Good evening, it is Friday.
Just like many folks in the world, I just finished watching part 2 of Lance Armstrong's confessional on Oprah. And just like many folks in the world, I'm not impressed. For just a little fun before I totally rip into Lance...here is a McKayla's not impressed meme:
But Lance was not the hero he portrayed. In fact he was just the opposite. A psychopath who lied for years and years to the world. And even worse, destroyed the people who told the truth. Lots of people. I can't tell you disgusted I am by Lance. Every sanction they can think of would not be enough punishment in my opinion. But the public is not so harsh, and it wouldn't surprise me if he is running the Boston Marathon on his 50th birthday in nine years as he told Oprah he hoped to do.
Why so harsh you ask? I think legacy matters. Kids today need to know that if you cheat your sport just to win, you will ultimately loose. Cheaters in all sports are feeling the burn these days, and Lance is not only the latest, but the worst. The difference in the public eye seems to be his cancer foundation LiveSTRONG. There is no denying that LiveSTRONG is a very good thing in our world. The foundation has helped countless people fight a fight for their lives and do it with courage and fearlessness that they got from watching Lance ride. But Lance was a lie. Harsh. So now I have mixed emotions about LiveSTRONG. Partly because it does good, partly because my sister works for them, and mostly because I know the folks left at the foundation really do care about what they do and I can only guess that Lance has become a thorn in their side too. But LiveSTRONG is Lance's legacy, and like I said earlier, legacy matters. I won't go as far as to say I hope LiveSTRONG fails, because I don't. Sometimes great things come from bad situations. I would recommend that they change their colors and find a new spokesperson, but in reality they may not need to. If they wait out the storm, the public may forgive Lance and he may again lead his foundation to greatness. Maybe not...but maybe.
See you tomorrow.