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07-23-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

How in the heck did one4smoke stay in front of...

How in the heck did one4smoke stay in front of me?

Nibali and Adam better do something in the Alps, or I'm coming for them! It's the only way I'll stay close enough in the mountains for Ewan to...
07-23-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

OK lads, when the scoring comes in later today,...

OK lads, when the scoring comes in later today, that will be my foot you feel on your throats. BAM! I'm not dead yet.

Then I'm going to suffer like a suffering thing over the next few days in the...
07-23-19, 03:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,134
Posted By slcbob

Who are the Bill Belichick / Phil Jackson types...

Who are the Bill Belichick / Phil Jackson types of the UCI World Tour? The ones that can take the problem children and riff raff of the league and have them get on board?

Rohan is in the TT...
07-23-19, 03:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By slcbob

Tremendous! There goes the neighborhood? Is...

Tremendous!

There goes the neighborhood? Is there now some concern that the Col d'Iozard will look like a library as all the #MeToo...
07-23-19, 03:37 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

OK, I'll bite. 1 Bernal 2 Pinot 3 Thomas...

OK, I'll bite.

1 Bernal
2 Pinot
3 Thomas
4 Kjrjuisjwijjkj
5 Buchmann

I don't want it to be true, and maybe by predicting I, too, am giving him a fighting chance, but I think when the moment...
07-22-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

We all have our little ride casualties. Well,...

We all have our little ride casualties. Well, except for the guys transferring. For me, Rohan taking his ball and going home moments before the ITT added insult to my self-injury of picking him by...
07-20-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Well, wow. Not what I expected to see. Some...

Well, wow. Not what I expected to see.

Some crazy days on the road. I look forward to catching up on the DVR. The outcomes are quite a surprise.

It's getting tight at the top of the fantasy...
07-18-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Disregard my last. :) I was wrong in...

Disregard my last. :)

I was wrong in Trumpian proportions.
07-18-19, 03:22 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I had a small churning in my nether regions...

I had a small churning in my nether regions thinking it might be Nibali, and even briefly pondered a Bahrain Merida power move by him and Dennis to get away on the downhill and power home. Then I...
07-17-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

You should feel downright good about that one. I...

You should feel downright good about that one. I was feeling overly smug when Naesen tried earnestly to make the break and get reeled in before they got away. Heck, Calmejane actually made this one,...
07-16-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Rest day reflection: yes, Colbrelli and van Aert...

Rest day reflection: yes, Colbrelli and van Aert would have been good picks.

I almost predicted that there would be a rest day casualty. I'm glad to see there wasn't, and that I am almost able to...
07-16-19, 04:35 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Our values: Honor Integrity Lack of...

Our values:
Honor
Integrity
Lack of Commitment


Our picks? THIS SHALL NOT STAND.
07-14-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Yes, it has pretty much settled in to a rhythm...

Yes, it has pretty much settled in to a rhythm contrived by conventional wisdom unconstrained by hard choices.

So what do you say? How about a free transfer for anyone who is willing to exchange a...
07-13-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 736
Posted By slcbob

^^ you only have to glance at that pic to see why...

^^ you only have to glance at that pic to see why one is the climber who can sprint and the other is the sprinter who can climb but isn't so easily pushed off a wheel.

Perhaps the Terry Tate of...
07-13-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

^ I heard the same report. Was that Steve Porino...

^ I heard the same report. Was that Steve Porino gossiping from the back of the moto while he fiddled with the musette? I suspect there's a shred of truth to it as being an new area of marginal...
07-11-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

How about G today? He was getting the Kaiser Jan...

How about G today? He was getting the Kaiser Jan 2.0 doughnut boy shade, and dropped 5 sec the other day, but all present and correct on the steep gravel road.

I hope that does not bode poorly for...
07-11-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 739
Posted By slcbob

Do the different providers mix their own from the...

Do the different providers mix their own from the individual cameras? Or is it one feed mixed by ASO? I always thought it was the latter. Perhaps it's changing with ubiquitous bandwidth, etc.
07-10-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I am glad to see that: - Oliver Naesen gave it...

I am glad to see that:
- Oliver Naesen gave it the old college try for me. He just couldn't get away and make the selection.
- My assessment that the other polka dot hunters wouldn't let Wellens...
07-10-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,695
Posted By slcbob

If it's a smart TV, then download the NBCSports...

If it's a smart TV, then download the NBCSports App which is the new way you watch your NBC Sports Gold subscriptions. Watch it on the app.

That works on my TV with the Roku OS. Perhaps other...
07-10-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,940
Posted By slcbob

If they need someone to tone it down a bit, I...

If they need someone to tone it down a bit, I think Zabriskie is still available.

Though they may be making a run at Eurosport's "The Breakaway" recap. Dave and Floyd teaming up in "The Bake-away"...
07-10-19, 06:00 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

We should have clarified....the LATE break....

We should have clarified....the LATE break. :innocent:
07-09-19, 11:32 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

That's exactly what it sounded like. Glad you're...

That's exactly what it sounded like. Glad you're grooving with my pict pick. OK, so it's a break!

Careful with that axe, Eugene and Deceunik. Don't chop up our divine prognostications.
07-09-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,240
Posted By slcbob

:troll: :roflmao2: :thumb:

:troll: :roflmao2: :thumb:
07-09-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Out on a limb for stage 5. Too soon for a break...

Out on a limb for stage 5. Too soon for a break to survive? Oliver Naesen is my man, just to rub it in that I didn't put him on my team. Perhaps with de Marchi in the mix. If I'm wrong about all...
07-09-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I am going to cling honorably to my malshapen...

I am going to cling honorably to my malshapen team until the bitter end. Then, at the bitter end, if I am behind my nemeses (or is it nemesii?), I may throw a wobbly and hit either the spoil sport...
07-09-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Posted By slcbob

I'm an Ahlaphilippe fan! Particularly now. I...

I'm an Ahlaphilippe fan! Particularly now. I forgive him ripping the yellow out J-V's hands because he came through and won me that drink that I get to claim at some point in San Diego, instead of...
07-08-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 968
Posted By slcbob

Tremendous on-bike footage here ...

Tremendous on-bike footage here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41BO7_pr_R0

Just a whole lot of closeness in the peloton. It includes clips from just in front of Fuglsang having his bike swept...
07-08-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Well I see some interesting things in our little...

Well I see some interesting things in our little league.

a) Someone is making it interesting! A challenger!!

b) Someone is making it controversial! Our very own lead flip flopper has made two...
07-08-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By slcbob

^ but don't they show that in the middle of the...

^ but don't they show that in the middle of the night down there? What a PITA! :innocent:

Glad it works.

Two notes while I see them, just in case they are in play for you in the future or...
07-08-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Posted By slcbob

Wow. What a statement. On another note --...

Wow. What a statement.

On another note -- I'm still looking for Nibali to sit up, lose some time, and become a breakaway threat like he floated to the media. Not today. Nothing spectacular about...
07-08-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Posted By slcbob

So everybody except Ahlaphilippe? OK, I'll take...

So everybody except Ahlaphilippe? OK, I'll take him, give me 3 to 1 (I'm generous, you picked 5) and let's talk turkey. :roflmao:

I say Teunissen opens up his suitcase full of courage and pulls...
07-07-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 968
Posted By slcbob

I found Horner's comment interesting, that Cav...

I found Horner's comment interesting, that Cav wouldn't survive stage 6 if he made it past 3 and 4, and shouldn't want to be there on those terms.

I'm not sure if that was Horner talking out of...
07-07-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,240
Posted By slcbob

Wow. About 5 times as much activity on the Lance...

Wow. About 5 times as much activity on the Lance has a podcast thread as there is about some little old race going on.

Wasn't there a Lance forum and/or a no drugs policy a while back?

Haters...
07-07-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,940
Posted By slcbob

They were talking about Thomas but, yeah. ...

They were talking about Thomas but, yeah.

VdV was talking diagnosis, Horner was talking "hit your head = concussion or at least lost a step". They'll sort it out. Horner will realize words have...
07-07-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Jumbo Visma! On fire. And Katusha -- sure didn't...

Jumbo Visma! On fire. And Katusha -- sure didn't see that coming!

Legit disappointment here in my Mitchelton-Scott pick for stage 2. It was pure hallucination with Lotto, mitigated only by the...
07-07-19, 02:18 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I share your expectations for wide swings of...

I share your expectations for wide swings of exceptionalism from Movistar.
07-06-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

No. The Spanish will TT slightly better than the...

No. The Spanish will TT slightly better than the French. I think of all the favorites, Roman steps off on stage 3 deepest in the hole.
07-06-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By slcbob

I used StrongVPN when I was overseas and it...

I used StrongVPN when I was overseas and it worked well. Came recommended by many.
07-06-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By slcbob

You can buy a VPN service and then put yourself...

You can buy a VPN service and then put yourself in Europe and watch on Eurosport, I think still for free. Or maybe Canada (Flo Bikes) but I'm not sure how the service signup will work, you may need...
07-06-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

P.S. a saved round on allowed regrets -- Paul....

P.S. a saved round on allowed regrets -- Paul. Nice highlight clip by NBC, nice article in Velonews. I'm sure there were some words in the airing that I may hear on tape delay. End of an era. Riders...
07-06-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,940
Posted By slcbob

Speaking of not pulling any punches, Outside...

Speaking of not pulling any punches, Outside magazine is giving Lance a platform. Since he's PNGd he has no restraint, but supposedly is very fair (if at times blunt) to the riders. We'll see.

I...
07-06-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

GROAN-awegen. Ouch. Did one of Elia's boys make...

GROAN-awegen. Ouch. Did one of Elia's boys make that happen?

Oh well. No regrets about not picking Teunnison. Well, no rational regrets. The only regrets I will allow myself this year are...
07-05-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I hope we don't see this in the closing...

I hope we don't see this in the closing kilometers.
5000 bikers, cycling 50mph downhill with a choke 15 yards wide, what could go wrong (2019/)...
07-05-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

P.S. so my focus shifts now to down-selecting...

P.S. so my focus shifts now to down-selecting amongst the many paths not taken with riders (and now teams? !!) added only to be subtracted. Its best to consolidate on a short list of legit regrets --...
07-05-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I, too, predict chaos but my spin is that the new...

I, too, predict chaos but my spin is that the new blue train puts Viviani into yellow.

I am revisiting my lineup searching for more hard men. This tour and this scoring system play to the...
07-04-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

So what do you think? Is Wout van Aert going to...

So what do you think? Is Wout van Aert going to be consumed as a domestique for GroainingWagon and the Human Coat Hanger? Or is he going to break out and crush it on these lumpy stages?

I used to...
07-04-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

Yeah, that sounds about right. Ponder a lot. Make...

Yeah, that sounds about right. Ponder a lot. Make some decisions. Then second-guess them.

A good m.o. for the Tour is to do the opposite of what ooga-booga does. Maybe copy a little from dstrong....
07-03-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,337
Posted By slcbob

Is that Kaiser Jan over his right shoulder?

Is that Kaiser Jan over his right shoulder?
07-03-19, 03:58 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

+1 to that. Despite my knee jerk prodding and...

+1 to that. Despite my knee jerk prodding and reminiscing of past transfer-fueled magnificence, I'm all for the KISS rule on this Big 5 little game.

Clearly that means we'll all get crushed in the...
07-02-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,823
Posted By slcbob

I checked with the thread police. They're fine...

I checked with the thread police. They're fine with you opening up a TdF thread for general discussion, MinnMan. Or several.

You need not indulge here in ooga-booga's perverse fantasies.
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