Panel Round One
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tour de Watch Out!
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Paula, the Tour de France started this week. And already, riders are complaining about a new phenomenon that is causing accidents along the route. What is it?
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Having no steroids.
SAGAL: It's a problem. They're not used to it.
POUNDSTONE: Yeah, yeah.
SAGAL: No, not exactly.
POUNDSTONE: I have no idea. You want to give me a hint? You can give me a hint.
SAGAL: Well, imagination me showing you something and you go, oh, look. Here I am, about to get run over at the Tour de France.
POUNDSTONE: Oh, people taking pictures.
SAGAL: People taking selfies.
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POUNDSTONE: Yeah, oh, yes - selfies.
SAGAL: So, you know, here comes what they call the peloton, all the mass of riders. And people are jumping out in the road, holding up their phones to take a selfie of themselves with the riders in the background.
TOM BODETT: Yeah.
SAGAL: Which is - you know 'cause if there's one guy you want to get in the way of, it's somebody traveling 30 miles an hour on a bike right after he injected gorilla blood into his butt.
BODETT: You know, they started doing that at NASCAR races, but that didn't last.
SAGAL: No, that was a self-correcting problem.
POUNDSTONE: (Laughing) Yeah.
SAGAL: Well, anyway, rather than fight the inevitable - 'cause you can't stop the selfie wave - the tour has embraced it, in addition to the yellow jersey for the leader and the green for the sprint leader, there's a blood-splattered shirt for the guy who takes out the most selfie-takers.
SAGAL: In fact...
BRIAN BABYLON: So you get points for that.
SAGAL: Yeah. If they want to make the Tour, finally, interesting, just give all the riders polo mallets.
SAGAL: You get points for quantity and distance.
BABYLON: So it would be, like, a little bit like - like a little bit of "Grand Theft Auto," a little bit...
SAGAL: A little bit.
BABYLON: And Tour de France.
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