Thursday, July 27, 2006

Floyd Landis, Doping? No Way.

I'm sure you've seen that Floyd Landis is now accused of doping.

Sorry. I don't buy it. I don't want to buy it. No one can tell me that this guy was that painfully, unbelievably stupid.

I watched him win the Tour of California. I saw him go dutifully to the drug testing van after every stage where he held the yellow jersey.

He's never cheated before. Why would he cheat now? Using something as easily detected as a steroid? It's nuts. This is a guy who was sheepish about drinking a beer. He's so unimposing that his mouth barely moves when he talks to the press. And he's consistently passed drug tests throughout his career. As well as throughout the Tour this year. Until stage 17.

Of course, it doesn't matter much what the truth is, when people like Greg Lemond say stuff like this:

“If there’s any positive outcome on this, I hope, for the sport’s sake, that Floyd has the courage to come clean on everything. He needs to say everything about the sport, what’s happened in the past, what’s happening right now. We need to be transparent about it, so we can look at the sport and say, ‘How do we fix it?’ ”

Um. What if he's innocent?

Sorry, no way. No how. He didn't do it. Right?...

Quick update: I did a bit of research. The steroid he allegedly took can improve recovery time. Floyd's turnaround from stage 16 to 17 was amazing. But I'm still unconvinced.

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Blogger Stayss said...

I have to agree with you. The history shows nothing in the way of doping. Can't we expect, in certain instances, that the production of hormones, adrenaline, etc... rises to the challenge with which we are faced? I think about the great race horse Secretariat, his heart twice the size of a normal specimen, all the people who said it simply wasn't possible? What about the stories we hear of a mother, when her child's life is in danger, finding the ability to lift a car? Why does the media want him to be guilty? I can not believe that this professional, knowing fully that he would be tested at every turn, would go to something naturally produced and so easily tested. Until the 2nd tests are reviewed, I chose to believe in the Stage 17 performance that was the most awesome I've ever seen.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Coach64 said...

Innocent until proven guilty doesn't exist in the court of public opinion. Let the facts come out and then punish (if necessary.) They should not even post doping test results until all tests, retests, appeals, and investigation are complete. Even when he is found innocent (and I do believe that he will be), his name and achievement have been tarnished.

3:59 PM  

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