Thursday, February 08, 2007

No Floyd Landis in Le Tour This Year

Breaking Cycling News.....

Reuters is reporting that "Landis will not take part in the Tour de France". There is quite an article with full quotes from Floyd. Check it out.

Speedy tidbit for this morning. Thanks for stopping by.

Racing Tidbit

No, not cycling this time....

The countdown has begun....

Only 10 days until the Daytona 500 and the start of the NASCAR season!

NASCAR has even debuted a new website with an even more robust news section. Check it out.

Just a speedy tidbit this morning. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

New Music Video

So, what do you do, in the dead of winter, if you are a famous custom motorcycle builder? Do you stay in and create more beautiful machines? Sure, but you also take time out to shoot music videos. Well, you do if you are Dave Perewitz.

Last month Dave went down to be part of the new Hank Williams, Jr. video. It's all edited now and playing on CMT. If you aren't a CMT watcher, you can catch it on everyone's favorite video site, YouTube, of course. It's "A Country Boy Can Survive" and it's a good one. Check it out.

Just a little music tidbit for you. Thanks for stopping by.

Hamilton on Landis

Yes, Tyler believes Floyd, too.
"I never rode with Floyd on the same team, but
I know him a little bit from our time together
in Spain," he said. "I don't believe he would do something
like that and I believe him when he says he's innocent."

It's great to see shots like this - it's been a long time coming. Thanks to for the great photos of Tyler's return for those of us who wish we could be there in person. This is the next best thing. More racing tomorrow!

Just another cycling tidbit. Thanks for stopping by.

On to Etoile de Besseges

It's so good to see photos like this again. Tyler Hamilton, in full racing gear, getting ready to race in Europe again.

Velonews reports that Tyler finished in the pack during his first race in two years yesterday. I'm sure he's glad that is over and done with and now he can get back to a stage race. Coincidentally, Etoile de Besseges is a five day race that starts today.

Allez, Allez, Tyler! It's good to have you back in the thick of things. Wish I could be there.

Just a little tidbit for this morning. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Welcome Back, Tyler!

Today marks the return to the peloton of Tyler Hamilton! He'll be racing in the Grand Prix d'Ouverture-La Marseillaise today, which is seen as the opening of the racing season. The Daily Peloton has a good preview and a list of the Tinkoff Team, which is listed as:

Tinkoff Credit System (RUS) : 111. Daniele Contrini (ITA), 112. Tyler Hamilton (USA), 113. Evgeny Petrov (RUS), 114. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), 115. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), 116. Ricardo Serrano (ESP), 117. Vasil Kyryenka (BLR), 118. Alexander Serov (RUS)

For me, it's great to see Tyler's name back on a racing entry list. It's exactly where he belongs.

Welcome back, my friend, and good luck today! Allez, Allez, Allez!

Just a tiny racing tidbit for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Which Ad Was Your Favorite?

If you are in the US, you probably watch the Superbowl, or at least parts of it last night. For someone who wasn't that interested in the game (me), I watched for the I do most every year. It's always fun to see where major advertisers think trends are going. I even do my own rankings and then look at USA Today's ad meter the next day to see if the rest of the country thinks like me.

This year we think similarly, but not exactly. This year there was one ad that stood out, by far, over and above the others for me. It was Blockbuster's rabbit that uses a real mouse to try to order his movies online. It was priceless! We were mimicking it throughout the evening even, which is part of what the advertisers want. Of course they, ultimately, want you to use their product but it's always good when people remember the commercial the next day, too.

We also had Budweiser's 'crab' ad in our top three. Turns out the rest of America liked it, too, as the ad meter has that at number 1. It was cute and I think people liked cute fun this year as opposed to slapstick. It was also the year of Time Magazine's person of the year - 'You' in the commercials. There were some regular 'ole folks that created ads this year in contests and whatnot. The Doritos ad in the first quarter was a contest winner that cost $12 to make (the cost of the bags of Doritos). Although it was somewhat risky, it turns out the brand made a very good choice - it ranked 4th overall.

You can view all the ads here, if you'd like to see them for yourself. I also liked the Taco Bell lions, the Budweiser stray dog, the auction wedding and the Coca-Cola black history month ad.

See what you think and let us know.

Just a quick tidbit on this chilly New England morning. Thanks for stopping by.