"Men steal precious broadcast time. Men ignore us, pay attention no more to our needs. Men are unable to communicate. Men pay attention only to the ball. Men all of a sudden seem to think they know all about everything. Men grow ugly watching football. "
How about that? Yep, apparently, there are some women who are not exactly looking forward to the World Football Cup. Want some more? OK:
"Romantic getaways have been replaced by jeering and other loutish and boarish behaviour over 22 men who have nothing better to do than running around on a field, kicking a ball back and forth for no apparent reason. Is that what separates us from the animals?" [via Coolzûr]
Personally, I think they're right. A man of intelligence does not watch football. He watches cycling.
Did I tell you I went to see the first stage of the Giro d'Italia, which took place in Seraing (that's right, in Belgium) this year? I think it might have slipped my mind. Anyway, I was able to shoot some nice pictures, like this one from the guy who would eventually win the race and who - if you ask me - stands a good chance of winning this year's Tour de France as well:
If you want to see some more photos, you can always have a look on my Flickr pages.
It's not scientific proof, but apparently, Belgian beer is the success factor behind Belgian cycling in modern times. Just read what Tom Boonen has to say about having his Duvel the night before his last race of the season start:
"I was de-motivated on Monday, but last night there was a big celebration because it was Kevin Hulsmans' birthday, and when we were drinking, we said we would go full gas one more time. So it was the Duvel [Belgian for devil but also a strong beer, even by Belgian standards - ed.] that did it!" he joked.
Whether it was the water, malt, hops or yeast - the basic ingredients of that golden fluid Belgians consider so precious, yet drink in such large quantities - is anyone's guess, but this new blue train ripped the peloton to shreds after less than half an hour's racing."