Ten observations on the
1. It would be a lot easier to have a milligram of forgiveness for Armstrong if he hadn't been such a ruthless and relentless liar for so long.
2. One of my Twitter followers captured the hyperbole of the situation by asking, “Electric chair or lethal injection?” How about an abject apology to all those Armstrong maligned or threatened when they dared tell the truth or challenge him – Betsy and
3. On the front page of Tuesday's paper, the New York Post said Armstrong "secured his place among history's most loathsome liars."
4. On the subject of the L word: The 2005 L’Equipe headline – on the paper’s exclusive about Armstrong’s unofficial
5. All this lying probably doesn't get definitively uncovered if Sam Sparks, the federal district court judge in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, Texas, hadn’t tossed the lawsuit in which the cyclist tried to prevent the
6. And it doesn't happen without USADA head Travis Tygart having the guts and moral imperative to take on a man who had been one of sport's biggest icons as well having as the good sense to turn a deaf ear to all the name-calling from Armstrong and his legal team.
7. As noted in Tuesday’s Tribune, Armstrong’s lifetime ban can be reduced to eight years under
9. Hard to escape the feeling all the anonymous sources feeding media reports are Lance's handlers trying to manipulate the story as they always have. This time, as my colleague Christine Brennan pointed out Tuesday in USA Today, they and their client, whom she called "pathetic," have lost control of the narrative.