July 31, 2007
Dewey Dickey has a fan. His name is King Of The Mountains.
Seriously, Dewey needs to sue this guy for biting his style:
Here is the Dewey comparison…Dewey is the guy leading (obviously):
Heck he even has the look on the podium down:
Dewey on the far right:
July 28, 2007
I just realized that I never put a link to Tom Hagerty’s blog after I deleted my old sponsors page!
Some teammate I am in the madison.
Sorry Mr. T. H. I hope that you still want to do the Ken Woods Memorial Madison with me!
Screw this. I am off to Uncle Franky’s!!!!
Think I ain’t?
2 Chicago Dog’s no onion!
July 26, 2007
When I was in college at Northern Michigan University I didn’t have much to do. I knew a few people, but I was really out of place. My roommate was bad ass and save for a few more people I spent all of my time studying, planning for future world domination by bicycle and listening to music.
The music thing was my main release. Prior to leaving for school I worked my ass of at two jobs to save up for two Technics 1200 Turntables and a bad-ass Vestex 06 mixer. It was my attempt to fit in with my older brother that had been fessing the love of early Wu-Tang and Native Tongues. About 5 weeks into the start of the school year the Flyer I had been waiting for was put up.
It was interviews for djay for the campus radio station 91.5 WUPX. Needless to say the station didn’t have a show that fit my demographic of 1 on the largest campus in the Upper Penisula. I sold them on a persona that I was trying to develop…the persona was dj itch. In retrospect it is the dumbest name ever, but none the less it was the talk of the campus(in super select circles). I ain’t kidding, I had a ton of listeners and callers. It was nice. I won a few awards. I got a bunch of vinyl records that were about to be thrown out.
When Sarah and I visited the UP during our trip I made sure to stop by the station. Not much has really changed. It was 7 years ago and my handwriting is still on the labels of the record shelves and my “legendary” show is still archived on the ceiling panels:
I miss the show and it will always hold a spot in my mind.
I got tons of tapes if you want to listen to it
Why am I bringing this all out of the closet and opening myself up to the hate from the likes of (dis) and Skibby? Because I found this website called tv-links.co.uk it has a ton of crap on there. Movies, TV Shows and other media streaming. Yet, for some reason they have the entire library of Heiroglyphics videos!
Crap…check it out here.
I just gotta get me my old Heiro sweatshirt and rock out to Del Tha Funkee Homosapien again…just like the old days.
I forgot to add something from yesterday’s post:
Yep. That should do it.
July 25, 2007
Judging by this…
“Michael Rasmussen has been sent home for violating (the team’s) internal rules,” Rabobank team spokesman Jacob Bergsma told The Associated Press by phone.
The expulsion, which Bergsma said was ordered by the Dutch team sponsor, was linked to “incorrect” information that Rasmussen gave to the team’s sports director over his whereabouts last month. Rasmussen missed random drug tests May 8 and June 28.
It would appear to me that the sponsor, Rabobank is a little pissed off about being associated with an asshole.
I hate dopers. They are ruining our sport. People refuse to accept that the sport is on the brink of demise. Yet, they still dope. I don’t get it.
Part of me felt a little sorry for Moreni. First there is a picture of him finishing:
Did he know that this was what was going to happen?
You kind of feel sorry for the guy. He was probably just doping to stay with the pack.
People need to get honest.
Instead of blaming the labs, testers and media.
Homme. Set us straight…
Here are some tidbits from Cyclingnews.com in the past few days.
Let’s take a look at the reactions of some of the people in the Tour. **One Reaction Isn’t Quite Like The Others**
News of Vino’s test ripple throughout the sport
By Susan Westemeyer and Laura Weislo
The news of Vinokourov’s positive test drew strong reactions from the rest of the cycling world, from riders, team directors and fans alike, and could very well put sponsorships which are hanging by a thread to an end. T-Mobile is expected to announce its decision on whether to continue to support that team next week, and it remains to be seen if the sport’s general managers will be able to successfully spin the event into a positive light. The first reactions, however, were decidedly dreary, while later reactions revealed a glimmer of hope.
Eric Boyer, Team Manager, (Cofidis):
“I feel sick. I hope that Vinokourov won’t be a coward and deny everything. He said that he worked with Ferrari just for training plans. He always told us what a brave guy he is, that he is stronger than the pain, that the French ride behind everyone else because they are lazier. Now we see that he is a big bastard. These practices discredit all of cycling again.”
Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile Team):
“This is naturally very bad and I feel like Vinokourov has made a fool of me, but it shows that the controls work.”
Jonathan Vaughters Team Manager, (Team Slipstream):
“If you declare war on doping there will be some casualties. Sinkewitz and Vino are both signs that the UCI isn’t pulling any punches. Maybe its further damage to the sport’s reputation, but it serves to clean it up.
“It’s very good news for young riders. If people really want clean sport, this is what has to happen. The majority of the riders have cleaned up, so the few who persist are not trying to even the playing field, but instead are trying to cheat. They stick out like sore thumbs these days, and the UCI knows who they are.
“Anne Gripper, the new head of antidoping efforts at the UCI is a smart and tough Aussie lady. She will get the job done, no matter how much pain it causes, so my advice is to not mess with her. Nature culls sick herds of animals. Cycling is just going through a natural culling….sad to say, but true. The riders and teams that have chosen to be clean will survive this. We will too.”
The German media were quick to get reactions regarding the positive test from German Tour hopeful Andreas Klöden’s team-mate Vinokouorv. Radsport-aktiv.de, hosts of the Astana fan site provided some of the more emphatic reactions.
Rene Haselbacher (Team Astana):
“I am overwhelmed and absolutely shocked. I can’t say any more. We will still start the Sachsen Tour.”
Marc Madiot (Team Manager, Fdjeux):
“A surprise? Not really!”
Theo de Rooij, Team Manager, (Rabobank):
“It is amazing, how the results of doping controls are unpacked for the press. That was the case at the Giro and now it goes on that way. It is especially the French press, which has a very aggressive attitude.”
Roger Legeay, Team Manager, (Credit Agricole):
“What a shock. That is unbearable. Where do we go from here?
Jens Heppner, Team Manager (Team Wiesenhof):
“I don’t know what to say,” Heppner told the Associated Press. “How can you do something like that today. Vinokourov doesn’t really need any more money or fame. It only makes sense that the team leaves the Tour. Vino was always the leading figure, who brought on virtually all the sponsors. I find it too bad for Klöden, although he wouldn’t have been able to win the Tour anyway. So the team’s decision isn’t so hard for him.” He added that other doping cases may come to light. “It is still possible that more cases will be presented in the next few days. I wish the best for cycling, but it wouldn’t surprise me.”
Hmmmmm. Kind of funny that the only one not critical, or flabbergasted by the news is the Rabbobank Team Manager. Now, why would that be? They have a sponsor that has signed on for the next 5 years and they have the shadiest dude ever leading the actual tour.
Now lets move on to Floyd Landis’ reaction. **Sounds to me like someone has found out like his arbitration case came back against him and they are waiting till the tour is over to announce the findings.** People that defend this doper make me shiver.
The news Tuesday that Kazakh rider Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for homologous blood transfusion and that the Astana team will withdraw from the 2007 Tour de France raised a number of concerns with Floyd Landis. One of them was the question about fairness, which the California resident said was not adequately considered in the months leading up to the Floyd Landis trial in Malibu, California that alleged Landis used testosterone in the 2006 Tour de France.
“Just as in my case, LNDD (Laboratoire National de Dépistage du Dopage / National Anti-doping Laboratory) has leaked the test results to l’Equipe, permanently damaging Vino’s reputation and causing him to defend an allegation without any evidence. Furthermore, it is similar to my case because the LNDD’s leaked results have the potential to alter the outcome of the Tour de France before they have proved the alleged doping violation,” said Floyd.
Floyd is awaiting the results of the nine-day arbitration held on May 14. “Although we certainly are concerned about the impact of doping on sports, we hope that LNDD’s allegations will be supported by evidence, unlike Floyd’s case, for the sake of the Tour de France and all its riders,” said Landis’ attorney, Maurice Suh.
July 24, 2007
Thanks to Official Super-Rookie.com sponsor www.EuroDuds.com I have finally gotten the Team Kit I have desired:
(This photo is my attempt at looking pro with my Masi Bike and Behind-Bars water bottles)
h/t to Hotpinkevil! for the photo and original posting of this monstrosity.
Everyone should go over to EuroDuds and buy some stuff. Tell the owner, Lisa, that I sent ya and she will charge ya double! I must admit EuroDuds is probably the easiest site to go to and order all of the pro-stuff you have ever wanted, but were afraid to see if you could afford. The answer is that you can probably afford it!
I am waiting for the AG2R French National Kit. Yet, in the meantime I think I might have to go after the Unibet.com Question Mark kit. Cuz, that would be bad ass!
I enjoy going for rides in a pro kit. Why? Kind of like the reasoning behind Rasmussen and Vino’s “Men In Black” training rides in Europe, I like to not be bothered by the cyclotourists of the area i.e. I like to run stop signs and throw rocks at feral youth.
Get a pro kit and you can come on the secret rides with me. Thor Hushvold showed up today.
Vino got popped.
Not that big of a surprise really. Most educated people knew that he was one of the “Men in Black” and his performance in the TT and on Stage 15 reeked of raw sewage, but nonetheless another rider goes POP!
Naturally a I Believe Vino website has already popped up. H/T to Donny Quixote.
David Millar proved to me today why he is one of my favorite cyclists.
You can read it here, but this is the best quote ever when this type of bombshell news interrupts your team’s press conference about the charity work it is doing…
The news spread through the Tour press corps like an electrical current.
Journalists were attending a Saunier Duval-Prodir team press conference about the team’s plans to plant 1 million trees in Mali when the first story moved across the wire: Vinokourov positive for blood doping.
David Millar was the first rider to react to the news: “Jesus Christ – there you go, that’s my quote,” he blurted out. “What timing, huh? This is just f#cking great.”
Yeah. It is just f#cking great.
This doping shit is going to have a huge trickle down effect. It will effect everyone including the regional NVGP, the local MCF and everything. Cycling is a dirty sport. Just as dirty as the rest. It just has the reputation as being the dirtiest. What company will want to be mixed up with a dirty sport?
Gilby has a very good post about our late friend Eric Lappegard. She also has included my favorite comic Eric drew.
Act fast and pick up last week’s City Pages (The one with the Comix feature). Eric had a comic featured in it!
July 23, 2007
A few months after I created this site I got an email from Eric that read:
Your site really sucks. The only way it can get better is if you link my site. It has all my comics, bitch. Now link it or your site will continue to suck dick. http://www.ericlappegard.com (Biatch!)
Eric’s site is full of his comics and other cool stuff. He never did link my site on there, but how could I blame him? This site really did suck compared to his.
Here is the Minneapolis Bicycle Messenger Association website profile that Lappegard wrote for himself two years ago. When you read it closely you can really see the sense of humor that made Eric well-liked in the courier community.
Eric and I always got into these weird little tiffs over the stupidest things. My favorite one was when I first became a courier. I was a ‘greenhorn’ and didn’t know anything about working downtown. What I did know was that there were veterans and their were rookies. I was the new guy and the newest of the rookies. I was hoping to find some friends in my first week on the job.
After my first hard week on the job I found myself at a rock show in South Minneapolis. Across the room I saw Eric trying to put the moves on a lady. Being the person that I am I went up to him and started talking with him. He was a little frustrated as he was really really trying to talk to this girl. I finally asked him what his name was. I didn’t know. But, I wanted to know because I was hoping to find an ally downtown. He turned to me and looked at me and said, “I don’t tell rookies my name. You have to find it out for yourself.” I was a little pissed at that. Yet, I made it a mission to find out the name for the Skinny White Kid that worked for Metro.
The next week I went around asking the other couriers trying to describe the Skinny guy. Finally, someone told me that his name was Eric. Aha! I had it figured out. A few hours later that Monday I saw Eric making a drop at 60 S. 6th. I was way across the street, but I yelled at the top of my lungs “ERIC! I KNOW YOUR NAME.” Most people would instantly say, “Crap.” Eric instead just started laughing his skinny ass off. I must admit it was rather funny. He then rode over to me and properly introduced himself to me.
That was my first interaction with the Vegan Ninja and it will never be forgotten.
(here is Eric representing as always with the Stupor Bowl VIII shirt)
It is weird when you see someone everyday for 3+ years. You know them, but at the same time you don’t. I now regret that I didn’t know him better. Yet, Eric was a busy guy and we did see each other every month or so. I will miss talking with him about messenger politics and how we, as ex-messengers, totally know what is best for current messengers.
He was great at telling you what he thought and then sitting down with you 5min later and telling you that you are still wrong about it. It was very endearing in a weird kind of way.
We will miss you Eric.
The MBMA needs to put another rock out for our fallen at the Bench when it is completed. Perhaps we can have a little get together and remember our friend when the renovation is complete.
We lost a good friend earlier this morning. His name was Eric, but he liked to be called The Vegan Ninja.
I worked with Eric downtown for three years as a courier. He was friendly and was always ready to tell you his feelings.
He wasn’t just into bicycles either. He had a tremendous love for comic books as well. At last years Stupor Bowl pre-party he told me his favorite was Dare Devil. He then proceeded to rip Ben Affleck for his portrayal in the movie. It was realy quite hilarious.
Eric raced the track in Blaine a few years ago. He was planning on making it back up to Blaine in August if he didn’t move away to Portland. We would of loved to have him up there again, especially with his trademark World Championship wool jersey.
I will miss Eric greatly. He was an awesome guy to have around and an even better opponent for meaningless debates.
Eric passed in the middle of the night due to injuries sustained about 1.5weeks ago in a car accident in Washington. He was on the way to see his sister in Portland.
I will miss The Vegan Ninja.