Even so I'm excited as hell to go do the traditional 100+ rider Patapsco Thanksgiving Day ride tomorrow. Been aching to ride the MTB again. My cross season is through; my MTB season is just getting started. As it always is. [UPDATE: Cancelled, rain. &#$%@!!!!!!]
The momentum of anti-doping efforts continues apace. You know, I can understand a pro reaching for the brass ring doing dope. I can understand an up and coming kid doing it. Those things make sense.
But when local racers dope? Lame. I don't care how grandiose your local team is. It's still lame.
And when some schlub masters racer does it to improve from 51st at the Tour of Nothingville, to 17th? That's fucking pathetic.
Dude, you're committing a federal felony, basically, so that you can beat *me*.
Seriously. That's so far below being pathetic there isn't even a good name for it. It's lower than whale shit. If your sense of self worth is that non-existent, if you are so lacking in self-respect that you'd do this, you don't need coaching; you need counseling.
Speaking of true Americans - I just saw a trailer for a remake of True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. It's directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. Yeah, that's right. A Coen Bros remake of a classic cowboy flick. It's The Big Le Cowski. Holy crap, it looks good. I normally don't get stoked about going to the theater to see movies, but I'm stoked about this. If I had to bet it, I’d bet right now it will turn out to be one of the greatest westerns ever, a Top 10. I call that pretty bold talk for a one-eyed fat man, man.
I love LSU football. I don't know why, sometimes a team just makes you sorta happy to watch. Always have loved dem tigers. Les Miles is also the most scatterbrained coach this side of Woody Hayes on the day he punched out Charlie Bauman. Salvador Dali was better at keeping the game clock straight, and Miles has let time run out on would-be winning drives three or four times in the last two years with simple stupid mismanagement. Stranger yet, he actually managed to win some of those games due to penalties, do-overs, extra downs, whatever. Just crazy weird ways to win (and sometimes lose) games. So LSU needs some points on Saturday, they have the ball with about 2-3 minutes left, and they're driving. The announcer says, "LSU is in great shape here. They have 3 timeouts." Here I am thinking Sam Kinison is dead, when it turns out he's been announcing football for ESPN all these years. True confession: one of the things on my bucket list is to go to an LSU night game and drink my face off from noon onwards. Oh yeah, and LSU won Saturday. They're about to screw up the BCS picture too. Goofy team. Love 'em. Looks like they're playing at Arkansas this Saturday... it'll be interesting to see how they screw this game up, then pull it out.