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Let’s begin this edition of MrSportsBlog’s Weekly Sports Disgrace by welcoming disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis back to the limelight.

Then let’s thank him for disgracing himself even further this week and making it easy to name him Weekly Sports Disgrace during a seven-day period where there wasn’t any other shameful candidate.

Hey, at least Landis didn’t need to cheat to win this competition. All he had to do was be himself.

And being his sad self made him a runaway winner in a quicker fashion than he’s ever descended Palomar Mountain in North San Diego County.

For four years, Landis swore up and down that he didn’t cheat while winning the 2006 Tour de France.

He even authored a book proclaiming his innocence and swindled supporters to donate more than $1 million for his defense. A manager of his even tried to intimidate cycling legend Greg LeMond on the eve of a hearing by anonymously calling and pretending to be the uncle that had molested LeMond as a child.

So earlier this week, Landis admitted he was a doper all along – hardly a shock to anyone possessing a brain. That would have been an insulting revelation standing on its own after all his vehement denials over the years.

But he also divulged numerous claims about cycling great Lance Armstrong in terms of all the cheating Armstrong has allegedly done. Landis even offered that Armstrong paid off a high-ranking official to hide a positive drug test.

The problem is Landis could call me on Monday and tell me that the day of the week is indeed Monday and I would have to double-check or triple-check the information to make sure he’s not lying.

In other words, Landis has no credibility. There are convicted felons living in prisons with more credibility than Floyd the Flake.

Anything Floyd Landis says can’t be taken at face value. With his reputation, we’re talking ankle level at best.

Landis accusing Armstrong of cheating is the best thing that can happen to Armstrong if the seven-time Tour de France winner really ever did cheat. That’s because nobody is going to believe anything Floyd Landis – The ‘L’ in his last name stands for Liar – ever says after his attempts to deceive everybody over his own cheating.

So in a slow week for sports figures acting like morons, let’s thank Floyd Landis for being himself

He’s the loser of this edition of MrSportsBlog’s Weekly Sports Disgrace — and he didn’t even have to be a doper. He truly earned this title.

PAST WEEKLY SPORTS DISGRACE LOSERS

MAY 9-15, 2009 — Guerdwich Montimer, impostor basketball player. Dishonorable mention – Annie Brophy, Notre Dame women’s golfer.  https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/weekly-sports-disgrace-guerdwich-montimer/

MAY 1-8, 2009 – George Huguely, Virginia men’s lacrosse. Dishonorable mention –Lawrence Taylor, Hall of Fame football player. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/weekly-sports-disgrace-george-huguely/

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Disgraced Floyd Landis now admits he cheated after all. Raise your hands if you are surprised that Landis was doping during his cycling career.

I’m looking for miles and miles and don’t see any raised hands.

He also says cycling icon Lance Armstrong was doping too. Raise your hands if you are surprised about that.

OK – at least I see some hands raised.

The problem here is going to be credibility. More specifically – a lack of credibility on the part of Landis.

There have been numerous allegations over the years saying that Armstrong has cheated so it will not come as even a minor surprise if it is someday proven that Armstrong doped during a career that includes seven Tour de France victories.

However, citing anything a guy like Landis says as absolute proof that Armstrong cheated is absolutely stupid.

You may recall Landis insisted he didn’t cheat when test results showed he did while winning the 2006 Tour de France.

Landis fought the charges vehemently and his case eventually went to arbitration. He lost and the stripping of his Tour de France victory became official.

Yet now he’s telling us that he did indeed cheat and that he just wants to clear his conscience. Well, he had the chance to clear his conscience a few years ago and passed.

To put it simple: Floyd Landis lied.

So now we’re supposed to believe every word he says about Armstrong, his former cycling teammate. Landis said Armstrong doped along with him and taught other cyclists how to avoid testing positive for doping substances.

Landis even claims Armstrong once failed a test and paid off the president of the International Cycling Union to keep the failed test silent.

All of this could very well be true but there’s a major problem with the person revealing the claims. His name is Floyd Landis.

Like I said, I won’t be the least bit surprised if Armstrong is someday knocked off his throne with substantiated evidence that he’s a doper. But I need a person with at least a few ounces of credibility coming forward with the claims.

Floyd Landis is not that guy.

In fact, this round of allegations will be the easiest ones ever for the Armstrong camp to refute. And look at one of the comments he made after competing in the Tour of California on Thursday when asked about Landis’ charges.

“Credibility,” Armstrong said. “Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago.”

Bingo. And that’s why it is hard to take anything Landis says as the truth.

Raise your hands if you think Floyd Landis is an honorable person?

Hmmmm, looks like only Floyd himself has his hands raised.