Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Mongo stated over three weeks ago that I had decided to throw my considerable "juice" behind Liquigas. Well...the proof is in the chamois.
Franco Pellizotti wins Stage 17 like a man...with a breakaway. He and Ivan Basso sit third and fourth on GC with four stages left.
In Mongo's Giro Fantasy League, I still have six of my guys in the top ten on GC. We'll have to see how all the points shake out at the end of the week.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
A Terrible Loss
With its magnificent monuments and rolling green sea of headstones, Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most awe-inspiring landmarks in the United States. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors tour the grounds viewing the resting places of the famous, and not so famous, American veterans. On this particular Friday afternoon in March though, there would be no tour buses. Today...Lt. Bruce would be buried a hero.
Lt. Bruce, along with two hundred and forty seven other members of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, died in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland. They were on their way home from a peace-keeping mission in the Middle East. There were no survivors. Lt. Bruce's body was the last to be identified, and today, the last to be buried.
The Honor Guard, in their dress blues, marched with such synchronization it was as if they were marching as one. Behind them, two impeccable white stallions drew the cart containing the flag-draped coffin of Lt. Bruce. The procession of family and friends followed closely behind as stone-faced soldiers led the way down the winding road toward their final destination. If there was ever beauty in death, it was evident on this day.
When the procession reached the grave-site, the coffin was removed from the cart and placed on a stand next to the family. What followed was a touching and powerful eulogy. The flag on the coffin was then folded with razor-sharp precision on the cadence of the officer in charge. In its customary triangular shape, the flag was respectfully given to the mother of Lt. Bruce and the service closed with the traditional, yet moving, twenty-one-gun salute.
A teary-eyed friend in attendance who had known Lt. Bruce for nearly twenty years silently wished he could speak to him just one more time...But then, that was impossible.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Mother Nature got back at Mongo today...presumably for my vehicular squirrelcide from the other day. I got stormed on like a mofo at the end of my forty miles on Li'l Pony Express.
Riding stretched out and slammed on a flat-bar bike ain't comfortable. After about thirty miles your back/shoulders/neck begin to become pained and aggravated. Add horizontal rain and wet "everything" and...it's time to go home.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Mongo is now two thirds of the way to the "Triple Crown" of action sports related wild rodent killings. Several years ago, an unlucky Chipmunk was taken while I was on my mountain bike. Today, Mongo, in what was a kill or be killed situation, took out a full-sized, probably old and was going to die soon anyway, Squirrel...On my skateboard!
I have to say, Mongo saved his own ass with what was one of the most impressive high speed run-outs on concrete that you'll ever see.
I'll be heading down to Costa Rica soon to do some wakeboarding and hopefully complete the trifecta...I hear the Capybara are running this time of year.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Mongo has to admit that the Giro d'Italia this year has been highly entertaining so far. Most of the big name are still in it, except Mellow Johnny, and some of the young riders are starting to make statements of their own.
2. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE) Team Columbia - High Road in 33:13:48 at 0:13
3. Michael Rogers (AUS) Team Columbia - High Road in 33:14:19 at 0:44
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana in 33:14:26 at 0:51
5. Denis Menchov (RUS) Rabobank in 33:14:33 at 0:58
6. Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas in 33:14:49 at 1:14
7. Carlos Sastre Candil (ESP) Cervelo Test Team in 33:14:59 at 1:24
8. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana in 33:15:00 at 1:25
9. Franco Pellizotti (ITA) Liquigas in 33:15:10 at 1:35
10. David Arroyo Duran (ESP) Caisse D'epargne in 33:15:24 at 1:49