The Miami Herald places Landis in the top 10 sports "oddities" of 2006 where he comes in at #2:
2. Landis' tainted title: American dominance continued at the Tour De France when Floyd Landis pulled off a dramatic, come-from-far-behind victory. But Landis' title quickly came under question when he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race. Landis is fighting the accusations.
The Herald-Dispatch discusses the prevelance of doping issue stories in sports in 2006.
The El Paso Times features an AP piece by Jim Litke which points out that adversity seemed to define sports in 2006.
Appleton Post Crescent offers a New Years Resolution:
I, Floyd Landis, resolve to get better organized when telling my various tales as to why I tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after winning the Tour de France.
Daily Item of Lynn is more generous in it's "adversity is the theme" rundown:
American Floyd Landis overcame much adversity to become the first Tour de France winner who wasn't Lance Armstrong in eight years.
But then, similar to many bicycle riders, Landis' victory - and good name - has been tained by a doping scandal.
VeloNews letters rage on, 3:1 against Landis today.
Clarksville TN Leaf Chronicle says,
The biggest surprise of the year may have come in the Tour de France and American Floyd Landis winning, but then fighting to keep the title after drug tests showed he had cheated.
Rant talks about how athletes don't trust WADA right now, citing internal conflicts of interest, and what might be done. He's particularly irked at the "you can't question the science" rules. He'd like to separate test development from lab accreditation from case prosecution. These sound reasonable, but his suggestion for accreditation seems off -- he proposes using ISO accreditation for the doping test parts. However, ISO auditors work to the ISO standards to which they are trained. How would they come up to speed on doping tests? It does seem like an independant doping lab auditor is needed, but the real problem is tha laxity of the standard and validation of the tests to which they are being certified. TBV might be happy just to separate the prosecution from the test/lab parts of WADA.
Mickey Mantle's Liver (Ross the Prof) predicts what July 2007 will bring:
Even though he isn't racing in this year's Tour de France, during the Tour, you will hear more about Floyd Landis than you will hear about the winner of this year's race.
Brett does a multiple choice test on sports doping, with these two germane questions:
13. After a Spanish doping investigation forced the riders who finished second, third, fourth and fifth in last year's Tour de France to drop out of this year's race, the 2006 Tour was:
b) You're kidding, right?
14. Which of the following excuses did Tour de France winner Floyd Landis NOT provide for his failed drug test:
b) Cortisone shots for a sore hip.
c) Drinking beer and whiskey the night before a stage.
d) Thyroid medication.
e) His natural metabolism.
f) Ingesting something.
g) All of the above.
h) OK, we're running out of letters here.