| Sep 21, 2011
| 2:42 PM
One day at the 1997 World Track and Field Championships in Athens, Greece, the Sunday Times of London writer David Walsh asked me if I were writing about doping in every story.
This was a few years before Walsh published two books about Lance Armstrong,...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 3:07 PM
Ten observations on the Lance Armstrong saga, which took on a new dimension once the Big O got involved and apparently got the defrocked 7-time Tour de France winner to tell the truth, or some of it, about his doping:
1. It would be a lot easier to...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 2:04 PM
About six weeks ago, a few readers sent emails complaining because the Tribune had given no coverage to local cyclist Christian Vande Velde’s victory in the U.S. Pro Challenge stage race in Colorado.
My response was to say we felt leery of writing...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Hey, pro cycling: move over on that trash heap, so there is some room for track and field.
Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track’s credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis.
Sunday, leading U.S....
| Oct 22, 2012
| 12:12 PM
So many shoes now have dropped on Lance Armstrong he has enough stock to open an Infamous Footwear store.
The lies and threats that were Armstrong’s stock in trade have led just about everyone – sponsors and international sports bodies...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:04 AM
The International Olympic Committee has a tendency to make up rules that suit its purposes.
To wit: the attempt to impose a 2012 Olympic Games ban on any athlete who received a two-year doping suspension, even if that suspension expired before the...
| Jul 24, 2011
| 4:02 PM
The picture shows how the Tour de France ended Sunday for Christian Vande Velde:
With a big smile (he's the third man from the left) and arms around the Garmin-Cervelo riders with whom Vande Velde stood on the podium as winners of the team classification...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 6:06 AM
In the movie "Flight," for which Denzel Washington scored an Oscar nomination, a brilliant pilot successfully lands a catastrophically damaged plane, saving scores of lives, even though this captain was high as he sat behind the throttle. To some degree,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:36 AM
A lying sack of sponsorship, world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong at his peak successfully beat back accusations from the "haters" (his word) in the press, and his rivals on the circuit, regarding his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. On the...
| Nov 13, 2013
When director Alex Gibney was making an uplifting movie about Lance Armstrong’s 2009 comeback—before the confirmation of rumors about the champion cyclist’s doping and before Gibney remade the film into “The Armstrong Lie,”...
| Nov 23, 2008
Rewinding the week that was, in which Donovan McNabb gave his critics some more ammo (as if they needed any), Pacman Jones was given his 1,048th chance (is there any doubt there will be a 1,049th?) and Phil really misses the way Tiger used to kick his...