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TDF(5 posts)

Jul 6, 2001 9:48 AM
I have to say that prognosticating is kind of moronic. Just watch the race and enjoy it. That is the beauty of watching races, you never know what will happen. I do think it a shame that some of the top teams will not be racing, but instead the French in all their brilliance, have tried to instill more national pride and bring in lesser riders. What is up with that? Of course, if Lance does win again, the Euros will say that some of his strongest competition was not present.
Moronic cause you don't understand it?Maillot Rouge
Jul 6, 2001 12:03 PM
The speculation and trash talking is part of the fun. Superbowl Sunday would be pretty boring if everybody just sat around didn't say anything and waited for the game to play itself out. This is three weeks worth of Superbowls to me. I've been waiting for this since the 2000 Tour ended.

I don't agree with the selections either but if it firms up the popularity of the sport in the host country I'll suffer through it. If cycling were to fall out of favor in France it would be like baseball was a few years ago here in the US.

I will miss Super Mario but Pantani can kiss my butt for all I care.

Re: Pantani butt kissingElefantino
Jul 6, 2001 5:38 PM
Frankly, I don't think you're his type.
Discuss and predict if you love the sportScaryFast
Jul 6, 2001 4:50 PM
You may thing that all the prognostication surrounding the Tour and sports events in general are all a product of the industry and its self-promotion, but as a fan who waits eagerly each year for the Tour to come it's all about the discussions, the predictions and the stories outside of the race.

I love getting wrapped up in it all? Making predictions, envisioning scenarios....all the "what ifs?" and "i can't wait to see"'s are what makes the event so spirited. If we were just to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the race for just the race itself, then that would be great, but it sure is fun getting more involved.
Prognosticating (whew big word) is all part of the fun.Largo
Jul 7, 2001 4:46 PM
great super bowl analogy.
Imagine a huge stadium full of automatons quietly watching the game.
Imagine the TDF without the fans on all the alpine stages.
its all about being human and interacting.