Sports have taught us to believe in miracles and fairy tales, writes Tim Keown in ESPN The Magazine's Perfect issue. So is it any wonder we fell for the unbelievable stories of Lance Armstrong and Manti T'eo?
How do you achieve true contrition when you've hedged your inspirational victory over cancer with a well-funded and well-orchestrated campaign to hide the truth? You don't.
Who are we kidding? We demand superhuman acts from athletes and then act surprised to find out they took superhuman measures to do it.
In ESPN The Magazine April 20, 1998 issue, Tim Keown writes about Lance Armstrong battle with cancer.
If the mounting pile of evidence collecting at Armstrong's feet contains facts and not some broadly disorganized plan to smear the man and his legacy, then Armstrong is a fraud.
We don't trust used car dealers. We're suspicious of phone numbers we don't know. So why do we expect athletes such as Floyd Landis to be moral?