Dropped chain, Palin vocabulary much ado about nothing

Controversy and mistakes sometimes make for good television, whether they’re the result of a dropped chain in a big bike race or what amounts to just another typo by a passing fancy who refused to pass.

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Take the outrage over Alberto Contador’s reclaiming the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. Andy Schleck was the overall leader until his chain came off and he had to stop to fix it. Contador sped on.

How unsportsmanlike of AC to “attack” Schleck at that point! some fans cried.

What a display of dishonor!

Schleck had anger in his stomach and vowed to take his revenge. (That was the good television part – the melodrama.) Contador was booed on the podium and even apologized, but continued to hold the lead.

I have to agree with commentator Phil Liggett: Contador did nothing wrong. If an Olympic sprinter stumbles in a run for the gold, do her opponents stop and wait for her to get up? When a NASCAR driver blows an engine, do the other guys pull over while he switches cars?

Let it go, people.

Then there’s the hoo-ha over what was simply the latest example of Sarah Palin’s chronic cluelessness.

Were her tweets really an important part of the story about where a mosque should be in New York? Was her use – again – of the non-word “refudiate” newsworthy?

No, and no.

Good television, though, if you’re into dumbed-down discourse and style without substance or spelling.

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3 Responses to “Dropped chain, Palin vocabulary much ado about nothing”


  1. 1 art3 July 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    a split reaction: bike racing is a competition, and Contador was OK to continue racing while Schleck dealt with his problem. Don’t agree with giving Palin a pass…this is just another demonstration of her intellectual level, and we should push back against her 7th grade thinking…

  2. 2 bjsmith July 21, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I hear you, Art. I just think we should try ignoring her rather than giving so much attention to her every sound bite or tweet. Unfortunately, I don’t think she will go away, though.

  3. 3 art3 July 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    thought some more about shakespalin while I was mowing my lawn today. I think you are right Bernie…media uproar doesn’t bother her too much, it’s just more time in the limelight. So I’m going to take your advice and try to accept her as a national resource….for humor. She’s keeping a lot of joke writers employed. I am really loving the Shakespeare twists, including yours….


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