USAToday/AP posts an Eddie Pells article on the newly established "My Victory" pledge program instituted by USADA. Olympic athletes are encouraged to go to the "My Victory" webpage and sign their names, vowing to participate in their chosen sport clean of doping and without cheating. Anyone can go there to sign up if they choose and while it's a nice thought, and good publicity, it does nothing to address the plethoric problems apparently inherent in the ADAs .
The Daily Texan editorializes on the differences in the public's reaction to juicing ballplayers as opposed to Tour de France cyclists. People like Floyd Landis are doomed, while the "stick and ball" crowd are making money and being forgiven:
Maybe fans are just forgiving. We have been known to allow athletes (and celebrities in general) back in our good graces after their transgressions. Adam Jones all but made the police blotter synonymous with the NFL, yet he has a brand-new lease on life via the Dallas Cowboys. It still doesn't explain why the Rick Ankiels and the Andy Pettittes of baseball are still making salaries while Floyd Landis is out to set a record for number of courtrooms seen in a single life.
No matter what the reason, the message has been made clear. Cyclists juicing: a travesty in sporting principles. Home run sluggers juicing: an explanation that will be forgotten after the press conference apology.
The Houston Chronicle reviews "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" and asks some really tough question about what constitutes "cheating".
CyclingNews' mailbag provides some advice from readers for Greg LeMond.
An emailer passes on scuttlebut from a Velonews Forum:
I don’t think there’s a question that FL will be the DS for Rock next year earning a fat paycheck. The team will be racing foreign and domestic and FL has shown considerable interest in the team. The only problem for Rock, FL still wants to race so he will need to choose. People are talking that FL had a part in the sacking of Clinger. Word is that Clinger might have tested dirty with there in house testing program to “parting drugs” and was told at the start of the year by FL if he was caught off the wagon he would be gone. This is just a rumor but we may see Clinger on that show intervention next. Clinger is really a tragic story especially with how hard he has tried to comeback to compete at the highest level. Bummer there will be no tour of Britain for Clinger
That's juicy grist to ponder -- plausible, and completely unconfirmable. There's certainly no love lost betwen Landis and Clinger, but it's not clear how much influence he really has at Rock. Last year he was spending time with Vaughters and Slipstream.