The LA Times Michael Hiltzik, who has written extensively about the Landis case, points out that Marion Jones' confession of steroid use, after years of denial, stains every athlete who has an exceptional performance and creates even more cynicism towards athletes who deny they have used PEDs such as Floyd Landis:
Indeed, the case against Jones reflects a sea change in doping prosecutions: Increasingly, the most significant victories are being scored not by the sports anti-doping authorities, who rely on laboratory tests of urine and blood samples, but by law enforcement agencies, which occasionally find illegal steroid use while investigating other crimes.
The NY Times George Vecsey is angry, very angry and discouraged by the cheating in sports and feels that athletes are "scamming" for dollars and for our souls. He "comments" on Floyd Landis:
Landis is turning doughy out in California, on a training regimen of ice cream and beer, after testing positive for artificial testosterone.
The Boulder Report muses about some recent cycling and non cycling events in the news, and has a couple of interesting quotes on democracy from UCI boss Pat McQuaid:
Speaking to the UCI Congress in Stuttgart last week during the world championships, president Pat McQuaid admitted that doping is the main issue in cycling, but says that the lack of unity in the sport “could render irrelevant any initiative taken to fight it.” Quite possibly true, but Pat wasn’t done. “Everybody has the opportunity to express their disagreement,” he said. “The UCI is a democratic institution. But far too often this right is twisted into an act of insubordination…This is why insubordination cannot be tolerated.” In totally unrelated news, McQuaid announced a new Tour of Democracy, hosted by Myanmar and the DPRK.
The CyclingNews posts a piece about organizations other than the UCI who hope to bring the cyclists themselves into the process of reviving the sport of cycling. So on Friday the CPA (Professional Cyclists International Association) with the IPCT and AIGCP announced that they have requested the European Commission create a special "Committee for European Social Dialog" for professional cycling.
The VeloNews also talks about the UCI and its' planned event schedule for next season, and gets interesting comments from T-Mobile's Bob Stapleton
The San Francisco Chronicle's Gwen Knapp thinks Floyd Landis sounds a lot like the now admitted drug cheat Marion Jones used to.
The Philadelphia Inquirer asks the question on many people's minds, if Marion Jones was lying how can we believe any athlete who denies doping?
I am a Cancerman has finally had it with sports, that is AFTER the Yankee series.
The Buddah Diaries comments about lying athletes and makes assumptions that those listed are all liars.
Gordon's Notes speaks about lying and throws all kinds of people into the good and bad "liar" category, including himself.
LA Girl says "whatever."
Brian Beckstrom feels cheaters in sport need to understand the concept of grace.
The Athlete's Footnotes find it's just so sad when sports news revolves around doping news. He also feels proclamations of innocence are merely wasted breath.
Bala's Ramblings wonders what happened to playing fair.
The majestic Mt. Diablo. Good luck to all who ride tomorrow.
GMR notes that tomorrow the Mt. Diablo Challenge takes place with some interesting participants rumored to be riding.