Yep, all this doping news is really, really sad and bogus.
On the bright side, cycling is at least dealing with it. You get caught, it's two years. You do something to evade the doping controls, like Rasmussen, it's going to end up being two years.
You know what doping gets you in Mike Vick's NFL? Four games.
You know what doping gets you in MLB? Home run records and grateful fans.
You know what gambling on your sport gets you in the NHL? Nothing, outside of whatever the authorities want to dole out.
You know what cheating gets you in the NBA? A repentant sounding commissioner, but probably no real changes in the end.
So hold your skinny chins (one each, unlike Barry Bonds or the typical NFL lineman) up, and be proud that for as screwed up as our sport is, it is leading the way on cleaning up doping. Yeah, it's bullsh1t the way Rasmussen is being 'convicted' without a trial, but you know what? Everybody who races at that level knows that if you evade doping controls, you will, by the rules, be presumed guilty. Accidentally missing a control at a race or in training is a different thing, but Rasmussen told everybody he missed the control because he was in Mexico, and it turned out today he was actually in Italy today. I hope for his sake he wasn't meeting with good old Dr. Ferrari (who knows more about training clean *and* dirty than anybody), it'll go much worse for him if he did.
I've said before that I'm not overly exercised about doping if nobody takes it seriously, but if we're going to take it seriously, then let's do it, and the riders need to be advised. I'd say this is a pretty good warning shot.
So hold your heads up, people. You can't excise a tumor without a sharp knife and some bloodshed.