"Nothing is so typical of middling minds than to harp on the intellectual deficiencies of the slightly less smart, but considerably more successful."
Bret Stephens, WSJ
And the penalty has to be ramped up to really get to that point of risk/reward calculus. I say the two year ban should be increased to say, four years. And if you are banned for four years and come back, then do it again, you should never be able to get a licence of any kind, racing or working in other capacity with teams.
I think Lance is just a misunderstood psychopath.
I just wanna ride my bike.
Now I just read that Omega Pharma fired Levi. How are they ever gonna clean up pro cycling when people coming forward with their doping history are being canned?
Maybe the idea of a general amnesty in exchange for coming forth with doping tales is not such a bad idea.
Just mind-boggling, that's all. And what a mess.
There will always be someone who is close but not there who thinks that gaining an advantage will get them there and sees little chance otherwise.
The very best we can ever hope for is that it gets pushed to late in a racers career, e.g. that most think the risk is not worth it until they are running out of time.
I don't have much hope of even this however.
Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.
Those in the military assumed a code of conduct upon entering the U.S. armed forces. I firmly believe in that. But there is no such provision given to anyone that wants to cheat for $$. You cannot force anyone not affilitated with the military to understand that, much less live by it. LA got away with cheating...good for him! He's raised a lot of money for cancer awareness. He did not kill/maim/dismember anyone. He gamed the system, and it caught up with him. But he is not in the military. Please remember that.
Edit: Now that he has been caught, does that mean it is now wrong?
Even Allen Lim is involved now. Hey Allen, careful of the company you keep, man.
I just wanna ride my bike.
Lim's been involved.
He had just as strong a moral obligation not to cheat as any military cadet.
Bad for everyone else on his team, who were apparently encouraged and/or cajoled and/or all but forced to dope to keep their careers intact.Originally Posted by bandit1990
Bad for the pro peloton, as Armstrong's behavior was part of a culture that encouraged wide-spread cheating.
Terrible for the sport, which has been shown yet again to be tarnished by rampant cheating.
And yes, he got away with it... until now. He's busted, and the word is out about his vindictive and bullying behavior.
C'mon, man. Your head would have to be buried in the sand not to be "aware" of cancer, and his efforts were (by the organization's own admission) tiny compared to established cancer charities.Originally Posted by bandit1990
I don't fault him for doing charity work. But it doesn't excuse habitual cheating, or applying duress to get someone else to cheat.