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  • michael lewis
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    My favorite non-favorite is what the self-styled "National Newspaper" does here in Toronto. The Globe and Mail frequently limits its "coverage" of major meet results to that crappy microtext in the back of the sports section, and gives the order of finish for 3 or maybe 4 events - without times or distances. Someone should make those responsible watch a javelin competition from the middle of the far end of the sector.

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  • Per Andersen
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    My peeve is when papers only give points and no results like in "Washington High defeats Lincoln High 50-38" without giving one actual result. I am very interseted to see who wins the annual "Track battle" between Finland and Sweden but I absolutely need the results. The only points I really care about are the points in Decathlon and Heptathlon. I would love to live in a place where I could see a headline like the one HJSTEVE desribes "John Doe fails to break 800 world record...." because it implies a certain knowledge of the sport. That is unfortunately impossible for me as I live in that Track&Field wasteland which is British Columbia. 3 mill people, as big as France and One big Newspaper that simply does not cover Track but have a legion of Hockey writers. In the off season they send a team to Sweden to see what some fair to middling hockey players have for breakfast.

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    >BAH! - not to mention HUMBUG! What is T&FN, a
    >weekly dig-out-only-the-garbage news magazine, or
    >specialty publication for the information and
    >interest of the waning crowd(?) of track fans in
    >the USA?

    It's more like Teen Beat than People.

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    BAH! - not to mention HUMBUG! What is T&FN, a weekly dig-out-only-the-garbage news magazine, or specialty publication for the information and interest of the waning crowd(?) of track fans in the USA? We want the news and all the back of the magazine features. If controversy and alledged "facts" about the problems are desired, read "People" magazine. Let USA/TF argue the drug problems -- they can quote the excuses of US professional sports. I agree that placing T&F under "Olympic Sports" is a downer -- just drops the open sports public's attitude of the value of the sport farther down with field hockey and rhythmic gymnastics.

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    Last time I
    >checked T&F News was a small, monthy publication
    >... I do not want to read about crap I can find
    >in 2 minutes on the internet ... plus ... the
    >main stream media continues to beat up Olympic
    >sports, knowing full well the drug crap is even
    >more common in the American professional sports
    >... keep the common drudge crap out of T&F News
    >... PLEASE.

    Last time I checked, outside of Drew Eckman, who isn't even a writer, there is no one employed by any of those periodicals who even knows how far around a track is.

    Given the huge advantage in actual resources that TNFN has over Newsweek, Time, et alia, their performance is dismal.

    Shame.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    >When Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, People,
    >and TV Guide lead the field in reporting about
    >the corrupting influence of drugs in our sport
    >while TNFN, self-proclaimed "Bible of Our
    >Sport", is silent.

    True. You can't mention it on the boards - except in the "Crisis" threads, and then, only in the most PC of tones.

    TAFNEWS knows many of the inside stories, we know this for a fact. Galling is the fact that they knew all about postives and cover ups for years, and still present some of these hypocrites as legitemate champs. If they were hard hitting, their sales might rise.

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  • stevehj197
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    certainly not a new comment, but just to put it on the record on this thread:

    the constant and totally misleading emphasis on "world records" such as a hypothetical:

    "John Doe failed to break the world record in the 800 today, running 1:41.20 in the 800..."

    I grind my teeth avery timne a see headers like this. Ridiculous.

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  • NormZylstra
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    Look, is there information about the drugs issue you need that you cannot find?

    Last time I checked T&F News was a small, monthy publication ... I do not want to read about crap I can find in 2 minutes on the internet ... plus ... the main stream media continues to beat up Olympic sports, knowing full well the drug crap is even more common in the American professional sports ... keep the common drudge crap out of T&F News ... PLEASE.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    When Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and TV Guide lead the field in reporting about the corrupting influence of drugs in our sport while TNFN, self-proclaimed "Bible of Our Sport", is silent.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    It also means that the burden of being falsely labeled as an "amateur" sport is carried on.

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  • tandfman
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    Top print media pet peeves

    Of course, we all hate the fact that the print media do not give enough coverage to our sport, but let's compile a list of specific peeves about the way they cover it when they do. (I've limited this to print media because the way tv mangles T&F is a whole nother subject.)

    My pet peeve is the placement of track & field news under the column heading "Olympic Sports" rather than under its own heading. That drives me crazy. Basketball is an Olympic sport. So are baseball, boxing, tennis, and soccer. They would never lump those sports in a miscellaneous category with fencing, archery, water polo, and other sports that almost nobody pays any attention to (even during the Olympics).

    The evil of putting us under the "Olympic Sports" category is, of course, the implication that our sport has significance only once every four years, which of course is not true. But it becomes true in the eyes of the readers who are told that this is how their daily newspaper thinks of track and field.

    We should all write to the editors of our local papers when we see this. It's bad journalism and it's harmful to our sport.
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