I don't know how many of you out in the Big Blue Nation follow the Tour de France, but as road bicycling is a hobby of mine, I have been watching and following pretty closely. Yesterday was Stage 14, a climbing stage in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a difficult stage, not just because of the grade 1 mountain climbs in there, but also because the road is very narrow in that part of the world, limiting attacks and making for some dangerous riding.
Some lunatic spectators tossed what is said to be carpet tacks along the route starting at the top of the highest point of the climb. Just as the peloton reached the apex of the climb, riders began having flats one after another. Last year's tour winner, Australian Cadel Evans (Team BMC) had the most serious difficulty as he had to wait almost 2 minutes for a tire change, causing him to drop back. He then had at least one more tire change and one other bike problem related to the tire problem just a kilometer or so later.
Bradley Wiggins of the UK (Team Sky), who is the yellow jersey (race leader), slowed the pack to wait for Evans to catch up. The breakways were already well ahead of the pack along with the ultimate winner of the stage, Luis León Sánchez, and far ahead of the problems, but none of them were threats to the overall competition. Wiggins essentially got all the leaders to agree to what amounted to a tie for the stage in order that the standing wouldn't be changed by the acts of some villainous spectators:
"I thought it was the honourable thing to do, nobody should ever profit by somebody’s misfortune like that," Wiggins said. "It became quite apparent very quickly when all of the guys started puncturing at once. It wasn’t just one or two, it all started happening and was becoming dangerous."
That, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, is the highest form of class and sportsmanship, and a lesson for us all.
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"If they don’t offer me this month or pretty soon I’m probably just going to cut them," Walker said in the UK-centered Q&A.
I've been told that Kentucky is interested, but something seems to be holding them back.
This game will be more for temporary bragging rights. I mean c’mon, it is Duke and Kentucky. Okay, maybe it’s not as big as Duke vs Carolina or Kentucky vs Louisville but a rivalry nonetheless, you know, the same, except different. The fans will light up Twitter, Facebook and every other available social media outlet like the Fourth of July and that neighbor (you know who he is) who at Christmas lights his yard enough to rival Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
I don't know if it's really for much more than temporary bragging rights, but it's a game that should happen more often than once every decade, that's for sure.
"I think the offense will be better than last year. They have made a lot of changes in the offense. Throwing the ball more, more hurry-up. That type of stuff," Smith said. "Our offense was much improved during the spring. All I see is from the defensive side. I am not in their meetings, but I saw those guys really work hard and really improve."
The offense doesn't have to improve much to be better than last year. In fact, it's pretty much impossible for it to be worse than last year.
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team will not compete in the 2013 NCAA tournament due to poor academic performance from its athletes, reports the Hartford Courant. The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance met Friday without making any changes in policies saying that the 826 score the team acquired for the 2009-10 season was simply not good enough.
The end. No huskies for the 2013 NCAA or Big East Tournament.
UNC, meanwhile, hasn’t had a one-and-done player since Brandan Wright left school in 2007. Williams, who has commitments from two other top players in the class of 2013, said recently he’s not comfortable following the Kentucky model of building an entire team around players who might only stay one season.
"You know, John’s comfortable with that," Williams said of Kentucky coach John Calipari. "I’m not comfortable with that. But it’s today’s world, too. I’ve had somebody say you should mark off the top 50 and start recruiting those other guys. And I said, well, that’d be good, but I like to have some of those top-50 type players.
Does this sound like a load of crap to anybody but me? Harrison Barnes would have been a "one and done" player but for the turmoil surrounding the draft, and he's had several "tow and done" players, which to me are no different. Via John Clay.
Awesome. Check this:
As Thomas Beisner of KSTV tweeted, "Turns out all Darius Miller had to do to get in the starting lineup was leave for the NBA."
Hope he figures it out soon. We need all the help we can get.
Legree caught 47 passes for 698 yards as senior, scoring 10 times. On defense he recorded 107 tackles and picked off 6 passes. A consensus 3-star prospect via the major recruiting websites, Legree chose Kentucky over South Florida, Iowa State, Western Kentucky and Miami among others. He is a big-bodied kid who looks to become an outside receiver at UK. As a junior he was named Male Track Athlete of the Year after taking state in the high jump.
There’s no mistaking it now, Anthony Davis is headed to London for the 2012 Olympics.
Pretty predictable. I would love to hear something other than, "I'm just trying to get better."
Indictments have been made in the alleged drug ring tied to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, now citing 35 people and 101 counts of wrongdoing.
This has the potential to get interesting.
James Young: "I don't have a list. It's just Kentucky and then everyone else. Hopefully by the end of August I'll make my decision."— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunilNRS) July 15, 2012
Typical Wolken. He's trying to downplay the kid's talent because he knows he's likely to attend Kentucky. Is there anything he won't stoop to in order to dig at Calipari?
Pretty as a poster: