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  • tandfman
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    Believe it or not, walking was once a big spectator sport.

    >> For several decades in the later nineteenth century, the favorite spectator sport in America was watching people walk in circles inside big buildings.<<

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20.../heavens-gaits

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by Mike67
    Fortunately, attaining the coveted classification of "cool" is not the objective of my comments regarding this or any other subject. My sin hating comments used here were for analogous purposes, but hating sin and loving the sinner is most certainly "cool" to He Who matters!
    I think we just hit rock bottom in this thread.

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  • Mike67
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by Mike67
    Originally posted by Marlow
    don't be hating on them Walkers!
    Why not? What's wrong with criticism of an event that blows! I have nothing against the walkers, hate the sin not the sinner!
    Why not hate? I would hope the answer is self-evident.

    In regard to the event, any criticism of the event IS a criticism of the people who enjoy it. I'm not into rap or bubblegum music, but I think it would be very wrong of me to say NO ONE should like it, just because I think it's pointless. You are more than welcome to ignore it (as most of us do), but hatin' is hatin', bro. It just ain't cool! :evil:
    Fortunately, attaining the coveted classification of "cool" is not the objective of my comments regarding this or any other subject. My sin hating comments used here were for analogous purposes, but hating sin and loving the sinner is most certainly "cool" to He Who matters!

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by Mike67
    Originally posted by Marlow
    don't be hating on them Walkers!
    Why not? What's wrong with criticism of an event that blows! I have nothing against the walkers, hate the sin not the sinner!
    Why not hate? I would hope the answer is self-evident.

    In regard to the event, any criticism of the event IS a criticism of the people who enjoy it. I'm not into rap or bubblegum music, but I think it would be very wrong of me to say NO ONE should like it, just because I think it's pointless. You are more than welcome to ignore it (as most of us do), but hatin' is hatin', bro. It just ain't cool! :evil:

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  • imaginative
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    Yes, walks can be very exiting. So can bicycling, long distance
    skiing, and other sports that follow a similar ``race pattern''. Does
    that (based exclusively on that argument) make it TnF? No. Would
    considering RW not-TnF make it a lesser (or greater) sport than it is
    today? No. The degree to which I follow walking would not change based
    on its classification. (Usually Olympics only---where I also watch a
    lot of other sports, including swimming, bicycle races, and, ahem, the
    women's beach volley ball.)

    To me TnF is running, jumping, and throwing in a stadium or under
    sufficiently similar conditions---with a philosophy of altus, fortus,
    citus. In this scheme, RW does not fit in. Those who have a different
    classification system can validly draw other conclusions in their
    system. If they do, we will simply have to agree to disagree.

    (Disclaimer: The above is of course an oversimplification. I do not consider,
    e.g., baseball to be TnF. However, I think you understand what I mean
    with ``running, jumping, throwing'', etc.)

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  • Mike67
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by Mike67
    Better watch it! The "overly sensitive" types will be swooping down on you for your clearly stated, and commonly held, opinions!
    As one of those 'OS' types ( :wink: ), even I, under the duress of 'full disclosure', can admit that I don't get RW, therefore I can't enjoy it. BUT . . . I certainly would never criticize the event or those who enjoy it. I like ALL the other events (even, again under FD duress, those loooooog ones that bad hammy doesn't like), and think there are more than enough to go around, so don't be hating on them Walkers! :evil:
    Why not? What's wrong with criticism of an event that blows! I have nothing against the walkers, hate the sin not the sinner!

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  • bad hammy
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    And unlike the shot putters, the walkers almost always have the good graces to avoid actually showing up and performing during the main part of most track meets, so leaving them be is certainly no skin off of my back.

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by Mike67
    Better watch it! The "overly sensitive" types will be swooping down on you for your clearly stated, and commonly held, opinions!
    As one of those 'OS' types ( :wink: ), even I, under the duress of 'full disclosure', can admit that I don't get RW, therefore I can't enjoy it. BUT . . . I certainly would never criticize the event or those who enjoy it. I like ALL the other events (even, again under FD duress, those loooooog ones that bad hammy doesn't like), and think there are more than enough to go around, so don't be hating on them Walkers! :evil:

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by bad hammy
    Full disclosure forces me to admit that I am bored stiff by any race on the track over four laps, so that may have something to do with my antipathy for walking events.
    You are probably hopeless on the walk issue and I won't try to argue with you. But to anyone who is NOT bored by a long distance race I'd say give walking a chance.

    If you sit down (or stand up, as you wish) and actually watch a full 20km race walk, or even a 50, the way you would watch a marathon, I think you'll be surprised how exciting it can be, just as a competition. No, they don't look like runners--they're not supposed to. But they ARE racing, and at the same time trying to stay with the rules (and that effort adds another element to the spectator interest. I don't watch a whole lot of race walks but when I do, I almost always enjoy it.

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by Mike67
    Originally posted by bad hammy
    Originally posted by kuha
    A very basic question: What percentage of us on this board honestly care what will happen in these events?
    I appreciate the love and dedication that walkers have for their events, but I wouldn't get up and look out the window to watch a race, much less actually go out somewhere to do so. Oh, and I hate the shot put . . .
    Better watch it! The "overly sensitive" types will be swooping down on you for your clearly stated, and commonly held, opinions!

    However, I do enjoy watching the shot!
    Full disclosure forces me to admit that I am bored stiff by any race on the track over four laps, so that may have something to do with my antipathy for walking events.

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  • Mike67
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    Originally posted by bad hammy
    Originally posted by kuha
    A very basic question: What percentage of us on this board honestly care what will happen in these events?
    I appreciate the love and dedication that walkers have for their events, but I wouldn't get up and look out the window to watch a race, much less actually go out somewhere to do so. Oh, and I hate the shot put . . .
    Better watch it! The "overly sensitive" types will be swooping down on you for your clearly stated, and commonly held, opinions!

    However, I do enjoy watching the shot!

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  • kuha
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    Originally posted by bad hammy
    Originally posted by kuha
    A very basic question: What percentage of us on this board honestly care what will happen in these events?
    I appreciate the love and dedication that walkers have for their events, but I wouldn't get up and look out the window to watch a race, much less actually go out somewhere to do so. Oh, and I hate the shot put . . .
    Fair enough. Counting you & me, then, 0% "honestly care" what will happen in the walks. Sounds about right...

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by kuha
    A very basic question: What percentage of us on this board honestly care what will happen in these events?
    I appreciate the love and dedication that walkers have for their events, but I wouldn't get up and look out the window to watch a race, much less actually go out somewhere to do so. Oh, and I hate the shot put . . .

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  • Mike67
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    Originally posted by Kevin Richardson
    Trackstar, I appreciated the ad, personally. As for Mike67's comments, it is not PC to exercise courtesy. It is part of being civil. While I am not a huge fan of RW, it is part of the sport. That is incontrovertible. Tone the vitriol down a notch or two and see what kind of truly enlightening conversation will follow. And the HA HA stuff, gets a bit old.
    Thanks Dad!

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  • cacique
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    i can see lots of OTHER folks that would be offended at this commercial. a black man acting like a buffoon and screaming like a savage? hmmmm...

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