Leading Off (8/24/12)

You Can Die Of Mosquito, But Not Right Away. It seems that area officials have done a good job of raising awareness of West Nile virus, but it also seems that maybe more education is in order, since people are now worriedly dialing 911 the second they get a bite. For the record, it takes a couple of days at the earliest for symptoms to appear, most mosquitoes don’t carry West Nile, and most people who are exposed to it do not get sick.

Sam Hurd’s Big Bucket of Marijuana. OK, alleged big bucket of marijuana. Here is a bit of unsolicited advice based on knowledge garnered from several seasons of Weeds: Don’t open a maternity wear store so your silent partner can build a tunnel to Mexico. Don’t drop meat on your foot in front of a stray pit bull. And don’t buy ice chests full of weed when you’re already out on probation.

Your Texas Rangers Are “Lovely Jubblies.” Here’s the deal: I would gladly take back Talkin’ Type 2 Diabetes with Tom Grieve if I didn’t have to reach for the remote and turn down the volume on my TV every time Jim Knox interviews a fan in the stands. But it seems the Rangers have a British fan who waxed enthusiastic about the team and dubbing them “Lovely Jubblies.” Although, if you look in the comments in that link, Anglophiles insist there’s no such thing as a plural jubbly. And then there’s discussion on whether it means that something is great,  or boobs.

Lance Armstrong Gives Up Fight Against Doping Charges. So does this mean he did it, or does it mean – as Armstrong said in a statement – that he’s just giving up something he’d never win because the outcome was predetermined? Either way, he’ll be stripped of his seven Tour de France wins.

Mexican Judge Reduces Charges for Dallas Trucker. Jabin Bogan, a Dallas trucker who took a wrong turn while carrying a trailer full of ammunition and ended up afoul of Mexican weapons laws, was facing a 30-year prison sentence. Yesterday an appellate judge reduced the charges against him, and now could get as little as community service andor a fine.


  • And so this is the first time Lance gives up a battle. In my eyes, he’s still a hero.
    “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a written statement. He called the Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”

    Contiue on doing the great work against cancer Lance. You are still a hero!

    Predicted comments: 4 (Only because it’s Friday, and most readers are lazy today)

  • Sybil’s Beaver

    They can take the titles away, they can smear the mans name, but they cant take away all that he is done for cancer awareness/research, and growing the sport of Cycling in America. LiveSTRONG buddy.

    i only like knoxie interviewing asians, those are gold.

    Can a beaver get west nile?

  • Daniel

    “And I got scared because that bite looks like that mosquito bite like they show on the TV,” the woman said.

  • Long Memory

    About Jim Knox: I missed the “interview” with the Brit, in part because seeing Knox’s face anytime before the final out is made causes a reaction for me. I hit the switch channel button. I don’t care what else I’m gonna see. I just know it’s not gonna be Jim Knox.

    About Lance Armstrong: No matter what else happens it remains the case that the next drug test he fails will be the first. I know the weight of having teammate after teammate — excuse me, “teammate after teammate” — give up Lance after they got into their own trouble has just never done it for me. Next, I want to read the book about how Lance is the smartest man in the world for figuring out a way to beat cancer AND cheat his butt off for all those years. That might be the biggest best-seller in history.

  • D. Shapiro

    Who will Travis Tygart relentlessly pursue now? The samples he claims USADA has aren’t even from any of the years Armstrong won. Not sure what the motive of Mr. Tygart is. Guessing money.

  • Edward

    Hopefully someone will write a book about exactly why the Anti-Doping Agency was so intent on “getting” Armstrong.

    Whether he did it or not, I agree with him that the whole process seems incredible unfair. If I understand correctly, they could have destroyed his career just on the word of some other people who were given special treatment to testify against him, their decision would be final with no kind of appeal, and their decision would have some kind of “official” attached to it, as if there was irrefutable evidence against him. Which apparently there isn’t.

    I think it’s clear that if the French were never able to pin it on him, then no one would be able to.

  • Billyboy

    RE trucker arrested in Mexico: Should have shown some cash the 1st day and would have been on his way home that night.