Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What I should have said

I'm insulted by the flippancy of your blog post. To think that I used to hang on your every word and now I only get one word a year. One post a year, and that post is a 3.5 liner.

~Rizzle


The sentiments of this comment left me feeling like I was wrapped in a warm blanket on a chilly night. In an effort to allay Ryan's un-satisfaction I offer the following.

I have few sports heroes. I like lots of sports, I just don't find myself drawn to individuals very often. One exception is Lance Armstrong. I am a huge fan of Lance. In fact, just mention his name near me and you'll get an explosion of conversation that would rival any political, talk-show host in the aftermath of Sarah Palin's VP announcement. I think the Tour (or Tour de France to most of you) is one of the greatest tests of physical endurance on the planet (covering 2200 miles in 21 days). Lance has won the Tour a record 7 times. He completed this feat after conquering testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain before it was diagnosed.

During his reign as the father of the peloton Lance was often accused of using performance enhancing substances. Although he was tested more than any other athlete in history, he never failed a test. In the light of rampant, drug-use by other cyclists there are critics who say Lance must have cheated. These critics have trouble acknowledging his un-aided greatness.

Since his retirement, drug testing has become more sophisticated, revealing even more cyclists using performance enhancers. This has only fueled the nay-sayers who now claim Lance must have doped. I hear even casual fans disregarding his accomplishments.

With his, now confirmed, return to the Tour, he will win. And he will win without the use of drugs. Today's more sophisticated tests will vindicate his accomplishments.

That got me kind-of excited yesterday, so I thought I would share it with my faithful readers.

5 Comments:

Anonymous ryan said...

I feel very satisfied.

Tue Sep 09, 10:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amanda Peterson said...

Yes, quite satisfied. And very glad to have even a few lines of activity on your blog. I won't lie, I've missed your posts.

Wed Sep 10, 08:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kristi said...

You know I'm a pretty big fan of the Tour and of Lance (until he became a womanizing egomaniac - Ashley Olsen? Really, Lance?). I'm not a big fan, though, of the whole retiring-unretiring trend. It's really cool for the fans & I would think the athlete themselves for that superathlete to go out when they are on top, instead of fading into the night. I know they are just changing their minds, but it gives me an emotional let down. BUT, having him back with be fun, for sure.

Wed Sep 10, 09:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger CJ said...

I thought the headline, "Could it be true?" was going to just generally refer to you being back.

I'm not sure which comeback surprises me more, but I'm definitely more excited about yours.

For the record, not a Lance fan.

Wed Sep 10, 08:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jen said...

The question is, will your faithful readers remember to look? Well, thanks to Rizzle, I'm here. I'm here and I'm happy. And I'm glad that turkey has moved south... I was tired of that turkey.

Sat Sep 13, 09:01:00 AM PDT  

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