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Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:58 PM

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Why did he do it?

This is the question for a couple of reasons.

The first is the continuing saga of one Lance Armstrong.

He finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Since we have yet to see his full interview with Oprah Winfrey, we have to take her words during her interview the other day.

Here is my question: why now?

He could have come clean at any time about his use of PEDs but kept denying it until the cows came home.

He passed every test he took.

He spent lots of moolah fighting the allegations and such.

Has he finally seen the light and figured I might as well come clean now and let our forgiving culture take over?

Did he finally learn something from Pete Rose, who denied he bet on baseball until he really couldn’t anymore and accepted the lifetime ban from baseball: “I will throw myself on the mercy of the court.”

I am a firm believer that if Pete had come clean years ago and then went into therapy for his gambling problem, he probably would be in the Hall of Fame. I agree with his statement: if he had had a drug problem, admitted such and went into therapy, he would be in Cooperstown.

Maybe that is what Lance is after: instead of letting this linger over his head and that of his foundation, he will clear the air and hope that peoples’ memories will remember the good he did.

We shall see if it works.

The second reason for the query is Chip Kelly finally deciding to become the Philadelphia Eagles head coach after all the denials.
Has he lost his mind?

I take you back to what I wrote last week, about why a very successful college football coach would want to give that up: in this case, when he is almost a “king” at Oregon, can pretty much get what he wants and has a lot going for him, including moolah.

Apparently, his ego — his desire to be measured against the elite of his professional, the National Football League — finally got the best of him.

Maybe all the flattery that I am sure the Eagles’ organization bestowed on him got his juices flowing and he figured that now was as good a time as any to make this jump.
Maybe this is all about a win-win situation: if he can win in the City of Brotherly Love (remember, they boo Santa Claus!), his ego gets satisfied.

If he does not, he can always go back to coaching in college — what program wouldn’t want him at the helm should the situation arise and they can give him a solid financial package?

He may also be in the mood to “resurrect” Michael Vick’s career, should the Eagles decide to keep him. That is not a done deal because of the situation involving Vick and Andy Reid — I don’t think they necessarily ended their coach-QB relationship on the best of terms and one wonders if Vick WANTS to stay in Philly.

I have a word of advice of Kelly: get Michael to play smarter and not try to do it all and he can be a servicable — probably not great but solid enough to lead a talented offense — NFL quarterback, even as he ages and likely loses some of the physical skills.
I wish him luck in his new endeavors — he’s going to need it.

By the way, I don’t expect either of these men to answer my question. Just asking.

 

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