Like the sun rising in the east, at any family gathering, without fail, one of my relatives who knows I'm into cycling will bring up Lance and doping. What do I think of this, what do I think of that, do I think he's guilty, do I think he's being framed, etc, etc. It never fails.
Depending on who is asking, my strategy ranges from patiently trying to explain the history of doping, impress upon them the insane physical and mental demands of pro cycling, explain the incentives that drive some to win at all costs, put it into context with other pro sports and their doping problems, in short, try to be the shepherd. But usually I politely shrug my shoulders and change the subject as soon as I can. At Christmas dinner this year my father-in-law handed me a clipping of this story from the Wall Street Journal which I put in my pocket and immediately forgot. Turns out it's a fairly interesting telling of the same old story, but from the perspective of the financial backers of Lance and US Postal, and the other big money guys who funded Tailwind Sports. For those of you who follow this stuff way more than I do, which is probably most of you, it may be more of the same. But I found it interesting.