The LA Times Michael Hiltzik publishes a piece in this morning's edition in which he writes that the recent Floyd Landis vs USADA hearings, whose outcome is pending, exposed not only a lab whose competency is questioned, but also a rigid anti-doping system in which errors and mistakes can be concealed:
Among the flaws Landis identified in the lab's procedures was that it failed to calibrate its instruments properly, reducing its results to mere guesswork — possibly skewed by a desire to find the results it was looking for. Christiane Ayotte, the director of WADA's Montreal lab, who had characterized the lab's errors as mere "boo-boos" that shouldn't invalidate its findings, acknowledged under cross-examination that in one analysis of a Landis sample, the lab actually had identified a compound that wasn't there.
"What is it?" Landis attorney Howard Jacobs asked as the witness frowned at an errant analysis page.
"No clue," she replied.
The Colorado Springs Gazette posts an AP blurb about this weekend's Teva Mountain Games in which Floyd Landis will participate. Any winnings his team may accrue will be donated to the fight against prostate cancer.
SF Chronicle runs an editorial saying cycling has hit rock bottom deeper than any other sport, and that a vast shakeup is needed. Remember the Chronicle chased BALCO for a long time, and is quite harsh on local star Barry Bonds.
Lancaster Online writes of the "vigil" taking place waiting for a ruling, and has quotes from Landis' parents and local friends. (tip in a comment.) There's this confused version of The Call, clarified in a followup here.
Garrett was also in the room. So was his wife, Mary Ann, the Umbles, and possibly Landis' parents, Paul and Arlene.
The Lancaster County contingent was part of about 15-20 people who were in the room in Geoghegan's parents' home, where they were staying, about 45 minutes from Pepperdine. They gathered in the large room most evenings for dinner and conversation.
"According to the time frame, we must have been in the room when the call was made, but we didn't realize it, because everybody was on their cell phones," said Garrett, who had expected to be called as a character witness for Landis. "It was a very hectic time."
Darlene Umble was sitting across the dinner table from Landis at the time the call would have been made. She said people were coming and going into the room.
"I didn't know about anything that had transpired. I didn't know about it until the next day," she said.
FloydLandis.com has a short blurb by Dr. Kay about Landis race-testing his new hip at the Teva Mountain games. He's still donating any earnings to Athletes for a Cure.
Rant takes on the SF Chronicle editorial above.
Outside Magazine's blog reminds us that former cover boy Floyd Landis will be competing in this week's Teva Mountain games.
Kona Tales gives us words to live by from Floyd Landis.
Velogal is in love with Hiltzik's new article, quoted above.
Attack Machine likes Hiltzik too.
Lex Autism liked the Boulder Report wrapup.
Go Faster Jim is irked by the reactions to the Telekom admissions, while saying the Kangaroo's are still out regarding Landis.
Internal Pigdog thinks Landis is toast, along with Ullrich. We get a plug, so it's just an opinion, and elevated above the snarks below.
Jose Mousetrap compares the Landis hearing to the Sopranos.
Snarks O' the Day
Velo pas terrain has a photo-cartoon, with a balloon coming out of Landis's mouth saying
Tell me Richard, how did you manage to stay popular in France whilst the rest of the world knew you were a cheat?
to which the ostensible Virenque replies, "Have you tried crying on TV?"
Floyd saying, "whilst?" As if.
The Minister of Information drags in Phil Spector, Alendrei Lugovoi, Jerry Fallwell and Tinky Winky.
Free PacMan thinks that Jones should run for President with Landis as his VP running mate.
Filthy McNasty ranks Landis a bigger A-hole than A-Rod, Bonds, Kobe, Ron Mexico, and T.O -- and he dropped a zero on the amount raised through the FFF.