Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Is it great if no one cares

Let me start with this. I think Lance Armstrong’s accomplishments are remarkable. Even without cancer. Throw in the cancer, and his seven straight Tour de France victories go from phenomenal to off the charts.

But does anyone really care?

Let me put it another way. I watched more poker on TV over the past two weeks than Tour De France coverage. And I get OLN, the network that broadcast the bike race.

This whole Armstrong thing reminds me of Gretzky playing Hockey in LA. A wondrous talent doing something no one really cared about.

15 Comments:

Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

Howard Stern once had a guest who was able to draw a realistic portait of Howard on an Etch-a-sketch.

Howard was amazed, but commented, "what an incredible, remarkable, and utterly useless talent."

You're both on the money.

July 26, 2005 10:07 AM  
Blogger Red State Jew said...

He is so doping.

July 26, 2005 10:22 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

he is tested more than anyone on the planet. I don't think he is. Even if he is, does doping matter?

Because if he can cover it up, so can everyone else, so we have a level playing field.

July 26, 2005 10:24 AM  
Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

Well there are those who actually care about their health and don't dope.

Not exactly fair to them.

July 26, 2005 11:31 AM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

I'd think that someone with the exposure he gets would have to be an idiot to dope. Not sating there aren't idiot around, but still...

July 26, 2005 11:34 AM  
Blogger Mirty said...

In Austin, Texas, we do care. He is our Home Boy and we're proud. He is clean, no drugs. He's a true athlete with amazing conviction; his foundation helps people with cancer; he does good in many ways. And we like it when we see him riding his bike along the road. (Yep, he still practices here.)

July 26, 2005 11:44 AM  
Blogger Mudge Q said...

This is so funny, I just wrote about something similar on my blog!

I believe that you said it more eloquently.

MudgeQ

- just checking out others blogs

July 26, 2005 11:51 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Mirty - Shouldn't you be spending time with your parents and cousins now. You are on blacation. You need to be good and rested when you come back to blogville.

July 26, 2005 12:07 PM  
Blogger SportPsych Detroit said...

Air,
if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, did it make a sound?

Lance was a good story when he came back from cancer, before he dumped his wife for his therapist and eventually hooked up with Sheryl Crow. Now he is just another egocentric maniac with a competitive drive to match. No matter how hard the media tries, it is a non-story.

I'd rather watch Nascar

July 26, 2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger swiftthinker said...

i only care about the biking because he's a cancer survivor..

July 26, 2005 12:38 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

Sorry, all of you. I really love watching him pedal across that finish line. Makes me cry every year. He overcame a disease that millions of people succumb to every year. He didn't just sit by. He went after it, and continued on with his life. He's a hero.

July 26, 2005 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Zwicker said...

I was at a conference a few months ago. I was talking to a vendor who was around sixty and lived in Austin. He told me how, the night before his daughter's high school graduation, he was talking to her friends and asking what they would do come the next September. They all gave typical responses, like going to the local universities or taking a year off to work or travel. One guy said he was going to ride bikes. The father asked what about the kid's life and the kid responded that he would ride bikes. He thought that he was good enough to make a living. That kid was Lance Armstrong. I found that story kind of cool, especially with the guy telling it in his Texan twang. Of course, given how Texans like to brag about everything, the whole story could have been BS.

July 26, 2005 2:06 PM  
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