Uh-oh. Now we did it.
It’s our fault.
And you over there … wearing the parka. Raise your hand, too.
I guess I’m a major part of it, too.
I didn’t know we had such power. I guess there is strength in numbers.
History has proved that. Think Woodstock, American Idol and Truman’s comeback win over Dewey.
The latter never made the papers back then.
The latest chapter in “Power to the People” is bubbling to the surface.
We are now the reason some athletes’ contracts are printed on prescription pads.
Let’s call it the pharm system. When we give certain athletes the needle, they use it.
That is the rationale of Lance Armstrong.
The deposed king of cycling is attempting to climb the French Alps with his defense in a false claims lawsuit from former teammate Floyd Landis.
According to Armstrong, it’s the government’s fault that it didn’t know he was taking drugs while he was winning his seven Tour de France titles while under U.S. Postal Service sponsorship.
He delivered for the mail, giving the service everything it wanted — a strong, American figure who overcame many hurdles to give the organization a huge amount of publicity and exposure.
Everyone loves a winner … and it was an endorsement worth $41 million.
The USPS should have known their postman was ringing more than twice, needing all the doping possible to pull off such a feat. After all, the reports were widespread that there was rampant drug use in the sport.
There are so many definitions for “cycling” in this case.
So now, 10 years after the fact, Armstrong says it’s not his fault he profited from his actions. The USPS basically gave him its stamp of approval, knowing full well that he was lying. It just waited for him to be caught to apply the brakes on the deal.