This is not a love story. In the world of big-money, sports-hero worship has become an unrequited pastime best left to the innocence of children and fools.
From Lance Armstrong on Oprah’s couch to Roger Clemens’ dogged denials, we’ve been conditioned to lower our expectations, not to mention our ability to be shocked. There was no handwringing then when the last 24 hours delivered the classic doping dance.
Buried some 39 paragraphs into a 69-paragraph opus on SportsIllustrated.com, in itself a measure of how cavalier we have become about doping in professional sport, came news on Tuesday that Vijay Singh regularly used the Ultimate Spray, a liquid derived from deer antlers that contains IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor).