Funny how we always fall for the narrative

Stop at Nothing: the Lance Armstong Story is a fascinating film. It follows Lance’s rise and fall from the early 1990s till his interview with Oprah.

What stood out the most to me was how the other athletes and their wives seem angelic compared to Lance when they are, of course, guilty of the same crimes. Funny how we always fall for the narrative.

The prevalence of Irish accents in the film is quite surprising.

It also made me think of Wikileaks. What a fascinating organisation in this day and age.

13 thoughts on “Funny how we always fall for the narrative”

  1. I’ve always thought that there should be a doping Olympics. I mean, I don’t really care how a human accomplishes their feats, it’s all just entertainment anyway. Show me the cyborg Olympics too! (Robolympics?)

    The world’s a lie, but so what?

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  2. We should have known. When Greg LeMond, the first great American road cyclist won his third Tour De France, he was contemplating retiring but then decided to give it another try. When he got back in shape and started to compete he could not believe that he couldn’t keep up with dozens and dozens of other cyclists. He was the reigning champion, yet he felt like a novice. This was in 1991, I think. Guess when the doping really took off?

    We close our eyes in the face of excellence, especially if it makes the athlete wealthy. (God must favor them … because they are wealthy. Sometimes humans embarrass me.)

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  3. I used to ride my bike when I was little and pretend to be him. I was a sponsored triathlete for a while. Most athletes at the higher levels don’t talk about what’s required just like most CEOs don’t talk about how they are successful. They just accept the glory. I haven’t saw the movie but I think, when Sheryl Crow dumped him it was a sign. That some seismic crap was going to happen.

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      1. There is a brand to preserve. It’s why, a lot of things surface way after. That’s where we are at fault as fans that we expect those in the spotlight to be morally greater. Somehow all the physical training makes their brains awesome too. I think about that. A lot, actually that if I didn’t train my body and only my mind how capable I’d be. That may be why college athletes fall right on their face when they graduate.

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      2. I never made it to college. I forgot who coined the term performance based confidence. It’s a lot like toddlers. Learning to walk the toddler conquers that aspect of their world so they are confident flying off the kitchen counter is next. There, a great example of both the toddler and the athlete becoming something. For America, before pro sports we had a lot of violence. After, there was a lull in organized group violence because our favorite players invaded nearby territories in mock battles called sports. That’s from a book. Forget the author. The gimmick, remains that our mirror neurons fire when our favorite team scores. We are not much different than our Roman counterparts chanting and screaming at those in an arena. We still are tied to that magic and will deny any facts of corruption against our heroes. Even condemning the voices that spoke first.


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