If you feel I've directed vitriol at you, I apologize. That wasn't my intent. Pointing out what I think is a very distressing inconsistency on your part is my intent. That might sound like vitriol to you, but, really, it's an act of charity to point out when someone may be making a serious error in judgment.
The problem with the Biden thing is that it's a false equivalence. A true equivalence would be this:
Imagine that some guy down at the bar, or, at a barbecue or something, had the exact same conversation with you that Hewitt had with Ryan. And imagine that, later, you found out that, rather than 2:50-something fast guy, he turned out to be 4:01-not so fast guy. Now ask yourself: Would you think this guy was BS-ing you? If your answer is honestly 'no', then, well, that seems to be a pretty strong departure from the Rojo we've come to know here.
Of course, the same can be asked of those - including me - who are jumping on Ryan (if I've directed vitriol, it's been at him). What would I think about this guy at the barbecue? I can honestly say I would think he was a somewhat pitiful liar. Not exactly the guy who is likely to pull Romney's chances out of the crapper. And that's the final point I want to make. Or points: 1. The race for the presidency is not close. At all. If you look at the electoral college, Romney has virtually no chance of winning this thing (check out Nate Silver's blog - yes, I know he's lefty, but his record in 08 was nothing short of impressive). None of us 'libs' as you call us, have anything to gain by piling on Ryan except to defend the integrity of the sport. 2. The so-called-liberal media has been portraying the race as very close for a while and, in my opinion, under-reported Ryan's lie. This should be big news. Others, as you say, might disagree, but only, I think, because they don't take running and times seriously. I never thought that you would count yourself among that crowd.