The Ghosts of Tours Past
July 02, 2013
The April bombing of the Boston Marathon raised an uncomfortable thought at this year’s Tour de France: What if Corsican separatists attempted some violent outrage?
Not Every Scandal Needs a Movie
February 01, 2013
The prospect of seeing Al Pacino play Joe Paterno, or anyone play Lance Armstrong, is reason enough to give up the film critic business.
Katie Couric's Daytime Talk Show Desperately Needed Manti Te'o
January 25, 2013
Her show flailing, Katie Couric must have hoped for a Sarah Palin moment when she interviewed Manti Te'o. She didn't get one.
Lance Armstrong: No More Mr. Nice Guy
January 18, 2013
Lance Armstrong was exposed as a doper a long time ago. Oprah's interview finally proved something else: He's a jerk.
"I Thought We’d Already Answered That Question": Will Politicians Keep Talking About Climate Change?
November 04, 2012
Sandy might mark the beginning of an important shift in the political dynamic around climate change.
Cycling’s Secret: It May Be the World’s Cleanest Sport
October 29, 2012
Sure, cheaters still exist -- but sports like football would probably collapse if they adopted cycling's anti-doping measures.
Keep Rooting for Lance Armstrong!
October 17, 2012
Don’t cry for Lance Armstrong. That bully can take care of himself. Watch out for the righteous, wrong-headed anti-dopers.
With the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency having recently made new (and vigorously denied) accusations against the record-breaking seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, it’s tempting to imagine the annual cycling race dampened by scandal when it gets under way this weekend. But, in reality, the accusations came as little surprise to those familiar with the history of the sport. Pick any Tour de France in recent memory and a cloud hangs over the final standings.
Free Lance Armstrong! Not All Dopers Are Created Equal
June 22, 2012
The investigations were fixed. How else to explain this week’s news that the demonic Roger Clemens was acquitted of lying to Congress about taking steroids, while cancer survivor and national hero Lance Armstrong is now being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency? Depending on what USADA finds, Armstrong could be stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles. In fact, neither of these outcomes is altogether surprising.
An American in Paris
May 30, 2011
The moment when it started to seem obvious that something might be up with Lance Armstrong—that the sudden dominance of Americans in a sport they had previously ignored might be built on shaky foundations—had nothing directly to do with Armstrong himself. It was the end of the talent-light 2006 Tour de France, robbed of its stars both by Armstrong’s retirement and Operation Puerto, the officious anti-doping investigation that ended with bans for many of cycling’s strongest contenders.