<b>Telling the truth</b>

EDITOR: Levi Leipheimer did right. He came forward and told it like it was. He told us what we didn't want to hear. The only failure in what he pointed out is that it's not him who's wrong, it's us.

The truth is that we want our athletes to be exceptional. We don't much care whether it's on a high school field, at an Olympic arena or in a stadium. All we want are home runs; we want an abundance of strike-outs; we want field goals from 60 yards. Second place is not what we are all about.

The interesting thing is that we don't want to know the details as to how our athletes reach the highest levels of excellence. So when someone gives us the details, we turn on him. Our response is bad Ben Johnson, terrible Barry Bonds, no good Mark McGwire and all those Olympic runners; what a rotten bunch they turned out to be.

Rather than find fault with any athlete who tells the truth, about us, and it is us, we should say thanks. Thanks, Levi, you did good, you'll be doing better as you move into the future, and maybe, just maybe, we'll learn something important because you came forward and told the truth.