As the doping scandal -- and it is a doping scandal -- of Floyd Landis
enters the ludicrous stage, with Landis's lawyer now just randomly
running excuses up the flagpole, it's time that we as sports fans admit
defeat and accept the inevitable.
They're all doped up now. All of them. When the winner of the Tour de
France takes drugs to win, he incriminates everyone. Because Floyd
Landis doesn't have a "naturally high testosterone level," and
dehydration didn't cause his testosterone level to scream "Cheater!".
"Maybe a combination of dehydration, maximum effort," Jose Maria Buxeda,
Landis's lawyer said. The claim is so far removed from any reality known
to doping situations, one can only interpret it as some type of code
leaves us all screwed. Because now, until every athlete is checked
after every performance, they are all guilty to sports fans.
Someone hits a
500-foot home run? It was because they were doped. Score 82 points
in an NBA game? Doped. Knock out a string of contenders? It was
It's not fair, of course. But perception is everything. Landis admitted
such while screaming innocence. But it's way more than his reputation
that has been fatally besmirched, it's the entire sporting world now.
Because enough is enough. They're all doped now.