Friday, January 18, 2013

Did Lance dope before the testicular cancer?

Normally I would have a picture accompany this post, but I do not want a picture of Lance Armstrong on my blog.  No. He disgusts me.

Well, Lance has finally admitted that he lied, cheated and ruined the lives of other people just so he could win.

But what no one is looking into is the fact that Armstrong as so far admitted - and you know that more is going to come out because he's only admitted to what wants to admit to - is if he started this steroid and blood transfusion thing before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Lance admitted to Oprah that he started with the doping in the 1990s.  He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996.  But his career in sports started before the testicular cancer, and their were no real routine tests for doping in cycling at that time that were consistently applied.

But Lance hasn't given us a definitive start date for his doping.  And testicular cancer usually impacts men from ages 20 to 35.  So it could very well be that he was clean before, got sick at age 26 and started doping afterward to make up for the loss of what cancer stole from him.

But what if he started in his late teens and early twenties?  What if his doping fueled his cancer?  I'm not saying that it did, mind you, but he needs to clarify his actual start date.  But if the doping started in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he was the Motorola team, then there is a good chance that Lance either caused or accelerated his own cancer, and then used that fight as his fuel for the cult of hero worship that has surrounded him.

And for me, the real nail in coffin on Lance is the bullying and the lives that he has admitted ruining.

No amount of contrition is give those people their lives back.  Lance can give back his metals, lose his money and forever where the mantle of cheater, but he can't give back to the people who he slaughtered in the court of public opinion their peace of mind or their time wasted on him.

Cheaters never prosper.


Robert Conrad would never dope, Lance.  And he could kick your ass in his prime. 

6 comments:

  1. Working for the main newspaper in Austin for nearly ten years, I had plenty of experience with him. He and my brother even shared the same surgeon. To me --the press-- he was very friendly, and he even called a newsroom pal who had been just diagnosed with testicular cancer to give him a little pep talk. That being said, he had a terrible reputation around town as being extremely unpleasant and a big bully.

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    1. People are multidimensional beings. Thanks for reminding us.

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  2. Now I have to go find a picture of Robert Conrad tied up in his tight torredor panties.

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    1. I can do that for you, and for Donna Lethal.

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  3. I don't ever like to think about Lance Armstrong....but I do like seeing the words "testicular" and "Robert Conrad" in close proximity.
    It doesn't take much to make me happy.
    Thanks.

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    1. Still dreaming of giving Conrad a testicular exam?

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