I’m already sick of the whole Lance Armstrong story. Here’s my view on it. He lied. Then he sued people who said he lied. He’s worth $100 million dollars… for lying. People who don’t lie, or cheat, struggle to get by while this clown lives in a massive mansion in Texas. Google it, you’ll be impressed. Speaking of his house, he once used 330,000 gallons of water for his acre of gardens and swimming pool, at a time when Texas was going through a dry spell. When asked about it, he said that he didn’t know; “I’m a little shocked,” he said. “There’s no justification for that much water.” He added, “I need to fix this.” Really???

And to those people who say, “You have to respect him for admitting it”, I say “No, no I don’t!” He is still lying. He has only admitted to doping and PED’s up until 2005, because the statute of limitations has expired on any of the crimes he committed before that. He denies doping since 2005 because he could still be prosecuted. The USADA, however, has found “that it was not only likely that Armstrong used banned substances in 2009-10, but highly probable. In the view of USADA, Armstrong’s test results provided a “compelling argument consistent with blood doping”.” (from TSN Website)

Lastly, to anyone who says “but he has done so much for cancer research”, I have two words for you; the first word is Terry and the second one is Fox.

In other news, I can’t quite bring myself to keep up with the Manti Te’o story, but I still have an opinion. There are enough idiots out there pretending to be someone else that I believe anyone could get duped. How many fat, lonely, middle aged guys go online pretending to be a hot guy or girl? Did he make it all up? Probably. But is it possible that someone pretended to be Lennay Kekua as a joke, but then took it too far? Yes it is. I just wish I was interested enough to find out the whole story.

On a lighter note, the NHL is back. I hate it when people say “Hockey is back!” Hockey didn’t go anywhere, the NHL did. Anyhow, can someone tell me why I should care? If my wife left me 3 times in 10 years, I’d tell her not to come back. If your friends treated you the way the NHL has, you’d end the friendship, yet people are flocking back to the NHL in droves. Most of these people are the same ones who, a month ago, swore they were done with professional hockey. I guess the NHL has a grip on Canadian culture and consciousness that cannot be loosened. I don’t know if I will stay away from the NHL forever, for I do truly love the sport of hockey and, unfortunately the NHL is the best hockey on the planet, but I will forever refuse to refer to the product the NHL puts on the ice simply as ‘hockey’. It is a business first, entertainment a distant second, and lastly a sport. But it is not hockey, at least not in the context I was raised to believe hockey should be. And it will be a long time before they get any more of my money.

Conrad Bain died this week. It went largely unnoticed, but he was always one of my favourites. He was best known for Diff’rent Strokes where he played a man who took in two children from a completely different background and raised them as a loving father. I was in a foster home when Diff’rent Strokes was on, and I could sympathize with the ordeals of Willis and Arnold. However, I wasn’t treated nearly as well as Mr. Drummond treated his boys, so I looked up to him as a ray of hope. Later on, as one of his TV children faced serious legal issues, and his other two children from the show died, I couldn’t help but think of Mr. Drummond, and how destroyed he would have felt. Few people know he was Canadian born, and an accomplished Shakespearean and Broadway actor.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to blog more. Believe it or not, but I’ve had a few people prodding me to write more. It has been a long (but good) week, so this is all I could think of. I sometimes feel like I need a theme, or a direction. My older brother Ken writes a great blog about his journey of healing and self discovery. (Check him out, he has a wonderful message and some great insights – http://kenjaques.com/) But that’s not me, at least not yet. I write what’s on my mind. Not everything that’s on my mind, and you should be thankful for that. I have my struggles, and my beliefs, but my biggest struggle is that my beliefs aren’t reflected in my lifestyle. It would be like a vegan being told they have to eat meat to survive. Thankfully my “issues” are not fundamental in scope, or dramatic in nature, but they do drive me a bit batty at times. Still, my point is, I should, and will, write more.

I am not going to wish you a Happy New Year, but I will wish you a successful one. “Happy” is a subjective state, and can change hour to hour, day to day. But success is measurable, be it financially, emotionally, spiritually, or other. Successful people are, generally, happy people. And so I wish you much success in 2013.