Right. Like those idiot sports writers who didn't put anybody into the baseball Hall of Fame this year. But then again what can you say about a group of people where some of them actually voted against Willie Mays
Journalists in general, and sport writers in particular, value access to their source more than anyone else.
Lance Armstrong, the most famous cyclist in the USA, with connections in high places, knew this more than anyone else in sports.
He used it to his advange with resporters.
He also exudes that confidence of both a street brawler and charming cosmopolito-renaisance man with influence, who could mess up your career (or physiscally harm you) by pulling some string if you cross him.
In his interviews, he was usually defiant and confrontational to any challenging him, but doing it in a methodical, deliberate way.
He had a way to project rectitude, believable outrage, turning challengers to bad guys, out to smear a chariatble, cancer-survivor, generous with children causes cause man.