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Re: Oracle Team USA forfeits both ACWS season titles

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
and A-Rod and McGwire and Bonds and.......... it's pathetic.
Well, in fairness to Ellison, those comparisons are not neccessarily apt...

I'm certainly no big fan of Ellison, but I'd simply point out that there IS the possibility that such modifications MIGHT have been undertaken without his personal knowledge...

Rule-breaking by modifying a piece of equipment of incredible complexity by some of dozens of team members, is just a bit different than an athlete injecting steroids, or whatever, into his own body... I know, for example, that Roger Penske - a car owner as intensely involved in his race team's operation as anyone in motor racing - was not necessarily aware of every 'rule-bending' trick his crews might have ever attempted... :-)

Nevertheless, Ellison's 'take no prisoners, win at any cost' approach most certainly sets the TONE among his team, which might foster such cheating... I'm simply suggesting that, in this particular case, he may very well have been personally unaware of it...
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