I watched MNF tonight until the Pats managed to eek out an insurmountable lead. That took about 7 minutes of play. Rex Ryan = mighty big talk for a two-eyed fat man.
As much as I enjoyed watching the Giants crush Washington yesterday, I really don't like seeing the Redskins this down. It's bad football to watch, and it doesn't do the NFC East any good to have two patsy teams to walk over; football teams lose their edge if they're not pushed hard real regularly.
So instead of MNF I watched High Plains Drifter. Hadn't watched that in a couple years. I'd forgotten what a great film it is. Also, what a bunch of complete, irredeemable worthless bastards the townspeople were, except for the little man, and the adulterous kind woman. They were somewhat redeemed.
You know what the difference between me, and the UCI is? If I screw somebody over at my job, there's a pretty damn good chance I'll be held accountable.
You know what another difference between me and the UCI is? If I have a conflict of interest in something I'm working on, particularly a clear and well-known-to-me financial conflict of interest, I recuse myself.
Final question, you know what the difference between me and the UCI is? I've run for club office, so that means as many as 20-30 American cyclists have had a chance to vote on whether I should be running things.
Adam Myerson is a cool guy who's done great stuff for cycling but I don't worship the dude. And the rules is the rules. Still, I think he (and a lot of promoters, and a lot of cyclists) are getting boned by the UCI's selective policy of enforcing some rules against some people without warning, yet giving warning to others who appear to have closer financial ties to UCI management. You'd think that the goal of international sports sanctioning bodies would be to grow the sport, but to the extent I have direct knowledge of what they do - in two different sports now - I am thinking their true purpose is to cartelize their sport and use the sanctioning bodies to protect their own personal financial interests, and to keep their power centralized as the gatekeepers who can enact barriers to entry into the sport. And don't think the national sanctioning bodies are immune from this habit.
I go back and forth pretty regularly in my mind as to whether this is the year amateur 'cross collapses under its own weight. I think it will do fine if we focus on keeping amateur racing fun, and make our events pleasant to attend. I think it will crash down if we let formality and roadie stick-up-the-hindquarters seriousness get piled on top of it. Too much aggro in cross right now; time for promoters to use the off season to figure out how to make it better. I suspect the sanctioning bodies aren't going to be much help here.