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    I don't think I've ever told this story on here, so here goes!

    I was a freshman or sophomore at Tennessee ('82 or '83) and I was walking back to my dorm from classes via Tom Black Track. I always walked by the track. The track is smack in the middle of the campus, so it's hard to miss anyhow.

    As I got near the track, I saw this guy flying down the straightaway. He had neon yellow shoes on and I swear his feet were turning over so fast, the neon yellow looked like it formed circles -- just like in the cartoons.

    I thought to myself that this had to be a world class athlete -- or damn close! I was taken aback by the incredible speed! As I got closer, I could recognize that it was Stanley Floyd -- on campus courting a Lady Vol trackster, the beautiful Delisa Walton.

    I figured I'd hang around and watch Floyd work out some, but since there was nobody else around the track, I didn't want to be too conspicuous. I didn't want him to feel like I was "reading over his shoulder." So I kind of stood at the top of the stands -- peeking over a wall -- hoping he wouldn't see me.

    All of a sudden, he looks up toward me and says, "Hey, give me a hand for a sec." I was hoping somebody was standing behind me or something! No, he was talking to me. Oh no! So I walked down there.

    "I want you to time me in in ten-meter starts." He handed me his watch, which probably cost more than my car. My car now! I was so nervous I almost dropped it.

    "Give me the standard 'on your mark, set, go' command and time me over ten meters."

    I'm still far from an expert at track, but back then I was even moreso. Since I'd never been a sprinter, I didn't know how to do that command, with the proper time in between. So I said, "marksetgo!"

    Floyd patiently told me how to give the command. After 'on your mark', wait until the sprinter is still, then say 'set'. After he is set, there is a split second before you start the race.

    "I'm blowing it," I thought to myself. It was just a matter of time, I figured, before he told me "never mind."

    The next time, I got the start right. I followed him as closely as I could and I've never concentrated so hard as I watched his chest cross the imaginary line at ten meters.

    Right as he crossed the line, Floyd said, "One what." (As in the time -- one second and how many tenths and hundreths.)

    Oh Jesus, I had him in 2.something. It took every bit of courage I could muster to tell him that. "That can't be right," he said.

    So we tried it again. Again, he said, "One what." Again I had him over two seconds. He's going to chew me out, I imagined. Or worse.

    We tried it about five more times and they were all over two seconds. I told him, "I'm sorry. I just don't know how to do this properly."

    He told me I was doing it perfectly, that he was out of shape. He thanked me and was nice to give me an autograph for the road!

  • #2
    Re: Brush with celebrity: Stanley Floyd

    Thanks BillVol, that's a great story. I bet there are a lot of others that have interesting stories as well. Would love to hear them. Seeing and saying hello deals are one thing, but when there is a good story to it, let's hear 'em !


    • #3
      Re: Brush with celebrity: Stanley Floyd

      Ebonie Floyd, who made the 200 final at USaTF last weekend, is the daughter of Stanley and Delisa.


      • #4
        Re: Brush with celebrity: Stanley Floyd

        Thanks, Steve. Man, that's a great memory. He was really nice guy. Thanks also, Garry, for the info about the daughter of Stanley and Delisa. I guess she has the genes for sprinting! Wow. I hope the Floyds are doing well.