The Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh notes the admission yesterday of Bijarne Riis that he doped to win the TdF in 1996. Hersh goes through a laundry list of cyclist admission, non-admissions and accusations from the pro peloton that looks like a cycling hall of fame and naturally includes current TdF winner Floyd Landis' recent hearings. Hersh wonders if cycling has even a shred of credibility left, something on the minds of many people no doubt.
The Washington Post carries an Ellen Goodman op-ed piece about extreme makeovers, athlete-style. She wonders about doping, hip replacements, lasik eye surgery, all of the non-natural ways that athletes try to make the field of play uneven.
Spinopsys thinks that with the Riis admission yesterday of doping to win the TdF, Floyd Landis might as well keep the yellow jersey from last summer because eventually his conscience will catch up to him and we'll get the truth.
Music Sports and Adventure thinks Riis makes Landis denials harder to take.
AOL FanHouse is irked Riis will get a pass because McQuaid wants to honor the 8 year "statute of limitations"
Triple Crankset thinks,with reference to Phil Hersh, that it's time for not only Floyd Landis, but also Lance Armstrong to just come clean.
Passion2Ride is finally getting out and getting fit. After recovering from Floyd's Powercamp, and being marooned in front of the computer watching the Landis 'circus" it's time to get on the bike and just go.
Crowlie takes Young's character slams in closing at face value, and thinks Landis should have defended himself quietly.
Adventure Blog says, "Breaking News; Cyclists Dope!"
MASI Guy vents on Sports Illustrated's blind spots to doping in other sports
Kevin Pflum returns to the topic after last talking last summer, and thinks The Call demonstrated Landis has the ethics to dope.
Potholes and Roadapples talks about the book tour touching down in Lancaster.
REmeidaKing says test them all, every day, all year.
CyNicoleSN says take his title, already.
Steve and the Tank thinks Baseball has issues, but Cycling has a major problem.
Phantom Reflections is glad he bought a Klein instead of a Lemond.
Regal Vizla doesn't know any German or Spanish doctors, and has never met Landis.
For the record, though, I have no idea whether Floyd is innocent or not. I have to admit that what little I know of Dick Pound, the WADA, and this French testing lab, a lot of high school science experiments seem to have more integrity. While there so many bizarre details about his case, I have to admit that his lawyers' argument that why would Floyd take synthetic testosterone, a stimulant with no known short-term benefits, to win stage knowing that he would definitely be tested at the end of it, is pretty convincing. I hope I'm not gullible.
If you read the comments we delete before we get to them, we're gullible too - but "no short term effect" is not the defense we'd like to hang our hat on.
Numb Butt Becker shares his feelings: "Fuck Floyd Landis"
Can't Holder Tongue thought the only two options were (a) he cheated or (b) he was sabotaged. Dumb error hadn't previously entered her mind.
Spinnin' Wheel sees walls crumblin down in a lot of places. Still livid with Geoghegan, gives us a nice plug, and closes with:
In one of those bizarre twists of fate, I found this on the inside cap to a bottle of iced tea I had recently:
"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good." - Joe Paterno
Some found Floyd's similar reasoning in his testimony to be trite, but it rang true to me. And I couldn't help but think of Joe Pa[terno]'s sentiments in relation to USADA, who relied so heavily on The Call in their closing statement. Is that really how they want to win this case, would that really taste good? We have seen in recent days that some don't seem to much mind the taste, and felt it was the only dish on the menu.