Uncut: Cheating athletes way off the mark



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Posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

What in the world is going on in sports?

Cheating by Lance Armstrong, hundreds of  major soccer matches fixed; it seems unprecedented, but sports cheating is not new.

In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Dora Ratjen competed in the women's high jump. But it turns out, Dora was actually Heinrich Ratjen -- the Nazis planted him on the team to help them win a medal.

Heinrich came in forth, behind three real women.

People attribute the quote "Winning isn't everything, winning is the only thing," to Vince Lombardi. In fact, UCLA football coach Red Sanders originated it, but Lombardi made it famous.

I can't imagine either man calling Armstrong, or Barry Bonds, or any adult who cheats a winner.

Cheating cheapens the example of excellence and triumph we'd all like to pass on to our children.

Every day, the real sports legends like Lombardi, Tom Landry, Arthur Ashe, and  Billie Jean King also preached a second stanza to that "winning" statement all of us should remember.

"Integrity isn't everything... it is the only thing."

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.