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LANCED!

By David Vance On August 24th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Sport and cheating are like love and marriage, they so often go together! Did you see this?

American anti-doping officials plan to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and impose a lifelong ban from cycling — the sport that made him an American hero and a sports icon, it was revealed on Thursday.  The announcement from the US Anti-Doping Agency effectively destroys his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history and rubs a black smudge on a story that inspired millions of fans, drawn to his story of returning to glory after recovering from horrific cancer. The USADA acted within an hour of Armstrong’s announcement that he would stop fighting charges that he used blood doping to illegitimately enhance his performance.

Kind of sad, isn’t it? Lots of people admired him, emulated him but there was always the hint that something was not quite as it should be. How do you view this? Is it justice done? Is it a witch-hunt? And is he the ONLY guy doing this in his sport? It’s telling that it is the testament of his fellow riders that has finally seen him off, isn’t it? Jealousy? Anger?

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

By Pete Moore On August 4th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hats off the to the chicks today.

Jessica Ennis has bagged Gold tonight in the Heptathlon after Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking came up trumps this morning in the rowing. Sandwiched in between was something astonishing in the cycling velodrome, where the Women’s pursuit team won Gold. How good were the girls? This good: In their last six pursuit races they’ve broken the World Record six times. They’re so good that they’re not just bagging Gold, they’re choosing to break the World Record on the way. Truly these are great days among great days for British cycling fans.

So it’s well done to Dani King on the left (below), Laura Trott on the right and, in the middle, Joanna Rowsell who must be the coolest athlete at the Games.

Why? Well I’m no young lady, so I can only imagine how tough it must be for the 23 year old Rowsell to deal with losing her hair to alopecia. The temptation to mask it must be incredible, but she chooses not to. It’s a statement that says: “this is me, this is how I look, so be it”, and you don’t get cooler than that.

ON THE EMPTY SEATS FIASCO

By Pete Moore On July 29th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Anyone watching the first weekend of Olympic events can’t fail to have noticed the large number of empty seats at some venues. In some cases entire blocks of prime seats have been empty. This is rather strange, given the many tales of people who tirelessly tried to get tickets without success. These stories are typical.

The government says that sponsors are not turning up. The London Olympic organisers and the IOC blame sponsors, national Olympic committees, something called “the Olympic Family” (sounds like their VIPs) and the media. Looking at the photo above, with the peasants stuffed into the back of the swimming venue, it’s clear that the no-shows are those who bagged the prime seats.

So what can we learn? The first lesson is that thousands of people were disappointed because alot of tickets weren’t available to them in the first place. Second, we’re reminded that we only truly value something when we pay for it, and that when things are given to us we don’t care for them as much.

THE HISTORY MAN

By Pete Moore On July 21st, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The Tour de France is one of the essential points of my sporting year. Not only is THE most physically demanding sporting contest something I follow every day of its three week torture, I’ve been over to France a few times to see it. If you ever get the chance to enjoy the unique atmosphere then grab it. This year’s Tour hasn’t only been particularly enjoyable, it’s been somewhat novel too, because Bradley Wiggins has just become the first British man ever to win it, and that’s something I never thought I’d see. I know that tomorrow is still to come, but that’s a procession into Paris and there’ll be no challenge. Champagne flutes will be handed around, Wiggins will lead the peloton, his Sky Team domestiques will keep him safe and the sprinters will have one last dust up. Given the sensational way Mark Cavendish caught and destroyed the challenge yesterday, you wouldn’t back against him bagging another stage win.

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THEY’LL BE OVER THE MOON

By Pete Moore On July 1st, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Someone will say that was unbelievable stuff tonight. I believe it because I saw Barca at The Arse a couple of years ago and that was the finest 90 minutes of football I’ve ever seen. Just watching Xavi that night was dizzying. Bottom line: this lot is an astonishing team.

SOMEONE’S IN TROUBLE

By Pete Moore On June 22nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Good to see in these feminised times that some men can still get their priorities right.

If England stuff Italy on Sunday it will be worth it, and Chris will be staying out for the semis. A word of advice for him, whoever he is, from someone who’s had to do more than his fair share of placating: don’t worry about copping it when you go home, a box of chocs, a cheeky grin and a slap on the arse will see her right.

Best not give her your washing straight away though.

With football, you literally cannot win!

By Mike Cunningham On June 20th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

When a ‘prominent’ (my punctuation remarks as I honestly have never heard of him before) footballer states that the whole of Ukraine is a hotbed of racism and anti-semitism, we must assume that he is speaking, on the BBC, from a position of authority and knowledge.

But when a group of England football supporters demonstrate to the end that, in their own opinion, Mr. Campbell is wrong, we must assume that they, being in the country, also have a fair idea of what the truth is.

But the BBC, whose journalists and commentators routinely brand all ‘racist’ chants as ‘Sick’, have also branded this demonstration as ‘Sick’ also.

So who, on balance, is correct. I know who I would be voting for; how about you?

Surprise!

By Mike Cunningham On June 9th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

When I was eleven years old, I read a particular book. The title was The Scourge of the Swastika. It was a collation of photographs and descriptions of the works of Nazi Germany with specific regard to the Death Camps. The names of the locations spilled out across the pages, with Auschwitz, Belsen, Sobibor, Treblinka, Chełmno, and all the other camps where industrialised death was invented and perfected. These places where Man’s very humanity had been forgotten have entered the history books of the world, the very name instantly transports our minds to a place where the members of one Nation decided to exterminate many more of their own Nation, as well as millions of others, based on the simple selection process of determining their religion, or sexual orientation, or politics.

So how come Wayne Rooney, along with his team-mates of the English team, suddenly discovers in 2012 that there was such a thing as the Final Solution?

“I CAN TAKE DESPAIR, IT’S THE HOPE I CAN’T STAND”

By Pete Moore On May 13th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Never a truer word said, though it comes good in the end, justabout, with agonies along the way, but it’s finally over … Happy St Totteringham’s Day.

Congratulations to Man City fans, when they come to/sober up. You can’t begrudge them today after what the club has put’em through over the years.

Bad luck Manure (*snigger*)

Oh, and come on Bayern!

Them, and us.

By Mike Cunningham On April 20th, 2012 at 11:52 am

The faces and thoughts of Formula One.

The fans are there for the chance of a crash.

We, the drivers and the teams, are there for the cash.

As for the blood; well, as it is easily washed off the cars and the tyres, it doesn’t really count!