Lance Armstrong

  • Film

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Lance Armstrong is Done Apologizing Now

    At the beginning of the year, Lance Armstrong sat down for an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Oprah in which he tearfully copped to doping. At that point, it was little more than a formality, seeing as a mountain of evidence had already proved as much, but it was supposed to show that Armstrong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    A Dallas-Based Sports Insurer is Suing Lance Armstrong for $12 Million Over Doping. For the Second Time.

    So here's what happened. Dallas-based SCA Promotions, a sports insurer, paid Lance Armstrong a $12 million bonus for winning three Tour de France titles between 2002 and 2004. Tailwind Sports, which owned the U.S. Postal Service (Armstrong's) team, gave SCA Promotions $200,000 as insurance for the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Is Money, Celebrity and Politics Distorting Cancer Research?

    Wait a minute. We here in Dallas know all about people who have used cancer research to promote themselves. Nancy, Lance, Rick, for three. But when do we ask questions about the research itself? The Dallas-founded Komen Foundation blew up last year after founder Nancy Brinker allowed it to be taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Of Lance, Scientologists and Other Liars, Or Why the Truth Hurts

    The weekend draws mercifully close, and I feel a need to revisit a couple themes touched on here earlier in the week. We started with Lance Armstrong on Monday. I predicted he would fake-confess and then offer a jail-house rationalization to the effect of, "I didn't do nuthin'." I admit this predict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    A Confession from Lance Armstrong Will Just Speed Cycling's Downhill Slide

    We assume Lance Armstrong will confess tonight to some part of a years-long juicing conspiracy while head of the U.S. Postal Service bicycle racing team, so we can anticipate at least a few more days of intense conversation about Armstrong. But what about bicycle racing? What is its future? The tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Lance Armstrong Will Reveal His But to Oprah

    Let me tell you in advance what Lance Armstrong is going to say to Oprah today. And how do I know? Well, obviously, I do not. But it's just as obvious to me that I do. Everybody knows by now that world cycling mega-star Lance Armstrong of Austin is going to confess to Oprah Winfrey today that he's ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    I Hate Lance Armstrong

    Is it just me, or is there a great big hole in the Lance Armstrong story? When do we start talking about him as the one of the world's biggest dope pushers? When does Lance Armstrong's name get tied to child drug addiction? See also: Lance Armstrong Will Step Down as Chairman of Livestrong Not rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Lance Armstrong Will Step Down as Chairman of Livestrong, Gets Dropped By Nike

    In the latest bit of fallout from the doping allegations against him, several news outlets are reporting that Lance Armstrong will step down as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, better known as Livestrong, the Austin-based cancer-fighting charity he helped found in 1997. It was also report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Top Scientists Are Fleeing Rick Perry's "Politically Driven" Cancer-Fighting Program

    When it comes to funding cancer research, no entity other than the federal National Institutes of Health draws from a deeper well than the The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Since the taxpayer-funded agency's creation in 2007, backed by Governor Rick Perry and Lance Armstrong, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Says Lance Armstrong At Center of Largest-Ever Doping Conspiracy, Will Release Evidence Today

    The claim that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs has been endlessly recited in media exposes and confessional tell-alls from former teammates. The evidence, however, has never been put forth in any sort of formal way, as was going to happen publicly before the seven-time Tour de Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Lance Armstrong's Reputation Has Hit Bottom. Time For His Former Friends to Cash In.

    Lance Armstrong's decision last week to stop fighting the doping charges leveled against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wasn't an admission of guilt, though it sure seemed that way: The next day was the deadline for contesting USADA's evidence at an open hearing complete with a parade of witness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Lance Armstrong Gives Up Doping Fight, Stripped of Tour de France Titles

    It always seemed a little bit too perfect: Plano native Lance Armstrong, a very good but not quite elite cyclist battles life-threatening cancer, then returns to the sport and miraculously dominates for nearly a decade. That narrative, chipped away at for years by doping allegations, was dealt a mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.20.11

    ​ Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Mavs got outplayed last night, plain and simple. The Rangers' loss to the Royals was more painful. Texas was one pitch from winning until .230-hitting Mike Aviles capped a gutsy 11-pitch at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Dude Food Has Beer For Breakfast

    Noah W. BaileyBeats your hippie bowl of Kashi, huh?​Barbec's8949 Garland Road214-321-5597Dude Factor: 10, or The Hangover, on a scale of 1 (Very Bad Things) to 10.  A good friend of mine describes Barbec's as "where East Dallas meets East Texas." Walk in any morning and you'll see what he mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Lance Armstrong's Comeback Was, Like Most of 'Em, An Epic Failure

    ​Got the dreaded Tweet from Lance Armstrong last night: Thanks for all the messages on retirement 2.0. And thanks for ALL the support the past 2.5 yrs. Onward! Retirement 2.0 means two things: 1. The greatest cyclist who ever lived is done riding professionally. 2. His comeback that I was so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Does Josh Hamilton Have a Chance to Be Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year?

    ​Let's see, he's won a batting title, an American League MVP, multiple Ginger Ale showers, our hearts and - almost, sorta -  a World Series. Today Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton goes for another coveted honor - Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. Little deb ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Lance Armstrong, I Still Believe You

    ​Floyd Landis says he doped. Greg LeMond says he doped. The entire country of France says he doped. But did Lance Armstrong ever dope? I want to believe. I need to believe. I'm desperate for just one of our sports heroes - Roger Staubach and Nolan Ryan notwithstanding - to be unique. Special. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Why We Love Sports in America

    ​Happy Birthday, America.   Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right?   Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Running Down Some of the Biggest Problems About Trying to Bike to Work in Dallas

    ​Surely you need no reminder to attend the Dallas Bike Plan Open House this evening at City Hall -- 5 to 8 p.m., if you haven't already written it on the cover of your Trapper Keeper. By way of a ramp-up, I direct your attention to Patrick "Car-Free" Kennedy's Web site, where a guest blogger, loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Whitt's End: 5.21.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Where's Greggo? Be here Monday morning for the official announcement. As a bonus, I'll also reveal another familiar local radio voice(s) returning to the air on 105.3 The Fan come June 1. In the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    A Lance Armstrong Gateway in the OC?

    Courtesy Bike Friendly Oak CliffClick to expand the vision for Bishop Avenue with bike-only lanes between Methodist and Bishop Arts​Another day, another bike plan for Oak Cliff. But Jason Roberts, founder of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, says the Seventh Street proposal and another for Bishop Avenue ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.27.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dallas Police Chief David Kunkel can apologize all he wants for the indefensible actions of Robert Powell, but unless the officer is fired it will be a complete and utter injustice. Powell, who detained, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Slumdog Sportsionaire: Who's On Your "Shit List"?

    Had a wonderfully weird weekend. On Friday I saw the Fort Worth Symphony's interpretation of Led Zeppelin. (Thumbs up.) On Saturday I attended a Polish 40th birthday party complete with a full, cooked pig on a skewer, potato vodka shots and, yes, a belly dancer. (Two thumbs up.) On Sunday I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    The Hottest Male Athletes According to Females

    Second in a very sporadic, yet nonetheless fascinating series by Dallas Observer staff writers Merritt Martin/Megan Feldman. Ladies, as always, mi casa es su casa ... You've been waiting haven't you? We knew you wanted it, but c'mon, we had to make you yearn. It was a tease, all in good fun ... and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Nicotine Blues: After Dallas Ban, State Lawmakers Look to Snuff the Smokes

    Two weeks after the city council expanded Dallas's smoking ordinance, state lawmakers are, yet again, looking to make all of Texas's indoor businesses smoke-free. At least, those are the smoke signals being sent by state Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston and state Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton, who yeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Top 10 Sports Figures I'd Choose to Spend My Last Hour With

    No. 1 in my heart. No. 1 on my list. So, have you used up that extra hour yet? You know, the one we got last Sunday via the end of Daylight Savings Time. Fall back, remember? I could lie and say I spent the extraordinary 60 minutes when 2 a.m. became 1 a.m. volunteering at a nursing home, ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    The Return of Lance Legstrong!

    Wow! Dust off your Livestrong bracelets and prepare to make molehills out of mountains. Lance Armstrong, the 7-time Tour de France champ and Plano East High School alum, is baaaack. -- Richie Whitt

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2008

    Hot As Blazes

    Heated runs make for cooler wins

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    God Bless America. And Sports.

    Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    A Big and Busy Week for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    Nancy Brinker Much big news in recent days for Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Founder Nancy Brinker last week found herself perched at No. 45 on Time's list of "The World's Most Influential People." ("What a difference she has made!" exclaims Cokie Roberts, who penned the appreciation.) A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    The Hardest Way Possible to Get From Austin to Dallas

    For those wondering how to fill their Texas-OU game week schedule, this morning's Austin American-Statesman has the complete rundown of events, beginning with Thursday's "Run to Dallas" at 11 a.m. Says the Statesman, "Coach Mack Brown hands game ball to NROTC students at Royal-Memorial Stadium to st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007

    30-3: Only the Eighth-Greatest Beatdown Ever?

    In honor of the Ranger’s 30-3 ass-whupping last night of the Baltimore Orioles, ESPN has compiled a list of the “greatest beatdowns” in sports history. The Ranger’s epic win last night (which left the network’s resident seamhead, Tim Kurkijian, so giddy his voice was cracking as he broke i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007
  • Calendar

    October 12, 2006
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2006

    Livin' Too Strong?

    Earlier this year, Lance Armstrong and a local promotions company went to war over millions. The result: more doping allegations and a bunch of cash. Yesterday's Los Angeles Times contained a 4,359-word story that can best be summed up this way: Some bicycle racers say Lance Armstrong used performa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2006

    Nothing to Crow About

    Lance Armstrong's ex visits Nokia

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006
  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Oscar Overhaul

    The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Music Club of Doom

    Nobody is safe from Sheryl Crow--not even herself

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2005
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    July 14, 2005
  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Lancing Plano

    Plus: Wish You Were Here; Clues for Camp

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    September 21, 2000

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    August 19, 1999


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