Lance Armstrong bashers should get a life

Lance Armstrong. (ANTHONY BOLANTE/Reuters file photo)

Lance Armstrong. (ANTHONY BOLANTE/Reuters file photo)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

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Here’s the thing. Clearly, Lance Armstrong was doping. And clearly the vast majority of the contenders he raced against, and beat, were doping as well. So in my eyes, that still makes him the best of the best. Yes, he cheated and perhaps he should be stripped of his Tour de France titles. But a lot of other Tour winners should probably lose their titles as well. As for all the media craziness surrounding Armstrong, and all the sponsors dumping him like rats leaving sinking ship, let’s remember that the man helped raise HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS for cancer victims and research. Okay, he cheated in cycling races. But through his efforts, millions of people with cancer have been helped or saved. How evil of a person is that? I’d rather support a guy who cheated and raised millions for a killer disease, than some squeaky clean former pro athlete who plays golf all day. To me, saving lives trumps everything else. If you’re angry with Lance Armstrong, get over it.

YANKS FOR NOTHING

There’s an American running the NHL and an American running the NHLPA. I’ve got nothing against Yanks, but maybe it’s time for the operations of the league to be handed back over to Canadians. Nobody cares about the game as much as we do (for better or for worse), and perhaps there would be a greater sense of urgency to get a deal done if the guys actually running the NHL (and the players’ union) had more of an emotional stake in the game. Furthermore, every time I hear the word escrow, I want to heave.

GO BIG FOR OILERS' NEW HOME

So Edmonton city council and Oilers owner Daryl Katz are feuding over the funding of a new rink. All I can say is, when the damn thing is finally built, do us a favour and make the ice surface a little bigger than the standard NHL size. I’m sick of watching rugby on ice. I want see guys with skill have a little more time to do their thing.

RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

Smart move by the 2015 Pan American Games people to hire CBC radio guy Teddy Katz as director of media relations. Katz has been around and will have a good understanding of what the media wants and needs. There are enough P.R. mouthpieces who feel their job description is to shield their bosses from the media. Great hire.

WEENIES OF THE WEEK

The Canadian men’s soccer team. I wouldn’t call it a choke job, because they probably weren’t expected to win anyway. But talk about being intimated and overwhelmed. I’m surprised they didn’t high-five the Honduran fans on their way off the field.

WHILE I’M AT IT

Canadian national team midfielder Julian de Guzman said his talented younger brother Jonathan, who gave up his Canadian citizenship earlier to play for the Netherlands, may have joined Canada if they made it to the final round of World Cup qualifying next year. That’s all fine and good. But where the hell was he when they really needed him?

Been reading about these former sports icons — Bobby Knight, Ozzie Smith, etc. — selling off their memorabilia for extra money. Do they know something that we don’t? Are we in for another big fall?


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