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Old 07-14-06, 10:09 AM   #1
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Another day spoiled by the news (no spoilers)

Anyone else getting to find it difficult to avoid hearing about the Tour? The last couple years were difficult due to Lance, but with Floyd's win yesterday, it's getting hard again. I can't listen to the radio, watch cable news, read any Internet news site, etc. Argh. No more outside world for me!
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I know what you mean.

I am like that during the coverage of the Olympics.

But when it comes to Le Tour, I am lucky to have a job that finds me at home all morning working on line, so I watch the live coverage and work during the commercials.

It's a pretty sweet setup.
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The local A.M. station spoiled it for me yesterday. WTH? I'm sure these hillbillys have never heard of France, let alone "Le Tour".
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The local A.M. station spoiled it for me yesterday. WTH? I'm sure these hillbillys have never heard of France, let alone "Le Tour".
Ouch...that hits close to home since I'm a local A.M. radio talk show host in the afternoon.
I do a Tour update every day at the same time, so that's fair warning to those who do not want to know.

I even got my LBS in on the action as the sponsor of the segment.
It feels great to do something for the sport in my community.
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Why would want to avoid hearing about the Tour? I get up in the morning, turn on the computer, and start following the race. If I have to go downtown, I find someone with a computer (such as the fifty people with laptops sitting in every Starbucks) to get Tour updates.

Are there folks hiding in caves so that they can be "surprised" when they watch the OLN recap at 8 p.m. at night?
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Are there folks hiding in caves so that they can be "surprised" when they watch the OLN recap at 8 p.m. at night?

That's what I'm saying. I'd rather watch it in it's entirety and be surprised at the end than hear snippets of what happened and then watch it. I hate to hide in a cave, but that's apparently what I'm going to do. I can see being anxious to hear what happened, but doesn't it spoil the viewing experience?
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That's what I'm saying. I'd rather watch it in it's entirety and be surprised at the end than hear snippets of what happened and then watch it. I hate to hide in a cave, but that's apparently what I'm going to do. I can see being anxious to hear what happened, but doesn't it spoil the viewing experience?
Ok so you are on the WWW and on a bike forum and you honestly think you are going to avoid seeing info on the winner of...well anything? Give it up and either hide in a cave or deal with it. I watched the live play by play od Eurosport.com, read the results recap on cycling news, read the threads here and am STILL going to enjoy watching it tonight on OLN. Sorry the internet doesn't come with blinders, especially if you are going to frequent a sport specific forum.
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Ouch...that hits close to home since I'm a local A.M. radio talk show host in the afternoon.
I do a Tour update every day at the same time, so that's fair warning to those who do not want to know.
It really caught me off guard because in 30 years of listening to this station (same guys I might add) I've NEVER heard them mention cycle racing.

To the rest of you guys: Didn't you see the Seinfeld episode where he greets people and answers the phone with "Dont tell me who won the game!".
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To the rest of you guys: Didn't you see the Seinfeld episode where he greets people and answers the phone with "Dont tell me who won the game!".
man I miss that show ...

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Anyone else getting to find it difficult to avoid hearing about the Tour? The last couple years were difficult due to Lance, but with Floyd's win yesterday, it's getting hard again. I can't listen to the radio, watch cable news, read any Internet news site, etc. Argh. No more outside world for me!
dosent everyone take vacation this tme of year ?
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It really caught me off guard because in 30 years of listening to this station (same guys I might add) I've NEVER heard them mention cycle racing.

Yup...I'm probably the only one on the radio talking at length (or at all) about the Tour!
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Anyone else getting to find it difficult to avoid hearing about the Tour? The last couple years were difficult due to Lance, but with Floyd's win yesterday, it's getting hard again. I can't listen to the radio, watch cable news, read any Internet news site, etc. Argh. No more outside world for me!
Listen to European radio
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Listen to European radio
Or move to Europe... they show the entire stages here. I can't imagine ever watching OLN's bizarre coverage ever again.
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Or move to Europe... they show the entire stages here. I can't imagine ever watching OLN's bizarre coverage ever again.
Wonderful.

Here in the states we're lucky to get OLN!

I'd move there if you've got a job for me.
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I do a Tour update every day at the same time, so that's fair warning to those who do not want to know.
What time is that, Hip? I sometimes catch you guys on my drive home...
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The whole spoiler idea is just ignorant. Things happen in real time. Just listen to the live broadcast in the AM or simply avoid all media.
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What time is that, Hip? I sometimes catch you guys on my drive home...
4:40-ish each afternoon.

Listen Live on net:

http://www.620wtmj.com/_content/news...ouse/index.asp

Except of course for the OP! I'm not spoiling it for you...
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The whole spoiler idea is just ignorant. Things happen in real time. Just listen to the live broadcast in the AM or simply avoid all media.
+1. Though I do understand the spoiler concept, what's the time-limit on tour spoilers? Does it last until the fourth OLN re-run (i.e., "enhanced by Al and Bob" version)?

If you are savvy enough to post on Bike Forums throughout the day, you're savvy enough to check out cyclingnews.com or velonews.com for their every-few-minutes updates during each stage. They provide just as much information and a lot less Saab or Styx-filled-promos for the station you're already watching.

If not, then stick your head in the sand, log off, and listen to a CD on the way home.
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The whole spoiler idea is just ignorant. Things happen in real time. Just listen to the live broadcast in the AM or simply avoid all media.
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Ok so you are on the WWW and on a bike forum and you honestly think you are going to avoid seeing info on the winner of...well anything? Give it up and either hide in a cave or deal with it. I watched the live play by play od Eurosport.com, read the results recap on cycling news, read the threads here and am STILL going to enjoy watching it tonight on OLN. Sorry the internet doesn't come with blinders, especially if you are going to frequent a sport specific forum.
Today it was the radio with no warning, and no, I haven't seen a spoiler while on the bike forum. Thanks for the eyeroll though. I did manage to get through the first 10 stages without being spoiled.
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The whole spoiler idea is just ignorant. Things happen in real time. Just listen to the live broadcast in the AM or simply avoid all media.
How is it "ignorant?" Futile, maybe a bit, but ignorant? The subtitle of the forum says do not post spoilers in the titles, is that an act of ignorance?

Sorry for venting a little about hearing a spoiler. I didn't realize it made me a jag to want to watch the coverage in it's entirety with full anticipation of what happens at the end. Mea culpa.
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You're not the one in the wrong Shemp. Sadly the concept of being kind to others being lost.
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again, can anyone tell us this....
Though I do understand the spoiler concept, what's the time-limit on tour spoilers? Does it last until the fourth OLN re-run (i.e., "enhanced by Al and Bob" version)?
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I try to flop in the old easy chair after work to watch the tour on OLN and I want to experience the race blindly in all its glory without knowing who wins. For that reason, I've learned to avoid the net almost completely until after seeing the race.

However, my wife is like a kid at Christmas who won't tell you what she bought you but through all of the hints, innuendo, and process of elimination, it soon becomes obvious. The other day, there was a break and my wife who promised not to ruin it for me, casually mentions that it was a heck of a pack sprint. Pack sprint? I'm sitting there watching a break 10k from the line with a 1 minute gap wondering if they're going to get caught when my wife goes "Oops, was that too much information?"
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World Cup soccor match the other weekend. I had work I couldnt get out of stop me from watching it, so i taped it.

I turned off the radio, no tv, no nothing. No net browsing while waiting, Skipped going to pub at lunch so i wouldnt see the score. Isolated myself the whoel day and maanged to not hear anything.

On way home I got within 2 blocks of home and some kid was standing in his yard with a HUGE sign saying "grats italy"

I woulda had to drive with my eyes closed to miss it :/
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World Cup soccor match the other weekend. I had work I couldnt get out of stop me from watching it, so i taped it.

I turned off the radio, no tv, no nothing. No net browsing while waiting, Skipped going to pub at lunch so i wouldnt see the score. Isolated myself the whoel day and maanged to not hear anything.

On way home I got within 2 blocks of home and some kid was standing in his yard with a HUGE sign saying "grats italy"

I woulda had to drive with my eyes closed to miss it :/


That's terrible.
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