"The war on doping must inevitably fail, because the incentive for the athletes is just too high. The potential profit is huge, the chance of getting caught is rather small and largely a question of money. Rich teams can buy the latest, almost undetectable substances and evade detection, others cannot. The biggest loser is the honest athlete who does not dope and as a consequence cannot compete anymore."
"When Eric LeGrand walks again — not if he does, as he’ll hasten to tell you — he knows exactly what he’ll do. “I’ll go to Giants Stadium and find the exact spot on the field where I went down,” he told SI’s Jon Wertheim in October. “I’ll lie there for a second. And then I’ll get up on my own power and walk away."
"David Goggins sleeps three hours a night. He has a resting heart rate of 32 beats per minute. He wakes up at 3.a.m. and runs 15 to 20 miles. He commutes 25 miles to work by bicycle. He is the only person to complete Navy SEALS “Hell Week” three times. He is the only person to complete Tactical Air Control, SEAL and Army Ranger training. With no special training, David Goggins ran 100 miles in 18 hours. In finishing that race, in 2006, he suffered stress fractures in his feet and shins, urinated blood and lost control of his bowels. David Goggins completed 10 100-mile races in 2007. He finished third at the 2007 Badwater, a 135-mile trek through Death Valley known as “The World’s Toughest Footrace.” He once ran 203.5 miles in 48 hours."
Sullivan follows up on his original thread (with follow-ups here, here, and here) with e-mails from women readers giving their perspective on the female analog of this vexing and important issue. One reader writes:
As a teenager, I remember locker rooms were fairly modest. No female classmate or teammate, myself included, would go completely nude in the locker room - not due to any fears about perceived homosexuality, in my opinion, but because we were afraid the other girls would judge our weight or our body hair. Adult women (in the community locker rooms of the local swimming pool, for example) did not seem to worry about stripping down. I took this as a signal that the older you became, the less you should care about locker room nudity - a lesson that carries me through to today. Now that I’m a grown woman, I no longer worry about whether a woman is looking at my naked body in a locker room, whether in a judgmental or sexual manner. If they are getting an eyeful, good for them, I say. I’m not ashamed of what they might see.
I’ve seen other women run the gamut between nonchalant nudity and painfully complicated modesty in the locker room, and age doesn’t seem to be a determining factor. And as a queer, I can say that I’m not getting any thrills if I happen to see these women naked. It’s a locker room. You’re in there for maybe ten or twenty minutes, tops. Just get over it, men, if you are all as sensitive about it as these posts make it seem.
There seems to be some consensus around the fact that, for young men, there is a subtle fear of unwelcome homosexual attention occurring during extended periods (read: longer than a few moments) of visible, casual nudity while among other men in an intimate setting. This is a fear that seems largely absent for women in women’s locker rooms. However, to the extent that young women tend to fear locker-room nudity, it seems to be more a function of their worry that other women will judge their physical appearance. Another reader writes:
The generational thing definitely exists for women too. One of my first memories of being a freshman in college (in 2002) is waiting in line for a shower stall with a group of girls my own age while the seniors aquatic fitness class showered happily in the open. Nine years of gym attendance later, I’ve either aged or just seen the advantages of not worrying about it. When I’m exhausted from working out, worrying about how well I’m holding up the towel while I search from my other sock is besides the point.
To the extent that I do worry about it though, I will say lesbians are the furthest thing from my mind. Mostly, I don’t want other (presumably straight) women to see, and potentially judge, what kind of underwear I’m wearing, what kind of shape I’m in, what sags or doesn’t sag without a bra, or whether I put a high priority on shaving my armpits when it’s winter I’m not going to be wearing anything sleeveless anyways.
Actually let me amend that; the fear isn’t really of being judged. The time my two female coworkers and I all decided to go to a dance class together, we split like a bunch of billiard balls the second we entered the lockerroom to avoid having to take our shirts off in front of each other. I really don’t think it was because any of us suspected the others of being catty bitches. Seeing each other topless was just more personal and intimate than we wanted to be - not in a homophobic way, but more in the way that you don’t tell everyone about your love life either.
Does it make me odd that I find this topic fascinating? Also, the Oatmeal is indispensable on this topic, in my view. Special emphasis on the guy all the way to the right, with the mustache.
Here is my theory about the Patriots offense: Belicheck’s offense, I have always felt, is based on one simple premise: confuse the linebacking core. The Patriots rarely run flood routes because they want to have the freedom to exploit weak spots in coverage on any part of the field.
This is Tom Brady’s real strength as a quarterback: not his arm or his accuracy, but his ability to read the defense dynamically after the ball has snapped, and throw to the man on the field who has the least defensive players between him and the endzone.
Buffalo is 2-0, with a win over KC and Oakland. But Buffalo shoudln’t be *too* proud of either of these wins, and here’s why: Matt Cassell is looking terrible this year. KC’s offense is incapable of creating any offensive momentum because Cassell’s inconsistency makes them *extremely* prone to turnovers. The interception he threw to Buffalo’s Drayton Florence in the 4th Quarter was so bad that I wouldn’t be surprised if KC sued Cassell for Breach of Contract. And the Oakland game was nothing to be proud of either: Oakland is looking better this year than they have in awhile, but the fact remains that this was a high scoring game. 38-35 means that neither team’s defense was capable of consistently stopping the opposing team’s offense from making 3rd down conversions. That’s hardly anything to be proud of.
But Buffalo does have a path to victory: It’s all about the linebacker core. While Buffalo’s linebacker core is not that impressive, it can hardly be said that they suck. While they aren’t exactly fielding the equivalent of a fictional Urlacher/Romanowski brute squad, they are competent enough to stop Tom Brady’s passing game *if they have help from their Defensive line.* Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams need to prevent any interior linemen from releasing, because their linebacker core is going to be looking for the pass all day. If the Patriots decide to run, the Defensive line has to muck up the blocking scheme to give the linebackers enough time to adjust to the run and find the ball carrier before he can get more than 3 yards up field. If that doesn’t happen, Buffalo has no chance.