Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:57
What is it within people, myself included, that leads to the willingness and / or desire to put people on pedestals? And why are we equally keen to knock them back down, oft for the weakest of reasons (Clinton / Lewinsky springs to mind).
If we hadn't let hero-worship blind us to the Cancer Jesus, he'd have been called out after his first TdF win. "Hey - how does a guy who's bailed out more times than he's finished, who's always been a mid-pack climber and marginal sprinter come back with one ball and perform like he's on PEDs all of the sudden...oh...wait...ne'er mind".
I don't have a dog in the Lance fight - I wasn't an avid cyclist until well after i parted company with motorcycles, and I "discovered" riding after being harangued by my then 6-year old son into going for a ride together. I knew of Lance of course - hard to be exposed to media without knowing. I think the first time I saw him on tv, Sheryl Crow was sorting a Chip Foose makeover for some old musclecar of his. I don't follow pro cycling, amateur cycling beyond my mental downhill friend, I haven't had a reason to be vested in his Livestrong foundation...nada. So at the end of the day, while I think he's a guilty cheat, that's not why he sucks donkey nuts. It's all of those things he did to hide and prop it up. Telling his young riders to dope or go home, purposefully running clean riders out of the sport, trashing the lives of his friends and former teammates. Nah - if he'd just stuck to cheating, we'd still find something like about him. Eff him. Eff him until he makes it right and there's just no way. How cycling careers did he ruin? What's that worth? How much have the Andreus lost directly attributable to him, just for being honest? No - LA isn't a cheater. He's a loser, a thug and a bully.