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    "Lance Armstrong is stupid..."

    Just a rant, not sure if this even belongs here, but here it is:
    I was walking out of a store and this 20ish man and woman pass by me and the man says "I don't like Lance Armstrong," and the woman agrees "Yeah, I think Lance Armstrong is stupid..." It just seemed so random. I'm not a huge fan, but I respect him and have worn a Livestrong band from the start because I think it really stands for something. Anyway, I turned around and gave them a look like "what the heck?" and the guy turned around and looked at me too. I think he saw my Livestrong band after they started their conversation. I wanted to say to the lady "Look at you, you're overweight and you have unoriginal piercings on your face, what's so great about you? Why don't you get on a bike once in a while?"

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    I'm not a big fan of Lance, but I certainly respect him for what he has done, not only for the cycling, which is more than most of us can claim. why do people say they don't like someone when they certainly don't know anything about them? where's the love?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vilelamb
    I wanted to say to the lady "Look at you, you're overweight and you have unoriginal piercings on your face, what's so great about you? Why don't you get on a bike once in a while?"
    What stopped you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vilelamb
    Just a rant, not sure if this even belongs here, but here it is:
    I was walking out of a store and this 20ish man and woman pass by me and the man says "I don't like Lance Armstrong," and the woman agrees "Yeah, I think Lance Armstrong is stupid..." It just seemed so random. I'm not a huge fan, but I respect him and have worn a Livestrong band from the start because I think it really stands for something. Anyway, I turned around and gave them a look like "what the heck?" and the guy turned around and looked at me too. I think he saw my Livestrong band after they started their conversation. I wanted to say to the lady "Look at you, you're overweight and you have unoriginal piercings on your face, what's so great about you? Why don't you get on a bike once in a while?"
    I would turn to those haters and say, " Well, you're both stupid AND UGLY!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fogrider
    I'm not a big fan of Lance, but I certainly respect him for what he has done, not only for the cycling, which is more than most of us can claim. why do people say they don't like someone when they certainly don't know anything about them? where's the love?
    Ummmm...MOST OF US?!?!?!

    Like ANY of US will be 7 time TdF winners in the near future?

    People like this amaze me, spouting thisd kind of drivel without even qualifying their statements . The sad part is that the wolrd is full of htese idiots
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    Who knows, he might be dumber than a bag of hammers . . . I mean, how smart do you have to be to win the TDF? . . . 7 times. Starting something like the LAF really isn't rocket science you know.

    It really shows ones true colors to make a statement like that about anybody. Politicians, actors, athletes, famous people in general. You can have opinions on the things they've done in the public eye, but to just call them stupid without justification (i.e., it was really dumb of him/her to do ______) is fairly ignorant. An argument could be made the other way I suppose. Is it equally as ignorant to say something like, "I think LA is the greatest."? Perhaps, but I think it's safe to say someone might make that statement because they heard he won the TDF 7 times and not because they think he was the first man on the moon or something.

    To further the problem I will attempt to guess as to why she thinks Lance is stupid: without knowing any specifics about his divorce, or knowing what personal anguish he may have gone through in the process, she thinks he's a bastard: ergo he is stupid.

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    I just ignore the ignorant....

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    People can be so rude.

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    There is a girl at work. She rags on me for racing bikes/riding in general. Basically "Why ride when you can drive your SUV to work?" She's quite the idiot. Anyway, she proceeds to go off on a rant one day about how Lance is a bastard because his wife went through all his cancer and stuck by his side, and he cheated on her with some rockstar. I promptly set her straight informing her that they didn't meet until he was out of treatment, etc, etc. She says, "Well, I'm sure he's still an a*shole for something."

    I mean seriously, WTF? How ignorant are people?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cslone

    I mean seriously, WTF? How ignorant are people?
    there is seemingly no end in sight. what people don't know, they make up.

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    Should have said, "Well that's a shame. Lance always speaks very highly of you."
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Should have said, "Well that's a shame. Lance always speaks very highly of you."
    haha!! that's perfect. i love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Should have said, "Well that's a shame. Lance always speaks very highly of you."
    There actually is a story about George Washington that is very much like this. George was asked about an young officer under his command. He repleid that he was a talanted young man, a fine officer and had a bright future (close as I can remember). Someone then said something like "Sir are you aware that this man says you are a fool ...". George replied "Oh, I's sorry I thought you asked about my opinion of him, not what he thought of me.


    Getting back to Lance. I'm often highly critical, but stupid he is not. Either Lance or his management (most likely both) are very bright when it comes to cycling. It seems Lance has held on the the money he has made, so in that also he at least knows who to listen to. At the least Lance is smart enough to know who to listen to in two different areas (at the best far more). But even that least makes him smarter than most people out there.

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    it is a trend in the american people, we would rather tear down people and enjoy their failure rather than their success

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    If any moron offers their opinion of Lance Armstrong, ask them to name any other professional cyclist. It's amazing how many people know LA without even watching a bike race. Frankly, while I'm not his #1 fan, I must say he is the least obnoxious US sports personality by far. He didn't have to start the LA Foundation, he didn't need to start the yellow armbands, he just did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie
    it is a trend in the american people, we would rather tear down people and enjoy their failure rather than their success
    Are we becoming French?
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    Thats the dumbest thing I have heard in while... But we all pass judgement at people we dont know, every day... :shrug:

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    Quote Originally Posted by womble
    What stopped you?
    It was one of those things where the offender was long gone before you thought of something nasty to say haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Should have said, "Well that's a shame. Lance always speaks very highly of you."
    That would have been perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    Are we becoming French?
    Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fogrider
    I'm not a big fan of Lance, but I certainly respect him for what he has done, not only for the cycling, which is more than most of us can claim. why do people say they don't like someone when they certainly don't know anything about them? where's the love?
    Because they are successful, hard working, and wealthy.

    Everything those losers will never be.
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    People like this bother me too. Lance may not be everyone's cup of tea because they probably don't understand the sport of cycling, but hey, he is using his ability and his podium (pardon the pun) to make the world a better place. What have these people done to make the world a better place?

    I also liked the comment about "Yeah, I think Lance Armstrong is stupid." Is he really stupid? (Definition of stupid: 1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse., 2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes. 3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.) Or is it that this woman isn't articulate enough to really get here point across. Perhaps she means that she doesn't understand why there is so much hooplah around his 7 tour victories? Or perhaps, like cslone stated about the woman at his/her work, she doesn't like him because he got a divorce?

    I don't necessarily think that equates with being 'stupid'. Bottom line, it sounds like she is the 'stupid' one.

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    Lance Armstrong is stupid...

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    WTF is up with bumping all these ancient Lance-threads?
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