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    The mother of all apology speeches (lance mega thread)

    It's coming. Probably this weekend at the Livestrong anniversary party.

    I think it will go like this:

    1) He had no choice but to dope as a cyclist.
    2) He could not admit because the people with cancer were counting on him.
    3) He will now devote his remaining life to fighting cancer.

    The interesting information will come in interviews afterward. I cannot see Armstrong not passing the blame around.



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    I doubt it . . . a confession would lead to substantial legal issues at this point, no? Perjury, etc.
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    Lance is ruined.

    Now he is just some doper who was THAT much better then all the other dopers.

    What a dope.

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    He won't say a thing and he will ignore questions about it, even though the media will be there in droves in hopes that he will say something.

    Livestrong itself has been very quiet in their PR stuff lately. I have seen one blog post about Lance stepping down and one or two tidbits about moving on and trying to redirect attention to cancer patients.

    I could see Lance pulling out his famous sharp tongue if the media is too pushy.

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    Better life through chemicals!
    He beat them all, including the system.
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    i think

    that this will happen inevitably and regardless of his actions...

    it'd be nice if he owned to it. it would allow most of us to move on...


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    I doubt it . . . a confession would lead to substantial legal issues at this point, no? Perjury, etc.

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    Lance wont be admitting anything, its not in his make up, he might have had the guts to cheat his way to 7 tours and beat cancer but he wont have the guts to admit and come clean on this....
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    it'd be nice if he owned to it. it would allow most of us to move on...
    You really have problems if you can't move on due to Lance's doping allegations. I think the only sad thing about this whole incident is that, it is very apparent, doping is nearly the only way to compete in professional cycling (roadies).

    That all said, Livestrong has, at the very least, brought a large focus the horrible illness that is cancer and the hopes to find a way to fight it. He has also been a huge influence which boosted the American passion in all forms of cycling. I would bet this also improved the health of many folks who wouldn't have cycled before this passion. More ppl are healthier and happier now from Lance's motivation to get on a bike and just pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboy23 View Post
    You really have problems if you can't move on due to Lance's doping allegations.
    i think you are onto something here...

    That all said, Livestrong has, at the very least, brought a large focus the horrible illness that is cancer and the hopes to find a way to fight it. He has also been a huge influence which boosted the American passion in all forms of cycling. I would bet this also improved the health of many folks who wouldn't have cycled before this passion. More ppl are healthier and happier now from Lance's motivation to get on a bike and just pedal.
    maybe, if it wasn't for McDonald's and Krispy Kreme....

    he could have achieved the same influence without cheating...

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    "Cheating" "Ruined" LOL Lance Haters dancing on his virtual grave. Dance on, Haters.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Livestrong contributes almost nothing to actual cancer research. Interesting article in Outside a while back:

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    The two most traumatizing moments of my life.... finding out Santy Claus is not real and Lance being a cheater.

    Go figure.

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    Why would he even BE there? He stepped down from the Foundation. If it was ME, I wouldn't be anywhere NEAR the thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    Livestrong contributes almost nothing to actual cancer research. Interesting article in Outside a while back:

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    How many times do I have to say this? They don't claim to. The organization promotes survivorship support. They give money to orgs who provide that support and they offer support services of their own. It is an important aspect of caring for cancer patients that was not receiving much attention in the past.

    I am a recipient of some of those services. Livestrong paid for me to attend a weekend survivorship retreat where I got to meet other survivors my age. I made some lifelong friends there and learned a great deal about the emotional recovery survivors go through.

    The organization also works with the YMCA to provide memberships to survivors so they can get healthy again.

    You don't have to fund research to be a viable cancer charity. I am a volunteer with a couple other orgs that provide survivorship support and not a dime to research. It doesn't make them any less important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpedaler View Post
    Why would he even BE there? He stepped down from the Foundation. If it was ME, I wouldn't be anywhere NEAR the thing.
    He is still a member of the board even though he no longer leads the organization. Not to mention, the speaking engagement has likely been set for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskywolf View Post
    The two most traumatizing moments of my life.... finding out Santy Claus is not real and Lance being a cheater.

    Go figure.
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    don't want to argue with you

    out of respect for what you've gone through, and you obviously benefited from Livestrong. if you were the only person they helped - Livestrong is worth of it's existence.

    i guess one of the points that few people are trying to make is represented by this statement:

    “The issue with Lance Armstrong isn’t whether he has done good for cancer victims,” accounting professor Mark Zimbelman wrote on his blog Fraudbytes, in a post comparing Mortenson to Armstrong, “but rather, whether he first cheated to beat his opponents, then used his fraudulent titles to help promote an organization that appears to do good but also enriches a fraudster.”

    as far as i am concerned - that is the summary of Livestrong issue and how LA used it to project his public image as well as a powerful protection shield behind which he ran a successful cheating operation...

    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    How many times do I have to say this? They don't claim to. The organization promotes survivorship support. They give money to orgs who provide that support and they offer support services of their own. It is an important aspect of caring for cancer patients that was not receiving much attention in the past.

    I am a recipient of some of those services. Livestrong paid for me to attend a weekend survivorship retreat where I got to meet other survivors my age. I made some lifelong friends there and learned a great deal about the emotional recovery survivors go through.

    The organization also works with the YMCA to provide memberships to survivors so they can get healthy again.

    You don't have to fund research to be a viable cancer charity. I am a volunteer with a couple other orgs that provide survivorship support and not a dime to research. It doesn't make them any less important.

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    Yeah so Lance used his celebrity to promote Livestrong and in turn hid behind Livestrong. I get it. And how they have helped me and other cancer survivors does not excuse anything Lance has done. But big picture, here. Are you saying that cheating and being a lying aggressive @$$ by one guy outweighs the good accomplished by the organization? The previous poster and that Outside article were not even comparing that. They are saying that Livestrong does not support research and implying therefore the charity hides money and spends it suspiciously and is an overall shady organization.

    The situation is FAR more complicated than that. Lance is a very complicated person and this is a complicated situation. On the one had he is supremely arrogant and has pushed to ruin people who have tried to uncover his doping and yet on the other he helped create and promote this organization that has helped so many cancer survivors.

    I am saying you don't have to throw it all out. Condemn and punish the lying and cheating and all of that stuff. Let the good work continue by supporting cancer survivors locally and globally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    "Cheating" "Ruined" LOL Lance Haters dancing on his virtual grave. Dance on, Haters.
    LOL, I think those two words are just about as spot on as you can give.
    No hating about them, they are as factual as you will get in these threads lol
    yes he cheated, and yes he is ruined, i think you are confusing 'hating' with the facts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    On the one had he is supremely arrogant and has pushed to ruin people who have tried to uncover his doping and yet on the other he helped create and promote this organization that has helped so many cancer survivors.

    I am saying you don't have to throw it all out. Condemn and punish the lying and cheating and all of that stuff. Let the good work continue by supporting cancer survivors locally and globally.
    Jekyll & Hyde for sure!!

    Thanks for the breakdown on livestrong natehawk, I wasn't 100% sure what the organization was about.

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    it is just a silly bicycle race.
    why should anyone really care
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    lance will always be the best cyclist there ever was!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Yeah so Lance used his celebrity to promote Livestrong and in turn hid behind Livestrong. I get it. And how they have helped me and other cancer survivors does not excuse anything Lance has done. But big picture, here.
    ...

    The situation is FAR more complicated than that. Lance is a very complicated person and this is a complicated situation. On the one had he is supremely arrogant and has pushed to ruin people who have tried to uncover his doping and yet on the other he helped create and promote this organization that has helped so many cancer survivors.

    I am saying you don't have to throw it all out. Condemn and punish the lying and cheating and all of that stuff. Let the good work continue by supporting cancer survivors locally and globally.

    This is very well said. I think there are a lot of angles to this, and most folks don't sift through them.

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    I just want to ask.
    Do you guys really believe that his opponents were clean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    I just want to ask.
    Do you guys really believe that his opponents were clean?
    But Lance must have cheated more, thats why he won, hell, any of us could with the TDF if we doped, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    But Lance must have cheated more, thats why he won, hell, any of us could with the TDF if we doped, right?
    He did it better that's for sure!
    That still make him the best in my book.
    I agree 100% with you, all that you need to do to win the TDF several times is to dope.
    Why do you think there's a war on dope?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    I just want to ask.
    Do you guys really believe that his opponents were clean?
    That's actually the reason that the UCI has said they're just going to leave the race winner position blank instead of moving everyone up a spot should they decide to strip Lance of his titles based on the USADA evidence, because every single other person on the podium in all of those years has also been involved in doping allegations.

    Pretty sad state of affairs for road cycling (not like MTB has been squeaky clean over that same time period). Assuming that he did dope, if everyone else was doping too, did he still win? Or in that case, with no eligible riders, did the race just not actually take place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Why do you think there's a war on dope?




    To rid the world of dopes?

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    wait, Lance was doping???

    my life = ruined.
    my reality = shattered.

    What next????? NFL players on steroids?? WWF wrestling not real??

    Raise your hand if you've never cheated, or taken a short cut to tilt the odds in your favor?

    I'm not advocating that he get to keep the titles (frankly I don't care), but this is getting as bad as Roger Clemens... A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION????? Our nation is in shambles (relatively) and we're more concerned with who's Snookie's babies daddy, or which athlete cheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadie scum View Post
    To rid the world of dopes?
    whoa!

    dope is an excellent prepping compound for assembling pipes
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    whoa!

    dope is an excellent prepping compound for assembling pipes
    and then using in pipes.................. or so I learn from TV shows..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Yeah so Lance used his celebrity to promote Livestrong and in turn hid behind Livestrong. I get it. And how they have helped me and other cancer survivors does not excuse anything Lance has done. But big picture, here. Are you saying that cheating and being a lying aggressive @$$ by one guy outweighs the good accomplished by the organization? The previous poster and that Outside article were not even comparing that. They are saying that Livestrong does not support research and implying therefore the charity hides money and spends it suspiciously and is an overall shady organization.
    Nate,

    i was not talking about Livestrong. I was talking about LA.

    here is another quote from the same article. it strikingly applies to our discussion around here - does it not?

    "Others noticed an annoying tendency: whenever questions about doping arose, Armstrong and his supporters changed the subject to his cancer work, a tactic that the bicycling website NY Velocity called “raising the cancer shield.” After the 60 Minutes segment on Armstrong aired in May—complete with damning claims from ex-teammate Tyler Hamilton that Armstrong had cheated—Armstrong’s lawyers denied the allegations and quickly invoked Livestrong in his defense. In their one legal brief to date, they blasted the feds over alleged leaks to 60 Minutes that, they said, were intended to legitimize “the government’s investigation of a national hero, best known for his role in the fight against cancer.”

    The situation is FAR more complicated than that. Lance is a very complicated person and this is a complicated situation.
    i don't see it complicated at all. justice will happen to Lance - the way it is destined to happen. whether he is complicated or not - has nothing to do with the fact that he deceived the world - and he really did not have to. whether he is complicated or not will not affect the outcome of his misjudged decision.

    i hope Livestrong lives without him. for the sake of all of us.

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    just the same though ^^^ why should we really give a fcuk!

    WHY?

    All I hear is rhetoric and BS

    When it comes down to it, it's 'entertainment'

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    oskolo, Livestrong was brought into it a long time ago, and they are tied to this by Lance. The quote you used really doesn't support your case about it not being about Livestrong, either.

    ...an organization that appears to do good but also enriches a fraudster.”
    as far as i am concerned - that is the summary of Livestrong issue and how LA used it to project his public image as well as a powerful protection shield behind which he ran a successful cheating operation...
    That bolded text implicates Livestrong in NOT helping cancer survivors. Which is absolutely not the case and is what I was specifically pointing out. It is an idea that as far as I can tell was created by Outside Magazine because everyone who likes to cite the tidbit that "Livestrong does not fund research" always throws out that link. The organization definitely DOES good things. It does help people. The way Lance used it is largely irrelevant now because Lance has been outed and his shield won't work anymore because he is no longer running the organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    it is just a silly bicycle race.
    why should anyone really care
    Couldn't agree more!! ( i would give you a positive rep but i can't[lol])... i don't even know why the GOV gets involved with issues such as this. one of many wastes of our tax payers money


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    a radio sports guy said one day ( in reference to MLB/Roger Clemens) if all of the players which most are doping and only 1 or 2 are actually doing anything with it then how is it cheating? " ... personally the only sport i support a drug free program is nascar. because if i was driving 500miles at 200mph with others cars within inches i sure as heck wouldn't when them stoned out of their minds
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    oskolo, Livestrong was brought into it a long time ago, and they are tied to this by Lance. The quote you used really doesn't support your case about it not being about Livestrong, either.
    i thought you were responding to my post, not all posts on this topic. i know what i think about Livestrong and it is different from what you are trying to tell me - that i think. the quote that i posted describes Livestrong as LA's shield - and it was used widely around here as well. even by you. you do acknowledge that LA is a cheater BUT... and then we go with Livestrong etc...

    That was exactly the point of the quote i posted. and you proved it right... not that there is anything wrong with what you did... i understand where you are coming from...



    It is an idea that as far as I can tell was created by Outside Magazine because everyone who likes to cite the tidbit that "Livestrong does not fund research" always throws out that link.........

    The organization definitely DOES good things. It does help people. The way Lance used it is largely irrelevant now because Lance has been outed and his shield won't work anymore because he is no longer running the organization.
    Outside Magazine article states:

    "An Associated Press story from August 2010 described Livestrong as “one of the top 10 groups funding cancer research in the United States.” The comments section of any article about Armstrong will inevitably include messages like this one from ESPN.com: “keep raising millions for cancer research lance, and ignore the haters.” At one point, the foundation brought in a PR consultant to try and clarify the messaging, but Armstrong himself says there’s only so much they can do. “We can’t control what everybody says they’re wearing the bracelets for,” he told me.

    At the same time, though, Armstrong and his supporters help perpetuate the notion that they are, in fact, helping battle cancer in the lab. “I am here to fight this disease,” he angrily told journalist Paul Kimmage at a press conference held during his 2009 comeback."

    Livestrong helps a good cause. I don't dispute that. Though the percentage of what it contributes to helping cancer survivors should be higher.

    i think you are smart enough to know what my point is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    a radio sports guy said one day ( in reference to MBL/Roger Clemens) if all of the players which most are doping and only 1 or 2 are actually doing anything with it then how is it cheating? " ... personally the only sport i support a drug free program is nascar. because if i was driving 500miles at 200mph with others cars within inches i sure as heck wouldn't when them stoned out of their minds
    Nice NASCAR reference

    But realistically, being 'stoned' or drunk during the race is a non issue - but who was that guy high on acid that killed-it in a F1, Kart? race? - shoot - now I gotta google the intertoobs

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    but who was that guy high on acid that killed-it in a F1, Kart? race? - shoot - now I gotta google the intertoobs
    Acid isn't considered a performance enhancing drug though, is it?

    Searching around I keep finding hits like,

    which is a good LSD for road racing?
    But they are talking about limited slip differentials....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Acid isn't considered a performance enhancing drug though, is it?

    ...
    is pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    it is just a silly bicycle race.
    why should anyone really care
    This.

    I've never idolized or really cared about any "professional" sports. The closest I came I guess was with ski racing, but I was much more happy just out there skiing by myself and encountering and overcoming my own challenges. Lots of people seem to feed upon watching other people overcome challenges. They are sport-spectator fans. They care about what some "team" (of players from all over with no geographic loyalty) does in some random location. They'd rather sit and watch people driving around a circle than go out and having some fun. They'd rather "keep up to date" on all the drama of sports players and their tribulations.

    I'm not saying that it's wrong or not fun to watch a game every once and a while, but for some people, being a spectator IS their sport. They are so far into it that it completely wrecks their world when something like this happens, or they learn about WWF, or that you really can't make it to the highest levels in some sports due to genetics.

    Some of us just don't care. We only had a passing interest in the first place about the TDF or road racing. The world will move on. The only true hero is you, because YOU get out there and ride, YOU do better than your last ride, YOU do something that you thought wasn't possible. It doesn't matter what OTHER people think, and if you've boxed yourself into a corner where you base so much of your world perception on what other people think and do, you'll end up severely disappointed when the folly of man is shown. I don't think LA has to do or say anything for anyone at this point. You should be able to just move on, and hopefully he can do, and do something better. There is nothing positive or productive doing anything otherwise...
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    that this will happen inevitably and regardless of his actions...

    it'd be nice if he owned to it. it would allow most of us to move on...
    It will do nothing to improve road cycling and racing's North American image problem.

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    He won't own up to anything. Dopers suck.

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    And oh yeah; just make an "unlimited class", where you dope and shoot up (and your heart explodes) all you want. When a rider in the "clean"-class is found to be doping, he automatically moves to the "unlimited" class, where his times are probably not as good as the totally-doped-out racers.

    Darwin would take care of the ones shooting up most likely (unless there were benefits that actually did not detract from life in any way).

    Problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    is pot?
    I don't think either of them are in the typical sense of "performance enhancing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    And oh yeah; just make an "unlimited class", where you dope and shoot up (and your heart explodes) all you want. When a rider in the "clean"-class is found to be doping, he automatically moves to the "unlimited" class, where his times are probably not as good as the totally-doped-out racers.

    Darwin would take care of the ones shooting up most likely (unless there were benefits that actually did not detract from life in any way).

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    I know right? It's way too good of an idea to ever happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    I don't think either of them are in the typical sense of "performance enhancing".
    ok - testosterone?
    how about O2?
    red blood cells?
    Cortisone, Cortisol?

    those should be banned - those who say yes should be the 1st to apply to the ban
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    ok - testosterone?
    how about O2?
    red blood cells?
    Cortisone, Cortisol?

    those should be banned...
    Yes, absolutely, those change your muscles and change your blood so there is a "physical advantage", where I assume that weed and LSD just give you a mental advantage, but not in all cases, it could make you think you are an orange too like happened to Syd barrett!

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    All of the top guys were on dope during that time period, who cares.

    The sport is cleaner (and riders are slower) now, good.

    Don't see why we have to re-hash everything.

    Doped or not, this is sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Yes, absolutely, those change your muscles and change your blood so there is a "physical advantage", where I assume that weed and LSD just give you a mental advantage, but not in all cases, it could make you think you are an orange too like happened to Syd barrett!
    1- isn't a mental advantage the biggest one?

    2- I was being kinda facetious saying all those 'aides' because the are naturally occurring or accepting in the human body.

    So you can sit on a couch, do nothing and lower all of those things.
    Conversely, you can increase that with normal exercise, then even more with rigorous exercise..then you plateau - until you eat something extra - protein supplements, carbs in a foil, sweat off a yak's nut, etc... where does it stop?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboy23 View Post
    You really have problems if you can't move on due to Lance's doping allegations. I think the only sad thing about this whole incident is that, it is very apparent, doping is nearly the only way to compete in professional cycling (roadies).

    That all said, Livestrong has, at the very least, brought a large focus the horrible illness that is cancer and the hopes to find a way to fight it. He has also been a huge influence which boosted the American passion in all forms of cycling. I would bet this also improved the health of many folks who wouldn't have cycled before this passion. More ppl are healthier and happier now from Lance's motivation to get on a bike and just pedal.
    Excellent post

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    you are making a valid point there delll

    consequently, it made me wondering...

    it is a known fact that if you exercise muscles - you can make them bigger... dope certainly helps... but why does it apply to all muscles but one, arguably the most important one... i was hoping you can shed some light on this subject and maybe suggest a workaround...

    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    1- isn't a mental advantage the biggest one?

    2- I was being kinda facetious saying all those 'aides' because the are naturally occurring or accepting in the human body.

    So you can sit on a couch, do nothing and lower all of those things.
    Conversely, you can increase that with normal exercise, then even more with rigorous exercise..then you plateau - until you eat something extra - protein supplements, carbs in a foil, sweat off a yak's nut, etc... where does it stop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    1- isn't a mental advantage the biggest one?
    You get high on Acid for 6 months and I'll get shot up with EPO for 6 months and we'll see who can turn the cranks harder, deal?

    I knwo what you mean though, the mental game is a big one for sure, but without the "mechanics" (stronger muscles and extra blood) you'll be bringing up the rear no matter what. Maybe we need third party to participate in the test, they'll take EPO and acid for 6 months prior to our race? Who is down? PM me if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    You get high on Acid for 6 months and I'll get shot up with EPO for 6 months and we'll see who can turn the cranks harder, deal?

    I knwo what you mean though, the mental game is a big one for sure, but without the "mechanics" (stronger muscles and extra blood) you'll be bringing up the rear no matter what. Maybe we need third party to participate in the test, they'll take EPO and acid for 6 months prior to our race? Who is down? PM me if anyone is interested.
    good stuff
    I'll take EPO and some LSD! - a-ha!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppedrayes View Post
    lance will always be the best <strike>cyclist</strike> doper there ever was!!!
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    OPRAH, he's going to do it on OPRAH!

    "On the heels of her much-publicized interview with David Letterman, Oprah just announced her next Big Get: Lance Armstrong, discussing his doping scandal, in the first interview since he was given a lifetime cycling ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last summer and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

    Oprah will travel to Armstrong’s home in Texas for the interview. The cyclist will also address “years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career,” according to an announcement from OWN.

    The 90-minute episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m., will also be live streamed on Oprah.com."


    From a Jan 4th article in the New York Times:

    In Reversal, Armstrong Is Said to Weigh Admitting Drug Use

    "The timeline for Armstrong’s deciding whether to confess is unclear, but it is partly based on whether the United States Justice Department will join the whistle-blower lawsuit, which was filed under the False Claims Act. The sole plaintiff of that lawsuit is Floyd Landis, Armstrong’s former Postal Service teammate, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping.

    If the Justice Department joins the lawsuit as a plaintiff, the case would be more formidable than if Landis pursued it alone. Landis stands to collect up to 30 percent of any money won in the case, which could be in the millions. The team’s contract with the Postal Service from 2000 to 2004 was more than $30 million."
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    Oprah will travel to Armstrong’s home in Texas for the interview.
    That's right, bow before the king!

    Or is it too soon to joke about this ish yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    That's right, bow before the king! Or is it too soon to joke about this ish yet?
    Too soon? This is so ripe for parody I can hardly wrap my mind around it....I just hope we haven't all been punked by an Onion article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadie scum View Post
    To rid the world of dopes?
    Yeah, sure. And why is that is a good thing?

    It is a frigging bicycle race. A game. An entertainment.

    Nobody cares. And Lance should not admit anything. I would hate to see that USADA self-promoting ****** happy. I do not like him much more than Armstrong in this whole sad story. There was no need to go after Lance, he is not racing anymore, and they did not catch him with tests, like other guys, when he was. Nothing good happened out of this, except cheap entertainment for petty people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    wait, Lance was doping???

    my life = ruined.
    my reality = shattered.

    What next????? NFL players on steroids?? WWF wrestling not real??

    Raise your hand if you've never cheated, or taken a short cut to tilt the odds in your favor?

    I'm not advocating that he get to keep the titles (frankly I don't care), but this is getting as bad as Roger Clemens... A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION????? Our nation is in shambles (relatively) and we're more concerned with who's Snookie's babies daddy, or which athlete cheated.

    Am I the only one who sees a serious disconnect here?

    While I like what you write, and totally agree with what you say, I cannot agree with the sentiment inferred when you ask who of us has never cheated in some way. Perhaps I am a complete oddball, but I don't think so, deviant sexual fetishes aside, and I have never cheated or tilted the odds in my favor by taking a short cut. I played competitive rugby for many years in the UK when I was young, and saw nothing of any kind of cheating, apart from the usual biting, hacking and gouging that was a part of that game! The only 'doping' was a pint or two after the match. I raced a National MTB series in the UK in the late 80s, and saw no evidence of anything like that myself, although I would not be surprised if people were using some kind of performance-enhancing stuff at the highest levels. Personally, and I am sure this goes for the great majority of people racing there, I would not have dreamed of trying to cheat in any way. What, after all, is the point of competing if you cheat? What satisfaction of a job well done could there be if you cheat? What, apart from the desire for fame and the greed for financial reward, could be the motivation to try one's best?
    The real sadness in all this, to my mind, is that these desires, fame and money, trump all the positive benefits of competitive sport that, to my mind at least, make it all worthwhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
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    Raise your hand if you've never cheated, or taken a short cut to tilt the odds in your favor?
    While I like what you write, and totally agree with what you say, I cannot agree with the sentiment inferred when you ask who of us has never cheated in some way. Perhaps I am a complete oddball, but I don't think so, deviant sexual fetishes aside, and I have never cheated or tilted the odds in my favor by taking a short cut. I played competitive rugby for many years in the UK when I was young, and saw nothing of any kind of cheating, apart from the usual biting, hacking and gouging that was a part of that game! The only 'doping' was a pint or two after the match. I raced a National MTB series in the UK in the late 80s, and saw no evidence of anything like that myself, although I would not be surprised if people were using some kind of performance-enhancing stuff at the highest levels. Personally, and I am sure this goes for the great majority of people racing there, I would not have dreamed of trying to cheat in any way. What, after all, is the point of competing if you cheat? What satisfaction of a job well done could there be if you cheat? What, apart from the desire for fame and the greed for financial reward, could be the motivation to try one's best?
    The real sadness in all this, to my mind, is that these desires, fame and money, trump all the positive benefits of competitive sport that, to my mind at least, make it all worthwhile.
    Have you ever used a tire lever? If you used a tire lever you cheated against your tire You got an advantage. A mechanical one anyway. That follows in the original posters context, but I doubt it was his meaning. Many things can give advantage or tilt odds in favor that are not considered bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    I blame George Bush. They're both Texans, right?
    Well, W. is maybe, kinda, sorta but not really a Texan; all hat and no cattle, even though he (technically) has a ranch.
    They did both spend "formative" years in Midland, though (Lance all and W. some).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxotty View Post
    Have you ever used a tire lever? If you used a tire lever you cheated against your tire You got an advantage. A mechanical one anyway. That follows in the original posters context, but I doubt it was his meaning. Many things can give advantage or tilt odds in favor that are not considered bad.
    I hear you, and this brings up the argument of mechanical advantage, and what constitutes cheating and bending the rules in that. Any fan of motor racing knows all about those shenanigans, and advances in technology with bicycles could also be considered an unfair advantage in many instances. However, the way I see it, these tech advances that are driven by competition are a positive, and can be regulated, and indeed are regulated. This system is not always the most efficient in many people's eyes, but it is a lot easier to regulate than chemicals in the human body, and I simply cannot see any positive benefits that could come from artificial and illicit performance enhancing drug usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxotty View Post
    . Many things can give advantage or tilt odds in favor that are not considered bad.


    Just look at the shoe wars between Nike and Reebok... Jump higher, run faster... spend more. The ladies swim suit controversy in the Olympics advantages are all around. Should he have dopped? that is a personal choice he made right or wrong is his problem but it is obvious that all the top guys were doing it. So then do we say that if he had not chances are he would not have won? and to further go down the rabbit hole, if all the top guys were doing it then I guess they were playing on the same level field correct? and lance still kicked thier collective asses.

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    I think the best that could come out of this is for him to admit his involvement, and in the next breath, throw Trek with all it's big $, and high pressure "we need to win so we can sell more units" expectations, under the bus.

    I've no doubt he did it, but am befuddled why it's not even in the discussion that he had help from his sponsors. That he would carry off a program like this and not have their assistance, or at a minimum, tacit approval, is improbable at best. You just don't do something like this under your bosses nose without them signing off (and handing you a few bucks for supplies too).....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    I think the best that could come out of this is for him to admit his involvement, and in the next breath, throw Trek with all it's big $, and high pressure "we need to win so we can sell more units" expectations, under the bus.

    I've no doubt he did it, but am befuddled why it's not even in the discussion that he had help from his sponsors. That he would carry off a program like this and not have their assistance, or at a minimum, tacit approval, is improbable at best. You just don't do something like this under your bosses nose without them signing off (and handing you a few bucks for supplies too).....
    So true... it is hard to believe that those involved at every level of this issue did not have at least that tacit approval, whether grudgingly or not. If you are going to attempt to clean this mess up, then go into the dark dirty little corners everywhere with that steam jet!
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    It will be interesting to see what he does, at this point an admission would just confirm what everyone already knows. I think he's kinda screwed either way on this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    While I like what you write, and totally agree with what you say, I cannot agree with the sentiment inferred when you ask who of us has never cheated in some way. Perhaps I am a complete oddball, but I don't think so, deviant sexual fetishes aside, and I have never cheated or tilted the odds in my favor by taking a short cut. I played competitive rugby for many years in the UK when I was young, and saw nothing of any kind of cheating, apart from the usual biting, hacking and gouging that was a part of that game! The only 'doping' was a pint or two after the match. I raced a National MTB series in the UK in the late 80s, and saw no evidence of anything like that myself, although I would not be surprised if people were using some kind of performance-enhancing stuff at the highest levels. Personally, and I am sure this goes for the great majority of people racing there, I would not have dreamed of trying to cheat in any way. What, after all, is the point of competing if you cheat? What satisfaction of a job well done could there be if you cheat? What, apart from the desire for fame and the greed for financial reward, could be the motivation to try one's best?
    The real sadness in all this, to my mind, is that these desires, fame and money, trump all the positive benefits of competitive sport that, to my mind at least, make it all worthwhile
    .
    Generational perhaps
    It does seem more acceptable to the younger generation ... The original Napster comes to mind.

    And yea, a broad brush is being used to claim everyone has cheated at something

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    Quote Originally Posted by jekyllrob View Post
    it will be interesting to see what he does, at this point an admission would just confirm what everyone already knows. i think he's kinda screwed either way on this one...
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    I'm much more put off by the way he treated people than the dope itself. Pressuring others to dope, bending over backwards to destroy the careers and lives of those who opposed him or threatened to expose his doping are far more heinous offenses IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmatty View Post
    Jekyll & Hyde for sure!!
    Top end athletes aren't like the rest of us. They can't be. Your ally this week might be your enemy next and a true pro will slaughter them as if they never meet them. So yeah, they will drink a beer with you today and rip your heart out tomo...ya know, like a roadie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    I'm much more put off by the way he treated people than the dope itself. Pressuring others to dope, bending over backwards to destroy the careers and lives of those who opposed him or threatened to expose his doping are far more heinous offenses IMO.
    this ^ ^ ^

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    If you idolize a sports "hero", you suck
    < my avatar! whoa! hey! me and my kiddo love to watch Messi play but we don't idolize in my house but we're fans. we love to watch the sport played by someone who plays it well..nothing more.

    the words "hero" and "battle" aren't words i use in the context of a sport.

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    Too soon? This is so ripe for parody I can hardly wrap my mind around it....I just hope we haven't all been punked by an Onion article.
    I found out he already taped Oprah last week so this will definitely be aired on TV. So much for the tough questions!


    Oprah/Lance Pharmstrong interview link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    protein supplements, carbs in a foil, sweat off a yak's nut, etc... where does it stop?
    Sweat of a yak's nut should be allowed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stugotz View Post
    I found out he already taped Oprah last week so this will definitely be aired on TV. So much for the tough questions!Oprah/Lance Pharmstrong interview link.
    There are some extremely compelling remarks in the comments sections; however, the funniest is this:

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    Oprah, I've been worried about you since you gave up your syndicated talk show. Please don't allow Lance Armstrong to talk you into taking performance-enhancement drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    There was no need to go after Lance, he is not racing anymore
    he violated countless contracts and agreements by doping, he committed perjury, extorted money, violated numerous state and federal laws, was involved in the international smuggling and distribution of banned substances, unrightfully received millions of dollars in settlements from people he sued after they made public allegations and/or eyewitness accounts of his doping, and so on and so forth. not to mention that he consented to the rules and bylaws of the governing bodies which say that CAN pursue someone well after the fact.

    everyone else pretty much admitted to it and came clean. LA did not despite overwhelming evidence and continued to lie, commit perjury, retaliate, blackmail, and intimidate those whom he viewed as enemies and/or threats. so yeah, considering everything there was ample reason to go after him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe
    they did not catch him with tests, like other guys, when he was.
    there's absolutely no truth in that statement. he was caught multiple times and it was covered up each time. once by a sizable bribe to the UCI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    I'm much more put off by the way he treated people than the dope itself. Pressuring others to dope, bending over backwards to destroy the careers and lives of those who opposed him or threatened to expose his doping are far more heinous offenses IMO.
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    There are some extremely compelling remarks in the comments sections; however, the funniest is this:

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    Oprah, I've been worried about you since you gave up your syndicated talk show. Please don't allow Lance Armstrong to talk you into taking performance-enhancement drugs.

    Thats hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twostrokemoto View Post
    Shittt, If your not first your last, He won regardless
    weaksauce trolling, noob.

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    I have always been in the extreme minority in my views on professional athletes and doping.

    I say let them dope! Hell, give em robotic appendages if their old ones fall off. Not kidding (well, about the doping anyway.... robotics may be a bit over the top).

    I played HS football. I am big and strong. I do NOT want to watch professional football players and think to my self "damn, im just as big and fast as they are". Let the football players weigh 300lbs and run a 4.0 40. Let the baseball players hit 100 home runs a season. Let the pitchers throw 120 mph fast balls. Let the Armstrongs win 7 tours in a row.

    Professional athletes = super humans. Dope em up for our entertainment. More fun to watch that way!

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    Just read Tyler Hamilton's book, good read. Armstrong is an a-hole who doesn't have the capacity to truly apologize. Who cares! That said, the whole sport was corrupt when he was at his peak. He has never lost any credibility for his accomplishments in my mind! Giant A-hole though.

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    Online gambling is the scourge of the earth, much like Lance, but this is pretty funny.

    Betting odds on whether he'll admit it or not and a bunch of other stuff:

    51 to 1 on - Lance to wear a yellow cycling jersey during the interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    I have always been in the extreme minority in my views on professional athletes and doping.

    I say let them dope! Hell, give em robotic appendages if their old ones fall off. Not kidding (well, about the doping anyway.... robotics may be a bit over the top).

    I played HS football. I am big and strong. I do NOT want to watch professional football players and think to my self "damn, im just as big and fast as they are". Let the football players weigh 300lbs and run a 4.0 40. Let the baseball players hit 100 home runs a season. Let the pitchers throw 120 mph fast balls. Let the Armstrongs win 7 tours in a row.

    Professional athletes = super humans. Dope em up for our entertainment. More fun to watch that way!
    Interesting viewpoint. Basically you are saying to take pretty much any human factor away from competitive sports and turn it all into another movie or video game? That is pretty extreme! I think at best, if your idea was to materialise, it may spawn 'illicit' underground 'sports' where doping was disallowed and rigorously enforced, so maybe not so bad after all
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    Lance owes nobody an apology.
    Even if he did do it, he still owes nobody an apology.

    When it comes right down to it, if you feel hurt or betrayed to the point where you think you deserve an apology from this man because he doped up, then you are an ignorant ass fool.

    Everyone with Livestrong still needs to be thanking him.
    If he wouldn't have won, they wouldn't be where they are today.
    If he would not have won. LS would not have been able to do the good it has done.
    If he would not have won, so many cancer patients would not have the hope they had.

    Funny how we can ignore all the good that has happened and turn our back so quickly on somebody just because he was accused of foul play.

    So what if he did it.
    Lets say he didn't do it, and lost.
    Would the winner behind him who also doped have started a foundation like Livestrong and given hope to so many other cancer patients?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Interesting viewpoint. Basically you are saying to take pretty much any human factor away from competitive sports and turn it all into another movie or video game? That is pretty extreme! I think at best, if your idea was to materialise, it may spawn 'illicit' underground 'sports' where doping was disallowed and rigorously enforced, so maybe not so bad after all
    Human factor = strategy, technique, and execution. Most of the base ball players were doping in his era yet Barry Bonds was one of the few able to put bat on ball often enough to crush that many home runs.

    Athletes who dope are able to perform faster, stronger, longer yes.... the brain driving those bodies will still make some vastly better than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    Human factor = strategy, technique, and execution. Most of the base ball players were doping in his era yet Barry Bonds was one of the few able to put bat on ball often enough to crush that many home runs.

    Athletes who dope are able to perform faster, stronger, longer yes.... the brain driving those bodies will still make some vastly better than others.
    I would argue however that a machine is capable of all of the things you mention, so I am guessing it would not be long before sport would truly become just another video game. I am afraid I don't buy it myself, keep it real I say.
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    Fair enough.

    Like i said, i am aware my opinion is in the minority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    Fair enough.

    Like i said, i am aware my opinion is in the minority.
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    would you also hail drug cartels

    if they started building hospitals with their drug money?

    yeah, they are making the money kinda illegal but let's not fret about it because a fraction of that money is going towards a good cause?

    i do not agree with your statement. in my opinion, it is immoral and rotten.

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Lance owes nobody an apology.
    Even if he did do it, he still owes nobody an apology.

    When it comes right down to it, if you feel hurt or betrayed to the point where you think you deserve an apology from this man because he doped up, then you are an ignorant ass fool.

    Everyone with Livestrong still needs to be thanking him.
    If he wouldn't have won, they wouldn't be where they are today.
    If he would not have won. LS would not have been able to do the good it has done.
    If he would not have won, so many cancer patients would not have the hope they had.

    Funny how we can ignore all the good that has happened and turn our back so quickly on somebody just because he was accused of foul play.

    So what if he did it.
    Lets say he didn't do it, and lost.
    Would the winner behind him who also doped have started a foundation like Livestrong and given hope to so many other cancer patients?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    Human factor = strategy, technique, and execution. Most of the base ball players were doping in his era yet Barry Bonds was one of the few able to put bat on ball often enough to crush that many home runs.

    Athletes who dope are able to perform faster, stronger, longer yes.... the brain driving those bodies will still make some vastly better than others.
    i do not disagree with your statement - but what if that, what if this - we are not talking what if, we are talking what it is right now.

    right now - dope is illegal. it will never be made legal and free for all. for many reasons. i suspect you will agree with that, will you not?

    so forget about it as an option - let's just call it a pipe dream.

    and yes - if every one was doped - there would still be those that dope the best, train the most and have more brain... no one is arguing your point there. i just hope that you are not justifying what Lance did with your point...

    no one here is saying - go get Lance. most of us are saying - go get them all, including Lance...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Lance owes nobody an apology.
    Even if he did do it, he still owes nobody an apology.

    When it comes right down to it, if you feel hurt or betrayed to the point where you think you deserve an apology from this man because he doped up, then you are an ignorant ass fool.

    Everyone with Livestrong still needs to be thanking him.
    If he wouldn't have won, they wouldn't be where they are today.
    If he would not have won. LS would not have been able to do the good it has done.
    If he would not have won, so many cancer patients would not have the hope they had.

    Funny how we can ignore all the good that has happened and turn our back so quickly on somebody just because he was accused of foul play.

    So what if he did it.
    Lets say he didn't do it, and lost.
    Would the winner behind him who also doped have started a foundation like Livestrong and given hope to so many other cancer patients?
    If he had never been diagnosed with cancer ... Do you think he'd have done any of the things some praise him for ?
    Just curious.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post

    i do not agree with your statement. in my opinion, it is immoral and rotten.
    That is fine, because I don't agree with you either. That is the beauty of free will.



    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    If he had never been diagnosed with cancer ... Do you think he'd have done any of the things some praise him for ?
    Just curious.................
    I don't know, maybe/maybe not.
    Maybe not but he would have found another cause.

    Doesn't matter though.
    He fought it and beat it without his organization.
    He could have said fvck everyone else afterwards.

    Why look a gift horse in the mouth and question it. That is just ridiculous a stupid.


    If you think Lance owes everyone an apology, then answer me one question.

    What has he done that directly affected your life?
    Were you the second place winner in the TDF that didn't dope up and he because of him you lost?

    I seriously doubt it.
    In fact, I seriously doubt the first half of the TDF didn't dope.

    So who does he owe an apology too?

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    Professional sports suck

    If you idolize a sports "hero", you suck
    Word.

    Spectator sports are no fun.
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    Lance, if you're out there, come to Colorado. Its legal here now, we don't care. You can sell off what you have left to pay for any of your legal crap. Hit me up, I'll buy you a beer. Dopers are all over the place around here... darn weed is everywhere!
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