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, in which the writer laid out a convincing case that the cyclist had doped, albeit one without a smoking gun. Doping had become Walsh's white whale, and his monomania was understandable.
I replied to David that I did not feel it was necessary to mention doping in every story, even if it always was at the front of my mind in writing about the statistical exploits of track and field athletes.
I bring this up because of...