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And Another Thing

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Money move

So apparently Lance Armstrong was right: Giving up really is good for business.

This after his foundation announced that donations went up 25 times after Armstrong's announcement he was surrendering to the drug police after years of fighting the doping allegations that followed him everywhere he went.

Armstrong said in his statement that the continuing fight was hurting his family and the work of his foundation, which in the grand scheme is far more important than any baubles he won on a bike, illicitly or not. If that good work goes on -- and it appears that it will go on even more effectively than before -- who really cares if the powers-that-be strip him of any or all of his Tour de France titles?

To reiterate: Mere baubles. And it's not as if stripping him of those titles is going to make anyone forget what he did. He still did it, and everyone knows it, whether he's officially recognized as having done so or not.

Did he cheat to do it?

Well, as I pointed out yesterday, that's sort of a moot point. The landscape of a sport bristling with syringes makes it a moot point. If everyone's cheating, no one is, right? And in any case, it doesn't change the essential dynamics that made Armstrong the inspiration he's been to thousands upon thousands of cancer victims.

He still rose from his deathbed to become the greatest Tour rider in history. That would be fraudulent only if he were the only rider doping, but he wasn't. So ....

Give early, folks. Give often.

Ben Smith's blog.

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