May 20, 2011

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 11 comments

Yet another disgraced ex-teammate of Lance Armstrong is claiming he used EPO in order to sell a book. It's actually a fairly good business strategy, even if it is shoots your credibility in the foot.

Also quoted is known cheater Frankie Andreu, who claims the old "everyone was doing it, so I had to as well." Seriously, the peloton for all its grace and honor, sounds like it is filled with 12 year olds.

posted by dfleming at 06:57 AM on May 20

I guess the thing that jazzes me most about all of the guys who felt so pressured into doing it is if one had've blown the doors off, taken a couple of photos or notes or whatever, not only would they have helped the sport, but they'd have vaulted up the leaderboard simply by other riders being thrown out.

posted by dfleming at 07:02 AM on May 20

The confidence pool standings have been updated with last night's score.

posted by NoMich at 07:21 AM on May 20

So, looking at the confidence pool now, I see how things work out.

grum:
TB nets him 4 or 6 points for every win.
SJ costs him 1 or 3 points for every win.

rumple:
Boston nets him 1 or 2 points for every win.
TB costs him 2 or 4 points for every win.

mkn:
SJ nets him 1 or 3 points for every win.
Vancouver costs him 4 points for every win.

posted by grum@work at 07:52 AM on May 20

I am starting to think that the rapture people may be on to something. I mean the Bruins are leading an Eastern Conference finals series and the Cubs are playing at Fenway. I am going to have to see if Massachusetts has passed any laws that allow dogs and cats to live together.

posted by Demophon at 11:01 AM on May 20

Re the Confidence Pool, it's the story of my life. I've settled in comfortably, just slightly below average.

posted by tommytrump at 12:40 PM on May 20

It would seem that Randy "Macho Man" Savage wanted to be a heel to the end, cutting the rest of us in line ahead of the rapture.

posted by Demophon at 02:17 PM on May 20

I was just about to post and article and a OOOOO!! YEAHHHHHHHHH!! in honor of the Macho Man. He was always entertaining and who didnt love Miss Elizabeth.

posted by Debo270 at 02:25 PM on May 20

There were three "heels" in wrestling that I always loved to see cut a promo when I was a kid:

"Macho Man" Randy Savage
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

Only the Million Dollar Man is left.

:(

posted by grum@work at 02:42 PM on May 20

Derek Boogard said to have died of accidental alcohol-oxycodone overdose or interaction.

posted by rumple at 04:26 PM on May 20

It's actually a fairly good business strategy, even if it is shoots your credibility in the foot.

I'm not fond of the idea of coming clean in book form, but it looks marginally less cynical when juxtaposed with the peloton's omerta as a means of guaranteeing a continued career within pro cycling. Which answers your second comment.

posted by etagloh at 07:45 PM on May 20

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