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Barry Bonds: “Lance Armstrong was the greatest cyclist of all”

Sep 5, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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Somewhere, Lance Armstrong is not thanking Barry Bonds for this endorsement. Via TMZ:

Bonds — who was found guilty last year of felony obstruction of justice for lying during a federal investigation into steroid use by MLB players — was leaving BOA steakhouse last night in Hollywood, when he was asked what he thought of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s ruling on Lance … Bonds said, “I think if it wasn’t for him, U.S. cycling wouldn’t even be here. He was the greatest cyclist of all.”

In other news, every time I’m reminded that there are people whose job it is to stand outside of Hollywood restaurants and ask C-list personalities random questions, a little part of me dies.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Put an “s” on the end of the last name in your headline.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Now delete this comment so I don’t look like more of a chump.

    • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah, that’s a problem with edits here on the comment section. Just email him the edit. Saves the trouble of the random seeming comment. A’course then you wonder why you care so much about some tiny typos. THEN you do it again. OCD is a mo-fo.

  2. moe0594 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    WOW, Barry Bonds head and neck shrunk!

  3. 21stnprime - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    What kind of cyclist is he referring to?

  4. philsieg - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    As a cycling fan, I’m always gratified to read an expert’s opinion. Two words for you, Barry: Eddy Merckx. That’s all.

    • thomas2727 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      You beat me to the punch with Eddy Merckx

      • byjiminy - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        Speaking of Eddy Merckx, Wikipedia has this to say:

        “However, he has frequently been accused of doping, having tested positive for banned substances three times during his career.”

        So Eddy vs. Lance may still be too close to call.

      • philsieg - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Eddy: 11 Grand Tour (GT) general classification wins, including five Tours, five Giros, and one Vuelta. Won the Tour and the Giro in the same season 3 times; the Vuelta and Giro once. Multiple jersey winner in 4 TdFs. 34 TdF stage wins; over 110 days in yellow. First cyclist to win the triple crown: the TdF, the Giro and the World Championship road race in the same season, won the Worlds 3 times. Nineteen victories in cycling’s Five Monuments, including 7 wins in Milan-San Remo and five in La Doyenne, Liege-Bastogn-Liege. 525 career victories.

        Lance: 7 GT wins, all TdFs, no other jerseys but yellow. 22 stage wins; 96 days in yellow. One world championship. No other GT wins, no multiple tGT wins in the same season; no monuments. Slightly over 100 career victories.

        Oh, and Eddy raced the indoor track in the off-season. You still think it’s close?

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        It’s amazing to me that people know this much about professional cycling.

      • philsieg - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM


        How is that different from the endless minutiae we can discuss about baseball? 😉 I’ve been a baseball fan since my ’50s childhood and only came to cycling later. But it’s amazing how similar the sports are from the perspective of their fan bases.

        Leige-Bastogne-Leige was first raced in 1892, The Tour in 1903. The Giro in 1909. Both have there versions of the Hot Stove League. Both have their passionate loyalties to past greats. Families in Italy still divide themselves over who’s the greatest Italian cyclist – Bartali or Coppi – much in the same way that generations of baseball fans divide over who’s the greatest player for (name your team). Fans of both sports endlessly compare then and now and try to reconcile the accomplishments by finding ways to make them comparative. Both have their subsets of handwringers who whinge constantly about doping without seemingly being able to enjoy any aspect of anyone’s performance.

        In baseball, the defense has the ball and a team must attack to score. In cycling, teams attack their rivals to defend their lead. Cycling has nicknames the equal of baseball’s greatest: the Cannibal, the Badger, the Angel of the Mountains, the Eagle of Toledo, the Emperor of the Herentals.

        Cycling even has its own version of Phillies fans. From 1999 to 2005 they were called Lance Fanboys. 😀

  5. dowhatifeellike - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Cheaters gotta have each other’s backs.

  6. florida727 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Craig, Barry Bonds moved up to being a C-list personality? Wow. Good for him…

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I wonder if TMZ camped out where Lance Armstrong were eating and asked him about Bonds steroid use, if we would get this headline…

    Lance Armstrong: “Barry Bonds was the greatest baseball player of all.

    • badintent - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:37 AM

      nice one Chris ! Barry , where’s your ex ? gone back to pole dancing ?Or is she using your pole as a pole ? Not after testifying against you in court.

  8. mazblast - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Some people should just keep their mouths shut–on any subject. Just because someone asks you a question doesn’t mean you have to answer, unless you’re in court.

  9. 49ersgiants4life - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Kind of sad Bonds has dropped to the C-list I wonder where all the guys who don’t have the home run record and all the scandal around them fall to after retiring

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