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One Reason to Respect Cycling

We get on the powers that be. McQuaid and Prudhomme and Clerc and others come in for their share of criticism around here. Dick Pound too. But in the grand scheme of things, it could be worse:

Jason Giambi escaped punishment from commissioner Bud Selig because of his charitable work and cooperation with baseball's steroids investigator.

Giambi has acknowledged a "personal history regarding steroids." He agreed to speak with former Sen. George Mitchell last month after Selig threatened to discipline him if he refused to cooperate.

"He's doing a lot of public-service work, and I think that's terribly important," Selig said. "I think it's more important for us to keep getting the message out. He was, I thought, very frank and candid with Sen. Mitchell, at least that was the senator's conclusion. Given everything, this is an appropriate decision."

What an utter joke. Think about it: you're some 5th outfielder who still has time to juice your way to becoming a power hitter and get the 8-figure deal to set up your family for 2-3 generations at least. Are you seriously going to reconsider if you think you might be subjected to some inconvenient questioning and a couple visits to the sick kid ward?

Cycling does a lot of things wrong, but given how completely unable to accept even a sliver of responsibility the rest of the sports world is, I frankly consider it a shining example to the world.