For my investigation into another blog, I chose something that Professor Comas had suggested, Lance Armstrong’s stoppage of the fight against doping allegations and it’s bigger picture implications. The author of the post took the opinion of not caring, justifying his position by explaining that Lance Armstrong was the best of a group of people who were all doing the same thing. And this is true. But to me, we deserved more from Lance Armstrong. As a cancer survivor he won the hearts and minds of millions of people. His “Livestrong” brand has earned millions and millions of dollars towards cancer research and advancement. Yet, when I read all of the reports from his former teammates, those such as Floyd Landis who were caught doping before Armstrong, one thing is clear: Lance Armstrong was the master mind behind the doping. On all of his teammates someone has come out and said that no matter what it was; blood transfusions, blood spinning, testosterone and the like, Lance was the one ordering the ejections, delivering the instructions, and winning the championships.
To me, that is too bad. Lance, as the author has pointed out, has never been the most well-liked person to those who know him personally. He is often characterized as pompous, unfriendly, and opinionated. But to the public, he was larger than life. And to me, this only sullies is reputation because for nearly a decade he has arduously defended himself. To stop now only tells me that he is guilty yet is unable to face the consequences of said characterization.
It will be interesting to see what this news means for cycling as a sport. The author of the blog made an interesting comparison to baseball, as the start of the steroid era brought baseball back with the home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Soda. They were later found to have been cheating along with hundreds of others during those years, so baseball cracked down. Today, baseball has come out of its dark years as a better sport. Dominated by the pitchers and those hitters that have such incredible talent they do not need steroids, testosterone, the cream or the clear (slang terms). Hopefully, a white knight will come out of the woodwork in the form of a performance-enhancing-free cycling star. Someone who can bring cycling out its dark years just as baseball has by attacking its problems with comprehensive testing.