Lance Armstrong unwilling to heed advice he gave Peter La Fleur in ‘Dodgeball’ (vid)
Hey, have you heard the news about Lance Armstrong? You have? You must not be deaf, dumb and blind, then. Well, you are obviously not a deaf or blind –I can’t say anything about dumb part, though, I don’t even know you — because you are either reading this post or are having it read to you (and on a side note, I feel really bad for the blind person who actually asks someone to read the Sportress of Blogitude to them).
In any event, Lance Armstrong gave up his fight against the USADA, and in doing so, gave up his seven Tour de France titles and perhaps whatever was left of his reputation. But I’ll leave those discussions to those people better suited to analyze and deduce what it all means in the grand scheme of things.
I do, however, want to highlight the sage advice Lance Armstrong offered up to Peter La Fleur in Dodgeball when the two have a chance meeting at an airport bar and make note on how Lance Armstrong apparently is unwilling to heed the motivational words that he said that were written for him by the screenwriters of the film. Because we all know that anything an actor — even an athlete making a cameo — says they intrinsically believe. Actors are an odd bunch.
The now-ironic words (and yes, as mentioned above, they aren’t really Lance Armstrong’s words, but it remains an interesting study):
Peter La Fleur: Uh, actually I decided to quit… Lance.
Lance Armstrong: Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I’m sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying from that’s keeping you from the finals?
Peter La Fleur: Right now it feels a little bit like… shame.
Lance Armstrong: Well, I guess if a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn’t have anything to regret for the rest of their life. But good luck to you Peter. I’m sure this decision won’t haunt you forever.
Life imitating art imitating life! Or maybe it’s the other way around. I’m not quite sure. Still, the magic of movies!
Finally, it remains to be seen whether Lance Armstrong’s recent decision to give up the ghost in the real world and in his real life will or won’t haunt him forever. Time and Lance Armstrong’s own perspective will determine that. But in the end, it’s Lance Armstrong’s life and he alone should be the one making the decisions about his own life. Further, no matter how hard we try, there’s one thing the public can’t take away from him.
No, not his dignity. By now, I’m pretty sure we’ve all learned that can be quickly snatched away from a person, no matter how hard they try to hold on to it. I’m talking about that he once dated Sheryl Crow. And that, my friends, is pretty awesome.