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WOW! Possibly the most bitter/cynical article ever written about cycling

Old 02-26-07, 08:47 PM
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WOW! Possibly the most bitter/cynical article ever written about cycling

https://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_5300913

Was this guy ran over by some spandex-clad OCP when he was a kid?
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Old 02-26-07, 09:05 PM
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Hmm... that guy is so gracelessly sarcastic that it crosses from annoying to pitiful.
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Originally Posted by shakeNbake
https://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_5300913

Was this guy ran over by some spandex-clad OCP when he was a kid?
Just another "reporter" trying to raise his ratings. I wonder how many of his beloved football players would fail the drug test.
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Old 02-26-07, 09:12 PM
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Poor guy.

Just another middle-aged, paunchy Neanderthal man-child raised on TV sports still trying to convince Daddy that he's straight...
Probably drives an H2...

How's that for bitter?
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Old 02-26-07, 10:25 PM
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"I've been known to have a belt on occasion, but no way do I ply myself with EOP, or any other illegal substance that has resulted in so many cyclists being banned in recent years."

All that sarcasm could be a side effect of "EOP" usage... (is this sarcasm too?)
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Old 02-26-07, 10:37 PM
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I had to read the article twice, and still don't see a point in it other than this guy saying "I've seen alot of cool stuff and drink fine sparkling wine".
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Old 02-27-07, 02:20 AM
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zzzzzzzzzzzz

If the guy doesn't even spellcheck or proofread his own drivel, then why should anyone care to read his opinions more than once? Where can I get some more EOP?
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Old 02-27-07, 02:21 AM
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Sounded like he was upset because the decided to hold a race at his jogging park. maybe he should have read the paper?
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Old 02-27-07, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by pj7
I had to read the article twice, and still don't see a point in it other than this guy saying "I've seen alot of cool stuff and drink fine sparkling wine".
Pointless, that's the way that it sounded to me too. Is this a sports writer guy who was asked to write an article about a sport which is unfamiliar to him? If he tries to write a straight, informative article he knows that he's going to sound utterly stupid to anybody who has a clue. It's much easier for him to make fun of it and hope for a baseball or football assignment tomorrow.
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Old 02-27-07, 05:52 AM
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He seems to have started with the premise "I am clueless when it comes to pro cycling, and I'm too dumb/redneck/ignorant/homophobic/underpaid/in the closet/low I.Q./unprofessional to do anything about it so I'll just try to cover up my ineptitude" and just expanded from there.

He may have tried to write about sport but it's an insult to sports writers everywhere to call him a sports writer.
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Old 02-27-07, 06:07 AM
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...and he seems to have missed the perfect target for his tepid sarcasm... the sponsor is the manufacturer of EPO
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Old 02-27-07, 06:10 AM
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What a strange article.
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Some writers are stupid. There's a fine example of clueless journalism in my blog.
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Old 02-27-07, 07:02 AM
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That was a waste of 30 seconds. Booooooring.
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Yawn, typical troll don't even bother.
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If anyone doesn't feel like reading the whole article, I'll summarize it for you:

I haven't gotten laid since my wife left me. My formerly promising success as a journalist now seems hollow and I'm going through a mid-life crisis. Cyclists are hogging my jogging path. I have Gucci shoes. The Amgen Tour of California finals are coming up and consist of 10 laps of a 7.3 mile loop in Long Beach, CA.
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Old 02-27-07, 10:41 AM
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A one hundred percent self-centered piece by someone who "watches" others pursue athletic endeavors and can neither compete effectively nor write cogently.
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Originally Posted by shakeNbake
Alas... Beter to be thought an idiot than to post and remove all doubt. (And I speak from personal experience on this one, too).
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Zactly.
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Full time sports reporters and broadcasters are not very high on the "meaningfull job" scale. Or the intelligence scale for that matter.

I only got a few sencences into the article when I decided, "why bother'.
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Yep, here's a first class athlete who has every right to look down on ANYONE not participating in activities HE feels worthy:

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By his own claims he has been covering sports for 40 years and he is a staff writer fro the Long Beach Press Telegram.

And now a sport he does not unserstand is making headlines.

Of course he is bitter!
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Originally Posted by Keith99
By his own claims he has been covering sports for 40 years and he is a staff writer fro the Long Beach Press Telegram.

And now a sport he does not unserstand is making headlines.

Of course he is bitter!
I think he'd be bitter just from being a staff writer for forty years. Don't you make editor at some point?
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Originally Posted by neurocycler
"I've been known to have a belt on occasion, but no way do I ply myself with EOP, or any other illegal substance that has resulted in so many cyclists being banned in recent years."

All that sarcasm could be a side effect of "EOP" usage... (is this sarcasm too?)
Reminded me of something Captain Kirk said in Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home:
"I think he did a little too much LDS."
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Check this out guys, from the same paper:

https://www.presstelegram.com/search/ci_5312441

LONG BEACH - The final leg of the Amgen Tour of California drew record crowds to Long Beach, giving organizers good reason to bring the bike race back to the city, the tour president said Monday.
"Yesterday was fantastic," said AEG Sports President Shawn Hunter of Sunday's event. "Our expectations were exceeded at every level."

Hunter's unofficial attendance estimate along the 7.7-mile course from downtown Long Beach to Belmont Shore was between 200,000 and 225,000 people.

If it holds up, that would make the event bigger than the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the city's best-attended event. The Grand Prix's final day drew about 180,000 spectators last year.
It's the biggest sporting event in your city, and you still biatch about it?

This guy is a colostomy bag.
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