Fed Up!

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.


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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:

3- And finally, the Christmas stuff.  Can we please eat a little bit of Turkey (or Tofu for us vegetarians) and enjoy the one holiday where we are to give thanks instead of giving a list of items we want to be given to us?  The one holiday that lasts a few hours rather than the birthday celebrations that last weekends.  The one day where it is ok to actually want to celebrate somebody else and thank them for all that they have done?

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.

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  1. Christi says:

    I agree with you on each point! Not liking all the Christmas stuff being shoved down my throat!

  2. Bob says:

    I am glad that Lance cheated. Otherwise the hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer patients he unselfishly helped raise through LiveStrong would not have been raised. Not condoning… just saying… and I don’t even like the guy. Hell, I moved here to train with him and he won’t return my phone calls…. Imagine that!
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  3. Jen says:

    I also agree on all points but I have to tell you the Christmas thing drives me nuts – I went to the mall last Thursday at lunch and a giant Christmas tree was already up and Christmas music already filling the stores. Here is Jersey, we didn’t even really have halloween because of the storm, and the rushing of the season is super annoying!
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  4. Jeff Irvin says:

    I was watching that game live when Boldin pointed at the scoreboard — hysterical! Poor OAK, they just blow at everything.

    Might actually be over Lance at this point. He has become so irrelevant that I really do not even have the time to read about him. His persona is dead to me.

    And the bludgeoning of the xmas stuff has been a bone of contention for years. I was in Home Depot like a month ago and they were already setting up the entire section – took a pic and sent it to the wife to get her fired up!

  5. lindsay says:

    LOL i have thought about making that ‘resolution’ about christmas commercials. nordstrom’s supposedly hangs up a sign that says “we will not celebrate until (after thanksgiving)”. but they’re a liiiiitle too pricey for me.

    i bet karen is disappointed to know she won’t be waking up to a big red bowed lexus in the driveway… :(
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  6. Lance has become a perfect example of a guy who doesn’t know when to shut up. Pre-Thanksgiving “Christmas retailing” can suck it too. But, and as per tradition, I will watch Elf at some point over the coming weekend.
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