shame such an event ruined.
    Like the steroid era MLBaseball is still adjusting to.
    But, where there's cash and chemicals and trophies and product placement, often also there is deceipt and cheating.
    The next time some champ goes on too long about never failing a test-
    I guess we'll be a lot more suspicious, less trusting.
    It is relevant because it's about rules, examination, faith, credibility, legal machinery, competition, rewards, and, the price of character.

    clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:14:47 AM PST

  •  i'm mad becuz i'm cynical to pleas of innocence (0+ / 0-)

    so many liar extraordinaires like this protest too much. when the truth finally comes out,  i remember Shakespeare and doubt the next denier.

    sometimes someone is innocent. the only thing left to do is sit in silence because the noisiest are the guiltiest.

    Religious celebrities like Jimmy Swaggart and Ted Haggard, politicians like Bill Clinton and Larry Craig and the puffs of smoke like Armstrong and Tiger Woods are dooming the innocent ones. There is nothing they can say except to say it once.  'this accusation is false'. Then step out of the light and hope for truth to come out some other way.

    rarely a gulity one confesses quickly and i thank god for a break in the pomposity.  

    sometimes I spend more time reading the comments than the diaries. no offense to diarists: thanks for the launch pad.

    by dunnjen on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:30:29 AM PST

  •  A little cavalier with the Liston claim (1+ / 0-)
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    balancedscales

    Ali clearly struck Liston, if you watch a slo-mo of the tape.  And there is such a thing as a perfect punch.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:34:16 AM PST

  •  Clear case of a slime (0+ / 0-)

    masquerading as an American Hero.

  •  I'm not sure what your knowledge of cycling (2+ / 0-)
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    is, but I'm guessing it's not of any great depth.  A few quibbles...It takes a few hours to ride 126 miles, so pleading the fifth for a few hours isn't the end of the world.  Also, you don't "drive" your bike through France.  You ride it.  

    My point is that you seem to not know much about Lance Armstrong and cycling in general, not a criticism or personal attack, just an observation.

    As a young man in Richardson, TX, he began his athletic career as a triathlete, so it's always been something he loves to do and it's also something that you can continue to do professionally throughout your life, as they have age groups.  After he retired from cycling, he began to race mountain bikes and triathlons.   He competed in the Leadville 100, a brutal mountain bike race in the mountains near Leadville, CO.  He was leading the race by a significant margin when he flatted and was unable to fix his tire, so he  ran with his bike on his shoulder the last few miles, getting passed by only one person near the end.  Unfortunately for him, during his decade of lies, he perjured himself in 2005 in a Dallas courtroom by claiming that he never used PED's.  Once the UCI banned him from competing in any professional events for the rest of his life, he knew the only way that he would be able to compete would be to work a deal with the UCI so that he could admit enough fault to satisfy them so that they would allow him to compete.  Plain and simple.  He was waiting for the statute of limitations (7 years) to run out from the Dallas testimony.  

    That's it, really.  I work in and have been deeply involved in the bike industry for all of my adult life.  I've met him, have ridden with him on his ranch when it was still being built, though I'm not a friend of confidante in any way, shape, or form.  Anyone in the industry that has any connection to him will tell you that he's not a nice guy, doesn't care at all what people think about him, etc.  That is what made him who he is.  It's a personality that many elite athletes have, and he's definitely got it.  He's worth over 100 million dollars, lives a life of utter and complete luxury, yet he wants to continue competing.  He's an athlete and a competititor.  It's his lifeblood, and this "admission" is the only way that he could continue competing.  

    "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums -7.38, -6.46

    by balancedscales on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:03:03 AM PST

    •  By the way, let me be perfectly clear... (1+ / 0-)
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      BRog

      I am not defending him in any way, shape, or form.  His success saved a struggling bike industry, but the damage that he has done to so many people, so many lives, is too great to calculate.  A whole generation of cyclists were forced to do something they hated (PED's), or they were never allowed to know just how good they could have been.  What about the cyclists that worked just as hard, trained so much that they sacrifice personal lives, family relationships, etc, but because they wouldn't cheat, never got any success?

      He deserves whatever he gets, the shame, the ridicule, being stripped of his titles, and more.  

      At the same time, my gf is a cancer survivor, and the Livestrong Foundation has done a great deal for cancer research and giving hope to many who have a very hard time finding any.  I give credit to his foundation, which he started, but I'm glad that he's stepped away so that it can continue to do good work for good people without the taint of his lying and cheating hanging around its neck like an albatross.  

      Thanks.

      "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums -7.38, -6.46

      by balancedscales on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:12:33 AM PST

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    •  I think he should continue to be banned... (1+ / 0-)
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      PoliticalPizza

      What he did was pretty reprehensible.  It's not just that he cheated and lied about it. He acted like a total prick in lying about it.  He set out to destroy those who tried to tell the truth.  He went out in 2005 acting like an arrogant jackass.

      He got a lot more money than he deserved (although that's true of basically all athletes, even those that don't cheat).  If what he wants more than anything is to compete, then he shouldn't be allowed to do so.  

      I also don't really agree that every single athlete is an asshole.  Not saying they're all nice guys, but you can be driven without being a complete prick about it.  

      He's no doubt a great athlete, but he's a pretty despicable human being.  He could have handled his lies a bit more diplomatically, and once out of the sport he should have stayed gone, maybe made himself scarce for a decade or so until things quieted down. He wanted to have his cake and eat it too and didn't think he'd ever end up being caught.  

      Although, the ironic thing is it's probable all of the other top riders were cheating, too, so to a certain extent Armstrong's wins are probably legitimate.  Unfortunately, we don't know how the top line-up would have changed if people had not been cheating.  

      The real travesty is the person out there who might have been the best, but they refused to cheat.  How many of Lance's millions should have gone to someone else?  

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