mattb47 wrote:Once again...did they strip anything from anyone? No. They simply allowed the people who vote the ability to vote with ALL of the circumstances out in the open so that they could make an informed decision. You guys are talking like they were just stripping it from him...I could see what you were saying if they had a re-vote and didn't allow Cushing to be voted for but they simply found some new information that could have significantly changed the voting process and decided a re-vote was appropriate.
I think that the "I pretty much think everyone does it so it's not a big deal" stance is a pretty weak one and I don't think that people should simply get a break when they get caught because many others may or may not be doing it. Like I said pretty clearly before, it would be ridiculous to go back years and start taking things away from teams or players, but using banned drugs to gain an advantage to win an award is something that should not be simply ignored...I'm glad they aren't just rolling over and letting this sport become baseball.
If you can go back and re-vote with new information to determine if a given award should be honored, how big of a leap is it before you go back a little further? Cushing won the award as fairly as he helped the Texans win games, sell tix, and gain viewers. Unless you are willing to take away what was gained, you should not take away what was awarded. The problem wasn't that Cushing juiced, but that the league didn't catch him in a timely manner. They have to award his play since, in a way, they sanctioned it by not catching him and punishing him when they should have. Billion dollar industry with limited personell and they can't test in a timely manner? Please.