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  • SI article on Gatlin

    2-page photo spread, followed by a good 2-page article (by Tim Layden, one of their A-list writers). Obviously written before the timing flap, the article finds a nice balance beween the Good News and the B(ALCO)ad News. The pull-out quote is: "If I ever tested positive or went down in some scandal that would be one of the hardest hits the sport could take," which he acknowledges SOUNDS self-absorbed, but is, of course, true.
    The article concludes by saying that July 3 in Athens is the SOONEST he and Powell could meet. Does Gateshead know that?

  • #2
    July in Athens would seem to be perfect!

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    • #3
      Sorry to disagree about the good balance, but my first thought when I saw it was "Why the hell do they have to mention drugs at all" in the article? Why can't the non-T&F media just report on a WR and not drag in the drug issue? If it was an athlete already under a cloud of suspicion, like MJ, I could understand it, but Gatlin? Leave it alone for once.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DrJay
        Sorry to disagree about the good balance, but my first thought when I saw it was "Why the hell do they have to mention drugs at all" in the article? Why can't the non-T&F media just report on a WR and not drag in the drug issue? If it was an athlete already under a cloud of suspicion, like MJ, I could understand it, but Gatlin? Leave it alone for once.
        If you want no mention of BALCO in a story in the American media, you have the wrong sport, and Gatlin has the wrong coach.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bad hammy
          Originally posted by DrJay
          Sorry to disagree about the good balance, but my first thought when I saw it was "Why the hell do they have to mention drugs at all" in the article? Why can't the non-T&F media just report on a WR and not drag in the drug issue? If it was an athlete already under a cloud of suspicion, like MJ, I could understand it, but Gatlin? Leave it alone for once.
          If you want no mention of BALCO in a story in the American media, you have the wrong sport, and Gatlin has the wrong coach.
          That last point is a bit of a problem, I know.

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