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Warning MAJOR SPOILER ahead!!(10 posts)

Warning MAJOR SPOILER ahead!!AllisonHayes
May 24, 2002 7:40 AM
Inside RBR scoop (only those on this board have access to this top secret information--IT IS NOT FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION)

Every professional rider has just been tested positive for every banned substance. They have all been banned forever.

THE GIRO HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

THE TDF HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

OLN has acquired a high definition simulation program and will continue to broadcast the Giro and TDF. Simulation results will be count in the record books.

All future races will also be simulated because the networks have determined they can make a lot more money that way by only having to pay Phil.

Cyberspace has taken over!!!
HEY!!! No Fair!!! You must not care about others!!!EJC
May 24, 2002 7:48 AM
I haven't received my copy of "Cycle Sport" Magazine yet and haven't been able to read about this. For the courtesy of those of us who have to get our news via Pony Express, please do NOT talk about ANYTHING current or topical until EVERYONE has been marginalized. We MUST institue a principle of mariginal utility here!!!

EJC - absloutely in "screw the pooch" mode at "work" today!
BTW, jokes get stale, if repeated over and over, and over...[nm]tz
May 24, 2002 7:56 AM
hmm, I guess I just came late to the partyAllisonHayes
May 24, 2002 8:08 AM
but I will make sure I contact you in the future to get proper clearance before I comment.

(And here I thought I was adding a [humorous?] variation. So much for that theory. Some people must be so focused that they just don't get it. Oh well, c'est la vie; c'est la guerre; c'est what you will--just don't get into a tIzZY about it. hehehehehe)
Hey, you may start another CC chick discussion - I don't care,tz
May 24, 2002 8:30 AM
except that you won't be adding any variation, humorous or not.
c'est la guerre? La guerre with whom? I am not hostile at all. Or did you want to say "A la vie com a la vie"? Or am I in the wrong ballpark alltogether? :)
Think so? Phil is out....rwbadley
May 24, 2002 8:13 AM
He was replaced by a computer several years ago!!
Once again, deceived.AllisonHayes
May 24, 2002 8:20 AM
Those bastards! I am so disillusioned. What am I to do?

I need a someone to give me sound advice on how to deal with this situation. This is the last straw. Where is RadicalRon when I need him?

Next thing you're going to tell me is that Santa Claus has been replace as well...

boohooboohooboohoo--and here I was looking forward to my weekend.
I thought a Giro spoiler was........bnlkid
May 24, 2002 9:02 AM
bad lamb. Or am I think of a gyro?
Hope I didn't miss the party altogether.guido
May 24, 2002 9:33 PM
Watching the first moon landing on TV, people started saying that it was a big media hype, faked in a studio somewhere.

Ever since then, the lines have blurred between reality and perception. That may be what's bothering the old folks so much. 50 years ago, everything was so simple. You could believe what you heard or saw, and make an opinion about it. Now its all relative, but relative to what? There's so much information, misinformation, hype, truth, its a challenge for anyone to sift through it and make sense of it.

Drugs, for example: Many of the old pros are saying drugs have always been used to enhance performance, sometimes just to survive the grueling demands of a three week bike race. The drugs have gotten better and better. Detection is also better and better, and the detectors all the more driven to "clean up" the sport. But as long as there's alot of money in winning and sponsorships, performance enhancements with drugs will remain. Where do you draw the line between say, nutrition and drugs?

I think all this witch hunting by tormented moralists for drugs is really ruining the sport, if not society in general.

You make a droll comment on the current paranoia, mistrust, the media seems to want us to feel about all the people who used to give spiritual comfort, provide role models. Now all sports figures are cheating on drugs, politicians and business magnates milking the public of their money, and Catholic priests hitting on teenage boys. Nothing is sacred anymore. All has been reduced to filthy lucre, pubic hairs, drunkeness, joyless guilt.

It's time for wholesale forgiveness. We are all sinners. Let's get up and climb those mountains, without guilt, enjoy life. It has never been better.
Pignoli? What can we learn from others?AllisonHayes
May 25, 2002 3:27 AM
Guido,

Very thoughtful and well stated. Some other thoughts by others on this subject:

"...the Italian people as a whole are not as "pignoli" (to the book) when it comes to rules and regulations as other people (namely American). They are a very understanding people and will tend to bend the rules."

"Vaughters could learn from the Italians" bartali May-23-02, 01:19 PM
bartali "Simoni Plot Thickens" 5/23/02 1:19pm

"...what kills the sport; sponsors demand exposure, professional athletes are paid to show and paid to win. The fans want heros and great feats to look up to. Are our expectations realistical?"

"You are bloody right on this... And just to state the obvious..." tempeteKerouak Mar-08-02, 11:45 AM
tempeteKerouak "Is Lance on drugs?" 3/8/02 11:45am

Have a great weekend and thanks for your comments!

Allison