Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dear Lance....

Saint Lance of Texas.... For this is what I reckon you call yourself?

So you opened up to Oprah eh?

So brave of you.....

(I am being sarcastic)

I will say now that I have yet to see the interview so forgive any misinterpretation I may have of the the script..... Well at least please don't sue me....

You see Lance it is like this... You plea to us all, your fans, your believers.... That you just followed the example set by others, you plea that everyone was doing it and so you did too.... You are after all ... Just human....

So I ask you.... What would you say or think to a gang member who pleaded the same after their gang were caught having beaten up a man.... The excuse being "but we all did it", "i wanted to be part of the gang", "I wanted to head the gang so just added my weight".... What of morals, what of self regulation, what of self control?

Ahhh yes but you are a great sportsman ... And you no doubt possess that grim "win at all costs" attitude... That selfish perserverance to the detriment to those around you. For you are Saint Lance, cancer survivor, winner..... Bully? Cheat? No ... Not in your eyes.... You denied this so many times and in so many courts.... You have sued, to your own admission, countless people who dared whisper outloud the prospect of you being a cheating drug taker.

You have made countless millions from your actions. Let us be honest ... All for personal gain.

Your one saving grace has no doubt been the livestrong foundation .... This charity has provided much to many people. I wish your sporting energies had been pursued in a similar giving fashion... You have been the biggest sporting fraud of a generation.... Not just for the drug taking, granted "everyone did it" attitude... No because of the persistent denial, even in the last year despite damming evidence.

Have you considered that had you put as much into setting up a clean cycling foundation, having fought the antipdoping fight in a similar way to your fight for life, to the legacy of the livestrong foundation  ... That perhaps the sport would already be in a much better place, that you and your peers could have stood up and made it cleaner... Back then.... So the cycling generation of today are not so tarnished by this ugly brush?

And one other thing ... The bullying side of this all seems likely.... Such denial by yourself doesn't ring true to the stealy faced singleminded Lance persona we have all come to see.

Can I imagine you insisting team mates doped? ... I can imagine you saying "you can't let us down. You have to be in the race. If you can't stick the pace then you are worthless"... I'm not suggesting you actually said these things but can I imagine the Lance I've read about having this attitude?.. Then yes absolutely I can...

Conversely I cannot imagine anyone telling you what to do... Insisting you fall into line, that you must follow team orders.... That doesn't sound like your persona either.

Do you ever think of the people you flattened, spat out on your way to "greatness".... The cyclists who refused you, refused the drugs and so deterred from a sport and career they once loved. The people who innocently supported you? The people your lawyers sued for every penny?

But what do I know. I certainly don't know you. We have never met. I just purchased your books and admired you.

But no more.

In my eyes you are a bully, a liar, a cheat. You have let so many people down it runs into the millions. That would be a heavy weight for most but I suspect not necessarily for you... As the saying goes "you got yourself into this mess and it is now for you (not your lawyers, speech writers and publicists I may add) to get yourself out."

I don't know how you even start to repair any of this....

Yes ok you confessed of sorts... But to Oprah ? What does she have to do with any of it? Wada, USADA, UCI .... Maybe... But Oprah!? Give me a break from your publicity vehicle, your scriptwriters, your lawyer reviews. I wish you could go quietly and confess fully to the right agencies in a less public way. I wish you could repair the damage to the careers of all those you messed up and I wish you could repay all those people your lawyers sued. But Lance I have to say I don't think it is going to be that easy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This and that.... Melbourne

Well we have been "away" now for well past the month marker and actually heading full speed towards the one third done mark quite alarmingly quickly!

We left Perth a couple of weeks ago taking the Indian Pacific train direct to Adelaide (the journey was 40hours across Australia with very little in the way of stops!). We had a brief one night stop in Adelaide before getting on "The Overland" to Melbourne (this journey an easy 10hrs).

Melbourne is an interesting, well organised and busy city. We spent the first couple of days getting our bearings, seeing some sights and washing some clothes (!) before picking up our ground tickets for the Open. Whilst the ordering of the tickets before we left was very easy the picking them up was arduous and took about 2hrs of queuing (the queue to buy tickets was better managed and quicker moving... ).... In the words of the poor lady who came out to help manage the queue "we weren't expecting so many people...." ... Like on the first morning of the tennis are you serious?.... Anyway.... We got our tickets then rather the going in that day we flaked out in free to use Deckchairs in Federation Square whilst watching on a big screen... Thank you Melbourne that was a nice touch!

We went to day 2 and 3 got baked on the show courts whilst watching.some intriguing games unfold. I'm no sport psychologist but you can see before your eyes the mental impact had on this game.... From doubt to believe and back again.... The throw of the ball to serve can appear to have such an influenece (an in one case there was certainly a case of some sort of compulsive disorder as the server insisted on all the balls being with the ballboy on the same side of the court as the umpires chair.... But it worked for her as she won!)

We are in Melbourne until Saturday when we head on the train back to Adelaide for 10days to witness some of the Tour Down Under!

Whilst we are on our travels we are both reading books (largely on the kindle), which for me at least is a new thing.... I would usually read about 4 books a year I reckon and thus far I have read about 15.... Including some books which could be described as "self help" themed ones which is definitely a first for me as I have veered away from these my entire life.... More about these in a later blog.

Have loaded loads of pictures to picasaweb although no Melbourne ones yet! But if you want to find some I think there is still a picasaweb link on my blog or google gallantry picasaweb and that may work!

More ramblings another time.... Off to the theatre tonight to see a play and best get ready!