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Is sportsmanship another un-American activity?

Part II of two articles on the Tour de France and the cynicism of the sports media*

 “Chute lance Armstrong”**

cynic a. & n. …. one who sarcastically doubts or despises human sincerity and merit; hence ~ISM

(2) n. (f. L f. Gk kunikos (kuon kunos dog, nickname for Cynic…)

By TONY SEED

(11 June 2006) – A FIXED TARGET of the cynicism of the corporate sports media are the ideals and norms of amateur sport, specifically, sportsmanship and co-operation.

For this writer, one of the more refreshing moments in commercial professional sport unfolded on the morning of 21 July 2003 in the French Pyrénées mountains along the border with Spain in the Tour de France. The centennial race itself was thrilling to follow. The scenery is stunning.

The west side of Col du Tourmalet viewed from the top — the highest paved road in the French Pyrénées at 2115m (6939’)

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Sacre bleu! Why is the Globe and Mail assassinating the athlete?

Part I of two articles on the Tour de France and the cynicism of the sports media*

For Part II, see “Is sportsmanship another un-American activity

By TONY SEED

cynic a. & n. …. one who sarcastically doubts or despises human sincerity and merit; hence ~ISM

(2) n. (f. L f. Gk kunikos (kuon kunos dog, nickname for Cynic…)

ONE of the recurring adjectives sports journalists use to describe their own outlook is cynical. They seem to wear it as a hard-boiled badge of honour. They banter about it amongst themselves on the 24-hour sports talk shows. For years they joked about drugs in sports, unwillingly to take a stand. Athletes who spoke out honestly with a real concern for the direction of their sport received nothing but opprobrium for their trouble. Continue reading

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