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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by OGRipper, Jan 8, 2008.
Ball signs Sevilla, trying to get Landis.
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At least he is honest about it....
Best part of that interview:
There has, however, been a negative response from equipment sponsors. Ball specifically pointed to wheel manufacturer HED, which backed out of its sponsorship agreement after Rock added Hamilton.
"HED left specifically because of Tyler being on the team," Ball said. "They were giving us a full ride, and we were going to work with them and help them build their brand as much as ours.
"Nope. See ya. Gone. So be it. I'll go out and buy that company and do my own wheels. I'll make my own wheels. I don't need your wheels. I'll make better wheels. I'll make cooler wheels, that's for sure."
"We just got another phone call from another sponsor who is wavering. And go! See ya. I don't care. I'll buy all the equipment. I'll make my own. Next! And guess what? I'll make it better, cooler, and I'll take your market share. Next! If that's the way you really feel about this sport, and it's just an opportunity, then you shouldn't be in the sport. There's more to it than the opportunity. Absolutely I'm in it for the opportunity, but there is more to it. There are people, there are lives. So no, you can go and disappear, HED, but guess what? Tyler is still racing for me."
Representatives from HED did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
****ing right on steve hed!!!!
So what does Ball do when he's pissed everyone off and is essentially blackballed by the industry. Does he not realize that outside of a few big players the industry is basically small companies run by headstrong owners with principles, morals, and perhaps more importantly, egos. Buying up small businesses doesn't work when the people running them don't care about the money and at least in some small part care about the health of competitive cycling and the industry in general.
I can admire an entrepreneur that says if people won't help, he'll do it his way but I think it's safe to say he's crossed the line a bit. Doesn't sound like a real nice guy either (http://www.nysun.com/article/56876) but I've not met him so what do I know.
He sounds like a 5 year old:
"Whaaaaaa!! Ok, you take your wheels and go home!! I'll make my own wheels. And they'll be more coolerer, you big stupid-head!!!"
What a wanker.
the last name in that suit can not be real.....
Reminds me of a recent South Park episode.
Road cycling is such a great sport when it comes to personalities and drama. Cheryl Crow said that her rock and roll friends had nothing on bike racers when it comes to being eccentric.
This guy is good for the sport- way better than all the political, sneaky coaches and sponsors that lie to everyones face while helping naive riders ruin their careers with enhancements.
I personally would love to see Tyler or Landis make a comeback. Landis especially, and I don't care if he's innocent or guilty.....and BAll would make for a great character in a cycling come-back movie!
thats what i was thinking and a chappelle skit