Last weekend, I went to see the Cal-Washington basketball game at Berkeley. Before that, I had seen four sporting events: a Yankees game, a Mets game, an A’s game, and Cal at Stanford basketball. In every case, the home team lost, and only in one case did I want the home team to lose. But this time, Cal won at home. Finally! I was starting to think I was cursed…
July 29, 2006
I have a really hard time believing that Floyd Landis doped up. And here’s why:
- An Accusation of Duplicity, a Reputation for Honesty • New York Times • July 30, 2006
July 23, 2006
Woohoo! Another American wins le Tour! In my last posting, I assumed everyone knew what Floyd Landis accomplished last week, but I’ll spell it out here.
- Tuesday: Landis is in the overall lead for the tour.
- Wednesday: Landis “cracks” and can barely push himself to finish. He falls from 1st to 11th, more than 8 minutes back. It would take a miracle to climb back into contention. Most people write him off.
- Thursday: Landis comes roaring back, attacking with 125 km from the finish, wins the stage and erases most of his time deficit, from 8:08 to 30 seconds.
- Saturday: After an uneventful stage on Friday, Landis gains enough time in the time trial to regain the overall lead. It’s enough to win the whole race.
Another inspiring example of never giving up, while you still have a chance.
Not only that, Landis has a condition called avascular necrosis in his hip (we’re talking bone-on-bone) and will have hip replacement surgery within a few months. Most people with his condition can barely walk.
July 20, 2006
I’ve been watching the Tour de France all month. (Its timing works perfectly with my schedule: wake up, watch the last 30 mins while eating breakfast, then go to work.) Can you believe Floyd Landis? From washed up yesterday to a stunning comeback today. I’m really pulling for him to win — it would propel his achievement from an extraordinary single-day race to a legendary tour win.
July 24, 2005
This is the first year I watching the last two weeks of the Tour every day. On the west coast it’s perfect timing: wake up at 7, watch the last hour of the stage on OLN, then get to work by my usual time. And I got totally sucked in — even when it was clear that Lance Armstrong would win his 7th, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen did a good job of keeping each individual stage interesting, and it gave them a chance to talk about riders besides Lance.
Diehard cycling fans foam at the mouth over OLN’s coverage (see the discussion boards at VeloNews). But I’m not diehard (otherwise I would have been waking up at 4:30), so I enjoyed it. So I’m set for next year’s tour, since the field will be wide open, and now I know the names of cyclists to look out for.