Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday Roundup

We've had no hints about the cause of Landis' no-show at the Lumberjack 100 over the weekend.

CyclingNews reports that Boonen is now suggesting he was set up somehow, with a story that sounds kind of like a replay of the Jeff Adams (see below) situation. This may be the farce.

The Boulder Report notes the discrepancies between this tale and Boonen's tepid apology of last week.


Rant notes that the recently exonerated Jeff Adams won the US Nationals 1500 meter wheelchair race this weekend. A bit further down the regular "rant" is about the recent ridiculousness between the UCI and the ASO/FFC along with a bit about "heroes" with feet of clay.

In a comment there, Jeff Adams (jellotrip) himself, writes about the crocodile tear concern shown by parties about cocaine use:

The issue to me though, is that at no time did they, or anyone from Sport Canada, Athletics Canada, the Government of Canada, or WADA come to me and say: “We think you’re lying, we’re going to prosecute you to the full extent that we can, and you’re going to be suspended for two years, but do you need any help?”.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but if I had been a line worker at the Ford plant, I would have been on paid leave in a councelling and rehab program. As it happens to athletes, they get kicked to the curb, and continue to be kicked until there is nothing left - and that’s certainly not any lesson that I’ve ever learned from sport, and it saddens me to tears that the corporate folks treat their people in a more humane way than the sport bureaucracy treats athletes.

They have no end of strength to grasp the scepter of authority, but refuse to demonstrate the courage to wear the cloak of responsibility, and that is inexcusable from people who claim to derive their authority because of the need to ensure that sport is fair and clean.

The people who run the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and those that I’ve met from other anti-doping agencies are among the least ethical people I’ve ever met in my entire life.

(emphasis added)

ZDNet notes the AP is puzzling what to do about blogs that cite its articles, something we do quite often, so we care. Eddie Pells is one of the most informed of the MSM, and his stories on the Landis case are probably the best single source of record to be found in print.

HuffPost/Jeff Cohen
tells of the patron saint of bloggers, Izzy Stone.

The MMBA forum, cited here yesterday, speculates about why Floyd Landis was a "no show" at the Lumberjack 100 Saturday, with one poster passing along the "rumor" that Landis injured his hip at the Mohican 100 .