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Archive for October, 2007

house calls

why are we so intrigued, enamored, captivated, insulted, annoyed, challenged and otherwise obsessed with Hugh Laurie’s character House? is the character really a genius, or is the character pure genius?

of all the hospital-centric television offerings, House is my favorite. the stories are intelligent; the cast believable. House appeals to the side of me that wants to be as blunt and straightforward with some people as they deserve to be, rather than treat them as gently as they do not. but, then, that would be considered bad karma for me. if you think about it, House lives in the lower regions of Dante’s Inferno, in spite, or perhaps due to, his genius.

who cares. he’s an entertaining character. if television is about entertainment, this is one show that holds up to its end of the bargain.

among my other favorites: Project Runway, Kitchen Nightmares, Monk. i have some sort of “connection” with the eccentric. we all do, or at least a good many of us do; enough that we have shows like House to entertain us. speaking of which, the show is on now and calling to me. cya

Landis loses and so does pro cycling

By now, you’ve heard the news: Floyd Landis has been banned from the Tour de France for 2 years and stripped of his yellow jersey. Regardless the unhappy outcome, I still believe Floyd Landis was the victim of unfair and corrupt laboratory results and judgement. I believe that any substances that would have been found in his blood tests would have been as a result of medications he may have been taking for his hip.

Landis loses the yellow jersey and what should have been his legacy. Sadly, pro cycling also loses. I don’t disagree with banning those who really are guilty of deliberate doping. I do disagree with the vengeance that the Tour organizations seem to have waged against Floyd. He was on Armstrong’s winning team, after all. Are we really supposed to believe that Bruyneel and Armstrong would put up with doping with all they had at stake?

Judging by the depth of doping allegations that have proven true among the cyclists, it’s evident that they’re really not much different from our own pro athletes who have been accused or convicted of drug abuse, or worse. However, it seems just a little too apparent that the organizations involved with the TDF just can’t stand the fact that the Tour winners haven’t been French.

Of course, it doesn’t matter what I believe; what matters is what Floyd knows to be true. Here’s what he had to say last month.

I know, I’m a little late in saying anything. Sorry, been busy with other stuff and not taking care of my own stuff.