Monday’s mail bag: Radio men vs. law guy; It’s all about Alison and more things that suck

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Dumb Jocks versus law student on a bikeDear Velo,In reference to the letter about the dumb-ass radio station in Atlanta, here are the clips: I have personally begun the process of filing a formal complaint with the FCC regarding their lack

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


Dumb Jocks versus law student on a bike
Dear Velo,
In reference to the letter about the dumb-ass radio station in Atlanta, here are the clips:

I have personally begun the process of filing a formal complaint with the FCC regarding their lack of adherence to the Character Policy Statement. I would appreciate any advice/direction from anyone. As a law student I am hitting the books (between studying for finals) to determine if there is some form of civil law remedy in Georgia regarding hateful speech. I do not want to tread on free speech, but I believe that incitement of illegal and dangerous acts must not go unpunished.

Not to mention that the “DJs” refer to cyclists as “gay” as if that is, in our day and age, a bad thing. It is indicative of their hate of anyone they do not consider “normal.” I urge anyone coming to Atlanta to boycott anyone who advertises with 99X and listen to anything but!

Again, I would appreciate any help, advice etc from readers in Cleveland, Houston and Raleigh as you have been through this before!
Many thanks,
Burton Hathaway
Georgia State College of Law, Class of 2005

Alison, Alison, Alison
Editors,
I went to the USA Cycling website yesterday to read about current women’smountain bike rankings and was really surprised to see such a stance takenfor Alison Dunlap. Is she the only viable rider for the U.S.? Is she thebest we have? She talks big, but so far I haven’t seen any results thatwould place her even close to the top two women riding for the U.S.

Why does our national mountain- bike governing body have such an openstance in her favor on their website? It seems to me, Sue and Mary havebeaten Alison the times they have met this year, so why all the talk ofher. She is a long-shot at best.

I would love to read more about how Sue, or Mary is going to crush everyoneand boldly and easily outdistance Alison in their quest for Athens. I’veheard almost enough about Alison…let’s move on and support all ridersequally in the U.S. quest for medals in Greece. I think riders would liketo read about all the action, not just the riding of just one rider. Imight also suggest that the word “traipsing” is not really an appropriateword for a challenging schedule that has required much money and time onbehalf of many of these riders. If USA Cycling hadn’t f###ed up with itsineptitude and done its job on behalf of the riders, these women and menwouldn’t need to “traipse” around the globe.
Todd Christy
Chilmark, Massachusetts

Our equal opportunity offender
Editors,
Well, I suppose if it was O’Grady’s intent to offend the largest possiblenumber of people, he did a great job (see “Friday’sfoaming rant: Things that suck“). Personally, money, Missy-preference,politics, and OLN aside, I think it’s a shame the fine town of ColoradoSprings has to be home to him.

Mr. O’Grady would do well to spend time with George W. Bush and Dr. JamesDobson at Focus on the Family. He might learn how to say something nice and useful.

And by the way, OLN does not suck – in fact, it’s pretty good as TVgoes.
Doug Van Cleef
Oak Ridge, Tennesee

Wants a daily dose
Editors,
Holy crap, I didn’t know this until now really. But I live for theFoaming Rant. Usually funny as hell and written with a style I wish I hadin my own bike writing. (But don’t tell anyone I said that.) It’s okayfor me to steal right?

It does suck that it doesn’t come out every day. That reallysucks.
Rant on. And thanks,
Scott Cotter
RidePhat.com

A daily Foaming Rant? Wow, that really would suck. – Editor

Realization of perfect thing to have said
O’Grady!
Your column! Fantastic…you seem to find the words I can’t locatethrough my disgust. Thanks.
Mike McCamish

Who does?
Patrick O’Grady,
Anybody that takes your column seriously sucks!
Tim Lamprey
Las Vegas, Nevada

Glad we didn’t fire the man
Editors,
Don’t fire the guy. Don’t ever let him stop again. Pay whatever the cost, but keep thecolumns coming. “The other political party sucks Well, yeah, duh. Sodoes yours.”I love it. The man is funny!
E. Winkler
Lenoir North CarolinaDearMr. Winkler, We never did fire O’Grady, nor was it a cost issue. He simplysuffered from a malady that has crippled many a columnist in his demographic(Grumpy old white guys): He was afflicted by the much-feared “darn goodmood.” Fortunately, he entered a secret treatment facility in a hiddenindustrial park in Boulder, Colorado, late last year and was forced towatch a continuous stream of presidential press conferences, news analysison FOX and “Survivor” episodes. Before ya knew it, he was right back to hisold self again. – Editor

He, for one, is happy
O’Grady!
Well it’s about time you lost that good mood, since when you arein a good mood, you suck!

So, welcome back, and don’t worry, nobody can spew vitriol like youcan and I am pretty sure you will always have a job. At least I can onlyhope.
Brian Buchanan
Flanagan, Illinois

Technology sucks
VeloNews,
Like John McEnroe in tennis, who thinks we should all go back to woodrackets so there won’t be any big servers to drown out tennis games. Weshould take approach that in cycling.

I really believe that the cycling world ought to have a big racewhere one has to use a steel bike. Then, with all bikes being equal, let’ssee who can ride the farthest and/or the fastest. The riders with gazillionsof bucks behind them make sure that a good rider (or team) without thosebucks hasn’t a chance. Not that I don’t love watching the Tour de France,the Giro and the Vuelta on that sucking OLN…but I would love to see whatcan happen with all comers using the same bike – or the same wooden tennisracket – where it requires skill in all points of the game to win.
Nolan Winkler
Hillsboro, New Mexico

More on Missy
Velo,
Missy Giove is to cycling what Dennis Rodman was to basketball: Immenselytalented, loud, uncouth and possessed of very little in the way of tact.Beyond their magnificent abilities on the bike or under the rim, they arelaughable.

Rodman had his fans and detractors, much as Ms. Giove, and both groupstend to shoot off their mouths, hurling insults in all directions to adegree of inanity far beyond any mindless blather uttered by the principlesinvolved. Shut up already. And for crying out loud VeloNews, webuy your wonderful rag to read about cycling. Leave the titillating who’s-sleeping-with-whomgarbage, the political blah-blah-blah, and all the other journalistic absurdityto trash-pulp vendors like People Magazine.
Sheesh.
Faithful Subscriber
Kevin Milam
Huntington, West Virginia

Dang. We suppose that means we can’t run anymore Lance and Sheryl pictures,either. – Editor


The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.