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Action Bob Markle

Music, theater, gardening, travel, and my personal life, not always in that order. I try to keep it interesting, I rarely hold back, because one thing I truly believe in is the shared experience of this reality we call life. We're all in this together, people. More than we even know.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hamilton Says Lance Armstrong Took Banned Substances

Say it ain't so, Lance.

Tyler Hamilton now says that he witnessed Lance Armstrong shooting banned substances while they were teammates. Hamilton is now the second teammate of Armstrong (the other was Flloyd Landis) who said they saw Armstrong take performance-enhancing substances.

CNN has a report with some sanitized pictures of Armstrong.

Armstrong, I think, is one of the true heroes of our time. As you can see from the first line of this post, I'm like a little kid when it comes to Lance. I was following the Tour (that's the Tour de France; it's like other things that are on a first-name basis over the years, starting with Jackie and onto Lance and continuing today with Pink) way, way back in high school (think Breaking Away) living in the Midwest when I thought myself so, so European. Six consecutive wins and seven overall wins of the Tour. But then he puts his fame to good use. I rank him right up there with the likes of Bono, who you can say what you want, but puts his money and his fame to good use trying to change the world for the better. When did Mick Jagger ever do that?

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Anonymous CT said...


I watched him last night with Scott Pelly and thought to myself "JGF's not going to take this well."

Hate to be a cynic, but just about any athletic feat that took place bweten 1987 and 2004 should probably have an asterik next to it.

Sorry dude.

May 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Pinedo said...

I have to agree with your friend CT, and although I still like him, something stinks...

June 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Action Bob said...

yeah, i'm afraid i agree with both you guys...i'm still holding out for him simply because of the good that he does...

June 1, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Pinedo said...

Hey John,
I believe I will like Lance Armstrong not matter what. I don’t want to like the “perfect” Armstrong. I do like the human being. We made poor choices sometimes, we feel pressure every where. Who am I to judge him? Just tell me the truth, that’s all.
The truth is, also, he is doing a lot of great things for our society.

June 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Action Bob said...

exactly...he's a human being, just like everyone else...the problems we run into with our sports heros and our politicians is we expect them to be greek gods who, by the way, were so flawed...(the greeks knew what they were doing)...and then these people who either crave power or some form of success or simply adulation attempt to be perfect...just look at every evangelist in the news...

June 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

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