Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Paris-Roubaix

This picture captures a level of cycling that is full of grit, blood, and pain. Want to know more? Wikipedia has an informative entry on the famous race known as the "Paris-Roubaix": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris%E2%80%93Roubaix

photo via [ BIKE PGH ]

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

An Official Red Sox Statement by Me

I was recently asked about the 2004 World Series Championship, knowing now that Manny and Papi are known performance drug-users, before and maybe after that season. My questioner called it a tainted year. My response:

If you take the few players who have tainted the game and dwell on their actions, applying it to every game and the whole season/post-season then all is tainted. I prefer to look at the players individually. Bonds' record is a sham, but his team did get to the world series and played hard, and lost thankfully. Manny and Papi, while I love'em, are dirty players. Manny for sure, but Papi still has to release a statement that might cover him, but probably not.

If I took down a whole team because of the actions of a few then I might as well give up MLB, NFL, TdF, etc. etc. That's me though, anti-sox will jump for joy and take down the whole banner despite the honest and hardworking players, staff, management, and fans that went into that 2004 season.

That's how I feel and I'm sticking to it. If it comes out that a great cyclist was doping, I blame that person not the entire team and their success.