NASSH 2016

Official Conference Hashtag: #NASSH2016

The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) endorses the use of social media at its annual convention, so I hope I can get a glimpse at what is going on right now.I can only recommend this conference to any academic. I like the idea that NASSH encourages attendees to use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and blogging platforms to promote sports history. So I will get a few impressions without being there.

First I got a glimpse at the US Soccer History panel with Dr. Kioussis and then the grad student essay award. As always interesting stuff.

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What we can learn from the Armstrong case

Does it make sense to talk to a doper, fraud and criminal? Is he honest about his confession or still defending his actions? Does this even matter?

Lance Armstrong participated in a Q&A with Professor Roger Pielke, Jr. and the Introduction to Sports Governance class at the University of Boulder/ Colorado on Monday. Armstrong, former pro-cyclist (was stripped of all his Tour de France (TdF) titles because of extensive doping), spoke to the CU sports governance class in Boulder/ Colorado. He promised:“ You’re not going to hear any bullshit today. Everything you hear today is true.“ The first question was wheather Armstrong could have won the TdF titles without blood doping. His answer was: no.


Interesting remarks during the Q&A:

  • „This era that we were in, this era of doping was so powerful.“
  • “EPO in that era was not like testosterone, HGH or cortisone.“
  • “I often refer to it as high-octane and low-octane. HGH, testosterone, cortisone (…) It’s kind of low-octane, those are one-percenters; EPO is a 10-percenter.“
  • “In any sport, if you throw 10 percent into it (…) You might find some success on a stage by stage basis, in a one-day race, but you won’t get over the mountains and win time trials with other guys that are high-octane.”
  • “They say they had to do this, but to go back 10 to 15 years to bring a marquee case. (…) I don’t know how John Elway would feel if they went back and stripped him of his ’99 Super Bowl title.“

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