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.


antigeekess March 24, 2009 @ 9:01 p.m.

"Hey...if he can score 20 points, grab 10 rebounds and block some shots, he can go on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, anything he wants."

Exactly. The proof is in the pudding. People respond to stress differently. Your coach thought you needed to be "amped up," but that's just bullsh*t. Somebody sleeps, it's because they need sleep, and shouldn't catch any grief from it. I'd rather have a player refreshed, relaxed and focused than exhausted and freaked out from too much adrenaline.

That said, I hate Twitter. One more piece of technology to distract people from the experience they're having and the person they're actually WITH. Yet another choice for quantity of contact versus quality.

Then there's this dude:

"He is just CHILLING!!!"


JulieParrots March 25, 2009 @ 1:45 a.m.

"He says the deer were hired by the competition. Always cool when someone can joke after an incident like this". It is a relief to know that people can have a sense of humor even in the face of adversity, and not go on as a "feel sorry for me" parade.


Josh Board March 25, 2009 @ 9:35 a.m.

Yeah, and it's one of the reasons I hate all this press the Octomom is getting, yet when it's on TV, I end up watching. And it's also why I hate arguing with people like my stepdad about it. I want those children taken away from her. I don't want her getting food stamps or any government assistance, and he goes down this liberal path don't take children away from the parents unless there's some real, hardcore threat. Whatever.


JulieParrots March 26, 2009 @ 12:10 a.m.

I agree with you and it is us California taxpayers who are gonna foot all the bills!


Josh Board March 26, 2009 @ 12:48 a.m.

Well, the thing that scares me is this. Right now she's making money, from that Radar, that's paying to televise all this. That's fine. Not a great environment for the kids, but it also lets everyone keep on eye on her (like her current shopping sprees). The problem is...once that well dries, what will she do for money? And, at that point, it will be a lot harder to take the kids. If it's going to be done, it needs to be done now, when they are babies.


magicsfive March 29, 2009 @ 1:46 p.m.

who paid for the in vitro fertilization? not only that, what was the doctor who performed that procedure thinking?????? i told you not to get me started on this...omg xoxo


Josh Board March 29, 2009 @ 5:08 p.m.

Well, SHE paid for the in vitro. She had been giving $150,000 from a settlement with her work (she was hurt during some kind of riot).

She also spent some money on plastic surgery (speculation on that, of course)


magicsfive March 29, 2009 @ 6:35 p.m.

so why is she on welfare then? i guess i am a little confused...


Josh Board April 1, 2009 @ 12:42 a.m.

Exactly, magic. We're all confused.

She had $150,000. And, her medical bills are now well over a million bucks (which she, for some reason, isn't on the hook for either).


JulieParrots April 1, 2009 @ 1:21 a.m.

Everyone is supposed to feel sympathy for the "mother" that's why she is not on the hook for all the medical bills yet. She probably filed for some sort of Government assistance since no one single mother in this expensive state can afford those multi-million dollar medical bills.


magicsfive April 1, 2009 @ 7:55 a.m.

well, not me....the only thing i feel is disgust. i am afraid for these children because this woman is clearly a lunatic.


Josh Board April 2, 2009 @ 10:23 a.m.

A few things I don't understand. With her recently inking a reality show deal (it's now official), after, of course, saying that would be "exploiting the kids" in previous interviews....I wonder if the state can take the kids, claiming THAT is not a safe environment for them (reality show environment).

Or, if the state and/or hospital can take all the money she makes, to go towards these medical bills, which she created herself.


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