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Ultimately, he was only a cheat and a really good one at that. What a waste of years of his life. The Bernie Madoff of bicycling. Tiger Woods, Ahhhnuld, Sheen, etc have made comebacks after destroying themselves and those close to them but I don't think Lancy ever will.
I would not want a trophy on the wall if it was poached and I can't imagine holding any type of championship gained under false pretense. But I am just one of the silent majority who go to work everyday and play by the rules.
I certainly can't agree that "Tiger Woods, Ahhhnuld, Sheen, etc have made comebacks after destroying themselves." They're forever tainted with their wayward pasts.
Last I heard, the New Orleans Saints still hold the championship they stole during the Vikings last post season appearance. So,it does pay to do what you must in the sporting world. As for Lance Armstrong, he is a hard man in a hard line of work. Everyone knew about the doping regardless of what was printed. What is happening now is selective memory. This really is beyond shameful.
I wonder what happened to all the people that thought a yellow rubber bracelet was cool?
"DufferH: I certainly can't agree that "Tiger Woods, Ahhhnuld, Sheen, etc have made comebacks after destroying themselves." They're forever tainted with their wayward pasts." ---- You are correct. I should not have chosen the word "comeback" because it sounds too positive. I was just trying to say that those three, at the very least, were able to show their faces on Leno, Letterman, etc. (a return to the national public eye and scrutiny). Lance won't even be able to do that. Also, each of those that I mentioned has been able to return back to his line of work. Lance will be banned FOREVER. Using him as just a promotional gimmick for a cycling event (like the recent Colorado one) is also gone as in "get a signed photo or something." Again, "comeback" was probably too good of a word to use for these kind of infamous people. Injured soldiers and youth hockey players make comebacks, not those who self destruct.
No doubt Lance cheated. As a former fan I was disappointed to learn about it. But it does not detract from the good work he has done through his foundation. Hopefully he can focus on that to salvage whatever remains of his legacy.
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