Friday, July 15, 2011

3 reasons to watch the Tour de France

Before this year, I never payed too much attention to the Tour de France. To me, it was just some bike race that was always on Versus during the summer. However, during the last few weeks, I've really gotten into it and have found it very interesting to watch. If my vague testimonial isn't enough to convince you to watch the Tour de France, maybe one of these three reasons will do the trick:

1. It's on all day, every day
this is a slight exaggeration, but each stage is on tv for about two-and-a-half hours. This is pretty comparable to any other sporting event except for the fact that the tour doesn't have half-time. Also, because there are twenty-one stages, that's a solid three weeks of action. If you're looking for something to fill the void of summer boredom, spending 2-3 hours a day for three weeks watching the tour is a great option.

2. Crashes
People watch NASCAR for wrecks, NHL for fights, and boxing/UFC stuff for knock-outs. These certainly aren't the only reasons that people watch these sports, but they can't be ignored or discounted. Similarly, crashes are an ever-present threat and attraction of the Tour de France. While I hope and pray that all the participants in the tour finish safely and crash free, if a massive pileup occurs or a rider takes a wide turn and ends up flipping over his handlebars, I can't say that I'll look away... and I'll probably watch the replay.

3. There's no other sports on
the NFL, NBA and NHL seasons are over (hopefully the NFL and NBA come back next season) so baseball, golf and tennis are the only other sports to watch. If these three sports leave you feeling unsatisfied, maybe you need some Tour de France in your life.

If none of these reasons can convince you, you're probably doing something else meaningful with your summer. For the rest of you people, make sure to check out the Tour de France... it's not like you have anything better to do.

p.s. Lance Armstrong is not racing this year so stop asking about him.

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