Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Plausibility: One man's bribe is another man's gift

First things first today....congratulations are in order for all those that competed in the State Road Race  in Ste. Genevieve this past weekend.  With the heat and humidity that descended upon Missouri, this race must have been miserable.  Here's how some of our local kids did:

Men's Pro 1,2:
Dave Henderson - 6th place out of 31 that started.

Women's 1/2/3:
Pam Hinton - 2nd place

Men's 4/5:
Colin Mayhan - 5th place out of 65 that started.

Juniors 10-14:
Judah Bennett - 2nd place
Micah Bennett - 3rd place

Juniors 15-18:
Gideon Benett - 1st place
Jack Kohler - 3rd place

Next up...The Pedaler's Jamboree is this Saturday and Sunday.  If you've not yet registered, do not despair!  You can register onsite Saturday morning for $35.

Onto other things now.  In my continuing battle with Mediacom, I have refused to subscribe to the Versus channel (which I used to get for free before it was unceremoniously yanked from my channel line-up conveniently prior to Paris-Roubaix) and thus ended up watching the conclusion of the Tour of California online on my laptop over the weekend.  During which, I was surprised to hear that Floyd Landis actually made an appearance at the Tour on Saturday to visit the OUCH VIP tent.  According to one story, he faced some hecklers who shouted "Floyd you suck!" in obvious repsonse to his allegations that Lance Armstrong and others doped and may have blackmailed the anti-doping authorities.  Interestingly, in today's cycling news, UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) President Pat McQuaid acknowledged that the organization did, in fact, accept a $100,000 "donation" from Lance Armstrong in 2002 and further commented that accepting such a donation (the first and only such donation a rider has ever made to the organization) was regrettable since Armstrong was still racing at the time the "donation" was made.  Ever heard of something called "conflict of interest?"

Of course, shortly before Landis was accused of being mentally unstable by Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong, he claimed that the two had bribed the UCI to cover up a positive EPO test.  McQuaid responded to this claim during ths same press conference in which he acknolwedged that the acceptance of the "donation" was unwise:

"There is no way that the UCI or it's former president...could have accepted a bribe.  It's just not possible."

"Just not possible?"...hmmmmm.....Let's create a scale of plausibility.  A 10 on the scale would be represented by things truly not possible, say like me learning how to breathe through my anus.  And a 1 on the scale would be represented by things potentially very possible, no matter how undesirable they may be, say like Sarah Palin remaining politically active. 

Based on this, I'd have to say that the $100,000 the UCI deposited from Mr. Armstrong being bribe-like equals the plausibility and distastefullness of Sarah not going away anytime soon.....yeah...this shit is happening.....


  1. You've learned to talk through it, why should breathing be that difficult?

  2. Well said. Maybe this explains the bubbles in the bathtub?

  3. I was just thinking. (since you mentioned Palin) Hearing that Lance may have taken prohibited substances (ie EPO) would be like finding out that Palin is actually a dude. It makes you want to hurl.

  4. Ahhh, Sarah. While real women may "hunt moose," real men hunt "moose knuckle." But seriously, there is a conspicuous absence of mention of MFXC2010 from your 5/26 post (see http://teamseagal.blogspot.com for details). I have it on good authority (because I was there) that members of CoMo's cycling community were present and suffered as much as, if not moar than, those at Ste. Gen. Keep up the good work.

  5. DH: Couldn't agree more....hurl-worthy info indeed.

    Puncher: Very sorry for the omission. I looked over the photos and MFXC2010 appears to have been quite epic...I will do a better job of keeping up with Team Seagal in the future...we do have some COMO cyclists who represent your group very well! Thanks for reading - and your encouragement.

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