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  • #46
    Originally posted by steveu View Post

    There's a lot of examples these days, especially in the NBA regular season, of star athletes simply taking a game off to rest. The NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL can guarantee the team will play, but not individual players (even if no injury).
    These days, when it's too close to playoff time and the team has already clinched a spot, the alpha dogs are benched or sit out, unless it could mean the difference between home-field advantage or playing away for a majority of the games. If a team is hanging by a thread, between making the playoffs or missing out, the alpha dogs will definitely play. And if a team is already out of the playoffs, some alpha dogs will sit out unless he is chasing after a record.

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    • #47
      Actually we have no idea when Mu (or other athletes) told the organisers that she was pulling out from the meet. Just like the big city marathons, the organiser usually announced the new batch of athletes who replaced the dropouts in a press release nearer to the starting date. The organisers also need some time to invite new athletes.

      Hence Mu may have already pulled out from Pre even before Hodgkingson ran in Birmingham.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by steveu View Post

        There's a lot of examples these days, especially in the NBA regular season, of star athletes simply taking a game off to rest. The NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL can guarantee the team will play, but not individual players (even if no injury).
        Right....and as you've pointed out...it is addressed.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Wiederganger View Post

          Nope. Hodgkinson appears to be in great form. If Mu does not feel on top of her game, for whatever reason, why would she want to potentially lose to her? Better to withdraw.
          Keep swinging.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by CookyMonzta View Post

            They're bitter because they thought this would be the weekend where she throws the kitchen sink at the WR.
            No need to be overly dramatic. No one actually thought that Mu was trying to break the 800 world record this weekend.

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            • #51
              This is as much on the meet director (in this case the shoe company) as it is the athlete. Isn't it more or less expected that top Nike athletes compete at the Pre Classic?

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Juicy News View Post
                Actually we have no idea when Mu (or other athletes) told the organisers that she was pulling out from the meet. Just like the big city marathons, the organiser usually announced the new batch of athletes who replaced the dropouts in a press release nearer to the starting date. The organisers also need some time to invite new athletes.

                Hence Mu may have already pulled out from Pre even before Hodgkingson ran in Birmingham.
                That's correct. Mu could have pulled out last week.

                Also, one of Mu's training partners had Covid last week. Hopefully Mu didn't get Covid for the second time this year.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by JumboElliott View Post
                  This is as much on the meet director (in this case the shoe company) as it is the athlete. Isn't it more or less expected that top Nike athletes compete at the Pre Classic?
                  This is true. Whether it is the athlete, his or her reps or the meet itself, it would be nice to get some level of explanation. To clarify...at least on my part...this isn't a Mu issue. Why is it that when a tennis player or golfer withdraws or doesn't play we receive some sort of acknowledgement of it but in T&F it is "oh no. they owe us no explanation at all". Well...yeah....that's true I guess but it's also not up to the speed of other sports. Frankly, if the sport were more popular it would probably be a bigger issue.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post

                    This is true. Whether it is the athlete, his or her reps or the meet itself, it would be nice to get some level of explanation. To clarify...at least on my part...this isn't a Mu issue. Why is it that when a tennis player or golfer withdraws or doesn't play we receive some sort of acknowledgement of it but in T&F it is "oh no. they owe us no explanation at all". Well...yeah....that's true I guess but it's also not up to the speed of other sports. Frankly, if the sport were more popular it would probably be a bigger issue.
                    Well, it affects the Draw in Tennis.

                    And, I think some here need to get a life, beating this around again and again does not produce any interesting comments after the first post or so.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post

                      Well, it affects the Draw in Tennis.

                      And, I think some here need to get a life, beating this around again and again does not produce any interesting comments after the first post or so.
                      Apparently some disagree as shocking as that may be to you. Surprisingly you yourself commented on the same subject in another thread so maybe you include yourself on the "get a life" line?
                      Last edited by NotDutra5; 05-26-2022, 04:13 AM.

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                      • #56
                        Mu is an assistant coach at Texas A&M. She travelled with her athletes to Arkansas to help them out at the NCAA West Regionals.

                        So she isn't sick, doesn't have a serious injury, and didn't have a big personal emergency of some kind. So that's good.



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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by RunningInCircles View Post
                          Mu is an assistant coach at Texas A&M. She travelled with her athletes to Arkansas to help them out at the NCAA West Regionals.

                          So she isn't sick, doesn't have a serious injury, and didn't have a big personal emergency of some kind. So that's good.


                          That's correct. She was seen with her boyfriend, Brandon Miller, in Indiana. However, she should have at least put out a simple statement on her withdrawal.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Juicy News View Post

                            That's correct. She was seen with her boyfriend, Brandon Miller, in Indiana. However, she should have at least put out a simple statement on her withdrawal.
                            And in that last sentence ("...she should have at least put out a simple statement on her withdrawal") lies the crux of this entire thread---about Mu and every other person who withdrew (again, except for Jacobs!)!!
                            30 seconds to type a tweet would've been all it took to negate the entire reason for this thread!!

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post

                              Keep swinging.
                              Can you explain what you mean? That phrase has more than one meaning.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post

                                Well, it affects the Draw in Tennis.
                                Tennis is built around the world rankings which are based on points achieved in reaching certain rounds in tournaments. As I understand it, if you are prevented from playing by an injury you are entitled to some protection of your ranking points so the player has a vested interest in giving a reason for withdrawing.

                                The concert and team game analogies don't really apply. If you buy a ticket to an event where the ticket says "name of band" the organisers cannot fob you off with a completely different act. If your ticket is for "team X vs team Y" you can't be fobbed off with "team C vs team L".
                                Last edited by Trickstat; 05-26-2022, 12:04 PM.

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