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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

An Idea

Are USA Cycling racing categories designed to a) protect against sandbaggers taking victories from lesser riders or b) protect "better", "more experienced" riders from the great unwashed masses?

If the answer is the former, I completely understand. And there should be something to protect against that.

However, if the answer is the latter, I don't get it. For instance, let's say a Category 4 rider has the skill and fitness to compete in a Category 1/2 race -- why shouldn't he/she be able to? What's the harm? Why, in essence, keep a legitimately strong rider from competing? Does meeting some arbitrary "minimums" suddenly make someone a credible rider? I don't think so.

Thus, why does USA Cycling even bother to have upgrade minimums? If someone is stoopid enough to upgrade to a level beyond their competence, why stop them? They will get shelled anyway, so no one will be out anything.

Thoughts?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Where have you been, Tuffy?

a) I've been outside. Get there. It's wonderful
b) I've taken on a second job. Have to get some extra cash for the H3 I'm buying this summer.

PS: My NCAA bracket is in shards. I'll post the final tally next week.

Finally: Looks like Ale-Jet Petacchi is giving Erik Zabel a run for his money as "best lead-out man in the world".

Sunday, March 18, 2007

How did I do?

Florida
Maryland
Oregon
Wisconsin
Kansas
Southern Illinois
Pitt
UCLA
North Carolina
Texas
Washington State
Georgetown
Ohio State
Tennessee
Louisville
Memphis

That makes me 39-9 overall.

However, my bracket is cooked. The Texas loss did me in...

A Star is Born?

Discovery Channel's Alberto Contador spent his week winning two stages of Paris-Nice and the overall GC, thanks to an escape on the final climb on the final stage.

Just 24, could Contador be a "star on the rise" to complement, then displace, Disco's Ivan Basso?

Went riding with SuperRookie yesterday...

Went riding with SuperRookie yesterday. At one point, we came upon another unknown rider and SR decided he wanted to beat the bloke to the city limit sign just up ahead.

Here's what happened (with thanks to HotPinkEvil for getting all of this on her hot, pink, and evil digital camcorder):

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Just so you can play along at home...

Here are Tuffy's 2nd Round Picks:
Florida
Maryland
Oregon
Wisconsin
Kansas
Southern Illinois
Pitt
UCLA
North Carolina
Texas
Washington State
Georgetown
Ohio State
Tennessee
Louisville
Memphis

Good luck in your pool(s)!

Friday, March 16, 2007

If a tree falls in the woods...

If you fill out the best bracket you've ever completed but don't enter it...

I just checked my NCAA men's basketball bracket after all the first round games were completed.

My results? Of 32 games, my record right now is 28-4. Twenty-eight and four. I can't friggin' believe it.

The part I can't believe the most? I'm not in any tourney pools. Not one.

I filled out a bracket on Tuesday morning, meant to enter a bunch of friends' pools, and never got around to it.

Now, I'm stuck with my masterpiece, and potentially nothing to show for it.

Here are the games I got wrong...
Texas Tech over Boston College -- I'm a Bob Knight fan. What can you say?
Duke over VCU -- When in doubt, go with the better program. Except for this year.
Gonzaga over Indiana -- Couldn't really care less about these two teams.
Villanova over Kentucky -- Really thought this was Tubby's swan song.

But...here's the best part:
All the winning teams of the games I got wrong I have going out in the next round anyway...

Overjoyed and completely frustrated at the same time...

PS: Here's my Final Four...
Oregon
Kansas
Texas
Memphis

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cat's Outta The Bag

[image caption] LGR womens phenom King Kongsley in the formerly mysterious LGR '07 kit.

Flipped Out


Flip Saunders-to-U of M Update:
Source: "There's zero chance of Flip Saunders coaching at Minnesota."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Oh...

...and this makes five posts in one day. A new record.

Search Terms

The second highest search term for the site today was "horse+pussy"...

Grumpy's / LGR Update


Just an update on my new cycling team, Grumpy's / LGR, for all of you who don't read SuperRookie's site...

The team got our first result of the season on Saturday as King Kongsley strolled to a sweet 4th place finish in a race out on the Left Coast.

The same day, seven LGR riders embarked on the first serious team ride of the year heading east out of the Twin Cities towards Afton. A great ride was somewhat tempered by some mechanical issues, but a good time/workout was had by all.

The weekend was topped off by a team meeting on Sunday evening. I think the thing that I'm most excited about with this squad was visible on Sunday night in the form of:
--a tremendous vision for the future of a brand new team
--a willingness by everyone involved to contribute to the team
--a willingness by team leadership to delegate authority and to be open to new ideas
--a commitment to transparency in team communication and function
--a great sense of positivity about the team and the season to come

I'm happy to be a part of LGR.

Shop X

Let me take a minute to clarify my position on Shop X:

I have no beef with Shop X. My dealings with Shop X were always professional and smooth. Shop X has good employees, helpful and dedicated in all capacities. Shop X was a fine sponsor.

Bottom line: I AM NOT TRASHING SHOP X.

But, when you put out a shop calendar and don't bother to include the team that you sponsor, well, that's kind of stoopid, I think.

Uniform Nooz


New San Diego Chargers uniforms with the image courtesy of wherever UniWatchBlog.com pulled it from.
The big news here is the white helmet and the inclusion of powder blue as an old/new color.
Click on the image for better detail/resolution.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sponsorship Nooz


So, it seems like everyday that my decision to switch teams for the '07 season was the right one.

Today's case-in-point:
I'm still on the mailing list from my old teams' shop sponsor. Checked my mail today, and lo and behold, the new Shop X Bike Race / Event Calendar. I paged through it looking for some sweet pics of my old squad.

What did I find?

Not one picture of my old team.

Shop X's owner couldn't find one month out of the twelve to publicize the only true team flying his name. Not one fucking month. Not even February, fer chrissakes.

Oh, there were pictures of riders from other local teams, though. There were infinitely more pictures of Grand Performance/SPBRC and Loon State riders than there were of my old squad.

And, in the shop owner's final "Tuffy's Old Squad Can Kiss My Ass" salute, the shop owner found the space to include not one, not two, but three pictures of himself -- including the mf'ing cover.

Must be a proud day for the old team...

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Chas Walters: Commenting on the Youth of America

[image caption] Reed Larson thinks that the kids of today have a lot of shit between their ears.


From the St. Paul Pioneer-Press column of Charlie Walters:
Former Detroit Red Wings star Reed Larson, on his alma mater, Minneapolis Roosevelt, having had just one player on a City Conference hockey co-op team this season: "I know there's a whole bunch of trophies in the hallway at Roosevelt just collecting dust, and I don't know if all that history means anything anymore to those people in the hallways."

No, Mr. Larson, your hockey experiences of the 1970s don't mean shit to those kids. They look at that trophy case not for the plastic-on-marble exhibits exemplifying the past athletic acheivements and glory of their fellow Mpls Roosevelt Teddies, but, instead, in hopes of seeing their beautiful reflection in the glass.

Here's a better explanation of why:

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Prepared to be stoopified

The baddest kits on Planet Tuffy have arrived in Tuffy Town. Prepare to be stoopified.

And don't forget the sunglasses.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ranking the 2007 ProTour Team Kits

20. Discovery Channel
Likes: Nothing, really; this is a terrible, terrible kit
Dislikes: Color combo; Vertical sponsor name; Huge planet on hip; Asymmetry; Yellow cuff for guy who doesn't even ride anymore


19. Liquigas
Likes: The shade of green they use has possibilities, though it's a remnant from a former sponsor
Dislikes: That striping (which continues onto the bibs) is an absolute eyesore; Blech



18. Astana
Likes: The fact that this team no longer has to dress up in those Liberty-Seguros clown suits
Dislikes: One word -- teal; More words -- fellas, get rid of the Liberty-Seguros kit template already!





17. Saunier-Duval
Likes: The interplay between the white and yellow; the fact that its not their 2006 kit
Dislikes: There are better ways to do yellow/white/black (see: Tinkoff); plus, they're using that same asymmetrical grey stripe, a la 2003 FDJ





16. Euskaltel-Euskadi
Likes: Well, it's unique
Dislikes: Orange with green accents? Really? At least they're going with orange/black bibs this year








15. Rabobank
Likes: Blue and orange can look really good
Dislikes: Blue and orange look really bad here; asymmetry




14. Unibet.com
Likes: Good color scheme and good logo
Dislikes: The logo is too small on the chest and those fading polka-dots remind you of the Birchwood spanks ("spanks" is used lovingly)




13. Bouygues Telecom
Likes: It looks like they've darkened up the blue a tone or two since last year
Dislikes: Still looks a little off; the Bouygues Telecom logo sucks; asymmetry




12. Predictor-Lotto
Likes: They went out on a major limb using a unique color
Dislikes: Their sponsor is a pregnancy test and it doesn't look pink, it looks salmon; asymmetry




11. Gerolsteiner
Likes: It's not terrible
Dislikes: They've lost their way since they traded navy for baby blue a few years ago; ab graphics; asymmetry




10. AG2R
Likes: It's unique and not quite terrible. Blue/yellow/white are ok together.
Dislikes: Blue/yellow/white don't look great together (hear me, LSC?); what's with that graphic on the gut?







9. Lampre
Likes: Very original; makes asymmetry look good; blue/hot pink work well together
Dislikes: No real changes from 2006 kit




8. Milram
Likes: A very classic kit template; the more you look at it, the more you like it
Dislikes: They've added a red stripe to the bibs this year to match the chest, but it doesn't look all that good





7. Caisse d'Espargne
Likes: The pattern in the black gives a "textured" look; black/red/white is always cool
Dislikes: What's with the red shoulder triangles?







6. T-Mobile
Likes: The only true classic in the ProTour right now; T-Mobile's had this same template in place since they switched their name from Team Telekom
Dislikes: I'm all about UNICEF and poor kids in Africa...except when it messes with good kit design




5. Cofidis
Likes: Finally, someone picked up the Saeco all-red kit torch; a massive improvement from their 2005-06 kits, which were terrible
Dislikes: The red front / white back could work, or it could look hideous; whoever the fat model was who modeled this jersey; phone numbers on a kit






4. Francaise des Jeux
Likes: Simple. Stylish. White.
Dislikes: When they use those blue bibs in the Classics -- let's hope they don't this year






3. CSC
Likes: Black/red/white looks good, with the bonus of more red this year; the ab graphics; the "feather" shoulder graphics
Dislikes: Their best kit was the 2004 version, and they're moving farther away from that kit every year






2. Quick-Step
Likes: A very classy, and classic, look for 2007; Solid blue with grey sleeves -- nice, simple, understated
Dislikes: That Boonen's not in the rainbow kit this year






1. Credit-Agricole
Likes: Great color scheme; great interplay between jersey and bibs (white highlights continue onto bibs)
Dislikes: That they don't win more

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Speed-Reading CNN.com This Afternoon

[image caption] "After I huffed and I puffed, I still never really thought that I could go ahead and blow y'all's houses down. And for that, I'm sorry," said Bush.


After speed-reading the front page of CNN.com this afternoon, I'm amazed more people aren't talking about these strange news stories.

For instance, I learned that Steven Speilberg, along with being an Academy Award-winning director, is also an art thief. When his alter-ego was discovered by the FBI, Speilberg holed himself up in his Norco, California home. Soon after, the FBI started a fire to try to smoke Speilberg out, only to find him holding over a million rounds of ammo. The FBI also found that Speilberg was in the beginning stages of digging a tunnel to China.

In other news, the hot air constantly emitted by President Bush caused a tornado in Alabama and Georgia. After apologizing for his gaffe, Bush urged citizens affected by the storm to, "Hang in there."

Thursday, March 01, 2007

NASCAR Trivia


Trivia time for all you NASCAR dorks out there (and you know who you are)...


QUESTION: In Spring 2001, Dale Earnhardt Jr. visited the Twin Cities. While in our fair metropolis, which of the following did "Junior" NOT do?

OPTIONS:
a) Make out with a Budweiser sales representative in a posh Minneapolis hotel
b) Ride the Zamboni at a Minnesota Wild game
c) Visit the HUB Hobby Center at MN Hwy 36 and Rice Street


Post your best guesses in the Comments section. If there is a tie, bonus points will be awarded to the person who picks the correct answer AND explains why that answer is not true.