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  • Three US All-comers Records Set Plus a CIR!!!!

    I must live in a parallel universe. I attended the Boston Indoor Games yesterday, and I was pretty excited by the whole thing. Three US All-comers indoor records (men's 600m and 3,000m and women's 5,000m) and one collegiate indoor record (men's 3,000m) were set, plus a performance by Devers that was absolutely amazing, considering how early in the season it came, some terrific vaulting by Dragila, screaming the lower heights, an impressive performance by Jen Toomey, and a few other very good races.

    When I picked up the newspapers this morning, and went on line this afternoon, the headlines all dealt with the disappointment that Haile G did not set a world indoor record. Although I knew that they had announced a record attempt, I also knew that there was almost no chance whatseover that he would actually break that record. So I was elated by the records seen, and not at all disappointed by the record not broken.

    Unfortunately, the records that I saw were totally ignored by the press that was there. The Globe, NY Times, and AP all had writers there, and they all led with Geb's "failure" and said nothing about any of the records that were actaully set. And even the release put out by USATF this afternoon made no mention of the three soil records, all of which will presumably be ratified officially by USATF itself.

    I love my universe. It'a a happy place where the positive achievements in the sport are recognized and celebrated. I just wish I had some company there.

  • #2
    Re: Three US All-comers Records Set Plus a CIR!!!!

    I'm with you in spirit! Maybe we're just all bummed out about the atrocious telecast. Thank you for pointing out the positives - we kinda lost that in the shuffle.

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    • #3
      Re: Three US All-comers Records Set Plus a CIR!!!!

      I'm with you too -- the way that T& F is reported in the news (when it is at all) is something I've puzzled about for a long time. My "favorite" example of this from the past year occurred last summer in the NY Times -- in a section of sports news briefs, one day there were 9-10 of these paragraph long blurbs about some sports news. Each was headlined in the way you would expect, such as: "soccer teams wins...", "tennis player wins...", "so-and-so wins golf tournament...", etc. There was one exception to this: "El G fails..."

      This was after whicheve meet El G ran the fastest mile in the world for the season (at least up to that point), but b/c he had not run a WR, he "failed." Thus, if you were just scanning sports news, and didn't know much about T& F, you would pick up that, among all these other sporting successes and accomplishments, there was a T&F "failure" of some kind.

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      • #4
        Re: Three US All-comers Records Set Plus a CIR!!!!

        it reflects perfectly how the sport has come to be considered by the mainstream u.s. media, as 'record or nothing' because that seems to be how meets/promoters are hyping the product anymore -- as if geb's appearance itself would not be enough. look at the headline from the iaaf for the same meet:
        "Devers' 7.85 run tops Ethiopian magic in Boston"
        http://www.iaaf.org/WIC04/news/Kind=2/newsId=23960.html

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        • #5
          IMPOSTER ALERT

          The real Master Po has alerted me that some dreg has stolen his login name. Such a cowardly offense is sure to come back on you, "Master Po." Shame on you.

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          • #6
            Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

            >The real Master Po has alerted me that some dreg has stolen his login name.
            >Such a cowardly offense is sure to come back on you, "Master Po." Shame on
            >you.

            Thank you, honorable Malmo, for bringing this to my attention, and on behalf of the other, so-called, "Master Po." That is a dutiful act indeed. I expected someday to meet other so-called "Master Po's", but I did not know there was another Master Po so near (electronically speaking). I should be honored to make his acquaintance. Two Master Po's on one small message board is truly auspicious! Not only for this small msg board, but perhaps for all of track and field! Of course, we all aspire to be the "real" Master Po. Should this other so-called Master Po insist on clinging to the title, I shall gladly relinquish it, for the sake of his tranquility.

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            • #7
              Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

              You know you're a fraud. The long con is up.

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              • #8
                Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                So why didn't the 'real' Master Po register his name? Get over it.

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                • #9
                  Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                  >So why didn't the 'real' Master Po register his name? Get over it.
                  I cannot speak for Master Po, but since he normally walks the earth and his only access to the ethereal rice paper is when he sits down for a cup of tea and a bowl of rice at interent cafes, I'd imagine that might have something to do with it?

                  Or maybe, you'd recognize the phony "Master Po" for what he is - an identity thief?

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                  • #10
                    Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                    I hate to break this to you, but 'Master Po' is a character of fiction, i.e., he's NOT REAL! You are not the city of Malmo, so who's zoomin' who?

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                    • #11
                      Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                      Two things: 1) Master Po is real. 2) City of Malmo, how long did it take you to figure that one?

                      Go back to Dyestat.

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                      • #12
                        Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                        oh, now you've REALLY hurt my feelings :-)

                        Let's see how fast this can go downhill and get us both thrown out. We'll sure miss you.

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                        • #13
                          Re: IMPOSTER ALERT

                          oh malmo, I'm so sorry I doubted you! I direct your attention to

                          http://www.geocities.com/alchemyst/po.htm

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                          • #14
                            IMPOSTOR ALERT

                            Hey, if you guys are going to hijack my thread, could you at least have the decency to spell impostor correctly.

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                            • #15
                              Re: IMPOSTOR ALERT

                              >Hey, if you guys are going to hijack my thread, could you at least have the
                              >decency to spell impostor correctly.

                              Or take the time to learn that both spellings are correct. Ask e. Gary Hil, whoever spells it last spells in correctly - or something like that.

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