Back Chat: What did we learn from Lance?

IT’S four days on from Oprah’s cringe-worthy closing line of “the truth will set you free” and we have to ask what did we learn? 

Lance Armstrong is a drug cheat, a lowlife bully and a pathological liar. Oops, hang on, we already knew all of that.

So we essentially learned nothing new from the painstaking two-part interview that stopped the world on Friday and Saturday.

In fairness, I thought Oprah did an okay job – she asked all the questions that we wanted her to ask, but where she fell short was the fact that she didn’t push him hard enough on his answers.

And the fact that he dished up garbage such as “I can’t remember” simply wasn’t good enough.

Basically, he implied that he couldn’t remember the intricate details of his doping methods in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but he could clearly remember not doping after his comeback in 2009 and 2010. Yeah, right! 

He remained solid on his answer that he didn’t dope after his comeback, but I’m not buying that. Why stop then? Some people point to the fact that he didn’t win either of those Tour de France races as evidence backing up his claims.

But I point to this – doctors who examined Armstrong’s blood samples from 2010 stated that the chances of those samples occurring naturally were less than “one in a million”. I know whose word I’ll believe.

Armstrong lied when under oath, he destroyed countless reputations, careers and lives, he partially funded his shameless cheating with taxpayer funds and even after being caught, he still fails to show genuine remorse.

The fact that he insisted if he didn’t make a comeback in 2009 then he wouldn’t have been caught out underlines that point. In other words, he’s not sorry, he’s just sorry he got caught. 

He may have owned up to a few things, but there isn’t enough soap in this world for Armstrong to “come clean”.    

SYDNEY ON THE UP AFTER DEL PIERO’S DAZZLING DISPLAY 

He has been relatively quiet (by his own astronomical standards, at least) over the past month or so, but boy did Alessandro Del Piero fire back to top form on Saturday night.

I simply couldn’t believe my eyes as Sydney FC raced out to a 5-nil half-time lead over the hapless Wellington Phoenix – thanks in large part to a stunning Del Piero hat-trick.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Italian legend curled in a top-corner worldie midway through the second half to bag an incredible four-goal haul and set Sydney on its way to a record 7-1 victory.

ADP’s performance had the whole city talking – even the cricket commentators were speaking of his performance the next day! 

His four goals may have sent Harbour City chins wagging, but they will also silence his critics from the other side of the world.

I can’t read Italian but word in the footballing world is that members of the press from ADP’s homeland have been critical of his performances in recent times.

Four goals in one game should put an end to that.

WHAT’S THE STORY, RORY?

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy made global headlines last week when he put pen to paper on a $48,000 per day endorsement deal with sporting manufacturer Nike.

The move raised some eyebrows, though, as the 23-year-old ended a long-standing relationship with renowned golfing brand Titleist.

His shift to Nike included a brand-new set of clubs.

However, he didn’t get off to the best of starts as the brand’s newest ambassador after he failed to make the cut at the HSBC Champion-ship in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.

Moral of the story? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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