"Look, Oprah. Take steroids and let's see you win."

I've been blogging for many years on work related issues in this work-sponsored blog and so feel that now, when things have been clearly really getting out of hand, I should be able to take a breather from all that and use this platform to shake some sense into this insane world.

"What's been clearly really getting out of hand in this insane world?" you ask. Well, these sad looking Armstrongites with their long faces and furrowed brows. "Oh Oprah, I repent, I repent." And so on.

Well, one of these doped up cyclists needs to straighten their back and say: "Look, Oprah, right here, right now, I'm going to inject EPO and 27 other steroids directly into your veins. Since that means you will then obviously be invincible, you'll be winning the next three grueling cycling tours, starting with the Tour de France or whatever ludicrous cycling race is next on the madly horrible cycling calendar! Right? Isn't that all that it takes? Isn't that what you've been implying? That it's all really easy? Simply a question of getting a shot in the arm? Well, then, bring on your arm and I'll inject you with steroids. Make some space in your book case because that's where you'll be putting your trophies."

My hero Bill Burr has similar, though different, relativizing comments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9YL04v-J5U

Comments:

I have a hard time believing Armstrong when he was more or less bawling on Oprah.

It's one thing to admit that one is wrong and they strive to not do such things again, but another to lie about not doing it or lying about not doing it again.

The soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, used to be called Livestrong Park. Evidently, the relationship between Sporting Kansas City (the MLS soccer team) and the Livestrong Foundation was strained for a few years already. I don't know if this "comedy routine" has anything to do with the stadium changing its name or not, but I have to wonder.

He will live with the shame for quite a while.

Posted by Derek Witt on March 07, 2013 at 01:08 PM PST #

They were all lying. Each and every cyclist who won a big international cycling tour in the last 10 years, at least, had some drug injected in them of one kind or another. The point that I'm trying to make is that that isn't all that it takes. It also takes a lot of hard work of cycling on a daily basis, being fit, eating the right food, etc. In short, I'm 100% certain that if the same drugs were injected into me, I'd still come as stone last as I would if those drugs hadn't been injected into me. These are top athletes, whether they have drugs pumped into them or not. Give them a little respect. Appreciate the fact that they've given their life to their sport. Yes, they took drugs, but not one single cyclist who achieved anything in the past 10 years did not take drugs. No one, no exceptions at all. That's what it took to stay in the game, to get the edge.

Posted by Geertjan on March 07, 2013 at 01:17 PM PST #

I would not have cared honestly, but why the lying? I don't know either.

Posted by Derek Witt on March 07, 2013 at 02:04 PM PST #

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