The Internet is littered with articles about the Armstrong case. Almost all the articles contain rumors or speculation, usually based on some inside information. This is exactly the same as in sports where you hear about athletes implicated in far more serious criminal activity, but ESPN would never air a second of it, and let the entire world know about it, except for a few limited markets.
Armstrong isn’t just a prominent name in the world of cycling, he’s the most decorated Tour de France competitor in the history of the sport. People familiar with the Tour de France may have an idea about the dominance of Armstrong’s blockbuster that the Tour de France allows to exist, but it’s sad to see that most people are brainwashed into ignoring just how stunning the streak of victories by Armstrong is.
Most of the people who voted for Armstrong had no idea about the scale of his victories, and the fundamental difference in validity of the competition. In sports, most good things are seen as equal, and Armstrong was viewed as a cheat sheet in the Tour de France. His dispute with the cyclist he alleged lane split is complete garbage and seems to be highlighted more for its debunking than elevate its moral claim.
While I do agree that Armstrong is probably not cheating at the moment, the question should not be whether or not he should stay in the sport, but whether or not it’s reasonable to expect him to be around for the critical late stages of such a prestigious event. The Reid Paradox suggests that we shouldn’t expect anything to come for free. While I think that’s right, I don’t think it’s fair to Armstrong either, as he’s been the subject of so much finger-pointing and the majority of the suit is currently directed at him.
I think the increasingly high-borghini ego of professional athletes is a major cause of our modern culture’s problems. Would you think that if Barry Bonds put himself in the line if he felt the need to have it done, there would be absolutely no qualms in the matter? And if Michael Lewis wanted to write a book claiming that the Baltimore Orioles wereopes, there would also be no qualms on their part. The problem in America is that a majority of the public still thinks it’s okay to get away with a lot of cheating, and the rapid implosion of the game of baseball reflects that.
Not to say that homerun hitting isn’t Chief Fielder’s raison d’etre, but the Chief would have been a lot more consistent and reliable hitter if he didn’t feel like he was constantly being challenged. And Lewis’ writing would be a lot more believable if it weren’t being picked up by everyone fromirement bonuses to the Baltimore Orioles.
There’s a lot of Weak Means and Weak Ends in life. If you believe in fraud, cheating orurous behavior, it’s best to just get out while the gettin’s cheap. As the Chief said, money is important. The point is, if you believe it’s wrong, it’s wrong. And while we’re on the subject, why not Steal Home The Casino while you’re at it? Better yet, just get out while the gettin’s cheap. While the thought of walking out your casino cheaply may be enticing, if the thought of walking out your casino altogether distracts you (while you’re gambling), it’s really better to just get out while the gettin’s cheap. It may not really matter what the casino’s 3-9 point on the come-out roll, you can bet the panen138 won’t mind half a point, and if they do mind, they’ll have you by the balls.