Armstrong Debacle a Lesson for USPS. Or Not.
Gail Collins is actually having trouble finding a moral
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2013 9:19 AM CST
Lance and the rest of the team sport their USPS outfits during a training session in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

(Newser) – There had better be some lesson America can learn from Lance Armstrong's fall—"or we'll have wasted one heck of a lot of time talking about this guy," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. Minus his dope-fueled accomplishments, "there's not much point to Lance Armstrong, Famous Person. He has no other talents," and he once dumped Sheryl Crow over her "biological clock." So let's focus on something else: The US Postal Service, which blew roughly $40 million sponsoring Armstrong's team.

The Post Office rationalized that a connection with Lance would make people "feel a little better about the Postal Service." So are we all supposed to feel worse about it now? Maybe this should teach us that federal agencies shouldn't sponsor sports teams. Maybe if we pass a bipartisan ban on such things, Collins muses, "the Lance Armstrong debacle would have a point!" Sadly, a bill banning federal Nascar sponsorships was defeated overwhelmingly in 2011. Ah well. "We'll look for another moral. Maybe something about Sheryl Crow." Click for Collins' full column.

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RandyF
Jan 17, 2013 5:53 PM CST
I get a kick out of these articles that go off on the USPS Cycling Team. Everyone seems to forget that the USPS only sponsored the team From 1999 into 2004, then it changed to Discovery Channel Cycling Team from 2004-2007, the time when Armstrong won twice and Floyd Landis won and was also subsequently stripped of the win. The team was disbanded after 2007. So, why is there never any mention of the Discovery years? I will tell you. It doesn't have the same sensationalistic tone as only talking about the USPS.
Odaecom
Jan 17, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Let's keep pointing fingers at cycling, while ignoring that juicing and blood doping has been running rampant in all the popular US sports for decades...
queensmet
Jan 17, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Should have been sponsored by the DEA