“Playas, they gonna play.
And haters, they gonna hate.
Ballers, they gonna ball.
Shot callers, they gonna call.
That ain’t got nothin’ to do
With me and you…”
“Playas, they gonna play.
In case that image doesn’t reproduce well, here it is again:
Remember US Cycling Legend Roy Knickman? Recently, his 13 year-old son Andreas was diagnosed with cancer.
“Sep 11, 2009 – NEWBURY PARK, CALIF.–Newbury Park teen Andreas Knickman was diagnosed with bone cancer on July 8, 2009 and immediately underwent surgery to repair his leg and to remove a nodule in his lung. He is now receiving chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.”
You can learn more about Andreas’s current state via CaringBridge.org.
[Editor’s note: yes, a special thanks to Doucheblog for the heads up and for reposting information on this tragic story, which is an unjust companion to the illness of the son of another cycling great who is also a friend of Pappillon.]
Hat Tip to Burt: “This is good: Popular Mechanics puts together a well written article on the crap that passes for Forensic Science in light of numerous prosecutions based on bite mark evidence, ballistics IDs, and fingerprinting being overturned as a result of more reliable data becoming available (e.g., DNA analysis). Good stuff to think about if you’re ever called to Jury Duty.” – Burt Hoovis (Lance Armstrong Doped)
Article lead: “Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. PM takes an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars…”
Per the recommendation of Burt Hoovis, Pappillon features its first-ever poll: Which velo-drama will happen first?
[NOTE: Poll is in right-side menu bar at top of the column —->]
This Cycling Death Watch asks the question: will Rock Racing kick the bucket before Philly, leaving Paco Mancebo on the dole, or will the race once known as the CoreStates United States Pro Cycling Championship (which was won by Roberto Gaggioli of all people in 1988) disappear from the calendar and fade into the wikipedia category, “Defunct cycling races,” alongside former monuments like the Thrift Drug Classic and the Tour de Trump?
I’m not a gambling man, but if I was, I’d still have no idea how to handicap this or even offer odds. So, if anyone from the old Sportsbook.com team is in my audience, please feel free to lay down some odds in a comment to this post.
I’ll leave option #3 in the poll until you guys tell me in great enough numbers that it’s inappropriate or otherwise confusing the issue (guess not, didn’t realize that once a vote is cast the poll can no longer be edited)…and Gag’, if you’re out there and can email me a digital photo of you crossing the line at Corestates, or even a scan of the old Michelin advert., I’d appreciate it.
Finally, anyone else like how this image (reproduced on the right) shows up on page three of a Google search for photos of Gag‘? And no, that is not Gaggioli’s ex-wife Lynn, who can be seen in the screen cap below…
Several times it’s been suggested to me by everyone from friends to members of the mainstream media (and friends in the mainstream media) that I should write a book about my “life story.” The saga of Yuliet’s escape from Cuba and flight across Europe before being kidnapped and forcibly repatriated is terrible – but compelling – and my insights into the dark world of doping in sport (ie., what really goes on and how it happens) are two segments of what could be an engaging (if short) read. Think an American version of “Breaking the Chain”, except not just about doping (and with a better cover)!
Love, betrayal, international intrigue, Apache gunships, juvenille humor (for that I’d consult Burt Hoovis), crime, punishment, redemption, confusing sentence structures, gratuitous use of foreign words…it would be a classic in our time!
Until then, I thought I’d provide you all with an anecdote about one way in which I saw an anti-doping control defeated…BUT – I’ll have to get back to this later as I have a meeting in Robinson in 45min.