Monday, October 22, 2012

Come Monday...Lanced Armstrong

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

I must admit that I was thrilled and amazed every time [Lance Armstrong] would win another [Tour de France]—despite having absolutely no interest in the sport of bicycle racing in any way, shape or form.  For he was an American beating the rest of the world in a sporting event that they held in much higher esteem than the vast majority of us did.

I would also rankle every time another accusation against him for doping would surface.  For I considered it to be just more sore grapes and a gross miscarriage of justice to force him to have to defend himself time and again when there was obviously no legitimate evidence to be found against him.  After all, had he not been gone over with a very fine-toothed comb after every race?

Oh, but I was just as deceived as thousands (millions, actually) of others.  For I had no idea just how much power he wielded in the cycling community, which has come to light with the release of the [evidence] against him.

Alas, I do not want to look like I am piling on, but I must also admit that what started out as mere disdain over his reluctance to refute claims the “he” had beaten [testicular cancer] grew to near hatred over the years.  For it was made more and more clearly apparent to me that he really did want to believe that he had beaten cancer in the same way as he had won seven-straight Tours de France, which was through sheer force of will, with very little consideration being given all of the support he had received—including medical treatments (not to mention it actually being our Heavenly Father who had done everything he was wanting to take credit for).

No, he would not be inclined to make any of that abundantly clear.  For why would anyone want to donate to the [Livestrong Foundation] when even its founder was of the opinion that the research it was supposed to be all about funding was probably a waste of resources?

Could it be that Lance was actually wanting to make clones of himself?  Surely not!  For there could only be one of him—right?  Please forgive me, but I hope so.

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  1. It's a shame that another hero has proved to have feet of clay.

  2. It is, indeed, my dear Tony. Thanks for stopping by again!!!

  3. I don't follow stuff like this so when Wade was telling me about it one day I had no clue what he was talking about

  4. I will not cast stones but I will admit that I too am very very disappointed. Oh what a glorious opportunity the good Lord has given all of us around the world to reconsider whom we decide to revere as a hero.

    How about some heroes like everyday people who have over come unimaginable circumstances and gone on to live happy successful lives? Instead of movie stars, singers and bands, how about our armed forces, diplomats, missionaries, firemen, policemen, EMT workers, Scholars, dedicated teachers ( who work for peanuts and often spend what little money they do make to buy supplies for their class room), DR.'S who donate time to take care of people who cannot afford care, etc.... The list could go on forever and ever.

    As for me, I have one athlete right now I consider a hero and that is Tebow. I pray that he does not fail and let us all down.

    In general I am and have been convinced for a long long time that we as a culture are way too quick to idolize and make heroes out of the wrong people. Just because someone becomes famous shouldn't automatically qualify them and put them in the running for being called a hero.

    After all, there is a difference between being a champion and a hero!!

  5. I must admit that I was thrilled and amazed every time [Lance Armstrong] would win another [Tour de France]—despite having absolutely no interest in the sport of bicycle racing...

    I completely agree, I still don't care one bit for bicycle racing. Namely because in the overdeveloped suburban sprawl where I live there are a bunch of them and they can back traffic up for miles.

    As for Lance, something about the guy turned me off from the start.

  6. Tsk, tsk. Haven't you learned to pay close attention to what your boys have to tell you yet, my dear Ann? Thanks for stopping by again!!!

  7. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Jackie!!! You said it all when you said that there is a difference between being a champion and a hero!

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandie!!! Well, you can, but it really sucks when you get caught. (LOL?)

  9. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Beach Bum!!! You must live in a more civilized area than around here. For it finally came out a few years back that what was being reported as being evidence of just how many armadillos were heading north splattered on the highways was actually evidence of there being many Lance Armstrong wannabes who weren't fast enough. (LOL?)


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