The Sunday Herald prints an interesting look into genetically engineered muscle growth , drugs testing and how it can be fairly applied, and heroes with feet of clay:
Gene doping will only complicate matters further since it will not even be detectable. And if it all comes down to a question of ethics then is boosting muscle bulk or endurance through whatever means, really that far removed to an international archer having corrective eye surgery to improve their vision?
There are no easy answers, just uncomfortable debates. And while I'd love a world where all the column inches were dedicated to inspirational figures, such as Tanni Grey-Thompson, there are still many would-be heroes who prove to have feet of clay: Justin Gatlin, Dwain Chambers and Floyd Landis to name just a high-profile trio.
The AJC.com's Terence Moore writes about the recent steroid lab discovery, its' far reaching effects on many athletes, and the fact that athletes have been cheating for centuries. He includes Floyd Landis in that category.
Florida Today writer Peter Kerasotis got an award for columns including one about Landis, which appears to be "Thanks, Floyd, for robbing us of our 'natural' look at heros," beginning:
Floyd Landis, we hardly knew you. Unfortunately, though, we did. We knew you for one brief shining moment, a Tour de France win that now has a dark shadow of guilt cast over it. Your envelope addressed to glory has been stamped, "Return To Sender. Conscience Unknown." So we bid you goodbye and good riddance today. Don't let the revolving door of fame hit you on the way out. Just once, wouldn't...
Followed by a "BUY" button for the rest of the article. Thanks, but we'll pass.
Rant discusses a new anti doping program that may be instituted by the UCI. Though there is no Landis content per se, if implemented it will impact Pro Tour riders and thus may effect Landis at some point pending the outcome of his hearing in May. This program has been cooked up in the dark by the UCI, without apparent participation by any of those affected -- riders, teams, or organizers.
Amy's Running Life tells us that Amy got to see the last stage of the ToC where she met Floyd. She wants to know about those sunglasses of his, and promises pictures later.
Steroid Nation appreciates yesterday's Independent UK article and cites some of the more pertinent features of the piece.
Herneweb applauds Phil Liggett's support of Floyd Landis.
My Mobile Blog posts that he will be riding with Floyd Landis tomorrow in the San Diego,CA area. He looks forward to meeting Floyd and getting to know him. This appears to bMatt Shriver at the Jittery Joe's training camp.
Over at the Daily Peloton Forums Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times announces an online Q&A chat scheduled for Tuesday March 6th from 10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific time on the LAT web site:
As the LA Times reporter who has written extensively about the Landis case and USADA/WADA, and in the hope that I'm not violating a forum rule, I'd like to let everyone know that I'll be doing an online Q&A on the latimes.com website this Tuesday, March 6, from 10 am to 11:30 am Pacific time. I hope I can expand on and illuminate some of the issues and questions that have been aired in this forum, including the CIRMS issues and the USADA retesting request. All are welcome to participate. URL is chat.latimes.com, then navigate to Sports Chat. Hope to hear from you all.....
The announcement today has generated no small amount of discussion, so the chat itself should be a lively one.
Thought for the Day
My experience is that people & organizations tend to label facts they don’t like as “technicalities” so as to make those inconvenient facts seem insignificant and unimportant.