When I was a kid, baseball was America's game. My memories linger around visions of classic summertime Americana; hot dogs on the grill, cold beer (or in my case Coca-Cola), sweet apple pie, and Vin Scully on the call from Dodger Stadium.
Why doesn't Travis Tygart uses his legal training to prosecute street criminals? I guess that would not enhance his career. It seems to me he is more interested in promoting his own career than 'justice.'
Lance now has the opportunity to become a powerful advocate for change. For all his faults, he has been a tremendous leader in the fight against cancer. He's not a despicable person and I'd love to see him channel his positive energy into a new cause.
In a previous piece I described Lance as "one of the biggest control freaks in history." It came out in the interview time and time again. I'm pretty sure that he wishes that forgiveness could be switched on.
The conundrum is how much it matters that someone who has done such real good for real people is now revealed to have built much of his achievement and image on a foundation of deception, cheating and lies.
Technical wizardry in the recording studio has literally changed the playing field so that, like elite athletes, singers either "digitally dope" to compete in a very competitive arena where perfect vocals are expected, or they risk being seen as sub-par in an industry where "everyone's doing it."
The Olympic spirit stresses mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity and fair play. Yet by some estimates as many as 1,000 of these competitors could have used performance enhancing drugs to smooth their progress to the games.
Sports is about putting all sorts of people in the spotlight. It's about proving that you don't need a fancy degree or rich father to catapult yourself to fame -- you just need talent and a good attitude.