Some recent stories have repeated Landis saying if he loses, he'll retire. This isn't new news, because he first said it on August 8th.
Part 2 of Michael Hiltzik's excellent LAT series on WADA and USADA today discusses arbitration, and how athletes see the process as essentially futile.....
Arbitrators, theoretically neutral judges, are bound by rules drafted and enforced by the World Anti-Doping Agency and its affiliates, including the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. They have almost no discretion to adjust penalties to fit individual circumstances.Pez runs down the weekend Evening Standard interview under the headline "Landis the Realist", and is incredulous about Basso's gibbering.
CyclingNews also goes over the same interview; later CN talks about Rory Sutherland, who gave up a fight thinking it hopeless, and he's only 23.
Reuters talks about doping scandals affecting sports in a year end review.
Outside Mag columnist John Bradley is ready to give up on pro cycling, unless Landis wins.
Dugard talks extensively about LAT and Landis, sensing a wave of justifiable paranoia and despair.
Rant is happy the someone (LAT) in the MSM finally gets it.
Vistaview think the LAT is another apologist for dopers, along with ESPN and Bud Selig.
VeloGal runs with the LAT story.
VeloChimp thinks the Grinch has stolen cycling's Christmas.
BadScience talks about predictive values of tests and false positives. It's in the context of HIV testing, but still relevant. It talks about the "sensitivity" and "specificity" that Duckstrap and Tom Fine have been flogging in DPF discussions. The comments are well worth pawing through as well -- someone checks the math with a spreadsheet.
Canadian Neatesager dumps on US sports for the year, and says Landis may have cheated.
Kent complains about the disparity between Merriman and Landis's treatment.
Racejunkie reviews a whole bunch of cycling doping news, particularly Landis's seeming turn of mood because of expense.
Continuing DPF thread about LAT series also contains a pointer to an article about doping in cross-country skiing, with discussion of Hamilton and how the case was pushed through.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Monday, December 11, 2006