Sunday, July 5, 2009

News and Sports in the meantime

Wow! there is quite a lineup of figures who have passed away in less than two weeks. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson"king of pop", Billy Mays, and now, from the NFL ranks, Steve McNair. Ed McMahon died of older age, more something towards Natural Causes, while Fawcett lost her valiant battle with Cancer, Michael Jackson appears to have died of an pain medication overdose, Billy Mays to a sudden cardiac arrest related to heart disease. Steve McNair was murdered. And very troubling and unfortunate for his family members, friends, former teammates, and fans, is that he was having an extramarital affair with a young 20 year old, also found dead at the scene. Maybe a lovers quarrel, or murder suicide. Maybe a bizarre love triangle. A semi-automatic rifle was found underneath the female victim. McNair had apparently been seeing this young female for the past several months while still married with four sons. It's sad, tragic, and twisted all at once. This is tragic like, say Len Bias. Something that could've been avoided. Steve McNair paid the price. Awful news to say the least.

Lance Armstrong has begun his comeback in the Tour De France. If he wins, it will be amazing, considering he's almost 38 and had retired after winning his seventh straight tour in 2005. If he doesn't win, there will be all of the naysayers that will wonder why he retired and then came back after four years. Why didn't he just come back and win it once or twice more in 2006, 2007, and then call it a career. But if he wins, will he then come back next year or will this be it? I know that if he doesn't win, he won't be back for sure. It's the only reason, I confess, why i'm tuning into the tour. Here's a guy, my same age, who has just the most amazing story, beating cancer, and then winning SEVEN straight Tour de Frances. And maybe 10 straight had he kept going. That would have happpened last year. Does he still have what it takes to win? After a four year hiatus? I honestly believe that he wouldn't be doing it if HE didn't think he could. I also believe, firmly, that as long as he stays in the mix up until his strength stages that come in the final 1/3 of the tour, that he'll have them where he wants em. I believe then that it will be his to lose. And a huge BITE ME and F YOU to the all of the anti-doping agencies that keep trying to find something on Lance. Seriously, the guy was diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer, given at best, a 50-50 chance for survival. And for ANYONE to even think that he'd be that crazy to take banned substances.........................................YOU"RE INSANE. He still maintains that beating cancer was the greatest victory of his life. He's the best ever. Deal with it. And if he wins again this time after having walked away four years earlier on top with nothing to prove, I will LAUGH OUT LOUD!

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