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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lance Armstrong and Cheating

"Anything worth having is a thing worth cheating for."
-- W. C. Fields

"If you're not cheating, you're not trying, and it's only cheating if you get caught."
Mark Grace, Chicago Cubs 1st  Baseman 

Evidently, Lance Armstrong is in danger of losing his seven Tour de France titles because he may have used performance-enhancing drugs during his amazing streak. But if they strip him of his titles, who are they going to give them to since it now appears that just about everyone on the tour in those days was using performance-enhancing drugs? And if everyone was involved in doping, then how can we call what Armstrong did cheating? As I've written before (Cheating and Sports, Part I), cheating in sports isn't as black and white as some people believe it to be.

Update: Today (August 23rd), the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against charges that he used performance enhancing drugs ("USADA to Strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour Titles"). Related to this is a later post of mine regarding SF Giants outfield, Melky Cabrera ("Melky: Say it Ain't So") and the benefits of testosterone ("Testosterone's Benefits").

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