January 19, 2011

Say It Ain't So, Lance

News Item: Sports Illustrated publishes Lance Armstrong PED expose

I think we all saw this one coming- Lance Armstrong almost certainly took performance-enhancing drugs, and the circumstantial evidence that has always indicated such is now actually firming into something beyond a reasonable doubt. I just don't think you can win the Tour de France seven straight times- in a sport where everyone, including his teammates, was dirty- while remaining clean.

But you know what? Just from beating three different kinds of cancer at once, and all the work he's done for cancer and other charity, I can't dismiss the guy completely.

I just know this- the tidal wave of self-righteous, outraged smugness from sportswriters in reaction to this is going to be like nothing any of us have ever seen. I hope everyone is prepared for this- it's going to make the baseball steroids thing look like nothing. I fully expect either Rick Reilly or Mike Lupica to burst into tears live on ESPN.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 19, 2011 12:30 AM
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