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Friday, September 08, 2006

I miss the comfort of being sad

Floyd Landis fired a shot across the bow of the US anti doping dudes today.  His attorney came with what amounts to a cease and desist action citing …..  team of scientific experts have found inconsistencies in the testing protocol and methodology that support Landis’ innocence.”

Testing protocol?  Come on.

As my headline suggests, it is more comfortable to think we now the facts so that we can move forward.  Instead, the predictable legal wrangling and dishonesty has left me (and fans) disheartened.  What are we to believe anymore?

Worse yet is the disassociation with professional cycling.  One of the most exciting parts of watching cycling is when a rider launches off the front of the peloton.  But what now goes through my mind is “God that is some killer dope”.  Furthermore, how do we remain excited about past heroic rides ->(Hamilton 2004 Stage 16 or Landis’ 2006 Stage 18 or Heras 2006 Stage 7? And on and on).

Bottom line:  Hamilton and Landis have destroyed much of the energy that Lance Armstrong created in American Cycling….. then again, maybe Lance had us all duped.


PS – Extra credit for naming the source for the title of this post.  10 extra points for singing it on the next ride.


At September 08, 2006 1:01 PM, Blogger RideTrek said...

Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle


At September 08, 2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused by the post. If the tests are bogus, and Landis is innocent, what would you have him say?

Translating the legalese, he's saying, "after looking at what they gave us, the lab fucked up bad in the measurements they reported." What is missing are the details of why, and what effect they had, but they will have to say when they file on Monday.

Those interested in following this might look at http://trustbut.blogspot.com


At September 08, 2006 1:35 PM, Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

1st Hammerson correctly identifying the tune doesn't count. Anyone elese care to chime in?

2nd - Trust But Verify (TBV) Don't get me wrong. I desperately don't want it to be true. Fact is that the labs, processes etc are what have been agreed upon by the riders/teams. When the second test came back confirming the first results, what are we to believe? Our litigous culture makes it impossible to now what is fact. So, my point "the comfort of being sad" is a condemnation of society rather than Floyd. I don't give a shit anymore. Its time to throw a leg over the saddle.

Lastly TBV, sing with me, "I miss the comfort in being saddd-aaaddd-aaaddd-aaaddd yeah....

At September 08, 2006 8:06 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

Uhh, didn't Hammerson kinda give it away???

And does TBV think Hamilton's not guilty, either? He came up with all sorts of legal (and illogical) defenses.

Of course a defense is "the test screwed up". But didn't they get it right all the other 7 times? How does the protocol there compare?

Floyd "the roid" Landis DID it. Just like Ullrich and the other "studs". There is too much money at stake for the winners, too much pride and too much personal gain. I think we just legalize the whole show, and that will level it out again.

Juice me, baby, I'm going for a ride.


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