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Old 07-06-04, 07:13 AM   #1
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great phil liggett-ism's

when robbie mcewen won the sprint, did anyone hear the call? phil said 'and robbie mcewen takes the sprint and the stage....and leaves the debris behind' (as the camera catches the 2 tangled up riders trying to right themselves)

what a great call.
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And he pronounced it "DEH bree" instead of "duh BREE". Gotta love the accent

Phil Ligget = the John Madden of Cycling
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Are we listing them here? There was one yesterday when the sprinters were taking off and the lead riders of the peloton were watching and Phil said something along the line of being at the front row of the afternoon matinee when referring to the rest of the riders.
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when heras had a problem and his team came back to get him, phil said the "heras train is about to dock" when they reached the end of the peloton....i liked that one
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I've always enjoyed Ligget's description of riders who are having a bad time of it as being "in difficulty." In fact, my team this year for the Trek Across Maine was named "Team In Difficulty" in his honor.
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Here's a whole page of them:

http://members.tripod.com/~Todd_Carrier/phil.htm
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Old 07-06-04, 01:42 PM   #8
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"Suitcase of courage" is my favorite Liggettism. I think it got to be so defining that he's stopped using it so much now.
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Good find, Laggard.

Phil and Paul are the best commentators in sports. I probably would not be able to watch cycling if it weren't for them - I can't stand Al Trautwig. Bob Roll is cool though.
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When a rider was trying to bridge a gap Paul says "he's finding himself in a spot of bother". Spot of bother, been saying that to myself for two days
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I like when paul says 'that rider is going through all kinds of purgatory' or 'he is really hurting himself here today'. Just makes it sound like the rider is battling for the fate of the world.
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At the fisnish line of one of the mountain stages of the Tour d'Italia this year--
i don't know the specifics--the riders all just crawling up the hill, looked like
pure hell for everyone and finally the first rider crosses the finish and within
a second the next guy and a few others muscle across and for this Phil says:
"And here come the stragglers!!" i will always remember that. i thought, sh*t,
give 'em something... geeze! I know 'second sucks...' but damn..
Reminds me also of the Ironman where i saw the winner get a wreath thingy
the size of a Derby horse's and the next guy gets this tiny red string of
cranberry sized beads. I guess compassion isn't part of it--eh?
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"Suitcase of courage" is my favorite Liggettism. I think it got to be so defining that he's stopped using it so much now.
I thought "Suitcase of Courage" was a great Paul Sherwin-ism

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My favorite is from the 99 tour when Armstong first tour up the mountain past Fernando Escartin. Phil said, "Armstrong is ripping the legs off this climber." I loved that.
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I've always enjoyed Ligget's description of riders who are having a bad time of it as being "in difficulty." In fact, my team this year for the Trek Across Maine was named "Team In Difficulty" in his honor.
Whenever I'm climbing and feel like I'm ready to die I always hear Phil in the back of mind saying, "oh Paul, those legs have gone, Those legs have gone paul." - I love it.
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"There he goes like a homeick angel!"
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My favorite is when someone attacks on a mountain..." He's blown the Peloton to pieces!"
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Todd who? It's RICHIE CUNNINGHAM!

"He's dancing on his pedals in a most immodest way!"

Best quote on that site by far.
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my favourite quote is a bobke ism.
"they are dying like dogs in the gutter today"

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"they are dying like animals on this climb"

Great stuff, not sure what it means but great stuff.

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On a crash: "Right in the middle of the peleton... and they have PILED it!"
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2 great Ligget-isms: "He's got the elastic at full stretch!" and, of course, "Armstrong is coming down the straight like a Grand Prix motorcar!"
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I quite liked when he said in reference to Ullrich powering up an alp: "look at those pistons he calls legs go!"
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After a crash Phil says "the tackle of metal". I am stealing that one for sure.
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Bobke: USPS= "8 Rides of the Apocalypse"
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Bobke: USPS= "8 Riders of the Apocalypse" (Mayb Lance is the Devil )
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