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Date Posted: 07:18:47 09/03/04 Fri
Author: Tylerfan
Subject: Re: hah! I'm a huge TH fan, but agree on one point . . . . enough about the dog already!!! Just do what you've got to do and ride the bike!
In reply to: TTturbo 's message, "Re: Words for Crazy Jane in support of Andy." on 18:13:57 09/02/04 Thu

>Jane, I can think of several reasons to dislike
>Hamilton. He's gotten bad advice from folks around
>him. Riis was right on in handling Tyler, but since
>he's gone to Phonak, he's acting like a star without
>the results to back it up. He comes across lately as
>whining and begruding.
>That interview after the Olympic RR was a real putdown
>of Bettini. Tyler said he wished the RR race was
>harder so it was more selective--what a cut to the
>winners. If it was so easy, why didn't he win? Then
>dedicating his Olympic TT win to his dog was too sappy
>(and I love dogs). He seems to be playing too much for
>sympathy lately--an attention freak almost.
>Just that display as he retired from the Tour did it
>for me. Going the wrong way in a race (when was that
>ever okay) and giving the royal wave to all the team
>cars--really. Then taking off his jersey for the
>camera to display his wounds. How many articles has he
>published now showing his back? "Me thinks he doth
>protest too much." He said himself he could finish the
>Tour but he couldn't win it so what was the point of
>continuing. Duh! It's a race. You ride for your
>teammates if you can't make up the time you've lost.
>Or win a stage. I think he was embarrassed that after
>all the hype he wasn't going to win afterall. Not very
>"tough" or "sportsmanlike" either. Riis would have
>kept him in the race like he did Bobby Julich (with a
>broken wrist no less). Tyler may be "good people," but
>he has gone over the top with the wounded hero bit at
>this point.
>Hey, I decided Euskaltel wouldn't let Mayo retire that
>day on Plateau de Beille because Tyler and Phonak had
>all the media scheduled already. Retiring shouldn't be
>a production--you get in the car as quickly as you can
>and nurse your wounds in dignified silence. Come on!
>Just putting into words what I've been disappointed
>about. I know it's an unpopular opinion, but I stand
>by it. I think Tyler has suffered lately from all the
>folks around him telling him how great he is. I think
>he needs to catch himself on--and soon before he
>destroys all the good will he's amassed over the years.
>>>Disappointment: Hamilton or Heras.... it was tough
>>>choosing for my (last-place-aiming) fantasy team but
>>>plumbed for Hamilton. As I dislike him. For no
>>Andy, really! What motive can there possibly be to
>>dislike Tyler Hamilton? He's a tough, sportsmanlike
>>rider, and I can tell you from personal experience
>>that he is a deeply charming, good-natured person,
>>with a real chance to do some damage when he's fit.
>>I mean, you can dislike whomever you want, but really,
>>Tyler's good people! Come on, dude!
>>Plus, JHMO, (carrying up the topics of the thread
>>below...) Sevilla vs. Hamilton? I think they're both
>>pretty questionable right now, in terms of their form,
>>and either one will be happy to ride for the stronger
>>man. It's unlikely to be a battle for supremacy when
>>both of them are real team players...

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