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I hate everything about Mike Lupica. I hate his radio show. I hate him on Sports Reporters (but, I do love the looks of comtempt on Bob Ryan's face when Lupica interrupts him). I hate the constant references to the Kardashians or whatever trivial thing the mainstream media is following that month (I double hate the self-satisfied sneer that comes over his face after he makes one of those references, like he just made the most clever joke in the world). I hate when he's so excited (usually to say something so stupid) and stutters, sort of like a bratty little kid getting ready to tattle on someone.
...You have a right to think he really is a victim. And I have the right to think that the most amazing thing about those pictures we saw this week of Alex Rodriguez shaking hands with his “supporters” is that none of them counted their fingers after he shook hands with them.
As in "Look out! A-Rod is so greedy he might steal your fingers!" or "Look out! A-Rod is so monstrous he might eat your fingers!"?
Alex Rodriguez beginning to look a lot like Lance Armstrong
Luckily those fans had a sack full of apples and carrots.
As in "Look out! A-Rod is so greedy he might steal your fingers!" or "Look out! A-Rod is so monstrous he might eat your fingers!"? Or is there a third possibility I haven't considered?
Is this, like, some old chestnut I've never heard of? Or is Lupica just being a dork?
If he's looking like Armstrong, don't you mean a half-sack full of apples, Eso?
Lupica writes children's books, and my sons school book catalog featured a Lupica-penned novel. I am praying my son doesn't ask for that one; he's too young for me to have to explain what a ######### is.
. . . I do love the looks of comtempt on Bob Ryan's face when Lupica interrupts him.
Cancer jokes. Pardon me while I try to laugh.
Pardon me while I try to muster some sympathy for Armstrong.
As a cancer survivor, I don't take kindly to this type of humor.
Even with spotting you one gonad, Armstrong still outdistances you in testicular fortitude.
Would you take more kindly to it if I suggested Armstrong did it to himself in the effort to cheat? He's not exactly a victim, you know.
Well, you got me there, pardner. It takes some cajones to sue someone for telling the truth about you.
If so, that's an astonishing display of ignorance.
In his highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday he admitted taking a doping “cocktail” including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, cortisone and Human Growth Hormone (HGH). One of his most elusive responses is when Lance Armstrong explains how “earlier in my career there was cortisone… and then the EPO generation began.” Prompted by Oprah to pinpoint when this happened, the cyclist answers in “the mid 90s”.
“The evidence that anabolic steroids can cause both benign and malignant liver tumors is quite strong,” states the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), of the WHO, in its monograph. This same report mentions the existance of cases of prostate cancer tied to AAS abuse.
One effect of hGH is to raise blood levels of a substance called insulin-like growth factor type I (IGF-I). Animal studies show that high levels of IGF-I cause cancer.
Armstrong is not a victim as it relates to willingly taking illegal/banned substances, but he is as it relates to cancer.
With all of those key facts unknown, I asked Dr. Philip Kantoff, Chief of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, whether there could possibly be any link between taking performance-enhancing drugs and developing testicular cancer. Of course Dr. Kantoff has no personal knowledge of Armstrong’s history and our conversation was purely speculative. Here, slightly edited is what he said:
“There are no studies that prospectively look at testicular cancer with any of these drugs…Theoretically, of the drugs under consideration — I’m not sure he took human growth hormone — but of the potential performance enhancing drugs he may have taken, it’s conceivable that growth hormone could, theoretically, be linked to cancer but there is no study to support that…
[On the question of testosterone, Dr. Kantoff said the most common context for treatment with testosterone is this]…the guy that comes in, he’s a middle-aged man, a little depressed, his libido is down and his testosterone is slightly low. They give him enough to normalize his testosterone levels, but this is not in the category of enhancing, it’s normalizing levels. And again, there aren’t any definitive studies on this…there’s belief and then there are studies…
With performance enhancement, you take people with normal levels and gve them super high levels. It’s a whole understudied field. Nobody’s ever taken a look at 20-to-30-year-olds with normal testosterone levels and giving them super high levels and the side effects from that…
With human growth hormone, it’s conceivable — you can enhance the growth of cells — but there’s no data.”
About 5,000-10,000 men a year develop testicular cancer, Kantoff said. But it’s the most common cancer in men between 20 and 40 in the U.S. So what’s the bottom line in Armstrong’s case?
“Any conclusion that there’s a link would be a big leap here,” Kantoff said. “All of these things could cause harm when taken at super high levels, but nobody’s ever studied it.”
One must be careful when calling another ignorant, grasshopper:
Locating some stuff on the internet suggesting a link between certain PEDs and different forms of cancer changes nothing.
The timeline for cycling and doping actually starts around 1886. It isn't a recent development.
#25 You are talking about Kevin. He's never been sane on this matter.
I don't follow cycling and didn't follow the Armstrong saga all that much, but didn't the general public basically believe Armstrong's claims that he was clean until he confessed, or at least up until close to the time when he confessed? That's my recollection of it. If so, that would be a difference from ARod: most of the general public simply believes ARod is guilty of using. If I'm right about the public perception of Armstrong then the analogy doesn't really work.
And if there's anything clear about Armstrong it's that he's careful and very disciplined.
You are talking about Kevin. He's never been sane on this matter.
Then again, the comics writer Mark Millar has Crohn's, & I'd cheerfully set him on fire, guzzle gasoline & then piss all over him
He's also completely ruthless and will act without pity or restraint.
I mean, Kruk lost one to cancer too, and we have been telling one ball jokes about him for ages. Hell, he even makes fun of it.
You can laugh at it and i will not stop you - I ascribe to the 'South Park' theory that all can be lampooned - but I would tell you up front that I find it humorless and ask that you take the sentiments elsewhere.
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