Professional bicycling star Lance Armstrong was back on the front pages this week after confessing, sort of, to Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed use performance-enhancing drugs to help him win cycling competitions. Under suspicion for years, Armstrong has been banned for life from competing and has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Well, you know, it's hard to figure out why the Armstrong doping saga is especially newsworthy or, for that matter, how he achieved such notoriety to begin with. Professional bicycling ranks somewhere just above competitive knife- throwing in American sports and I don't know of anyone who even understands how the tour de France is run.
Nevertheless, he became a big celebrity who like others has now fallen from grace. But why is it big news that he has admitted his sins? Well, the answer would appear to be as close at hand as the latest copy of People magazine. Confession, it seems, is the new bankable currency for celebrities whose star has lost its shine. Be it drugs, booze, sexual misconduct or plain boorish behavior just confess and seek redemption and chances are the American public will continue to talk about you. As I just have.
Write and let me know what you think. I'm Bill Applegate and here's the address.
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