Archive for the ‘Performance enhancing drugs’ Category

But now we also know that Armstrong toyed with the admiration of legions of unsuspecting fans who celebrated his triumph over testicular cancer and bought whole the incredible symbol of hope that he became. And with each racing victory Armstrong was literally authoring one of the most inspirational sports stories ever told. The thing is only his victory over cancer was achieved honestly.

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There are a lot of ways to look at one of Sport’s most complex and confounding figures. Lance Armstrong is undoubtedly the world’s greatest cyclist, a courageous cancer survivor, a philanthropist, and a hero. But he is also an all-time hypocrite and liar.

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All along Roger Clemens said he didn’t lie to Congress. So the jury’s resounding acquittal of him on all charges of course technically supports that claim.

Now whether the jury actually believed Clemens was telling the truth or they simply chose to nullify the charges against him, because they felt government prosecutors over-reached, we may never know. But one thing seems increasingly apparent: the public, and maybe even that jury, is long past tired of the government wasting millions of dollars going after star athletes for the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Lance Armstrong’s personal story is one of the most seductive ever told. It is tailor-made for human beings who desperately need someone to believe in and be inspired by. But Armstrong’s story is also a fairy tale.

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Like most premier athletes, Lance Armstrong, wanted to win, and he did so spectacularly. Yes, there are doubts, but honestly, I‘m not as troubled by that as I am with those who choose to selectively persecute and judge some suspected performance enhancing drug users, while giving those they like such as Armstrong a virtual pass.

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The steroids/performance enhancing drugs (PED) debate in baseball lost me a long time ago when I became convinced that it really is all about statistics, particularly home runs.  And more specifically I believe, the debate has been fueled by the Cult of Babe Ruth.  The steroids/PED issue is often discussed by baseball purists, crusading sportswriters, and […]

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Hindsight being what it is, it’s beginning to look like Alex Rodriguez should have told reporters to get lost rather than hold that press conference the other day.  From the moment A-Rod said his unnamed “cousin” helped him to procure and then inject “boli” as he called it, the floodgates of doubt opened up. Now it […]

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It’s official, Mark McGwire did not get elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. More than 75 percent of the baseball writers who cast votes for induction into the Hall made a statement against the alleged steroid user. Meantime those same voters had no problem voting in Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn. Both Ripken and Gwynn […]

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