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  • Novitiate
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    http://www.johann-sandra.com/popular.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sp ... ce_figures

    Here's a gem:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_popular_i ... adyAsked=1

    I won't bother asking anyone how to find out how popular track and field is, since my efforts at digging up "interesting things" seem to be worse than unappreciated around here. Figures - you have someone who tries hard to make things a bit less drab and routine for people, then the mods send some little shithead to tell him to shut the fuck up.

    Pardon my French, Monsieurs Hall eh Hill.

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  • elcaballo
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    In general he's right, and it's not just US either. Substitute other sports and you could say the same for just about every other nation on earth.

    But there's a major difference between generally public interest in track for 206 weeks out of every 208 and what we're talking about here, the Olympic 100m ...

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  • Novitiate
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    Originally posted by gh
    His premise sounds like it makes sense, but w/ the Gay-Powell-Bolt drama, I'm not sure the are many times when the interest has been higher!
    On another thread, gh rote:

    Originally posted by gh
    Drugs have very little to do with it. Track's irreversible fall from public grace began in 1958 when football and baseball changed the sporting landscape. Given the option to watch a team game, Joe Sixpak will take that over a track meet any day. Once that became an option 24 hours a day, track became minimalized. That's the reality.
    http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... hp?t=32241

    In fairness to gh, which phonetically can rhyme with "ff", the discussion may have been perceived as having veered toward a more myopic, USA-centric view of things, on that other thread.

    If there is such a thing as karma, Carl Lewis may come back as Ben Johnson's student in a "future" life....

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  • elcaballo
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    Originally posted by gh
    His premise sounds like it makes sense, but w/ the Gay-Powell-Bolt drama, I'm not sure the are many times when the interest has been higher!
    That's the irony of the situation really. The damage the drugs scandals cause are completely dependent on how healthy the sport is in the first place.

    If it was just one guy dominating, public interest in the 100 would have been far more damaged by all the drug revelations. With the 3 fastest guys in history duking it out, people can't help but care about the result.

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  • gh
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    Canadian columnist says Fahey doesn't have Dick Pound's fire:

    http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news ... a837cf2f35

    Great line:
    <<.... Instead, we got his successor John Fahey, believed to be the only unquotable Aussie male on the planet....>>

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  • gh
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    His premise sounds like it makes sense, but w/ the Gay-Powell-Bolt drama, I'm not sure the are many times when the interest has been higher!

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  • imaginative
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    Fahey admitted that his own view had grown more jaundiced since the
    Johnson affair...
    Are there other sprinters than Johnson around that look jaundiced?

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  • Doping is pushing sprints to the brink of irrelevance: WADA

    Another one in the eye from WADA ...

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008 ... mpics/2008
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