Saturday, January 19, 2013

I’m Sorry – Yeah, Right

So Lance Armstrong has been interviewed by Oprah and sorta said sorry for being the bad boy of international cycling. The sadist in me did enjoy watching an alpha male squirm as he tried to sound contrite. But let’s face it,  the only thing Lance Armstrong is really sorry about is being caught.

And I really can’t see what all the fuss is about. It is completely permissible for science to be used to enhance sports equipment for any advantage it may give. Why can’t the athletes stick stuff in their veins for any advantage the cocktails they consume may give? Surely advancing their use by date by a decade or two compared to their contemporaries is their decision. 

Jackson Pollock was a drunkard, Dash Snow was a junkie but their value to society is predicated on the work they produced not the stimulants they took. Why can’t athletes be given the same leeway?

Perhaps it is because athletes don’t really produce anything of lasting value. But that is the subject of another post.

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