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Bob Roll quotes of the day, 5/24/03(6 posts)

Bob Roll quotes of the day, 5/24/03OffTheBack
May 25, 2003 9:16 AM
Runner up: "Yup, that's a whole 'nother bowl of chili" (referring to a mexican rider trying to make the transition from stage winner to GC contender)

Winner: "The fans are gonna get some bling-bling tchotchkes today!" (referring to Giro riders tossing their helmets aside at the foot of the final climb)

I love this guy.

Bobke: "Beat Poet of the Peloton"serbski
May 25, 2003 3:09 PM
YES! The "bling-bling" comment elicited a great bemused reply from Paul Sherwin! How Bobke managed to make use of a combination of rap-street lingo/Yiddish in the context of bicycle racing commentary deserves some type of linguistic achievement award! He needs to a)write a book about his experiences as a pro and b) follow it up with a book signing/reading tour! Seriously, he could pen a great look into the peloton with his dry, self-effacing style that would become a cult-classic. He is, as once described in some magazine, the "beat-poet of the peloton"...
You're in luck....seyboro
May 25, 2003 4:23 PM
...his book is called 'Bobke - a ride on the wild side' from Velopress in Boulder, Colorado.
Too Good to be True! Thanks. (nm)serbski
May 25, 2003 6:43 PM
Argh! It's Out of Print!serbski
May 25, 2003 7:09 PM
Checked all over the web and always met with "Out of Print-Unavailable". Total drag...
Argh! It's Out of Print!harry hall
May 26, 2003 3:51 PM
I appreciate the "beat generation" remark relating to Bobke; like some of the Beat writers and comedians he can get his ideas across in straight journalistic prose as well as in slang-ier words; for writing it straight, read "The Day the Strong Men Cried" about the Gavia stage of the 1988 Giro. It's a f%&$ing crime that he's never made it into any
"best of" sportswriting anthology.