So when asked, if he had to do it all over again, Lance Armstrong admitted that he would have doped all over again. This, of course, was in the context of an era of doping.
So what does this all have to do with the NFL? Oddly enough, they are both quite linked because both Lance Armstrong and the NFL are simply saying, in the words of Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Who would have thought that this revered coach’s words would become such a sad commentary on the nature of sports?
Lance is just letting us all know that if, in an era of doing and cheating, he had to do it all over again that he would have doped and cheated. You see, cheaters seem to pay no price in sports and what Lance is really saying is that his cheating brought him all the fame and privilege of the entitled and those gains were worth the price of sacrificing his own integrity. For the hapless fan, there is really no way to vote and be counted on the continued hubris of Armstrong. His money is already in the bank.
The NFL is another story. Everyone here in the office is angry with me because I tell everyone that nothing will happen as a result of the Patriot’s cheating in Deflategate. My coworkers protest that “lots of changes will take place.”
Ridiculous. You see, you still have the right to voice your opinion on the NFL and its total disregard for human decency. You can stop watching the games (like the upcoming, soiled Super Bowl). You have within your power to remove the possibility of the NFL being akin to the gloating Armstrong (who plays contrition as he goes to the bank).
We have learned a few things about the NFL. It is not a sport, it is a religion. There are no NFL fans, just NFL adherents. What the adherents are willing to forgive the league of is a long list. Forgiving the torture of animals. Turning a blind eye to a guy who cold-cocks his wife in an elevator. Ignoring the permanent brain damage caused by just playing the game. Widespread steroid use (Lance would be proud). Keeping a commissioner in his high paying job precisely because he puts financial gains ahead of principle. Moving teams from one city to the next in the dead of night. Refusing to acknowledge responsibility for the dementia that the game causes and cheating to win at any cost.
So don’t complain about winning being the only thing when you ask no pound of flesh for the grievance. The NFL can do anything and get away with it because it is a super brand. It knows that the only thing is money and no one will make them pay. You know what? Lance Armstrong might have been a great football player had he taken a slightly different direction.