I had to turn the channel from all the politics on the news a couple of days ago. I don't know about you, but I can only handle so much before I get politically saturated. I just can't handle it anymore. I'll be happy when November comes and GOES!!
So when I started reading other stories, one jumped off the page. Lance Armstrong, the 7 time Tour de France Champion, and the founder of the popular LIVESTRONG cancer advocacy group was being tried in the media.
Evidently there is "insurmountable" proof Armstrong used banned substances on his 7 Tours, and seemingly created a mafia of endurance drug running on the U.S. Postal Team in the 90's and 2000's.
It peaked my interest because I just finished a book by fellow team mate Tyler Hamilton, called The Secret Race. It's a detailed account of how Lance and the boys on the U.S. Postal Service ran the drug runs to avoid prosecution by the USADA, the organization given authority to regulate bike athletes.
Look, I know most of America has little interest in skinny guys wearing spandex, but out here in Colorado, it's becoming a sport rivaling some of the team sports reported on ESPN. And, I happened to take up biking a few years ago, and absolutely find it AMAZING what these guys can do. So why am I writing about Armstrong on a faith blog?
I think it's an interesting story of character, integrity, and the drive of the human spirit to win at certain costs. There were millions of dollars at stake in the cover up. Several riders have wasted years of their careers competing for championships unattainable because of the pseudo-cleanliness of the race. There were several testimonies of riders who felt bullied by Lance and others to perform at a high level, but, at the heart of the issue, I wonder why?
It's a bike race?
I mean, REALLY?
I ask the same question to my NFL friends, my NBA associates, and my new soccer friends. "Why is there so much under the table cheating going on?" I wonder out loud when I'm hanging with them.
One of my professional athlete friends said, "Braner, think about the money . . ." and he goes on about how much lifestyle is at stake.
And that's really the question,
What would you do if you were faced with the potential of millions?
How far would you compromise your values to make sure you Win?
Is there a Moral thread that runs through your life decisions?
Or are we just out for ourselves?
I've often wondered this in lieu of our economy. Billions of dollars sitting in cash for major corporations, but the average Joe is left to stand in line with the 46 million people estimated to be on food stamps today.
Is there a moral obligation we need to turn back to, in order to preserve the integrity of our communities, our businesses, and in the case of Lance, our foundations?
What's it worth to compromise your values?