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|8 hours 54 min ago||Peppers is a beast. I'm||
Peppers is a beast. I'm looking forward to a few Milliner chucking Roundtree type plays for the good guys in our future.
|9 hours 13 min ago||Nice, good luck. I don't know||
Nice, good luck. I have no interest in the running race, but always wanted to do the MTB race. I've ridden some of the trails up there and the climbs are no joke, especially for my flat-lander lungs.
I don't know if you've figured out accomodations, I would highly recommend Leadville Hostel (they have private rooms if you don't want to bunk). You'll have a lot of other racers staying there to go train with, get beta from, etc. The owners, Wild Bill and Cathy are awesome, just straight up no-bullshit genuine people. And the whole place is at 10k, so it's perfect for acclimatization.
|9 hours 35 min ago||Really looking forward to a||
Really looking forward to a big purge of trolls prior to the season like last year.
|9 hours 39 min ago||Rough year for that intern||
Rough year for that intern between this and the ESPN spoof typo.
|22 hours 6 min ago||I used to do a trip to||
I used to do a trip to Colorado every year. We'd climb a few 14ers, mountain bike, fish, and hang out with people we met at the hostel. Leadville Hostel is at the intersection of several crazy endurance events and backpacking thru-hikes like Leadville 100, Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail, etc, so there was no shortage of interesting folks staying there every year.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Insanity is doing the same||
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I think VanGarderen just had||
I think VanGarderen just had the classic bad day after a rest day. Valverde's team pushed the pace hard to see if they could catch someone not feeling good and they did. Once Bardet got dropped too, it was full gas all the way to the finish for Pinot, Peraud, and Valverde looking to gain as much time as possible. If you look at the guys TJVG finished with it's pretty clear he wasn't really himself today. He easily dropped the likes of Van Den Brock and Rolland before, but couldn't even keep up with them today. Hopefully, it's just one bad day and not a sign of a bigger problem or illness.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Just to play devil's||
Just to play devil's advocate, there's a fine line between maintaining tradition and being left behind. The blue hairs and alums love the traditional college football atmosphere of their youth, but the younger generation (including recruits) may leave the same experience underwhelmed. Now, Dave Brandon may be pretty tone-deaf in some of his moves, sure, but it's hard to argue that just continuing to do the same thing because that's what makes us different is a viable long term strategy in and of itself. We, as fans, need to give constant feed back on what works (UTL) and what doesn't (Bumblebeez unis), but IMO ludditism isn't the right answer either.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Yeah, the winner being||
Yeah, the winner being decided isn't that big of a deal. The nice thing about cycling is there's always lots of prizes up for grabs and therefore multiple interesting side battles going on. The KOM jersey and Young Riders jersey competitions are still hotly contested. There's quite a logjam of riders trying to break into the podium spots right now, including three french riders for the first time in forever. The last two flat stages should have really exciting finishes. The top American VanGarderen seems to have lost his podium spot, but it'll be an interesting fight back into the top 5. Still lots and lots of rooting interests and catalysts for attacks and tactics to animate the race.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Thanks! Yeah, I'll probably||
Thanks! Yeah, I'll probably do one more recap. Not sure if I'll do a stage by stage wrap up or just a complete recap of the whole race.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Levert looks like he skipped||
Levert looks like he skipped leg day though. Still, can't believe the transformation, even from last year, let alone his freshmen year.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I sort of do the same thing.||
I sort of do the same thing. I'll watch the opening segments while I get ready for work. They usually cover overnight developments, any post race inteviews from the day before, pre stage interviews from the current stage, etc... and also give the lay of the land as far as breakaways, time gaps, etc. Then I'll follow the live feeds until the either the last 15km for a flat stage, or the last climb in a mountain stage. When I get home (and occasionally during my lunch break) I'll fast forward through most of the stage, looking for the interesting bits I know happened from the live feed ticker, along with any other interesting segments and interviews. Then watch the last bit where I left off in the live feed normally. It's about 1-2 hours worth of entertainment which is about perfect, you get all the best parts without having to invest your entire evening and being innundated by the same commercials over and over.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Mike Leach... if only for||
Mike Leach... if only for this
|1 week 3 hours ago||There have been half a dozen||
There have been half a dozen Ukrainian military planes shot down over the last weeks. While it's possible it was all done with the same captured battery, it's more likely this is a more concerted effort to arm rebels by Russia. Also, there's the matter of where they learned to operate the weapons. It's not like these are RPGs, they're state of the art radar equipped AA stations, I doubt your average angry local separatist can just figure out how to operate these without some training.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I would assume they "got a||
I would assume they "got a hold of" it like they got a hold of a lot of their weapons and gear... i.e. they were supplied by Russia to forment unrest.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I can't wait for the great||
I can't wait for The Great MGoPurge of 2014....
|1 week 9 hours ago||There's a big difference||
There's a big difference between calling guys out by name and saying the team didn't execute. Read, the article... Meyer is saying the coaches are publicly blaming individual players by name, which couldn't be farther from the truth.
Would I liked to see Borges take more responsibility for whacky schemes? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean that the players also didn't execute the plan they were given either. That's completely fair game to say "we didn't execute" and it's something that every coach has said at one point or another.
|1 week 9 hours ago||circle of trust?||
circle of trust?
|1 week 10 hours ago||Also, who's more likely to||
Also, who's more likely to throw their players under the bus? the guy that spends most of his recruiting pitch talking shit about someone else, or the guy that focuses on their own positives?
|1 week 10 hours ago||Urban Meyer's recruiting||
Urban Meyer's recruiting style gets the kind of player that recruiting style gets. Hoke's recruiting style gets the kind of player that recruiting style gets. And I'm OK with that.
|1 week 1 day ago||* And the Tour de||
* And the Tour de France
Yeah, I know what you're thinking... why do I want to watch a bunch of lycra clad dudes ride around on bikes? It's seriously a very compelling sporting event filled with human drama and surprises though, even if you haven't ridden a bike since you were a kid. And the timing is perfect... it nicely fills in the summer doldrums between when hockey/basketball end, and when football camps/preseason starts back up.
|1 week 2 days ago||How I feel about fireworks,||
How I feel about fireworks, the WOW experience, uniformz, etc
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't know if you can ever||
I don't know if you can ever say it's 100% clean, but I think we can say pretty confidently the systemic doping of the LA era is long gone. Testing protocols are much better and more consistent and thorough. In addition to testing for banned substances they also track key biological markers/parameters so even if the athlete manages to mask the substance, any anomalous deviations from an established historical baseline can also get them into trouble. The risk of getting caught has gone way up and conversely, because it is actually possible to win and be clean again, the motivation to dope has also gone down somewhat.
|1 week 6 days ago||Watching the live feed of the||
Watching the live feed of the TdF until the final climb, then going home at lunch to catch the finish from my DVR. *sigh* Work is slow as shit this week.
|1 week 6 days ago||Leave the click bait titles||
Leave the click bait titles to the pros at Bleacher Report
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||2013 Ritchie Porte had a||
2013 Ritchie Porte had a great chance to podium, but he's been pretty spotty this year. He seems to always have one bad day in the mountains, usually the first day. Hopefully being relieved of domestique duty will save him some energy and help him avoid that this year now that he's "the guy."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Lieuwe Westra is a pretty||
Lieuwe Westra is a pretty strong rider. I'm not sure if he's done well in cobbles before, but he's got some good results and stage wins. He's a time trialist, which tends to carry over well to cobbles since it's more about having a lot of power and being a bigger rider that doesn't get bounced as badly.
Fuglsang is maybe a little more of a surprise, but also a somewhat larger, stronger rider.Edit, he has a mountain biking background, so at least he brings the bike handing aspect.
I think today was more about fighting to stay at the front and to not let gaps develop. It seemed like most teams managed to stay together until the very end, but many had to wait for their GC men who for one reason or another fell behind a gap.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Contador looked great in the||
Contador looked great in the Dauphine though. Even when he wasn't at his best last year, he was right there before getting dropped on the last couple climbs. I'm not going to take a guess at whether PEDs were responsible for his past wins, but he is still just a naturally gifted climber and can still put in a good TT. Getting dropped in the last 5km today wasn't a good sign and his team has looked terrible, but I think his tour campaign won't start in earnest until we get to Stage 10.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They did 100 miles in 3:18,||
They did 100 miles in 3:18, at a average of ~29mph, despite the rain and cobbles. That's insane, faster than they rode the last couple flat stages. Some mega risks were taken trying to get positioning for the cobbles, which led to all the carnage in the corners.
Absolutely amazing ride for Astana and Nibali. They definitely seem like the strongest team right now. Even with several riders going down in crashes, they still managed to keep a guy or two with Nibali until the end.
Nibali has done absolutely nothing all year, but his track record says if he's found his form just in time for the tour, he can be very dangerous. I still think Contador is the guy to beat now that Froome is out, but he lost two and a half minutes today and his team has looked in total disarray thus far. It should be an epic battle in the mountains and will probably come down to the final TT on stage 21.
Lars Boom had a great ride too, kept at the front and stayed out of trouble before finding a natural alliance with the Astana boys (Astana wanted time, Boom wanted the stage) to work together with to gap Sagan and Cancellara off.
American Andrew Talansky had a decent day, staying out of trouble for the most part and gaining time on a lot of rivals, although losing some time to others. If not for a moment of inattention and a crash on a corner on the cobbles, he would have been right at the front to the end I think. Still, he's in great position for a top 5.
As much as it pains me to see a Tour favorite crash out and some of the other carnage out on the road today, I have to say, that stage is an instant classic.