Im starting to think that too much time on a bicycle seat makes you stupid. And no, this is not an extension of my general position on exercise.No, the news that the International Cycling Union has stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles has inspired my inspiration re: bikes and brainlessness. And in case you are cyclist who has to date felt no ill effects from your avocation or hobby, let me present this for your consideration, from UCI president Pat McQuaid.Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.Hurray! Another stride toward revisionist history! More institutional cowardice! Pretend it didnt happen! Progress!Of all the stupid things said and done by, for and about Armstrong over the years, this might be the most laughably ignorant. Forgetting ones history not only dooms one to repeat it, but it shows that the only lesson the UCI, or at least McQuaid, wants to learn is how to deal with a public relations problem.Because thats the suggestion he is making here. To turn Lance Armstrong into Leon Trotsky. To airbrush him out of the history books for the crime of inconvenience.Armstrong is a blight on the sport, but he could never have been so if the sport werent already up to its neck in acts of looking the other way on PEDs. Armstrong is perfection of drugging and its closest scientific phenomenon, bullying. He is a brute as well as a cheat, a towering unpleasantness that is getting everything thats coming to him.But the people who ran the sport and run it now have to live with the work they helped condone, and this forget stuff is every bit as dishonest and contemptible. The UCI and McQuaid in particular have to own Armstrong because they helped make him and surely benefited from him.Besides, they cant keep their sport free from the Armstrongs of the world if they are worried about trying to disappear the Armstrongs of the world. All theyll do is provide a blueprint for the next Armstrong one who is better about keeping his friends close and enemies closer, one who is a bit more generous about credit and a bit less thuggish in his personal character.The McQuaid argument is the same one that baseball Hall of Fame voters employ when refusing to consider PED users. PEDs are part of the sports history, and no improvements have ever come to any organization or society when its darkest moments are eradicated.Besides, while you do the time when you do the crime is a noble sentiment, the logical corollary you face the wreck when you cash the check is equally true. The UCI is up to its eyelids in Lance Armstrong, and it doesnt get to un-know that fact just because its president says so.In fact, I think wed all be more comfortable and better off in the long run by forgetting Pat McQuaid an easy enough task, since almost nobody knew he was before he decided to be a history book editor.Or, if not forgetting him, then taking him along for a pint and a quick discussion of what happens when history isnt acknowledged.Specifically, you end up looking stupid. And then some wrongheaded people think its because you like bicycles when its something else entirely.Its that you like fiction, sanitized for your protection. Which is another bucket of meat entirely.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com
Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA.
After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors' blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago.
Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years."
😂😂😂😂😂😂 looking forward to playing against you for years my man. Fun times https://t.co/I2YlSfyFXg— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) November 22, 2017
While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say.
Draymond Green as he’s getting ready to respond to Joel Embiid’s latest classic jab: “He’s f***ing hilarious. Man, I love that dude.” pic.twitter.com/Zr1ahZi7q6— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 22, 2017
In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.
SACRAMENTO -- The Kings were treated rudely by the Denver Nuggets to open their three-game homestand on Monday. They’ll get another shot to pick up a win Wednesday when the upstart Los Angeles Lakers swing into Golden 1 Center.
Sacramento has struggled to find consistency this season on the road, but they’ve been able to ride their home crowd to impressive wins over Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and Portland. If they can knock off the Lakers, they improve to .500 at home on the season.
The Lakers are coming off a come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and have to play Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back. They are a young and exciting team, that present plenty of matchup issues for the Kings.
Lakers by 1
MATCHUP TO WATCH
De’Aaron Fox vs. Lonzo Ball -- Let the games begin! The drama surrounding these two dates back to college. Fox ran over Ball at the NCAA level, outscoring the former UCLA Bruin in both games last season, including a 39-point outburst during a tournament game. Ball missed the summer league matchup between the two, causing a bit of a stir on social media. Wednesday night is nothing more that a pair of 19-year-olds playing hoops against one another while hundreds of thousands of people watch intently. No pressure, kids.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 4-13, fifth place in Pacific
Lakers: 8-10, second place in Pacific
Kings: SG Buddy Hield (sprained ankle) probable, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out until January.
Lakers: PF Larry Nance Jr. (hand) out.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
BRIGHT LIGHTS -- The world is watching. Sacramento doesn’t draw the attention of the national media all that often, but plenty of eyes will be on the Kings/Lakers matchup on Wednesday. Will the Kings bring the defensive intensity that helped them knock off the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday or will they fade like they did against Denver last time out?
REBOUND -- The Kings are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA and they’ll face a team that knows how to hit the glass. Dave Joerger needs his guards to get involved if they hope to avoid another lopsided rebounding deficit.
CONTAIN KUZMA -- Ball gets all the pub, but it’s the late first rounder out of Utah that is turning heads. Fresh off a 22-point performance Tuesday against the Bulls, Kyle Kuzma is posting nearly 17 points per game while starting at power forward for the Lakers. He’s a player that plenty of teams are now regretting passing on in the 2017 NBA Draft.
These two teams split the season series 2-2 last season, with each team winning one at home and one on the road. Los Angeles owns a huge 270-153 lead in the all-time series and a 92-44 advantage during the Sacramento-era 88-47.
“It’s fun. Sometimes there’s too many haters out there. It is what it is. Smile and enjoy it. I think it will be a great opportunity for those two guys to begin their careers.” Dave Joerger on the Fox/Ball matchup