Lance Armstrong is the Great American Sports Cheat. Our greatest ever.
It's not just that his Tour de France titles are about to be taken away. By now, we've dealt with plenty of amazing feats taken away because of doping.
Or not taken away. Guilty or innocent, Barry Bonds never asked us to believe that he was all about the potential of human spirit. Roger Clemens and Marion Jones didn't represent hope.
Armstrong tied his cycling titles and his cancer victory and his charity into one heroic narrative about himself. We all bought in. Who wouldn't? But as the years went on, and the doping allegations built up, he used all his good will to mobilize forces against anyone who dared to point a finger at him.
It was such a shockingly mean-spirited turn. And now his narrative comes off as such a big lie, no matter how many people he helped.
He played us to the end. He brought us along through so much, asked us to believe so much. And then, rather than going into arbitration to fight hi...