It's sunny and clear in Camino Bay as children play on the beach. Cyclists in San Diego head out for a morning ride, the sky a bit overcast. Surfers in Laguna expect nice waves with a slight southwest wind. The Landis hearing came to an end in the Pepperdine courtroom, as the waves crashed on the shores in Malibu. Such is a day in California.
One more day, one more development in the Landis appeal. Team Landis labeled the LNDD lab's work 'garbage in garbage out'. Team United States Anti-Doping Agency stated "When the facts are not on your side, you accuse people, of lying, hiding, trafficing. We trust the panel to reach its own conclusions."
We love sports competition to free our mind of the vicissitudes of everyday life. Athletics where victory occurs on the field of battle; the decision swift, immediate, and irrevocable. Except the 2007 Tour de France. The arguing and bickering over that farce will likely continue into 2008.
Lawyers for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) labeled the American cyclist an unscrupulous cheater. Landis' defense team called positive drug tests the product of an incompetent French laboratory trying to cover up its errors.
The choices in this contest appear to be between believing the TdF winner is an unscrupulous cheater, or the victim of an incompetent anti-doping lab.
In other news today, many US soldiers and Iraqi civilians died in the war torn country. Lebanon is on fire with civil war. Global warming is accelerating. Gas prices reached 4 dollars/gallon in San Francisco...