I am fed up with the things I see around me. Maybe they have been going on for some time now and I’m just noticing because I am not training 20 hours per week or maybe they are just becoming so blatant that it is impossible to ignore anymore. There were a few things I have read or seen over the past week that have really taken my blood pressure to another level.
1- Let’s start out with Lance Armstrong. I don’t hide my feelings toward him and his downfall because I do not believe that there is a place in sport, or outside of sport, for cheaters. If you cannot do it with your own ability find something else and make every attempt to excel at that but don’t resort to cheating. The uproar over the USADA and UCI decision had somewhat died down and I suppose that Mr. Armstrong felt it appropriate to send out a picture of him laying on his couch with the 7 Yellow jersey’s hanging above him.
Here is what has me up in arms. He did not earn those titles cleanly and it feels like he is sticking up his middle finger to USADA/UCI with the jerseys. As if to say ‘hey I have 500 tests and 0 positive results so I’m going to hang onto these here yellow jerseys’ Instead of just walking away and leaving it alone. What is the point of the picture? Why send that out? Why not have that private moment to yourself to reflect on the next step in your life instead of putting it out there for ridicule because that is what is going to come from a picture like this.
of course somebody would make up another picture and it may be more appropriate
Then today this article came out that says that he has ended his ties to the LiveStrong foundation and resigned from the board.
2- Professional athletes thumping their chest as if they did something spectacular. These guys get paid to do this stuff so I don’t get the look at me now celebrations. There are some good ones out there and I think that you should celebrate the things that you do but do it when it is appropriate. What is appropriate? A sack in a close game that stops the other team from getting a first down or a touchdown but NOT on every tackle. You made the tackle….congrats but isn’t that what you are getting paid for?
Defensive backs waiving their arms after a receiver doesn’t make a catch even if they had nothing to do with it. The ball could be 5 feet over the intended targets head and these guys are acting as if they just batted down a ball that was destined to be caught. Give me a break. That is your job. That is what the paycheck that comes on a weekly basis is for. You didn’t do anything spectacular and so stop acting like it.
This past weekend an offensive player finally put a defensive player in his place. The Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Bolden did the right thing when he pointed to the scoreboard after the Oakland Raiders DB started waiving his arms and talking as if he stopped a play that was determined to change the course of the game. The score was 48-20 at the time. What is this guy jawing about? That he stopped them from scoring 50+ at that point in time? Seriously?
Take a look at this pic and after you are done laughing watch the video:
I made a vow to not shop at stores until January 1st, 2013 if I saw a commercial on TV from them celebrating or promoting Christmas. So far I have seen on from Target and one from Kay Jewelers. Guess who will not be getting any money from me until then. I may have only my voice but I will stand by my convictions and not step foot in either of these places, nor am I buying a Lexus (not that this was happening anyway.)
So there you have it. The three things that have gotten me fired up this past weekend and I’m sure there will be plenty more as my triathlon season comes to an end and I will have more time to actually see the things going on around me.