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My cover story about Lance Armstrong, my affirmation of faith, was the worst piece of opinion I have ever written. I did a disservice to myself. More important I did a disservice to readers. I did believe what I wrote at the time. I do believe in staking out strong positions. We all do as columnists today, because of the world we live in, craving to differentiate ourselves from the thousands who populate the Internet every hour.
But I also knew that in trying to defend Armstrong and still insist he was a hero, I had to defy obvious reality: after years of threatening, even suing, those who had previously claimed he had blood-doped or used illegal performance enhancers, you don’t just simply walk away from the fight.
Buzz Bissinger regrets the time he still believed in Lance Armstrong.
The other day, after conversing with a friend about the rubber bracelet fad kicked off by Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG bracelets in the summer of 05, I got to thinking. I got to thinking alright…thinking it is slightly peculiar that arguably the most talented athelete in the world, who is a returning 7-time Tour de France champion, and a testicular cancer survivor has the last name ‘Armstrong’. Think about it.
So we later took a little trip over to his wiki-page where it is revealed that Lance Armstrong was born, Lance Edward Gunderson. Why ‘ARM’? He is a cyclist for chrissakes. Were Lance Legstrong and Cyclestrong already taken? Maybe he had intentions of being a world class arm wrestler before diving in to the world of competitive cycling? Maybe he decided on the name after completing a block of pushups. And the best part is…initials for Lance Edward Gunderson = LEG. “Hey Lance, pretty amazing you are the best cyclist in the hisory of the sport and your initials are LEG, rock on dude!”
So next time you buy a yellow rubber bracelet, remember you are helping the Lance Edward Gunderson Foundation. LIVEGUNDERSON.
Well we learned something today!
Lance Armstrong says U.S. anti-doping officials are ‘moving the goalposts’ in an attempt to discredit him by reportedly delaying suspensions against his accusers.