After all the talk of statistics, probability and law, here’s something quite different courtesy of French TV show Les Guignols. Fast forward to 3m35s for the relevant bit in the clip above (Flash Player needed).
There’s been some talk in Spain of a “French plot” to get Contador. I find this odd given he ate Spanish meat, was prosecuted by the Swiss-based UCI and Canadian-based WADA and Monday’s ruling was announced by the Swiss CAS. But you might have seen the French cockerel sitting on the shoulders of the UCI pirates in Marca yesterday.
Spanish feelings are running high and the French have literally poured fuel on the fire with puppet clip above featuring star tennis player Rafael Nadal. You don’t need to know French to understand the clip opens with the newsreader saying “Contador has disgraced once again Spanish sport but luckily there is a Spanish champion above all suspicion” and ends with the strapline of “Spanish sportspeople don’t win by chance” before the police tell the driver he was caught driving at 280km/h.
It is from Les Guignols (“The Puppets”), a satirical daily news show. The show is irreverent and takes on everyone, regularly slaying politicians in a way that few sections of the docile French media dare. The Nadal clip is outrageous inflammatory but hopefully Spanish readers will not hold the entire population of France responsible.
Either way it seems some elements in both countries are sending accusations back and forth over the Pyrenees like a tennis ball and this clip is has landed deep in Spain. Indeed the Spanish tennis authorites are now looking at suing the French TV channel. Perhaps the Spanish could reply instead with a clip featuring a geriatric women who mysteriously beats people half her age?
Note the Guignols has often mocked Richard Virenque, the arch-doper from the Festina team in the 1990s. Here’s one of many examples, and it’s rather similar to the Nadal clip:
Indeed the Nadal clip also reminds me of the Vittel bottled water ad campaign: