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Monday, July 10, 2006

Now We can Get On With The Business At Hand

Now that the World Cup has mercifully ended (and, thankfully, soccer will no longer be so much as mentioned in American newspapers for the next 3.75 years), and now that some tennis tournament that apparently takes place in England every year is also over, we can focus on what's really important, the Tour de France.

But first, a final word about the World Cup.

It was fitting that the final ended in a 1 - 1 tie decided, entirely randomly, by penalty kicks. This has been the second lowest scoring tournament (and probably nmost boring) ever. And, settling a championship on the basis of a penalty kick shootout is analagous to settling the World Series on the basis of a home run derby. How sad. (I have to admit that I was spared from having to watch the final because of family responsibilities).

Now, back to what's important. I am hopeful that once again, the French are going to have to deal with the fact that an American will win the Yellow Jersey. Floyd Landis had a wonderful time trial (despite having his handlebars snap off in the middle of his ride), and, as MoC predicted on Friday, is well positioned to win the whole thing. Among the other Americans, unfortunately, George Hincapie did not do nearly as well (but is certainly within striking distance in the mountains), Levi Lepheimer had a disasterous time trial and is all but out of the competition, and Bobby Julich had an even more disaterous time trial, crashing while rounding a curve (at 30+ mph) and breaking his wrist and ending his ride.

Today is a day off and in a couple of days the riders reach the Pyranees where this year's race will probably be decided.

On the personal riding front, MoC is pleased to report that he had a strong 72 mile ride yesterday on the North Shore of Long Island. While not quite ready for the Tour de France, he believes he is more or less on target for the Alyn ride in late October.


  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    The final was a GREAT game. The fact that it was low scoring tells us nothing about how exciting it was. (There's no scoring whatsoever in bike riding, for exsample.) And talk about story lines! The whole world is trying to figure out what that Italian said to Zidane. (Though you may not realize it, Zidane's daprture yesterday is analogous to Roger Clemens getting thrown out of Game 7 (if it was his last game before retirment) for kicking an umpire.)

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    Will you two ever stop arguing? Whatever you are into is fun for that person. It's like arguing which is better, red or blue (blue, of course).

    MoC - Yishar kochacha on the ride. Any idea on total elevation?

    I would love for an American to win the TDF just to stick it to the French. They think that with Lance gone the American dynasty is over.

    Did you read about Landis's hip problem?

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    No, DB and I will never stop arguing. Indeed, since he knows that I didn't see the game he can claim it was exciting even though it probably sucked. And, no, the whole world is not trying to figure out what the Italian said to Zidane. In fact, this part of the world could not care less.

    I have no idea what the total elevation was. There were some fairly steep climbs but alot of it was flat. The first twenty miles were the most difficult, the second 30 were medium and the last 22 miles were more or less flat.

    No, what's up with Landis?

    And, DB, your am haaratzes is showing. There certainly is scoring in bike riding. How do you think you earn the green and polka dot jerseys?

  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    Landis supposedly is suffering from a condition called "aseptic necrosis" in which the "ball" segment of the ball and socket hip joint basically withers away due to a compromised blood supply. They believe this occurred in a 2002 crash. He has been cycling in agony for the past few months as bone rubs against bone. Due to his condition race officials have allowed him to receive cortisone injections. He will need hip replacement surgery after the season.

    Amazing that he can be one of the best cyclists in the world with that kind of injury. I hope he wins since this may be his swan song. He says he will return to cycling after the surgery, but it sounds like a career ender to me. Remember Bo Jackson?

  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Yup. Bo was never the same.

    It's crazy that he can ride the way he does in such pain.

  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Why should we stop arguing? What's the fun in that?

    And I only know about the yellow jersey. No idea what it means, or why I would want it, but Lance always seems to be wearing one. Does it mean "I tested positive?"

  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    Funny that I read in the New York Sun (from their columnist who covers soccer (why they would bother to have a columnist who covers soccer is another question entirely)) who basically said that the championship game sucked and that the world cup sucked and that FIFA ought to start thinking about what to do while they count their money.

    And, FYI, there is a green jersey, polka dot jersey and white jersey in addition to the yellow.

    And, I'm surprised that you would denigrate the achievements of a great American like Lance Armstrong who has raised over $50MM for cancer research and hung out with radical left winger Sheryl Crow for a couple of years. The man has passed more doping tests than anyone in the history of sports. 7 years worth (they test the guy wearing the yellow jersey every day).

  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    The Sun's columnist is probably a vulgar, nativist xenophobe who thinks soccer sucks becuase there are no mascots, cheerleaders or exploding scoreboards.

    The fact that Lance has a lefty girlfriend doesn't endear him to me. Should it?

  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    You two are really scary. Entertaining, but scary.

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Actually, DB, the columnist for the Sun is anything but. In fact, I doubt he's an American. And, unlike me, he doesn't think soccer sucks at all. In fact, soccer is all he writes about. But, like me, he does think this world cup sucked.

    And, I simply don't know what you have against the greatest bike rider of all time, One of the most spectacular athletes in the history of Amercian sports, a man who came back from cancer to win the hardest athletic event in all of sports, a man who has raised over $50MM for cancer research, a man whom the French hate (reason enough to like him) and who has been tested for drugs thousands of time in his athletic career without one negative result.


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