Anti-Doping In Sports: The New Front In The War On Drugs
Brian Alexander writes:
If you’re like most Americans, you watched the Tour de France for about five minutes, and cheered when Armstrong won. You know a little about his cancer charity, and that he dated a pop star. And that’s about the extent of emotional energy you’ve expended. Since I’ve written a lot about doping in sports – and delved into how anti-doping agencies like the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) conduct business – I’ve expended a lot more energy on your behalf.
So here’s the thing you need to know: The USADA takedown of Armstrong matters, and it could effect everybody. Because it will enhance the power and reach of a private, non-profit business that has managed to harness the power of the federal government in what’s quickly becoming a brand new war on drugs … with all the same pitfalls brought to you by the first war on drugs. [...]
In an eerie echo of the tactics used by the American House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare days, the Australian agency issued a call this past November “to anyone involved with, or has information about, doping activity in the sport of cycling to come forward and talk before someone else accuses them of doping.” If you talk first, you can get credit for snitching. If you wait, well, who knows what somebody else might say about you?
Wired Playbook: Why Lance Armstrong’s Confession Should Make You Worry
See also: Hacking your body: Lance Armstrong and the science of doping
The Vegan Body Building Movement
“Is it possible to be a good bodybuilder and be a vegan? Yes,” said Jose Antonio, the chief executive of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. “But is it ideal? No.”
Vegan bodybuilders may face challenges getting sufficient amino acids, found in meats, Antonio said, adding that although protein can be found in vegetables and nuts, they must be consumed in greater quantities to get the same amount as their counterparts in meat. “The amount of rice and beans you need to eat would fill up a Mexican restaurant,” he said.
Other nutritionists and bodybuilders have argued that a disciplined vegan diet, consisting of things like hemp-based protein supplements, peanut butter, nuts, vegetables and legumes, can yield similar, if not better, results than a meat- or dairy-filled diet. Carefully monitored, vegans can get the same amount of protein with less fat or toxins, they argue. (For a midafternoon snack, Sitko sometimes eats 10 bananas.)
New York Times: Sculptured by Weights and a Strict Vegan Diet
(via Roope Mokka)
The Fast and the Flashy at Burning Man Ultramarathon
With outfits ranging from skimpy to salacious, some 30 bleary-eyed runners completed the first-ever Burning Man Ultramarathon, proving that arid weather and late-night parties weren’t enough to derail even the most dedicated Burner athletes from slogging 30 miles through sand, sun and dust.
After months of planning, organizer Cherie Yanek and 36 other competitors kicked off the race at 5 am on September 1. Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees and onlookers included party-goers who hadn’t yet called it a night. There were no dust storms — a frequent concern during the annual gathering at Black Rock City — though temperatures did climb roughly 40 degrees by the time the final runner crossed the finish line shortly after 12:30 pm.
Wired: The Fast and the Flashy at Burning Man Ultramarathon
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Wipes Nose With Steelers Terrible Towel
Just don’t bring a goat to the game…
“Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon wiped his nose with a Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel during a pep rally earlier this week. Moments before, the Cardinals mascot wiped his underarms with the yellow towel, which has become a symbol of the Steelers organization. Fans in the crowd chanted “Burn It!” in reference to the Terrible towels.
[..] Such antics aren’t likely to go over well in Steeler Nation. Earlier this season, the Tennessee Titans were accused of disrespecting the team after LenDale White and Keith Bulluck were seen stomping on Terrible Towels during the Titans regular season win over the Steelers. Defensive end Jevon Kearse wiped his nose with a Terrible Towel in front of TV cameras. Even though the Steelers are in the Super Bowl and the Titans were knocked out to the post-season early, some Pittsburgh players aren’t over it. “The Steeler gods are always with us, so you never know,” cornerback Deshea Townsend said with a smile.”
(via Now Public)
Predictions on The Beijing Olympic Games
I predict an interesting week in China. Seeing that this is the Chinese “Year of The Rat”, I also predict an interesting election day in November. Here are some interesting astrological and numerological predictions for the week ahead from various sources on the net [picture via Reporters Without Borders]:
Hunter S. Thompson Column on ESPN Website
Apparently, Hunter S. Thompson had been writing a column on ESPN’s web site. However, it’s currently down for HST’s “summer vacation” to make a movie (involving Julia Roberts, or is it a joke? You never can tell with him…). Anyhoo, you can read the archives there and he says he will be back in the fall to cover football. (Link via Memepool).