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Some American Fallen Idols
The American sports world has many fallen idols: O. J. Simpson; Tiger Woods; Mark McGuire; Barry Bonds; Roger Clemens; Sammy Sosa; A-Rod just to name a few great ones. Now, once again the sports world is reeling from the gigantic revelation that seven times Tour de France cycling winner -Lance Armstrong- was involved in the biggest doping scandal in international history. He is the biggest and most famous fall from grace in American society since O. J. Simpson.
After seven years of vehemently and defiantly denying that he used performance enhancing drugs he finally told the world that he doped during his cycling career. He told that he used testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone, and the blood booster EPO. He stopped at nothing to enhance his winning posture.
It is very puzzling why he would pick this point in time to make his revelations. It is also puzzling that he did not look down the road to see and realize what he was going to eventually have to face when the truth hit the fan? Didn’t he realize he would be stripped of his medals? Didn’t he realize he would have to return millions of dollars? Didn’t he realize that lawsuits were in the mix? Didn’t he realize that he would be barred from future cycling events? Didn’t he realize that so many of his fans would become angry at his cheating behavior?
Armstrong didn’t realize he was cheating because so many of the cyclists were using performance enhancing drugs. Doping was wide spread among Tour de France cyclist. So, the conclusion is this: don’t ask him to return his medals; don’t sue him; don’t force him to return millions of dollars. Leave everything as is, because the best doper won.
All eight (8) of these men mentioned here have several things in common. All were born with great physical assets. All had great athletic ability. All became very famous with their physical assets and athletic ability. Millions of dollars came their way. But the most noticeable thing they had in common was their .25¢ cent brains. That caused them to be not worth much in the end. Do the math: 8 x .25¢ cents equals $2.00. Now, they will always be remembered as great fallen idols, who squandered their fame, and in some cases their money, because of their .25¢ cent small brains. Their disgusted and angry fans will always regard them as such.
The baseball players will suffer the most and greatest loss. They will never be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It will be their saddest loss. Instead of the Hall of Fame it will always be the Hall of Shame because of their .25¢ cent brains. And Lance Armstrong will have to give back millions of dollars and the seven (7) medals he won as a cheater.