Fantasy sports was never my cup of tea.
I once was in a fantasy hockey league. I drafted players I thought had cool names. Needless to say, I never came close to winning.
But when I opened my email yesterday and saw that Performance Bicycle was having a Tour de France Fantasy contest I had to get in. OK, so they lured me in with the dream of winning one of their prizes, including a spiffy new road bike. But I figured if the pundits don't even know who is going to do well when the Tour kicks off on Saturday, then I at least have a shot.
Besides, I needed to kill some time waiting for people to return my phone calls.
I picked my nine-member Tour de France team and had to stay under the $4,0000 salary cap -- which of course meant throwing people on my team whom I'm not really sure who they are. Or what they can do for me. Or how exactly I win points.
But, c'mon, a Tour de France fantasy game? That's akin to getting people to finally put together an NCAA women's basketball bracket pool.
Among other fun-filled online trolling items it seems that McDonald's is creating some Asian-inspired menu items for the Olympics although the article in the Wall Street Journal makes it sound like those creations will not be in American restaurants. Oh, and never fear, they're going to continue to promote their "healthier" options during the Games, particularly in their more child-centered advertisements. I love a good seasonal Shamrock Shake as much as anyone but the paring of fast food and elite athletic events continues to seem like strange bedfellows to me.
Finally, if you're in the mood to read about success through change, check out Ten Reasons Why Change is so Hard to Introduce to Sport. Written by Wayne Goldsmith, an Aussie who offers coaching and sports performance tips, the piece explains why change is difficult in sports, but it could read like pretty much any social institution -- from your workplace to your family.