Monday, August 07, 2006

Floyd's anger

By now you no doubt know that Floyd failed his B test on Saturday, has been fired by his team, etc. Apparently the whole world knows about this. And that is part of the problem. His TdF victory got some modest coverage, but the media, at least in North America, are evidently more interested in covering scandals than actual sporting events. This is particularly disappointing for sports networks. Despite their eagerness, however, the media coverage is often misleading, if not downright false. Floyd has tried to clear up some of the misconceptions in a letter posted on his website. More recently, he's just plain angry, blasting the UCI, the media, and others in a recent interview published in USA Today. That won't help him win the PR war that gets fought on the airwaves. But I don't think he cares. That's Lance's game and he plays it as well as anyone.

I really want to believe Floyd and confess that I continue to hold onto a glimmer of hope that he will eventiually be able to clear his name. All I know is that there's something about all of this that doesn't make sense. Hopefully it will get sorted out at some point.

Selfish as it no doubt is, I must admit to feeling a tad bittersweet when Floyd won the Tour. He used to be our little secret. Outside the FGBC, he was virtually anonymous. But now everyone was going to be talking about Floyd. But that's a distant memory by now. The way things are going, he will eventually forgotten, banished from our fickle imaginations as yet another failed hero, and we can have him to ourselves again. Maybe we should order up another FGBC jersey, because nobody else will want to ride with him. But that's not exactly how we'd want this to turn out either.

Can't wait for the alleycat tonight.

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