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The 2008 TdF was great. Now what?

on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 14:21

The Tour is the most exciting sports event of the year for me. I follow each day's stage with keen interest. It's a wonderful event to be a fan of, because it's such a long-lasting high. In contrast to the Super Bowl (which I do watch and love), the TdF gives you the gratification of competition for three straight weeks.

When the winner is announced (congratulations, Carlos!), it's all exciting and is the ultimate achievement. And all that's great.

But, the day after - today - the "What now?" feeling starts to appear.

I already miss coming in to work, opening my browser to the live coverage


The end of the ProTour. Love live Pro Cycling

on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 18:26

I've said before (look for the comment from "Jay") that I think the problem with the governing body of Cycling (the UCI) is it's leader - Pat McGovern.  It's clear that he sees the UCI as a body that needs to be accountable to nobody except itself.

A governing body only governs to the extent those who are governed are willing to accept the governance.  Clearly, professional cycling teams are no longer willing to accept the governance as it stands.

Change is needed....

The question is whether the institution of the UCI will figure out that the problem is in the way it's leader governs, and


I *LOVE* Le Tour

on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 19:29

Every year, I say to myself "Yeah, it'll be nice to watch the Tour de France," saying so casually because I know I like it.

I don't just like it. I LOVE it.

I get wrapped up in the moment by moment attacks by riders, the crushing climbs up mountains, the crashes, wondering whether breakaways are going to stay out ahead, and watching unexpected winners win stages and jerseys.

It's interesting that I have as much fun watching the live, text-based moment-by-moment coverage at nearly as much as I like the TV-based coverage on the Versus network. I still watch the Versus


Red Sox win

on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 19:18

Went with Dries and his wife Karlijn to see the Sox play last night. Their first game.

Tix (for amazing seats!) obtained by the ever-fantastic Roger (red jacket), accompanied by my wife (pink sweater) and kudos to Chuck (left), who got to go because he scored our first revenue dollar. (Go Chuck!)

Jason Varitek hit an exciting long ball to center, but his sac-fly brought Manny home. Oh; Sox beat the Rays. Of course. :-) Making them first in the AL East (as they should be).

Feats of strength

on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:59

I'm not sure; maybe you have to be a cyclist, and know the pain that occurs after a long climb, and how fatigue has set into your legs, and how every pedalstroke is simultaneously a pain-generator, a motivator, and chinese water torture all in one.

Maybe only cyclists can appreciate the moment when somebody in a huge climb just pulls away from the rest of the pack, and conquers the pain with sheer strength.

But maybe you don't have to be a cyclist. If you can watch this video and not simply be amazed, then maybe you need to get your butt on a bike. ;-)