Lance Armstrong interview analysis: He confessed, but . . .

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Midway through the first installment of his televised confessional Thursday night, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey: "One of the steps of this process is to say, 'Sorry. I was wrong; you were right.' " But as the 90-minute interview unspooled , it became increasingly unclear what exactly Armstrong regretted: the fact that he ... (more)
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Halito

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Nothin like a Happy Hooker.....Gone Fishin

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Jan 18, 2013
 
Whether it's cycling, weightlifting, track or whatever, EVERYONE at a "high level" in those sports is dirty.

Every single one. Carl Lewis tested positve, and the USOC covered it up.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/17/105... ...

I won't be surprised to see this comment removed because people don't like admitting their "greatest heroes" are cheats.

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Jan 18, 2013
 
P_Smith wrote:
Whether it's cycling, weightlifting, track or whatever, EVERYONE at a "high level" in those sports is dirty.
Every single one. Carl Lewis tested positve, and the USOC covered it up.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/17/105... ...

I won't be surprised to see this comment removed because people don't like admitting their "greatest heroes" are cheats.
Topix choked on the link:

http://alturl.com/6gzpf
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Jan 19, 2013
 
Lance is still my hero!!
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Jan 19, 2013
 
Mark McGwire wrote:
Lance is still my hero!!
LOL! I thought it was Jose Canseco! ROFL!
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P_Smith wrote:
Whether it's cycling, weightlifting, track or whatever, EVERYONE at a "high level" in those sports is dirty.
Every single one. Carl Lewis tested positve, and the USOC covered it up.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/17/105... ...
I won't be surprised to see this comment removed because people don't like admitting their "greatest heroes" are cheats.
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what on earth are these people thinking!!
Give Lance Armstrong another chance? how can you even consider it, the man has been ruthless in his quest for money, fame, and winning at all costs.
Do not let the man try to sucker everyone again!! because there are those people out there who will support him whatever, they are blind to his wrong doings and just fing crazy and nuts.
Yes Lance was an arrogant asshole, bully, control freak and many other negative things you can call him.
At the same time he is the modern day Robin Hood - leader of Livestrong, humanitarian and survivor.

You take that driven character who grew up in Texas with some talent, a death sentence with cancer - reinject him in the 90's doping culture. His cocky attitude and dope boost started it all. America was ready for a new Sports HERO. fame fortune and many other influences started to drive the train faster and faster. The advisors coming on board fueled the ego, the culture and expectations made him a bigger asshole (at all costs). Early on he lost his way on the runaway train. He started to believe he was invincible.
His former team mates rode his coat tails when they were part of the program. They also enjoyed the spoils. When they were rightly or wrongly discarded then they cry foul. Yes some were Lance''s doing but also they must take personal responsibility also.
Oprah interview was a first step. Opponents scream it was not enough of an apology. Former team mates (Hamilton/Andreau) say it was emotional on Lance to be in such a position others say he is cold and not remorseful.
for over a decade Lance had developed as the character he is today. It will take time for him to change.
He cannot just go cold turkey and become a new person overnight. Hints of truth have been offered by Lance but it is not the Oprah venue to show all on a TV interview.
Lance will need more time to say sorry, his future actions will define him (good or bad). There is a chance for him to redeem his character(optimism), however glimmers of that JERK attitude may resurface ( pessimist).
Forgive him or not - he is human. It is just that he had lost his way. Can he find his way back to becoming respected???

lance is guilty - he has to pay the price
But offer him a small bit of empathy - let him show us that he can change.???
It is still too early to tell if he is really sorry. All the CNN, ESPN, BICYCLING, VELONEWS is condemning him with every minute detail in the Oprah interview. But it is only the first step.

Lance helped Basso's family member through cancer, Lance helped Brian Holme former rider through bowel cancer.
Yes there was also the bad which is the main focus in the media - bullied, sued and run over the likes of Hamilton, Landis, the Andreau's, E. Oreilly...etc just to mention the top. But this is the tip of the iceberg.

Step back and look at the big picture. The money, celebrity status, power recognition fueled the ugly side of the past decade (plus).

Lance must do his time as a criminal for doping and bad character. Will he rehabilitate???

Respectfully submitted,

Graveldog

Not defending Lance for his actions / but allow him some time to change and take more steps in the right direction
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Mark McGwire wrote:
Lance is still my hero!!
luckyyou, you have hero's which will never live up to you, me or just about anyone or anything. Makes it easier when they let you down, as long as they have not lied, cheated, bullied, deceived, used others up along the way, life is a sham, constantly performing/acting + unable to be themselves without ulterior gains to be made on others, manipulating, false prophesying, false profiting + finally singing Tina Turners We Don't Need Another Hero followed by Bonnie Tyler i need a hero twisting the lyrics to fit into whatever narcissistic self deluded hedonistic delusion you have going this day/week/month or year.
Still "Mark Mcgwire" Lance is still my hero !! brings a smile to my face
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Jan 19, 2013
 
I'm no expert on professional cycling, but it seems to be a dope-fest. And I still do not understnd how Armstrong passed all of those drug tests. Rather than strip him of his titles, perhjaps they should just ban everybody who doped and start out with a clean slate.
I am more troubled by Armstrong's attacks upon the whistle-blowers. How will he make amends fr the financial, legal, and reputational damge that he has done to them. In addition, his reasoning seems somewhat circular. His reasoning seems to be that while he was wrong to dope, everyone with any chance of winning was doing it and it was part of the culture, but he needed to come clean once he saw his family defending him in public. Yet, like magical, he was somehow able to win his final Tour d'France (sp?)-- the one that is still within the statute of limitations -- without doping. How convenient!
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Jan 20, 2013
 
Graveldog wrote:
You take that driven character who grew up in Texas with some talent, a death sentence with cancer - reinject him in the 90's doping culture. His cocky attitude and dope boost started it all. America was ready for a new Sports HERO. fame fortune and many other influences started to drive the train faster and faster. The advisors coming on board fueled the ego, the culture and expectations made him a bigger asshole (at all costs). Early on he lost his way on the runaway train. He started to believe he was invincible.
His former team mates rode his coat tails when they were part of the program. They also enjoyed the spoils. When they were rightly or wrongly discarded then they cry foul. Yes some were Lance''s doing but also they must take personal responsibility also.
Oprah interview was a first step. Opponents scream it was not enough of an apology. Former team mates (Hamilton/Andreau) say it was emotional on Lance to be in such a position others say he is cold and not remorseful.
for over a decade Lance had developed as the character he is today. It will take time for him to change.
He cannot just go cold turkey and become a new person overnight. Hints of truth have been offered by Lance but it is not the Oprah venue to show all on a TV interview.
Lance will need more time to say sorry, his future actions will define him (good or bad). There is a chance for him to redeem his character(optimism), however glimmers of that JERK attitude may resurface ( pessimist).
Forgive him or not - he is human. It is just that he had lost his way. Can he find his way back to becoming respected???
lance is guilty - he has to pay the price
But offer him a small bit of empathy - let him show us that he can change.???
It is still too early to tell if he is really sorry. All the CNN, ESPN, BICYCLING, VELONEWS is condemning him with every minute detail in the Oprah interview. But it is only the first step.
Lance helped Basso's family member through cancer, Lance helped Brian Holme former rider through bowel cancer.
Yes there was also the bad which is the main focus in the media - bullied, sued and run over the likes of Hamilton, Landis, the Andreau's, E. Oreilly...etc just to mention the top. But this is the tip of the iceberg.
Step back and look at the big picture. The money, celebrity status, power recognition fueled the ugly side of the past decade (plus).
Lance must do his time as a criminal for doping and bad character. Will he rehabilitate???
Respectfully submitted,
Graveldog
Not defending Lance for his actions / but allow him some time to change and take more steps in the right direction
But...YOU ARE DEFENDING LANCE! Trying to make him look like some sort of saint for taking his ill-gotten gains by investing it into a charity isn't noble at all!

MANY rich people, that cheat on their taxes, and throw money into offshore accounts, look at donating large amounts of money into a charity, or even founding a charity, so that they can get A LARGE TAX DEDUCTION on their income tax returns. Madoff likely donated HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars into charities like Lance's founded charity, LIVESTRONG, however, Madoff's money was pillaged from victims of his formulated pyramid/ponzi scam. Should we let Madoff out of jail, and let him keep all this money he bilked from victims, because he happened to contribute money to charities, in order to get a tax deduction on his return on the monies that he cheated other victims out of, so that he can take the rest of the monies that he stole from people and hide it in offshore accounts, DOG?

THANK GOD FOR OBAMA AND FATCA! FATCA may be what is needed to SAVE America, and to recoup the monies that were stolen by rich thieves and celebrities like Lance, Romney and Madoff...just watch how many rich people will join Wesley Snipes in serving out a prison sentence, and losing MILLIONS of dollars when FATCA bares its teeth!

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Jan 20, 2013
 
Card Carrying Zionist wrote:
I'm no expert on professional cycling, but it seems to be a dope-fest. And I still do not understnd how Armstrong passed all of those drug tests. Rather than strip him of his titles, perhjaps they should just ban everybody who doped and start out with a clean slate.
I am more troubled by Armstrong's attacks upon the whistle-blowers. How will he make amends fr the financial, legal, and reputational damge that he has done to them. In addition, his reasoning seems somewhat circular. His reasoning seems to be that while he was wrong to dope, everyone with any chance of winning was doing it and it was part of the culture, but he needed to come clean once he saw his family defending him in public. Yet, like magical, he was somehow able to win his final Tour d'France (sp?)-- the one that is still within the statute of limitations -- without doping. How convenient!
Now, he ADMITTED cheating with drugs in the FINAL Tour de France...so if there is a statute on that one, then Lance can get burned!

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Oh...and if you read Times magazine, it briefly explains how Lance was able to beat the drug tests 99% of the time when he was doping. It was an intricate operation between himself, his entourage (lookouts from a distance), his physicians, the chemists that were hired to help design ingestible substances that would skew the doping agency's dope tests, while the physicians were trying to take the advice of the chemists, by giving Lance frequent blood transfusions (masking it as treatment that Lance NEEDED, because he 'supposedly' is a cancer survivor, that STILL needs blood transfusions...LOAD OF CRAP!), and when the doping inspectors were TOO CLOSE for Lance to dodge through a blood transfusion, the physicians would quickly administer Lance a saline solution, likely with other masking agents in the saline solution, of which would skew the doping tests, thus allowing Lance to keep his image intact.

And when ALL that failed (like when Lance failed a 2001 drug test), AND the excuses don't work (about him being a cancer surviving patient, or whatever the excuse of the day was that day), then Lance had sponsors that were willing to pay to keep his image intact, like Nike, of whom would pay bribes to the lab-testing doctors, just to cover up Lance's lie, and keep the dream..sorry,...THE AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE!

Lance retired in 2006 from the Tour de France, because the tests were getting too sophisticated to beat. Now, the masking agents that he was taking to beat the dope tests, were now obsolete, and the new dope testing advancements surpassed the dope masking technology out there (mainly used to catch skilled trade workers operating equipment that are on drugs, so as to prevent accidents on the job), and that FORCED Lance to quit! You think that Lance would give up something in his prime, that he could eat off of, just because he wanted to dedicate his time to something else that would NOT put money in his pocket? REALLY? If ANYBODY believes that, then they are dumber than an ox!
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...just watch how many rich people will join Wesley Snipes in serving out a prison sentence, and losing MILLIONS of dollars when FATCA bares its teeth! ;)
Just watch our children, grandchildren saddled with the debt that Presidents Bush and Obama have run up on the national credit card to buy our votes with government programs. Does that stimulate you? BTW, I didn't vote for Obama or Romney. They confiscate money from the citizenry, use much of it administratively, then give some of it back to us via government programs and expect us to profusely thank them. Many of us fall for the ponzi scheme.
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I'd suck Lance's cock and ball. I would let him ride me like a Trek all around the bedroom!!!!!
Well now that's interesting. You've graduated to wanting sex with humans. That's improvement!!!!
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<quoted text>Well now that's interesting. You've graduated to wanting sex with humans. That's improvement!!!!
I have to wonder, Phil...what makes you drum up your past sexual escapades on here, and then make the lame attempt by substituting my username in as the author of your sick encounters?

I understand...you mad that people like myself are dissing your boyfriend Lance. You carry his cancerous testicle in a pendant charm around your neck. You have a blended tribal tattoo on your ass that links up with the tribal tattoo on Lance's ass. He's the only butt buddy you have ever known. You gladly give Lance tongue in anus enemas...you will always see any criticism of Lance as unwarranted, won't you Philly boy? LOL!
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Apr 15, 2013
 
Interesting people.

Must be some friends of Gus there in Canada.

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