Don’t miss the Oprah show tonight (and tomorrow night) although you may not learn anything new. Volumes have been written since her interview with Lance Armstrong earlier this week.

After years of denial Lance Armstrong has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) during his phenomenal cycling career. He and Oprah agreed not to divulge the contents of the interview until it aired today but shortly after the interview the news media began reporting that he confessed to doping.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and in October 2012 he was banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

“Armstrong made millions of dollars on a fairy tale that turned out to be a ruse,” said one sports writer. Why did he decide to come clean now? There is a lot of speculation but we really don’t know. What we do know, or at least expect the interview to confirm, is that this much celebrated but now disgraced athlete lied repeatedly about his use of PEDs.

Armstrong’s fight to overcome testicular cancer made him a hero to millions. The good work of his Livestrong Foundation has been significant. It appeared that these and his seven Tour de France wins would be his legacy. Now all that is tarnished. It is a reminder of Shakespeare’s admonition that “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

Last week the Baseball Writers’ Association did not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame. There were 569 ballots cast, the third highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates received the required 75 percent for election.

This was the first time since 1996 and the eighth time in its history that no one has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Notably overlooked this year were three players who posted outstanding statistics during their career but there is a great cloud over their achievements. Although each of them has denied the allegations, suspicion lingers in the minds of many that the accomplishments of Roger Clements, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds were aided by the illegal use of steroids. That shadow might have effected the Hall of Fame voting. Maybe this was the writer’s way of saying “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

First Lady Michelle Obama, recalling her upbringing, remarked: “We learned about honesty and integrity- that the truth matters.. that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”

Someone said that fly fishermen are born honest, but they get over it. This humorous comment is a way of reminding us that good people sometimes exaggerate. Sometimes we tell “little white lies.” Our memories are not always accurate. But a bottom line character trait that all people need to strive for and practice is honesty.

It has been said that honesty is the best policy. For the Christian, it is the only policy.

Jamie Jenkins

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