Some of us here at Right Wisconsin are occasional ice fishing enthusiasts.
But we're not sure who are the bigger losers of the day: Those who want to make Ice Fishing an Olympic "Sport" or the drug testing officials from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency who had to take urine samples from ice fishermen in Wisconsin recently.
We kid you not.
The New York Times reports:
The ice fishermen spent a week on the frozen lake, and on the last day, after emptying perch and bluegill from their buckets and scrubbing bait from their hands, several winners of the World Ice Fishing Championship were ushered into their rooms in the Plaza Hotel.
There, an official from the United States Anti-Doping Agency ordered them to provide urine samples for a surprise test to detect steroids and growth hormones — drugs not normally associated with the quiet solitude of ice fishing.
Can brandy get you a lifetime from the Olympics, or merely a 50 day suspension from international competition?