Friday, July 30, 2004

NEW LINKAGE
 
You may (or may not) notice that there is some new linkage in the (horrid mess of a) toolbar to the left.

I'll give them a brief introduction:

DAWEI - Some of the best narky commentary I've read in quite a while.

SPIN STARTS HERE - Catering for all those who need a good laugh at everyone else's expense.

MR. ALPHABET - Doing a PHD and still finding time to blog it up. A great read.

85 GEORGE STREET - Been reading it for a while, but because I'm a lazy shite, I've only just got around to giving it Kudos and a link.

IS IT WRONG TO WISH ON SPACE HARDWARE? - Delightful reading, and he gives Tim Blair a good kick up the arse, so instant points from me.

These are just some of the thousands upon thousands of blogs out there that make me look like the idiot hack that I am, so check them out..

 

 

 
Ahem. It would seem, that being an incompetent idiot, I cocked-up the address for the Nick Earls Website. So, in the interest of being correct, (Even though Evan had to point it out. Cheers for that, by the way) It has been fixed up. Go and check it out, and put a copy on hold. NOW.
More Proof that all cyclists are completely insane.

 

Thursday, July 29, 2004

EXCELLENT NEWS!
 
Nick Earls new book will be out in August! Now, for those of you who haven't guessed by now, I'm a hell of a fan. So, to anyone else who is also a fan, check it out at this address

The blurb sounds good, and if it's half as good as his last few books, I'll be happy.  Will review the book as soon as I have it in my hot little hands.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The last thing I tried clearly didn't work. Will figure it out and re-post at the first opportunity.
 
And I apologise if there was a cock-up in your link, Jeremy. Will review and fix now.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

GREAT ESCAPE

Heidi the Kangaroo flies the flag....
DRUGGED UP OR DUMB, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

This story just gets worse and worse.

Alleged drug cheat and trafficker Sean Eadie is claiming that he had no knowledge of a package that contained banned substances addressed to him and seized by Customs. He's also saying that he didn't receive TWO notifications that the incident had occurred.

Now, excuse me for having a dig at the AOC, but I've been very wary of the whole bunch for a number of reasons for quite a while now.

Firstly, take a look at them. What is going on with Eadie's beard? Surely who'd have to be on something to think that growing something like that on your face is a good idea? It's not like he's the Brad Pitt of cycling to start with, but that beard. Oh, the beard.

Secondly, the whole Kathy Watts thing was a debacle from start to finish. Someone in Cycling Australia doesn't like her, and all of a sudden she's getting locked in Port-a-Loos at the start of races for qualifying and generally being subjected to the kind of treatment I received in High School until people learned that if they kept that shit up I'd lob a chair at their head.

And now our only female weightlifter, Caroline Pileggi gets done for refusing a drug test. And her excuse? Confusion.

Confusion? I'm sorry, I was under the impression that these people were professional athletes, not two year olds being tested on their times tables. How hard is it to pee in a jar? Where in that can confusion arise?

I don't think there is much room for excuses in drug-cheat cases. If you are making a living/livelihood out of being a professional athlete, make sure you know the rules, genius'. It's not that hard, surely. And if you're in any doubt, how hard would it be to ring up the hand-holders that are employed to look after you and say "Hey, I was thinking of shooting up some Horse Hormones, that's not against the rules is it?"

And another thing. If you plan on importing banned substances, couldn't you find a stealthier route that the postal system? And if you plan on shooting up in team-mates room, it's probably not the best idea to hide the used syringes in a bucket where the cleaner might be able to find it.

This "I didn't know" excuse holds no truck with me. Even I know that Equine Growth Hormones are not something an athlete can take. And if it has the word steroid in it, it's probably a good idea to give it a miss. Stop feeling hard done by when you get caught people, even if you're innocent, you're certainly not innocent of being culpably brainless. I remember a couple of years back when Hirdy panicked because he'd taken cough syrup without checking the label. The first thing he did was call the club doctor and check that nothing in the syrup was on the banned list. Surely a good rule of thumb for an Olympic athlete would be "If it's in a syringe, check I'm not going to get hauled over the coals as a drug cheat?"

Don't come looking for sympathy from the public when you've clearly done something that if it wasn't intentionally deceptive is mind-numbingly ignorant.

As far as I can see, both are crimes, and quite frankly, I'm not sure I want that kind of person representing Australia on a world stage.