Friday, May 20, 2011

Bros before, including, but not limited to the following...

"I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator...I saw him inject it more than one time. Like I did, many, many times."--Tyler Hamilton on Lance Armstrong

"Congratulations to (at)eki-ekimov on his 3rd Olympic Gold Medal!!"--Lance's response, on Twitter

The brotherhood of doping, what Landis termed cycling's mafia, has crumbled. The rules that bound it, the secrets, the values, the doctors, and the fans (the ones with any sense, that is), are now in the open. The head bro, the don, remains defiant, gathering his loyal bros around him, but nearly all the bros have capitulated or been snared: Landis, Gusev, Heras, Chechu, Andreu, Ferrari, and so on.

Unfortunately, the mechanisms that empowered the brotherhood of doping--the UCI, team directors such as Bruyneel and Riis, and national organzations like that of Spain--remain in place.

Did you watch Contador launch in the big ring on Etna? Was it possible to watch that without dismissing it as laboratory assisted?

Right now, the majority seems to be on the side of Lance--that is, they believe, in the way Mormons believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America, or that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people, or that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, MO (for further details, see vid):

Humans react in predictable ways given situations: for example, they usually choose to break rules for personal gain if the rules cannot be enforced. It's easy to form alliances with others who also break rules for personal gain; those alliances crumble when the chance for personal gain crumbles.

That's life, that's human nature, that's what I believe happened with U.S. Postal.

For me, it's much easier to believe that than to believe Lance never used drugs to boost his performance, especially given the vast testimony of witnesses, his association with Dr. Ferrari, and, not least, his unearthly performance in bike races. Possibly, that's because if you're powerless, you're more likely to believe conspiracy theories.

But I could be wrong, just as I could be wrong about Mormonism. I don't mean to pick on it, as a belief system, by the way. I only mention it because there are things in Mormonism many of us find hard to believe, just as there are things in my own beliefs that others may find equally implausible.

Power, not only political power, but the kind your powermeter measures, corrupts us. It corrupts Supreme Court Justices, and it corrupts alliances.

At some point, the bros before EPO code breaks down, and that's what's going on.


Anonymous said...

I know nothing malicious was intended. Just want to add my 2 cents if I may.

It is not politically correct to pick on a number of groups. It is always open season on Mormons :)

It might surprise some people who is Mormon. Below is a list of 28 "famous" Mormons. I am not famous, but you can find me being cat 4 pack fodder around MABRA races.

Eldridge Cleaver (Black Panther Leader)
Gladys Knight (Singer)
ArnoldFriberg (Artist)
Yukihiro Matsumoto (Ruby programming language)
John Beck (Redskins QB)

Gary Crowton (Offensive Coord U Maryland)
Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens)
Danny Ainge (President Boston Celtics)
Torah Bright (Snowboarder)
Nolan D. Archibald (CEO Black & Decker)

Alan Ashton (CEO WordPerfect)
J.W. Marriott,Jr. (Marriott)
David Neeleman (Founder / CEO JetBlue)
Kevin Rollins (CEO Dell)
Kim B. Clark (Dean Harvard Business School)

Gordon Gee (President Ohio State)
Stephen R.Covey (7 Habits + the previously unknown 8th!)
Ken Jennings (Jeopardy Champ)
Glen A.Larson (Knight Rider creator)
Stephenie Meyer (Twilight..sorry)

Glenn Beck (Really sorry)
Brandon Flowers (The Killers)
Arthur Kane (New York Dolls)
John Moses Browning (Guns)
William Clayton (Inventor odometer)
Philo Farnsworth (Inventor Cathode Ray TV)

Robert B. Ingebretsen (Co-inventor digital audio recording)
James LeVoy Sorenson (Inventor medical devices)
O.J. Simpson (Just Kidding) (Big List)

Bryan Jones

Calvini said...

@Brian--I didn't mean to single out Mormons at all. From my point of view, I have a hard time with any kind of religious faith. They're all, to some degree or other, mysterious, contradictory, and unconvincing.

That does not mean I find all faiths equally wrong; some faiths are less credible simply because you have to swallow some pretty unlikely assertions just to get in the door.

Having spent some time in Africa, the songs from Book of Mormon resonate with me, and I found the targets of their irony particularly accurate--not especially Mormonism, but current American forms of religion, which tend to ignore real suffering, real evil, and real complexity.


qualia said...

Anonymous, point taken re: open season on Mormons, and you neglected to mention two Republican Presidential candidates: Huntsman and Romney.

The coolest Mormon on your list is Ken Jennings:

That still doesn't make it probable that God changed his mind about black people, etc.

Mormons? Mostly good people. Mormon doctrine? Kinda nutty. I imagine many decent folks expected to be raptured today.

Hate the dogma. Love the dogmatist.