CRAB. If you may, of course there is a connection between the Pirates, COLT and the book, no doubt. If people however, affiliated with the Pirates, bought the book because of the kit in the pictures, that was a by-product.
The book is about someone who raced ironman and it is about him. He just happened to race in the aforementioned kit. I do not see the connection between Pirate association familiarity and book marketing here.
I do not think the group is big enough anyway to matter (yet) or that it was ever marketed indeed. This is not LIVESTRONG we are talking about that he was using .
I am specially sorry that there are feelings this strong about pretty silly circumstances, and that for a collective that is so proud about the open frontiers. But, alas, without moderation, it was to be expected was it not?
Candy will probably not read this as he is off but I feel sad for him.
It is almost exclusive to people who are hurt to inflict pain upon others and by his choice of words and hiding behind flambuoyancy I sense a troubled person. Maybe only by his own misunderstanding of personal weaknesses rather than external but troubled nonetheless.
I hope he learns to find compassion and that he eventually finds himself entertained enough by the notion of betterment to stop unfair abuse and self gratification based on it.
Misinformation is bad and it feeds the worst assumptions.