Ask PingFriday, April 11, 2008 | 6:15 AM
This is a totally non-moto related question but being a professional athlete I would highly value your opinion on this subject. How is it that all of this steroid abuse crap in baseball is a federal issue? Why must our congressman take up our taxpayers money to go after Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? Yes, steroids are illegal, but shouldn't they just get a ticket or something, go to court, prove if you innocent or guilty and move on? Why spend millions investigating? If it’s a matter of cheating then it should be MLB's problem; Not a federal crime. What's next, anytime a SX rider is caught cheating they go in front of a grand jury? This whole legal system is messed up! Politics! I vote Ping for President!
Brandon Norris. Ottawa, IL
Most of this stuff is so simple that I can’t believe a judge even deliberates on it, let alone awards the plaintiff monetary compensation. I don’t mind paying my taxes but when I see my hard-earned dollars squandered like this I want to move to Mexico and open a street taco stand. The baseball issue is just another national debacle that makes me shake my head. How hard is this to figure out? Both Bonds and Clemens went from lean, athletic-looking types in their early years to record-smashing homerun hitters and fast-ball throwers with heads that look more like farm animals than national heroes. Just a tip fellas: when you have a jaw like a dinosaur and a snout like a pig it’s pretty obvious to anyone with a brain that you are juicing.
FIRST OFF, I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I ENJOY READING YOUR COLUMN EACH WEEK; YOU ROCK. NOW LETS GET DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY: HOW DO YOU THINK CHAD REED FEELS KNOWING THAT HE'S GONNA WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN ONLY BY DEFAULT? THAT HAS TO SUCK KNOWING THE ONLY WAY HE CAN WIN IS BY HAVING THE BEST DROP OUT OF COMPETITION. MAYBE HE DOESN'T REALLY CARE WHEN HE'S CASHING THE CHECK AT THE END OF THE SEASON, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BOTHER THE HELL OUT OF ME KNOWING THAT THE ONLY REASON I WON WAS BECAUSE THE BEST HAD TO BOW OUT; FIRST THE G.O.A.T. AND NOW BUBBA… THAT HAS TO SUCK.
JUST A THOUGHT.
JUSTIN KINGHORN. OGDEN, UTAH
Reed is winning with no Bubba. photo: Carl Stone
Reed is winning with no Bubba.
photo: Carl Stone
As I write this, I am in a Coors Light-induced haze. This made me wonder: Do those guys that are in the top 5 or 10 ever tip back a few coldies? There was a picture that circulated the net of RC's motorhome with an un-opened 36'er in one of the storage bays. This really endeared him to my heart. How often do these guys tip'em back? I know that Ryno and those guys, due to their un-willingness to consume any un-natural beverage, probably don't partake but please tell me that on occasion some of the other guys consume. You would have to think that due to the fact that most beers have wheat, barley and hopps in them (even a few have some protein), that they could be considered to have some nutritional value (spelled, pork chop in a can). If you have any stories, I, along with countless others would LOVE to hear them. While I quit drinking and riding (I always ended up getting hurt), there is not much in the world that compares with a cold brew—or twelve—after a day of riding. How about you.....Do you ever rinse away the sadness of a second-place finish with a beer? Not that you are a second place kind of guy, but I know that #2 sucks !! Just curious.
Signed, Bring-on-the-Advil: Chuck Wages
P.s. If Ryno drank, would it be from a bottle or a can? Just wondering because I don't want to get sick.
Insert your own caption here. photo: Mike Farber
Insert your own caption here.
photo: Mike Farber
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