Monday, March 23, 2015

Jon & Me (Updated)

The End....?

15 comments:

  1. Good start to the "dialogue". Maybe try this: "Yes, and how many other "serial bad actors" would be found out with a rigorous testing program?".

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  2. I think he meant to say "bad apple." What a joke. He gets caught, gets let off for no obvious reason, gets implicated again through biogenisis (26 entries with his name - which suggests he wasnt just getting his own) and nothing is done, then finally tests positive through USADA and the ITF couldn't just whitewash it. The only people less interested in catching dopers than the ITF are journalists like Wertheim.

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  3. How can it be about "chiefly a serial bad actor"? The first time he was busted his suspension was shortened for giving info on others. Remember Murray's "nobody likes a snitch" episode? Why is Jon being so obtuse? Is it deliberate?

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  4. Odesnik could forge a new career now and elevate himself into minor celebrity on the back of a half-decent 'tell-all' story. Would we believe it though? He might morph into the Floyd Landis of tennis where you don't know which half of what he says is actually true.

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    1. I get your point about Landis, but he knew where the really important bodies were buried. I doubt Odesnik has that level of info. Even it he does, his credibility is zero, as you hinted.

      (I am still curious why Odnesnik suddenly fails 3 tests, in 30 days, for 3 different prohibited agents after all that time......There's a story there........)

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    2. Was Landis really au fait with doping in cycling beyond what was going in in Phonak and US Postal? If Odesnik did talk it would certainly start to lift the lid on the occultic practices going on in tennis about which little is known for certain.

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    3. Whatever Landis knew about doping in other teams (I suspect it was not inconsequential, given the culture of that sport), he had sufficient knowledge to bring Armstrong down. That one act changed public perceptions about doping across all sports. In my view, he's no hero though (as opposed to Walsh et al). He just did what was expedient.

      I'd be shocked if Odesnik could do the same in tennis, although I agree that hearing the details would be interesting... I'm still perplexed about why he suddenly got caught....

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  6. Re: Nike renewing Justin Gatlin's sponsorship deal.....

    As I view it, this is one of sports darker moments. Essentially, one of sport's largest corporate entities is sending a message that only winning counts, and the end justifies the means (De facto, publicly endorsing doping). I suspect there's another untold story there.

    I'll never buy a NIke product again.

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  7. Nice little dialogue there, until the skin got too thin.

    Arcus' question above might be reframed as a simple query to the experienced investigative journalist, sweetened by an apology, since the end (keeping him engaged) might justify the means (an unnecessary obeisance): "Sorry about the snark. But really, what do you make of Odesnik suddenly failing 3 tests in 30 days for 3 different substances after all that time without any positives? Seems like there may be a story there."

    (prune it down for Twitter)

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  8. Sorry for (somewhat) changing the topic:

    Nadal doesn't look his explosive self right now. However, history tells us that it is at this exact point that he should be going on a tear. So, is it possible that he has toned down his "regimen" this year or rather that he postponed it? Pure speculation obviously, but you never know* with this guy.

    *One thing you always know, is when he WON'T win a given tournament: he usually drops a hint at the beginning of the week, like last time in Miami: "I hurt my ankle practicing, BUT I have no intention of to forfeit playing." That way, his fans and some (most?) reporters continue pinning his poor play on the appendectomy, the knees, the ankle, the parents' divorce, the blue clay, the blisters... you get my drift. IMO, he will be very dangerous (and back on massive juice) when/if he ever says he feels 100% and confident, no pre-emptive excuses. We'll see in the next few months I guess.

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  9. Brazilian player, Alves Pereira Valle, banned for 2 years for testing positive for a stimulant

    Excuse was that it entered her system in a supplement that she ingested 7 MONTHS earlier......

    http://www.itftennis.com/news/202926.aspx

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  10. In other news .............

    "The International Tennis Federation announced today that it recognises and respects the lifetime period of ineligibility imposed on Laurenţiu Basarab (ROU) by the Romanian Anti-Doping Agency for the Administration of methandienone, a prohibited substance under Section S1.1(a) (Endogenous androgenic anabolic steroids) of the 2014 Prohibited List, to a minor."


    http://www.itftennis.com/news/202934.aspx#7HYi8qEdJpl8QQv2.99

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    1. ^ The doped athlete in this case is 16-year-old Elena Madalina Capraru......

      What has the world come to... Doping a 16 yr old girl...........

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