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The Gospel According to Floyd
February 11, 2011 7:28 AM   Subscribe


 
I was hoping for some Hucka Bucka Beanstalk.
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:40 AM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping for some Electric Mayhem.
posted by Jugwine at 7:52 AM on February 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


I was hoping for a haircut and the latest Mayberry gossip.
posted by rocket88 at 8:02 AM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was hoping for some Oogie.
posted by bDiddy at 8:06 AM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping for Roger Waters.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:18 AM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just wanted a lengthy, insightful, and honest interview with Floyd Landis. Guess I win today.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:24 AM on February 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was hoping for Keith and a nice glass of red.
posted by niceness at 8:31 AM on February 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was hoping for the musings of a small, pink mushroom.
posted by mippy at 8:41 AM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping for a reminder that if you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.
posted by dry white toast at 8:48 AM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping for a song that compares a bad relationship to the raising of the Iron Curtain.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:00 AM on February 11, 2011


That was not Verrry Scaaaaarrry.
posted by Eideteker at 9:02 AM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is a great interview. I'm not that far into it, but it seems to be striking the right note, and it's quite in depth. Thanks for posting it.
posted by OmieWise at 9:04 AM on February 11, 2011


I'm still bitter. I believed. I bought the book. Yet somehow I am also inexplicably fond of Landis. If I ever meet him I don't know if I'll slap him, ask for my money back, or just give him hug.

If you care about the Landis thing at all, this is a great piece.
posted by cccorlew at 9:15 AM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was hoping for Gary.
posted by Sailormom at 9:23 AM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


More Pink less Tour de France.
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:50 AM on February 11, 2011


Great find. Super in depth. Not much of it rings false.
posted by zerobyproxy at 9:56 AM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping to find out which one's Pink.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:14 AM on February 11, 2011


Floyd died for the sins of Achilles and the Ensign Seventh Class.
posted by straight at 10:29 AM on February 11, 2011


This is a great article, was hoping for a good discussion but the mystery meat post kinda derailed. Too bad.
posted by skewed at 10:33 AM on February 11, 2011


It's awesome to see NY Velocity getting a mention in the Blue.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 1:19 PM on February 11, 2011


I was hoping for less mystery meat.

Paul Kimmage [a sports journalist] interviewed Floyd Landis [a controversial cyclist] a few days before Thanksgiving of '10. Their 7 hour conversation was distilled into Kimmage's Sunday Times article published yesterday, meant for a general audience. Kimmage, however, felt that Landis' detailed views on cycling needed to be aired, so he offered us the transcript of their interview. Naturally we accepted. The transcript is presented here in the form Kimmage intended, with no edits from us.
posted by zamboni at 1:23 PM on February 11, 2011


I've got nothing to say.
posted by Floydd at 2:24 PM on February 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm sorry my framing (or lack thereof) of this post caused a derail.

I thought it was a fascinating interview with someone who is inexplicably, given his past behavior, somehow still a sympathetic figure.

Also (linked from the comments section of the interivew): Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad
posted by JeffL at 2:26 PM on February 11, 2011


Floyd died for the sins of Achilles and the Ensign Seventh Class.

Well, Floyd never actually came close to dieing.. Or at least no closer than the average drug/transfusion abusing pro cyclist. Ricardo Ricco, on the other hand...

Pro cycling is a cesspool. Fun to watch though :P
posted by Chuckles at 2:48 PM on February 11, 2011


Related, the thread on rider reaction to the Ricco news. It is a great encapsulation of the real problems underlying the media headlines.
posted by Chuckles at 2:49 PM on February 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:04 PM on February 11, 2011


What struck me was: "In hindsight I would say the bike was my drug - and maybe that’s the wrong word but it was, and ultimately anyone that rides a bike knows that’s what it is, it’s a drug, it’s an addiction."

Erm - let's not forget the obsessive ambition and the peer culture. But snark aside...

But I can in some way empathise with him - riding certainly makes me feel good, and leaves me wanting to do more of it (and I'm not alone - see this recent AskMe). But oh my, the muscle soreness and tiredness a few hours after a long ride. Now imagine some way of being able to somewhat mitigate that and still keep on riding next day and the next ...

I don't condone what he did, but for me this goes some way to explaining his 'inexplicably ... sympathetic figure'.
posted by KirkpatrickMac at 11:08 PM on February 11, 2011


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