Confession is good for the … what, exactly?

A casual check of the Innertubes this morning confirms that I chose correctly in deciding to skip Ol’ Whatsisface’s latest made-for-TV reinvention.

Eddy Merckx is “extremely disappointed.” Tour de France honcho Christian Prudhomme called it a “calculated public-relations exercise,” while WADA chief John Fahey dismissed the performance as delivering “nothing new.”

Greg LeMond said he didn’t see “the need for redemption, the remorse of someone who is truly sorry.” ESPN’s Bonnie Ford called his resort to “big-picture pop culture”  a “delusional move, not to mention an utterly backward one, describing Ol’ Whatsisface as “a toppled despot, a statue pulled off his pedestal, [whose] legs are still moving reflexively in the rubble.”

And Betsy Andreu was pissed, saying Ol’ Whatsisface owes more to her and “to the sport that he destroyed.”

There’s more of that sort of thing to be had, if you’re game. I’m not. The whole thing is, as John Steinbeck wrote of other parties thrown by professional hostesses, “as spontaneous as peristalsis and as interesting as its end product.”

For The Cyclist Who Shall Not Be Named it’s just another step along a well-worn path. First Soaprah, then Betty Ford, then “Dancing With the Stars.” Or maybe a reality show like the one Pete Rose has ginned up for himself.

Whatever. Stage two is tonight, of course, but Ol’ Whatsisface is already way off the back. He’s proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that it’s not about the bike. It’s not about the sport. It’s all about him.

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14 Responses to “Confession is good for the … what, exactly?”

  1. Khal Spencer Says:

    Fuckin’ A. Pete Rose looks like a retired mafiosi soldato in that film clip. Taking advice from old Pete would be like being thrown an anvil as a life preserver.

    Meanwhile, old Thom Weisel is the latest person to take the Sgt. Schultz defense. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/thomas-weisel-banker-behind-armstrong-says-he-was-unaware-of-doping/?ref=cycling

  2. Jeff Cozad Says:

    Pete is/was light years better than TCWSNBN. All he was guilty of was betting on the game and admitting it. Way better than Big Tex. I would still like to see him in the baseball hall of fame. But then I’d also like to see Marvin Miller there too. No denying the affect he had on the game.

  3. Khal Spencer Says:

    My understanding is Pete bet on games while as a manager, including on his own team. It was pretty rotten given his standing as a player. That said, I would also like to see him in the Hall of Fame, but perhaps with a big red asterisk on his picture. As far as examples of human conduct, one has to ask what things are important. Ty Cobb, for example, was a superbe player but as a human being, he was beneath contempt. I suspect if we judged all athletes by their totality rather than their jock exploits, the halls of fame would be riddled with asterisks.

  4. sharon Says:

    I agree with Khal, but would not limit the statement with baseball or sports. To get to the top of business, politics, religion, etc there is nearly always either lots of other backs that were climbed, corruption, cheating, scandal OR someone behind that person who was guilty of those things. The question to me is to what degree was it done. Used to think Sports were somewhat different but changed my mind somewhat after the Olympics went professional. Pretty cynical view – but that’s the way it looks to me after 20+ years in the corporate world and lots of examples to draw from..

  5. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Thanks Patrick. As I said in a previous post, I didn’t watch; I read about it this morning. This is about Lance, not about cycling. But, damn, he is doing his best to paint the entire peloton as dopers. Kinda like the guy going 80 in a 55 who gets pulled over. He tells the cop, I was just staying up in traffic. Cop says, yea, but I caught you, and here’s your ticket. I am going to wash and wax the van, and then drink beer and play with Duffy the dog, and skip round two tonight. I’ll just wait for the movie.

  6. Kim Allis Says:

    Yeah, but isn’t he like the character on a tv series that you love to hate???

  7. Khal Spencer Says:

    This reminds me of my youngest brother during his misspent youth. Always in trouble, and always with a rationalization.

  8. ianbrettcooper Says:

    I’m guessing confession is good for the paycheck. It lets him say “Yeah, I made mistakes. Now let’s move on, because I’m reformed now – honest. Now I can have Livestrong back and I can race again, right? Cos I’m honest, right?”

  9. Larry T. Says:

    http://cycleitalia.blogspot.it/2013/01/mille-miglia-1000-miles.html
    describes (in part) what I was doing while the BigTex sh__storm was being excreted onto TV screens. Doesn’t sound like many are fooled by BigTex anymore, no matter what brand of crap he’s trying to exchange for $$. He’ll probably try another book, maybe one titled “It’s not about the bike, it IS all about the MONEY.”

  10. Bob Says:

    Now it is time for LeMond to come clean.

  11. dan Says:

    two most relevant comments came from Frankie (who came clean all on his own) and Tyler who also came clean a day late and a dollar short. Regardless there comments were most insightful about how difficult it was to take the the first step. IT WAS A DOOSEY.

    Not an Armstrong fan. Don’t condone what was right. but I’m not in his shoes. He’s an ass and a bully.

    But it’s a step in the right direction, see what comes down the road. This is going to be a 1 yr slow motion train wreck.

  12. Stan Thomas Says:

    You might like this:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pz4v6

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