Non-Race-Related Blah Blah Blah®

Well, it seems sports podcasters have finally caught up with what Charles Pelkey and I were doing all those years at Live Update Guy.

With everyone staying home and the athletic world as a whole looking a lot like the middle 75km of a flat Tour stage, they’ve resorted to (wait for it) Non-Race-Related Blah Blah Blah®, a LUG specialty. As Caroline Crampton writes at Nieman Lab:

“As well as covering how players and support staff are handling the situation, [The Anfield Wrap] is dipping into comedy, history and broader fan culture. Iain Macintosh, chief executive of Muddy Knees Media — best known for The Totally Football Show and other associated podcasts — spoke of similar plans. His team just has “an inexhaustible supply of new feature ideas,” he said. “We’re not trying to replicate what we did before, because we can’t, but rather see it as a chance to go through all those things that we’ve talked about doing that, you know, real life has got in the way. Now we can get them out there and give them some air.” That includes a forthcoming “Pundit World Cup” as well as film reviews, documentaries, and quizzes.”

Maybe it’s time to revive LUG as a podcast. With no irksome bicycle racing and TV images of same to cramp our creative style, we could really focus on just making the whole thing up.

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13 Responses to “Non-Race-Related Blah Blah Blah®”

  1. Charles Pelkey Says:

    Bwah ha ha ha ha ha

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Sir Charles/LUG: Good to see you on the net and chock full of a sense of humor! Hoping all is well with you and yours……stay safe and healthy……. 🙂

    • SAO' Says:

      It’s kinda funny, in a free market sort of way, that with minimal resources y’all put on, hands down, the best race coverage out there. So many tried, and many did well for a year or two, or maybe for 15 out of 21 stages. There’s gotta be 100 guys with MBAs working at ESPN, and no one did the math and just bought you out outright. Tells me that’s a worthless degree.

      Dream team would be to get Joe Lindsey to round out a Three Amigos Tri-State presentation. Might have a minute or two for racing discussion in between Monty Python and Fletch references.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        We sure had fun doing it. But it was a big time-suck. Nine weeks per year, and more when we did Paris-Roubaix or some other one-off. Some days we phoned it in, frankly. But on others, we managed to make it work, albeit in some oddball, off-brand fashion.

        Joe Lindsey is a good dude. He would’ve been a fun one to work with. And the cast of supporting characters in the audience was indispensable.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    I suppose you two could entirely make up a race every day out of thin air and put it out. Would be more interesting than watching the grass grow in front of the house.

  3. Dale Says:

    I still have my LUG sticker on the rear hatch of the 2006 Scion. Charles could script a great Giro with former stars, former dopers, former domestics, former team coaches, and former commentators. You could do the color commentary using vintage film and photos.

    What is not to like? And it can be compressed into 3 or 5 posts.

  4. Shawn in the Gorge Says:

    Hey! A LUG event covering a pro invite Zwift event. Zwift could coordinate getting all the pros together on a specific date or dates, and Charles and yourself do what ever the thing is that you do that makes us all feel warm and fuzzy in our own minds. Zwift can afford to do some marketing by offering the pros a modest sum for their efforts and they could even dig in their coffers for some doubloons to toss in Charles’s and your directions… What a great idea! But if Zwift were to decide to be tight, I think I got some dinero coming soon from da Gumerment that will be just burning a hole in my holey pocket. Not that’s stimulating !

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    “ we could really focus on just making the whole thing up.” Well no one would know any difference since we’ve been handed one pile of steaming horseshit after another by the people in Washington you claim to represent us. So, we are quite used to fabrications of reality. Go for it. Love the idea of the Cannibal, the Badger and Fausto wheel to wheel with Becky Twigg and Sheila Young. Mix track riders with stage racers. Hell even throw in Lon Haldeman.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Herb, that is a capital idea. The only problem is shrinking audience for bicycle racing. To make sense, the podcast has to be profitable.

  6. John L Says:

    Stage 11 is linked below but all stages of the Tour de Quarantine can be seen on youtube. It brightens up my day.

    John L
    Villa Park IL

    A tight stage, but it’s all a wash…

    Tour de Quarantine stage 11: Cancellation and controversy | CyclingTips
    With only a few days of racing left to decide the general classification at the Tour de Quarantine, stage 11 was set to be another thriller, but Mother Nature had other plans.

  7. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Alas, while I seem to be at loose ends, Counselor Pelkey is beavering away at springing hardened criminals from the pokey so that they may return to terrorizing the townsfolk of Laramie.

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