Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wednesday Roundup

The Boston Globe ,in trying to make the Patriots spygate taping scandal seem tame, reminds us all of the really bad sports scandals of 2007. It figures that only cycling had as bad a year as baseball.

The CyclingNews mishmash this morning has Ivan Basso picking up the pieces of his life as he faces less than a year left in his suspension, Bob Stapleton is also picking up pieces of his own in the form of Team High Road, and Anne Gripper says that despite the logistics the UCI's "blood passport" program will be up and running by the time the 2008 Tour de France rolls around.

The VeloNews Wednesday Mailbag is full of righteous indignation aimed at those who would judge Tyler Hamilton's comeback differently than they do David Millar's. It also contains a note wondering why cycling seems to "eat its young":

It's alarming to me that cyclists have, for lack of a better term, begun to eat their young!

I see all of the letters of people lambasting Hamilton and Landis, but what about slamming WADA and the other doping regulatory commissions? (See "Monday's Mailbag.") I'm in the medical profession and if I behaved in the same manner that these labs have behaved, I'd lose my license. Furthermore, you'd all say that I deserved it!! But these labs operate with slipshod procedures and you defend them.

Think about this the next time you feel like criticizing the next pro that's on the chopping block. How easy would it be for someone to set you up to take a career ending fall? Think about it!
Marty Specht

The Chicago Sun Times writes another piece about American "Zeros" and asks if anyone has an asterisk.

Rant feels opportunities to learn lessons may have been lost with the Landaluze case.


the Dragon said...

In the Washington Post this morning, front page of Sports (below the fold If I remember correctly), article about the length of time for arbitrations.

The article says that USADA is complaining about AMA and the length of arbitrations, basically saying the $185 per hour for arbitrators puts the arbitrations low in priority for arbitrators.

Athlete attorneys are loath to complain fearing retribution from arbs.

Not sure this is online.


Michael said...

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