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When will these guys get a clue.(14 posts)

When will these guys get a clue.Sintesi
Jun 13, 2002 11:57 AM
Are there any US sports writers that understand cycling at all? This guy Michael Ventre, who writes for MSNBC, name drops Lance in an article about the LA Lakers Championship sweep. Presumably to show the breadth of his sporting knowledge he makes an ill fated comparison.

"TO PUT THESE 2002 NBA Finals in perspective, imagine Lance Armstrong coasting downhill in the final stage of the Tour de France with his arms extended outward while squealing, "Wheeee"; Or your favorite slugger indulging in a few extra doses of "supplements"; and then setting the major league record for home runs in one game by a cartoonish hulk.
Despite flashes of competitiveness, this series was a silly mismatch, the final evidence coming Wednesday night in Game 4 at Continental Airlines Arena."

Downhill in the Final stage? Why doesn't he know that Lance essentially does go "wheee" on the final stage of the TdF? I guess he never saw the Yellow Jersey supping champagne and wearing rock star wigs.

Oooh this irritates me. It's nice to acknowledge cycling by mentioning Lance on one hand, but on the other this idiotic name drop and ludicrous comparison is actually kind of insulting since it's clear he doesn't know anything about the race other than Lance won it. If you're a pro writer is it too much to ask that you only write about things that you actually know something about.

the uninformed writing for the 'unwashed masses' nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 13, 2002 12:00 PM
Throwaway line.......Len J
Jun 13, 2002 12:02 PM
remember that his audience, for the most part, knows less than he does.

But I agree that it would be nice if cycle racing was mainstream enough that the masses would have the same reaction you did.

I don't think it's so badDougSloan
Jun 13, 2002 12:03 PM
His references aren't any better for baseball. I think it's sort of cool that cycling even gets mentioned.


P.S. Is this a troll? :-)
I don't think it's so badTypeOne
Jun 13, 2002 12:10 PM
Let's keep the secret: LA gives maximum effort on that final stage through Paris!

At least the writer is setting up winning the Tour as an extremely difficult accomplishment, compared to the Lakers vanquishing a weak Nets team.
Not trollism. Petty grievance. ; ) nmSintesi
Jun 13, 2002 12:26 PM
ESPN commercial featuring Lance is great! nmbnlkid
Jun 13, 2002 12:29 PM
ESPN commercial featuring Lance is great! nmNJRoad
Jun 13, 2002 12:48 PM
Is that the one where he's powering the generator for the building with his bike? I love that one!
Yes! Cracks me up everytime I see it. nmbnlkid
Jun 13, 2002 12:50 PM
A little touchy today, are we?look271
Jun 13, 2002 1:26 PM
Not really a bad line. Most of his audience knows less than him! Besides, those of us enlightened readers know that that is basically what he is doing on the last stage, anyway.....
he used that image for it's absurdity.aet
Jun 13, 2002 1:35 PM
that is the effect he was going for. he was saying the the nba finals was as ridiculous as lance doing such a thing. you see?
Look on the bright sideDaveL
Jun 13, 2002 4:38 PM
He has the baseball player taking dope. He has Tex just enjoying the victory.
when will people worry about more important things in life?SteveO
Jun 14, 2002 3:18 AM
Never Steve, never. The answer is never. (nm)Sintesi
Jun 14, 2002 4:33 AM