Friday, June 30, 2006

Rope A Dope

Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich are O-U-T, out of the Tour de France this year, having got caught up in the durg use and blood doping affair that started after the Tour de Spain. The French newspaper L'Equipe is announcing that another 15 - 20 riders may be banned from riding also.

So Jan's last best chance, having been second five times behind Lance, has just come and gone. I actually feel pretty sorry for him, since I personally believe they are all taking drugs of some sort at that level. It's probable that Lance was also doping ... however you need proof, and the hounding that Dick Pound, the head of the anti-doping agency has subjected Lance to has been without basis and unwarranted.

So, the two favorites are out. The tour is wide open. The riders will be wondering who will be forced out of the ride next - it's actually pretty enthralling. Middle aged men around the world will be wondering what effects EPO could have in the bedroom.

Personally, I'd like to see all the performance enhancing drugs legalized. Every one of them. And tested for, and controlled. That way we can have two races, the one with the guys loaded to the eyeballs who will die at age 35 with blood so thick it can't be pumped around by their hearts, and then the clean guys who will be able to hold their grandkids. Let the public decide which race to watch. Same with the olympics, football, baseball, tiddly winks, whatever.

I promise to never take drugs to improve my commute time when riding to work.


At 4:51 PM, Blogger Joanne said...

I find it quite sad that professional athletes feel they have to do drugs to compete in the big leagues. Not sad that they're cheating themselves, or sad that they will ruin their bodies. Sad that my child will never have the chance to see real professionals play sports to the best of their natural ability. He'll never have someone worthy of his admiration or a positive role model in that area. That, to me, is the real downside.

When will they learn that drugs are strictly for recreational usage :)

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Sancho said...

Dude, you never post anything anymore...whats the dealiyo?


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