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What’s Next, Santa cheated on Mrs. Claus?

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Hey, it’s a Claus in my contract dammit!

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I’ve never used PEDS! I can count on one hand the number of times … okay, I can count on two hands the number … wait, why ar my hands turning green?

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed Lance Armstrong that he will be charged for the usage of performance enhancing drugs.  If he is found guilty, Armstrong will be stripped of all 7 of his Tour de France victories.  Armstrong has been given the option of contesting the charges, and if he chooses to do so, he will stand trial and then will put himself in a similar situation to Roger Clemens.  Armstrong responded to the allegations by saying “These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation, These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity, USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.”  Armstrong is taking the same hard-nosed stance as Roger Clemens, and only time will tell how it will play out, as it appears that we’ll have another case of a world-class athlete standing trial over PEDs.

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Make sure to include Ginkgo so you don’t forget to take the rest.

Quite frankly, I don’t know if Lance Armstrong doped to achieve a competitive edge.  At this point, I wouldn’t put it past anyone to take illegal performance enhancing drugs, and I’m certainly not naive enough to think Armstrong is innocent.  All I know is that I couldn’t be more sick of hearing about it.  We have reached a point where almost all of sports from the 1990’s to the present day needs to be marked with an asterisk.  Two of the greatest baseball players of all time, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have stood trial for perjury charges, other greats of my generation like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will never be allowed into baseball’s Hall of Fame, and some of my favorite players such as Jason Giambi, Andy Pettite and recently Alex Rodriguez have admitted to their usage of PEDs.  It is literally the same story over and over and over again and seems that at this point, especially in baseball, that the majority of players were breaking the rules.

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Asked “McGwire you using drugs?” he answered “Sosa can play betta”.

Growing up and watching as a child, did I notice anything peculiar about the performance of my favorite athletes?  Absolutely not.  I loved baseball, watched in awe of the players and honestly didn’t care  or think about what they were doing off the field with their personal trainers.  I honestly believe that ignorance is bliss when it comes to situations such as these.  If Mark McGwire choose to put chemicals into his body, will my knowledge of the occurrence effect his long-term health issues?  I still remember 1998 like it was yesterday, checking the newspaper every morning for the McGwire and Sosa home run count.  It all seemed innocent at the time, and forgive me if I still would like to think back on those memories without all of them being tarnished.

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Live Strong. Die young. Leave a good looking corpse. Just a slight variation on the old saying.

That brings me to my thoughts on Lance Armstrong.  The man battled back from cancer to take not only the cycling world, but the entire sports landscape by storm.  Everybody rooted for him, marveled at his story and wore yellow bracelets on their wrist.  Lance Armstrong has done so much with his fame in the name of cancer research.  For what it’s worth, Armstrong has also taken a number of drug tests and has received negative results each time.  Like I said, I don’t know if he tampered with anything illegal but I really don’t care at this point.  Must we bring down every single sports star in the last 20 years.  The witch hunt needs to stop soon because for many 18 to 35 year olds like myself, all of our sports memories are being ruined one congressional hearing at a time.  Leave Armstrong alone, let him continue to inspire cancer patients and lets start worrying about issues in our country that actually matter.

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5 responses

  1. Yeah, and what about all the dopes who are playing? No one talks about them; only the players who are doping. It’s unbalanced reporting!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

  2. I agree as well Bobby. I think it’s ridiculous that our government goes out of their way to find things wrong with something no one had a problem with to begin with. I too remember those mornings waking up in ’98 and seeing the head-to-head matchup between Sosa and McGuire and now I feel that the only headlines I wake up to regarding baseball are boring and uneventful. How about we let them test the players each year and if these athletes are smart enough to find a way to pass while still doping then just leave them alone. I don’t think that we need to bring up tests from decades ago that can tarnish anyone’s career. Lance Armstrong is an outstanding citizen and if he won 7 Tour De France’s by doping then I think everyone should follow suit.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    • I mean there are some decent headlines, 5 no-hitter/perfect games this year already, but people like homeruns and all those numbers have been well down since the 90’s

      June 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

  3. Paul Horowitz

    Also the fact that tax payer dollars are being waisted on irrevellant trials for athletes who got rich off cheating is pathetic and the US government should be embarrassed by that

    June 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

  4. Paul Horowitz

    I agree with everything you are saying bobby. On top of that I believe tht we have lived through an era were ped’s have been so widely used and abused that the playing field although skewed compared to other eras is pretty even across the board when comparing current athletes. If Barry bonds is hitting against roger clemens both in their steroid primes who really has the advantage? Are people really that naive to think the ones who get caught are the only ones? No they are just the dumbest or in the publics eye the most.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM

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