Oh yea, I need this before you go on vacation

I’ve been focused on protocols and built in bias as significant issues in the LNDD testing of rider samples most notably Floyd Landis.  I stopped short of implying incompetence even though there is a fair amount of evidence to that effect.  I also stayed away from thinking of a conspiracy theory as well. It takes me a while before I go Oliver Stone on something.  

One thing I neglected to think about.  In Rant Your Head Off, he adds the element of rushing.  I completely forgot about the ticking of the lab shutdown over these technicians head.  On a good day, lab work for one of the biggest sporting events in the world must be tough.  Add that the degree of difficulty of a “get it done yesterday” mandate. 

So if you are a lab tech.  Vacation is in front of you and you already know the guy did it.  All you need to do is confirm it with the “B” sample and you have a recipie for disaster.  Rushing is like putting a bad lab on steroids. (Sorry).  Speed up sloppy work and you get, well the LNDD.


3 Responses to Oh yea, I need this before you go on vacation

  1. Ed says:

    The jig is up boys. They’re frantically scurrying around looking for ways to preserve their “guilty” verdict and not finding one. I think Landis’ clearing is a foregone conclusion at this point, the lab just needs a way to save face.

    Bring on the much deserved endorsement contracts.

    On a related note, am I the only one who wants to see more of Floyd’s smoking hot wife?

  2. Debby says:

    If we’re honest, we’ve all done it…rushed through the last few items on our to-do list before putting up the “out of office” assistant on our work email. In most cases, the little errors that result are not a big deal. But in other cases, it might have been worth a few re-checks before packing up the suitcases and heading to the south of France for that holiday…

  3. pelotonjim says:

    This post is a testament to it. My plane was boarding and I rushed through the post to get on in time. I managed to do a quick spell check but no editing. After I got on the plane, I regretted the spell check. I should have left it as is as an example.

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