Lance, Tiger, Alex: Is Everybody Cheating?
Turned on the radio this morning and caught the opening of the Jim Rome Show. The whole first hour was dedicated to the Floyd Landis story.
In case you didn't hear it, disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis finally came clean. After years of claiming that he never cheated. After he said his dirty test was illegitimate and there was something wrong at the lab.
Now Floyd is saying the exact opposite and taking it farther. Not only did he cheat to win the Tour De France. Everyone in cycling cheated, including Lance Armstrong.
On Rome's show the e—mailers and callers came after Floyd hard. How dare he call Lance a cheater?
Rome on the other hand wasn't so sure. He said the same thing many others have said over the years. If the sport of cycling is that dirty, and it is, how could one man be that dominant if he wasn't cheating as well?
Rome is not the first one to point that out. Many people have accused Armstrong of cheating over the years, including America's first Tour De France champ Greg LeMond.
The problem is none of us really want to think Lance is a cheater.
The man is a saint. He came back from near death. He raises millions for cancer research. He gives inspiration to millions.
I turned off the radio to get away from the whole drug issue. Like so many other sports fans I get very tired of hearing about it.
Then I checked my e—mails. Since I use Yahoo as my main e—mail account and there's is a news feed connected to my mail box.
If I thought I was going to get away from the issue of PED's in sports I was sadly mistaken. It was right there on my Yahoo news feed.
Santana Moss of the Washington Redskins received HGH illegal shipment from Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who just got busted by the Feds.
You know Anthony Galea. He's the Toronto doctor who treats numerous big time athletes including Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez. The guy that got busted by customs carrying HGH across the border on one of trips to visit his clients in the U.S.
Speaking of Rodriguez. The story also said he was being requested to appear in front of Congress regarding their investigation into HGH in sports.
One day. Two stories. Three sports icons. Four sports.
This is why I believe we should just make PED's legal.
None of us really know who is cheating anymore and who isn't. It is quite obvious that drugs are rampant. And not just in sports like football and cycling.
Do I think it's fair to the people who don't cheat? No I do not.
But I'm not sure the people who don't cheat can even make it to the pros. If they do, they're probably not one of the top performers in their sport.
I'm just being honest about that.
Does that mean that I'm calling out all athletes and accusing them of being cheaters? You might come to that conclusion but that's not really what I'm trying to say.
The thing is almost every sport have now been touched by the PED mess in one way or another. Even sports we used to scoff at like golf and tennis. I wouldn't be surprised if the World Poker Championships got caught up in a PED scandal next.
And I can't take the heartbreak.
I want to enjoy sports. I want to enjoy Lance, Alex and Tiger.
I don't want to always be concerned that someday my favorite athlete will get caught in drug scandal and I'll have to rethink everything I ever thought about them.
I don't want to have to question whether my favorite baseball team was the best team in the majors, or just the best cheaters in the league.
It's happened too many times already.
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