Losers Sometimes Win

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Ordinarily in sports, winners get the best prizes. However, the Wall Street Journal reported today that the Aruba Tourism Authority has offered an all-expense paid Caribbean vacation to any member of the New England Patriots football team who needs a little getaway. Nothing like sun, surf and sand to help you forget about a devastating loss in the Superbowl, right?

On the flip side, there will be no consolation prize for Alberto Contador, the Spanish cyclist who won all three of cycling's grand tours in 2010, including the Tour de France and then came under investigation for doping charges. He was stripped of his Tour title Feb. 6 after being found guilty for using clenbuterol. The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled in favor of the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency, banning Contador from competition for the next two years. Interestingly this ruling came down just days after the federal investigation against Lance Armstrong for suspected doping in the past was dropped. Go figure.

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