Filling a lull in the sports news

August 6, 2007

If you ever wanted to release a story that no one saw, this last weekend was it.  Baseball took all the headlines and bylines for two straight days.  Barry’s 755th, Tom Glavine getting his 300th win, and Alex Rodriguez being the youngest player to reach 500 home runs.

After the news the commentary, where cycling tends to receive coverage, also took these three stories to press.  Is Barry’s record legit? Will Glavine be the last 300 game winner? Will Alex knock Barry off the top so we don’t have the have this argument anymore?

If you were on the USADA and wanted to put out a story that would allow you some time to get out of Dodge, this was the weekend.  But as we already know, nothing.



A tale of two sports

August 6, 2007

In case you missed it, this weekend saw Barry Bonds tie Hank Aaron’s career home run record. I watched the various stories and how the record was presented. Generally, most news coverage gave the record most of the press and doping suspicion was contained deep within the article.  On the whole, the press gave the home run fair coverage.  Television, on the other hand was overwhelmingly positive with little mention of steroid use.

I was impressed with some quotes from Hank Aaron. He has been deliberately avoiding most media requests. He has stated that if he accepts too many interviews, his comments and his story will take away from the story on the field.

To paraphrase Hank, he said that he has had his time and that is over. Therefore, he should not take any of the limelight away from the players playing today. This is their time. He will not directly comment on doping or compare his “clean” records to any “suspicious” records set today. He does not believe that is his place. Pure class.

Now, look at the immaturity in our sport. I will not rail against the media coverage of our sport. I will not rant on the competency of the leadership of cycling or the Grand Tours.  I think you know that one anyway. But I would like Mr. Greg LeMond to take a lesson from Hank. You should no longer be part of the story. Let those on the roads today write their story for better or worse. And for the rest of the sport’s governing bodies.  Take a lesson of what class looks like.