The entire country is caught up in a mild case of soccer fever via the World Cup like never before. And better yet, a pair of Sporting Kansas City stars – Matt Besler of Overland Park and Graham Zusi – are smack in the thick of things as the teams appear poised to overcome an unfortunate pairing in the so-called Group of Death with Germany, Portugal and Ghana.
And of course then, almost out of nowhere comes word that Sporting’s old nemesis Lance Armstrong is about to take it up the you-know-what from – shudder – the United States Postal Service.
That’s right, the champions of Snail Mail are super pissed at Big Tex – to the tune of an $120 million triple-the-damages lawsuit for soaking the P.O. for mega sponsorship bucks based upon his assertions that he did not sleep with that woman – I mean, inhale – errr, take performance enhancing drugs when he won all those Golden Globes or whatever they were.
On top of that a recent ruling by a federal judge cleared the way for the $120 million whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong to proceed.
Which makes the management and ownership of the Sporting Knasas City soccer club look like geniuses for dumping Sir Lance-lies-alot and stripping his charity Livestrong’s name from the team stadium.
Pure genius, right?
That is if you ignore the fact that Sporting were complete idiots to have put it up there in the first place, given the growing mountain of evidence against the disgraced cyclist.
So hey, let’s all let bygones be bygones and root for the other team USA, the USPS in its legal World Cup battle to part Armstrong from his ill gotten gain.
And in the soon-to-be-published paperback edition of the book Wheelmen, we learn that Armstrong is still pretty much delusional about the heinousness of his cheating and doping to win all those Tour de France‘s and has been sending “cryptic” text messages to U.S. Anti Doping officials in hopes of negotiating his way back into being allowed to compete in cycling.
Which reminds me, what’s with the foot dragging over either selling or making another charitable contribution of the naming rights for Sporting Park?
It’s been like a year and a half since the team exorcised Livestrong and still no deal.
If charitable contributions are the name of the game, surely there must be another institution worthy of bestowing the naming rights and cash that Armstrong’s group got upon.
Unless of course, the real reason Sporting selected Livestrong was so they could schmooze market Armstrong to the sundry organizations that attend functions hosted here by a local company you may have heard of that goes by the name Cerner.
Anyway, good riddance, at least Sporting knew when to cut its losses.