Sunday, July 30, 2006
it's very easy. each professional race has a mobile testing clinic. 2 days before the start of the race, all riders are tested. the results are televised for all viewers to see. any rider failing the various tests by a greater margin than can normally be explained due to natural causes, or limitations of the testing procedure itself will be required to wear a pink afro wig attached to their cycle helmets at all times during the race.
next, instead of receiving the normal water and nutrition foods from team cars, these riders must instead receive only bottled beer (not bud light, or rolling rock, as that is the same as water) and slices of pepperoni pizza. this should make for some entertaining scenes as positively tested riders become bloated and drunk.
this is a very simple system; no bans, no fines, no scandals or courts.
now let's see who wants to cheat!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
the 2006 tour de france will go down as the whackiest, drama-ridden tour of them all, and that was before this bombshell.
Monday, July 24, 2006
it is possible to survive without computers but it's an ugly business.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
you cannot get anymore french than this.
yesterday's stage was unbelievable to watch. it is incomprehensible to mere mortals how these guys raced those 5 climbs. 1 in 10 gradient! these are tough to walk up.
you think that the french will try to win this stage...?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
bbc america? more like cnn tarted up, it seems.
200 dead in india after train bombings, hundreds more injured, and yet it received second billing with half the time that bbc america covers the israel/lebenon situation on tonight's airing.
there is only one bbc, and it isn't the poor excuse of the american offering.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
after yesterday's time trial, it's time for the tour to get serious.
how does robbie mcewen do it?
how sad that OLN's viewership of this year's tour is down 49% primarily because lance armstrong isn't in the race. although this year's race has been rocked by the doping scandal, the race itself is much more interesting just because we don't know who should win.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
anyone in the washington d.c. area (if the clouds lift) can go outside at 10:20pm tonight and look for a very bright starlike object crossing overhead from the horizon. this will be repeated until the 7th.
there's a site called 'heavens above' which can give you all the times and dates, etc. from almost any location.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
stage 4. doping scandal, top riders out, broken collar bones, a different tour leader every day - fantastic stuff.
great stage win for kessler after being so narrowly beaten to the finish line the day before.
er, just how is stuart o'grady riding today with a fracture in his vertebrae? these guys are tough!
germany vs italy - i feel sorry for all those in the washingtin, d.c. area that didn't see the last 10 minutes of the game, due to power outages because of the storm.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
big day of sports. can't listen to the terrible american commentary of wimbledon; just isn't right.
germany vs italy. rooting for italy here, but germany look to strong.
portugal vs france. i have no idea, but got to root and pick for france after pulling off the upset against brazil.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Asteroid to pass close to the Earth on the night of July 2-3
Those with an 8” telescope or greater should be able to see Asteroid 2004 XP14 as it passes within 430,000 KM (268,000 miles) of the Earth. At close approach the comet will brighten from 11th magnitude (it's normally much fainter) and be within reach of amateur telescopes.
As it nears the Earth the asteroid will pass with a velocity of 17 kilometers per second. From your perspective on Earth, you will see 2004 XP14 moving at about 7-8 degrees per hour against the background stars.
well done to the green jersey sponsor who supplied the cardboard green hand....
how this incredible sporting event is not picked up by any of the major networks is amazing.
good job, i say; OLN manages to make a very good production. can you imagine how badly fox or espn would butcher this event?
Sunday, July 02, 2006
it is with great reluctance that the former 'minister of cheese' has been defrocked, and is now to be recognised as "the choirboy".
this ugly incident occured during england's match against portugal. the mates were looking all around, but no minister was present, even though the menu contained many cheese-enriched items. the situation demanded action, and it had to be taken.
the road to the ministry is not taken lightly, but chesse-ily.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
basso out, ulrich out. the top two riders in the world are now expelled from the tour.
9 dismissals. that's end of career stuff for some of the riders.
vinokourov is out because his team is implicated, but he isn't.
if only baseball and other professional sports adopted the same degree of scrutiny that professional cycling employs....
i pick phil liggett to win the OLN yellow jersey.