Your Cheatin’ Heart


Jacob Thomas had this image illustrating the obvious problems of performance enhancing drugs in cycling published yesterday.


This graphic brilliantly defines the dilemma of the “clean” participant in any field, the athlete… or the clean politician, or entertainer,  entrepreneur or businessman. 

The Lance Armstrong story makes me so angry that I actually wasted my time watching highlights (lowlights?) of the Oprah interview on YouTube.

What a farce! They sat facing each other, absolutely straight-faced, smug, arrogant, utterly without affect.

And the “everybody does it” defense reminds me of “I was just following orders” or “the end justifies the means”. I hope he loses his many millions and does jail time for perjury. Even that won’t begin to make up for the people he destroyed or the sport he ruined?

I  detest liars almost as much as I detest celebrities.  Media- manipulated hero-worship inflates their egos and encourages them, apparently, to think that ordinary rules of human decency and common sense do not apply to them.

No matter your reaction to Lance Armstrong’s “confession” to Oprah Winfrey, it is worth asking why he in particular has been the target of such intense scorn. There is the obvious, of course: The seven-time Tour de France winner lied about his doping for a decade, and in a self-aggrandizing, peevish way that turned even longtime supporters against him. But then again: Cycling has been eaten inside out by doping over the past twenty years; it’s more difficult to find a cyclist who didn’t dope than one who did. His fundamental problem, and the one he can never recover from, is that he was just too good.

Read the rest of the article and several others at New York Magazine…  Why Armstrong Is Too Good to Forgive

This article lists ten compelling arguments that undermine the whole idea Armstrong’s athletic superiority and the perfect public persona. It strips away the facade.  Top 10: Reasons To Hate Lance Armstrong  

And this article places side by side two sets of rationalizations that MAY have been part of the motivation behind the fraudulent facade.  Seeing the movie, The Life of Pi, made me curious again about the concept of cognitive dissonance… a blog I still haven’t written. The article is from a cycling magazine, and begins…

We asked two experts—forensic psychologist Ken Manges, and Paul Ekman, a renowned researcher on lying and liars—to help us understand what sort of internal machinations and motivations might be at work in either possibility. While neither … would comment directly on Armstrong, both offered insights into the traits, personality types, and reactions most common among celebrities who have faced allegations of dishonesty, cheating, corruption or similar wrongdoing. What follows are two imagined fictional character sketches based on that input.  Which Lance Armstrong?  The emotions, impulses and mysterious drives that might have fueled the cheating Tour champion—and the honest one

But this kind of “cheatin” just calls back good memories… golden oldies!

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