Walter Mencken 11:31 a.m., Feb. 1
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Crashing on a Bicycle
Lance Armstrong broke his collar bone in a bike race in Spain. ESPN didn't give the details, and something I read online didn't give specifics, other then the fact that riders were piling up in front of him when he took a tumble.
He immediately put on his Twitter page "I'm alive," and gave details of the breaks in his bones, and mentioned it might hamper his comeback. Although, they're saying today he should heal in time for the Tour de France.
An NBA player got in trouble recently for going to his Twitter and doing a "tweet" during half-time of a game. The crazy thing was that he wrote how the team was down by two points, and the coaching was yelling at them, and how he needed to "step up." Well, "stepping up" might mean concentrating on the game, instead of going to websites. When you're paid millions of dollars a year, with the economy the way it is...I'm guessing the least you can do is keep your head in the game.
I remember my high school basketball coach yelling at one of our players that fell asleep on the bus. Our game was 30 minutes away, so it didn't seem like a big deal to me. But as we were running laps the next day, the coach said we should be so amped up before a game that we aren't in the mood to sleep. Imagine if we were texting people from the bench, or listening to ipods.
NBA center Shaquille O'Neal then decided at half-time, he'd post on his Twitter account. It was simply "Shhhhhh." The coach found out, and said something along the lines of "Hey...if he can score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds and block some shots, he can go on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, anything he wants."
Now, if we find out Armstrong crashed his bike because he was texting or doing something like this....
Oh, I just remembered. There was another bike accident. Matt Lauer of the Today show, bit the dust. You gotta feel sorry for this guy. Last year, he traveled to all kinds of exotic locations. But this year the show felt with the economy, people might not enjoy seeing him globetrot all over.
Instead, he stays here and gets in a crash when a deer jumped into the path he was riding. He flipped over the handlebars.
I did that when I was racing bikes as a kid, breaking my arm. Lauer separated his shoulder and had surgery.
He says the deer were hired by the competition. Always cool when someone can joke after an incident like this. And wasn't he the one that got into it with Tom Cruise, regarding depression in women? I wonder if Tom Cruise feels you can mend broken bones if you're a scientologist, just by taking vitamins and concentrating on the area of the break.
You think if deer were going to start charging into celebrities, they'd go after someone like Tom Cruise. A short dude that they could probably take out. Or someone like Ted Nugent, who's probably shot many of the deers relatives.
I remember visiting a friend back east a few years ago. It was snowy, and one deer jumped out in front of the car. As she slammed on her breaks, another one hit the side of the car, right where I was sitting. I saw it hit, with the head sideways against the window. I understand a deer in the headlights being confused...but jumping into the side of a car. Bizarre.
Ya know, I've never seen a deer in the road after passing the thousands of deer crossing signs of seen.
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