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  • #31
    Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

    Now by your 'logic' anyone who is trying the best they can is worthy of NATIONAL media attention? Track & Field News caters to a clientele who are interested in male/female, elite HS, college and open, (USA mainly, but others too, esp. Oly-caliber) because that's where the present and future is. The past is of only passing interest, as in 'where are they now?' profiles. Unless a masters athlete is still at least national open class, it's not newsworthy. If you want masters, go to 'National Masters News,' a fine publication.

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    • #32
      Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

      "I'll be posting from now on under protest! ;-) Not even an answer. Wow."

      There is a lot of talk about “policing” and “autocratic moderators” on this message board. I for one would like to be on the record for being in support of “zapping” irreverent and unjustified threads and posts. A short anecdote:

      Within the last two days I registered at Dyestat and browsed their forums. There is one forum for discussion on “spikes” – absolutely pointless (the forum, not the shoes, generally). It is nice to have forums devoted to regions/states, but from what I saw the Illinois (where I reside) forum is dominated by cocky, immature high school aged runners who think that 55 miles a week is tough and agonize over not breaking the 5 minute mile last season. Any intelligent discussion invariable becomes hopelessly mired in pettiness, pretentiousness, and name-calling. It seems that many of the posters live vicariously through their old high school teams. Then the are “avatars” – those annoying little pictures that appear in every post and “signatures” all of which are frivolous and many of which are longer than the respondent’s actual post. They also destroy the flow of the discussion – if any – that exists, serving only to further the political/social aims of those that create them. This brings me to my next point: political discussion on a track and field message board. There are mammoth threads about “American Nazism” and President Bush’s political dilemmas. I will refrain from comment on the issue of “smilies.” Add the fact that navigating the board is like working your way through the Labyrinth of Crete and you have a very unfavorable situation. It seems that the message board there has grown too large to be controlled, so little effort is made to do so. I very much prefer the smaller scale setup at T&FN: a sense of decorum is maintained to facilitate intelligent discussion.

      So complain if you will, but T&FN is the greatest, bar none!

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      • #33
        Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

        >Since MLB seems to be the gold standard
        >dard here, the "average fan" isn't interested
        >in following women's fastpitch, any more than
        >"the over-45 Beer Leagues"- why should female
        >T&F athletes get a bye, since they are
        >performing at a clearly inferior level, not even
        >at the level of the top Master's?

        Hmmm...interesting question. I still don't want master's reports in T&FN.

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        • #34
          Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

          >So complain if you
          >will, but T&FN is the greatest, bar none!

          I'd agree. But like the athletes whom they cover, they can always strive to be better.

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          • #35
            Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

            Maybe it's the endorphins of today's 14-miler, but right now I'm thinking that maybe you guys are right- if perhaps for the wrong reasons. Attention from the media onto Master's athletics would likely bring money into the picture, and with it the sundry problems which have fouled mainstream track and field (and all professional sports). Perhaps Master's is one of the final bastions/backwaters of surviving amateur ideals can (even 15-year-olds nowadays are often performing under the weight of competing for scholarship potential, rather than for the love of the sport). If the main performance-enhancing drug is the anticipated post-competition round of beers, then maybe things will stay that way for a little longer

            But if and when Tony breaks 4:00, put his freakin' pic in the mag, O.K.?

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            • #36
              Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

              >How about this one? Overuse of the word "hot."
              >"Hot Texas
              >Relays"

              But Bill, the Texas Relays ARE hot. I end up sunburned every @#$%! year. Texas high school championships, too.

              Lee Nichols
              Austin
              "Run fast and keep turning left."

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              • #37
                Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

                >Perhaps Master's is one of the final
                bastions/backwaters of surviving amateur ideals . . . If the main performance-enhancing
                drug is the anticipated post-competition round of
                beers, then maybe things will stay that way for a
                little longer <

                It isn't.

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                • #38
                  Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

                  >It isn't.

                  At least on the roads, where there is some substantial ca$h to be had, I'm afraid you're probably right to a degree. On the track, I haven't seen much to be suspicious of. Probably more like open comp was during the mid-late '60's.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Top T&FN Pet Peeves?

                    The print version of Track and Field news is impossible to find in any bookstore or retail outlet. I have not seen the magazine for sale in any book store for 5 years.

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