- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2008


Someone won the Tour de France: Spain’s Carlos Sastre won cycling’s premier event, but the news that a cyclist tested positive minutes after the event ended overshadowed the victory. It was the Tour’s fourth doping bust and comes two years after Floyd Landis had his 2006 title stripped. The biggest question is why would riders risk being caught doping when it’s clear testing has caught up with the cheaters? It’s like a student cheating at Harvard and not expecting to get caught.

Brett Favre saga continues: In the latest episode of “As The Favre Turns,” ESPN.com reported that Favre signed a letter seeking his reinstatement but has yet to send it to the NFL. The constant Favre updates grew tiresome after the first day, yet this story shows no signs of coming to an end. The Packers have made it clear Aaron Rogers is their starting quarterback, but Favre still wants to play. Here’s some free advice for Brett: Next time, instead of retiring, just demand a trade. It worked for Randy Moss


1. Tour de France: The only thing separating cycling from professional wrestling is the lack of a predetermined outcome — except for a handful of positive drug tests.

2. FedEx Cup: Even with Tiger Woods competing in its inaugural run last year, interest was barely there. With Tiger injured, does anyone think Anthony Kim is going to draw a rating?

3. NFL Pro Bowl: When you hold your event in Hawaii and STILL can’t get the NFL’s best players to show up, you know you have a problem.

4. World Series of Poker: It has aired on ESPN, so we’ll consider it a sporting event — the 400-pound competitors notwithstanding. Repeats already have killed ESPN Classic, so it’s only a matter of time before it jumps the shark on ESPN as well.

5. The Triple Crown: It’s not a good sign when only two outcomes (1. winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, 2. death) draw interest in the Sport of Kings.


“These guys are crazy, and the sooner they start learning, the better.” — International Cycling Union chief Pat McQuaid



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