Thursday, May 20, 2010

Floyd Landis comes clean, implicates others

Well, now Floyd Landis has come clean but in a somewhat controversial way, making sure that he has plenty of company downwind of the fan. Velo News, the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, and NPR are all covering the latest in a long series of stories about doping in the pro peloton, stories that are surely replacing the Yellow Jersey with one covered with brown, smelly spots.

On the other hand, there are alternative viewpoints to those who want to hang Floyd. Why should Landis take the fall alone for a flagrantly corrupt system? The omerta' system of handing the doping questions in high level pro cycling has gotten a little transparent, hasn't it?

We just need to ride our bikes and wash our hands of this shit. My idea of a role model for up and coming racers doesn't have track marks in his arms.

Well, with apologies to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Click the original below and sing along.

What a drag it is getting caught...

Bike pros are dif-fer-ent today, I hear ev’ry teammate say,
Yellow Jersey needs a shot to drop the crowd,
And though he’s not really ill, there’s a performance-enhancing pill,
He goes running for the shelter of pro cyclist’s little helper,
And it helps him on his way, gets him through another stage,

Doctor please some more of these
I won the Tour, I want four more
What a drag it is going slow

"Things are different today"
I hear ev'ry manager say
Eating right and getting sleep just ain't enough,
So he buys a syringe o'stuff, rubs testosterone in his butt
And goes running for the shelter of pro biker's little helper
And that helps him on his way, get him through another stage,

Doctor please some more of these
I won the Tour, I want four more
What a drag it is going slow

"Teams just aren't the same today"
I hear ev'ry cyclist say
They just don't appreciate that we get tired
They're so hard to satisfy. But you can EPO your times
So go running for the shelter of pro cyclist's little helper
And take a "patch" with you tonight, help to minimize your plight

Doctor please some more of these
I won the Tour, I want four more
What a drag it is getting dropped

"Racing's much too rough today"
I hear ev'ry teammate say
"Pursuit of the Maillot Jaune is just too hard",

But if you take some more of those,
you’ll get busted, you'll get hosed,
No more running for the shelter of pro cyclist’s little helper,
They just helped you on your way,
to win your lying, cheating stage

Doctor please, some more of these
I won the Tour, I want four more
But what a drag it is getting caught....

Here's the real version of the song; just click the picture below. Its played out in our homes, the workplace, and in schools across the country every day. (From the PBS link:"...Indeed, citizens of the United States, most of them well below the legal drinking or smoking age, now consume over 90 percent of the 8.5 tons of methylphenidate (trade name Ritalin) produced worldwide each year. ..")

Just in case anyone missed the real hypocrisy here


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