Surely you can’t be serious!

November 18, 2006

Of course I’m serious, and stop calling me Shirley.

What planet is Dick Pound on? Right off the admission by the LNDD that they made a ‘typo’ in the Floyd Landis case, he reiterates his opinion that the ‘A’ sample is still enough. Forget the ‘B.’

“There is a body of thought amongst our stakeholders that the A (sample) should be enough; and there is another body of thought amongst others that the B provides a protection in the very few cases where the A might be improperly analyzed.”

Let’s dissect his words. Even in his press conference he admits that in at least a ‘few’ cases the ‘B’ sample exonerated an athlete who would have his career ruined by a faulty test.

If you really want the truth, if you really want justice, you want the’B.’ those who really want a clean sport should also support making sure the right athletes are identified and punished. The saying that It is better to let ten guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man holds true here. There can only be one reason for the above quote. Pound already thinks all cyclists are guilty. Therefore an ‘A’ sample is enough to kick the athlete out. In fact, I think he would rather just avoid the tests and shut down the sport. That type of person has lost his ability to govern since he has lost his ability to be impartial.

I’ll close with the words of David Stern the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. I know we have all seen this before but since Dick is still repeating his asinine ideas, the least we can do is continue to repeat the fair balance.

“(WADA) is actually getting harder to take seriously. Whenever an organization which purports to be even-handed and fair announces that a B sample isn’t necessary, then they lose an enormous amount of respect.

Anyone who doesn’t think that the processes should be used to the utmost is not someone that is worthy of our ongoing support and respect. “

As you probably know by now, I use a fair amount of movie quotes. The only one I can think of now comes from The Amityville Horror. Dick: “Get Out!”

I should also amend my previous post to include Leslie Nielsen as the actor to portray Pound. Instead of pitching the idea to Steven Spielberg, I will pitch the idea to Jim Abrahams and David Zucker. This is more up their alley!

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