On Friday I got an email through one of the cycling mailing lists that I'm on that Lance Armstrong was going to be on Oprah that afternoon. I'm not an avid Oprah follower (imagine that!) so I asked Tammy to TiVo it so I could watch it later. Lance was on for the full hour along with Sheryl Crow. You do know that he and Sheryl have been an item ever since he split with his wife, right? Anyway, some thoughts...
- Enough with Sheryl Crow! This is Lance Armstrong. He's won more Tour de France victories than any other man in history. Yet it seems that his record 6 wins are often overshadowed by the fact that he's dating some "rock star". (By the way, Sheryl Crow is a rock star? Guess I wasn't listening.)
- I'm sitting here wearing my LIVESTRONG bracelet and it's amazing how many of these things have went out. They've sold 46 million of them now. Holy crap! When we went and saw the Tour de France last summer these things were the ID tag for the American Tour fan. Now it seems everyone has them. Okay, that's cool, but for some reason I'm a little bitter about it.
- I wish Lance would stop the tour. Really. He wont state publicly anything. His Discovery contract requires him to race one more. Seriously, I would rather he take on the spring classics or even better go after the hour record. He's talked about all of the above, but has been non-commital about it all. Added bonus here would be OLN actually having more coverage of events other than the Tour. Non-tour coverage on OLN has dropped every year, even while the total number of hours of cycling has increased. It's all Lance and the Tour de France. Let's hit the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix!
- The Bike. Oh my. So on Oprah they had this story, tough story really, of this woman with cancer and she is fighting and she seemed amazing. Lance is her hero, etc. So at the end Lance gives her this bike. Oh My! Some stage-hand wheels out this P.O.S. $199 Target special Trek to give to her. Huh? This is Lance. Trek is his sponsor. They couldn't spring for a carbon-fiber, ahh, anything? Wow. Even Lance looked a little stunned when he saw it. Kinda like he was thinking "send that thing BACK!".