Saturday, October 27, 2012


There are larger issues at work beyond Lance Armstrong's own troubles with doping. Why do athletes feel compelled to do it, risking not only getting caught but risking their health?

Armstrong may well have cheated, but that should only be the departure point for a far wider social examination. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the pressures on cyclists and all professional athletes—in other words, into why there is such rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs. The true culprits, those in the corporate boardrooms directly or indirectly pushing athletes into taking drugs, should be held accountable.

Dick Cavett writes a nice piece about Muhammad Ali.

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