Wow. You think I can be a world class, uptight jerk sometimes?
Check out this VeloNews interview with Rock Racing team owner Michael Ball. Holy crap, he's a piece of work. I'm sorry, but this guy is a total prick.
I understand that he wants to make a marketing splash and that's part of his deal, but you don't have to crap all over the sport you're involved in to make a splash. A whiff of slippery just sort of emanates off everything the guy says. If you read what he is saying closely, he isn't really saying anything. He's just sort of shoveling crap. He isn't cogent, his arguments boil down to "blah blah blah blah blah because I say so." The arguments include making some wild-ass accusations that WADA and USADA are targeting Rock Racing for political [Update: and personal hygiene] reasons. Lame.
[Update: after sleeping on it, I know why the Ball interview bothered me so much. It's because just about all of what he said took the form of ipse dixit arguments about why bicycle racing sucks. Ipse dixit, for those not schooled in lawyer's phony latin, is an argument which a person asserts to be true simply because they, themselves, said it. "It's true because I say it is." I can be an argumentative jackass, but I try to back up my statements with some factual authority, and if I am using an ipse dixit, I try to tip you off by saying "I think" or "I believe". Ball doesn't extend that courtesy and just makes a series of accusations, with little-to-no factual support. Does that mean he's completely wrong? Not necessarily. He may just be bad at rhetoric. But more likely than not, he's pulling stuff out of his butt. And that's why he pissed me off. You don't allege vast conspiracies targeting your organization and your employees unless you have factual support for the allegations. Otherwise, you're either lying, or just plain crazy.]
And apparently I'm not the only guy who thinks he's a little squirelly.
After reading that interview, I almost feel bad about being a Kayle Leogrande fan.