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  • Davidokun
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    The Day's Best Reading includes an article on the 80-year history of the Olympics on TV. Here's an excerpt:

    In 1968, American 200 metres gold medallist John Carlos stood head bowed, fist clenched in a black power salute, after receiving his medal as the Star Spangled Banner was played.

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  • tandfman
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    Back to track. Here's a clueless headline writer:

    http://www.lex18.com/story/32845420/...diamond-league

    The headline reads: Kentucky's Harrison and Usain Bolt Get Wins in Diamond League

    This mis-information is also in the story's online URL.

    The story correctly notes that Bolt did not compete in the meet (the Lausanne Diamond League).

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  • Atticus
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    Not our sport, but I am appalled at the cluelessness of this reporter, writing about 'Lochtegate':

    Something is seriously amiss in our cultural — indeed, our moral and ethical — landscape if Ryan Lochte’s next move turns out to be a starring turn on “Dancing with the Stars.”
    The producers of DWTS must be themselves dancing with glee over this publicity coup. Everyone loves a train wreck. Who wouldn’t tune in?
    In the first graf he criticizes 'American culture', but then correctly ascribes the genesis of the 'problem', which is, of course, basic human nature - the rubbernecking that goes with a train-wreck. Getting Lochte on their show (truth be told, it was done before RL turned himself into Lindsay Lohan) is a master-stroke of genius. Ratings will skyrocket. It what TV producers pray for. It's what the American viewing public wants - no brag (sic), just fact. This is not to be tsk-ed and clucked over, hands wringingly, it just is. It's why the Kardashians are followed by tens of millions of people. It's just the reality of the situation.

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  • Master403
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    Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
    The winner!!!!!!!
    Agreed.
    I do not know what ChaHooA is, but this post was copied, oops, curated from People.com. People has edited their article (Check the comments), but ChaHooA has not. Finding that this started in People makes it even better for me. Thank you tandfman.

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  • lonewolf
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    The winner!!!!!!!

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  • tandfman
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    If clueless writing about track were a competition, I'd say let's stop now. The competition has been won. This just boggles:

    http://www.chahooa.com/news/317454/l...e-son-olympian

    Centrowitz’s father Sebastian Coe had four words for his gold medal-winning son: "Welcome to the club."

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  • lonewolf
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    I did catch rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming on NBC after T&F concluded. Fascinating..

    Some may scoff at these two "sports" but these girls are athletes at the mercy of (biased?)subjective judging.
    The swimmers deserve some king of award for swimming vigorously while holding their breath for a loonnngggg time while remembering complicated and synchronized routines.

    The rhythmic girls make astounding throws and catches of hoops and batons while doing floor exercise in formation/pattern..

    I thought every team was perfect.. but the judges disagreed.
    Last edited by lonewolf; 08-23-2016, 06:15 PM.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
    although the general public would not know that.
    The general public knows as much about T&F as most of us know about ballet choreography, which is to say it all looks like abuncha twirls, jumps and prissy toe-pointing to me.

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  • lonewolf
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    Doesn't Centro have sub-4 miles on his resume? 4:04 would not be that big a deal for him, although the general public would not know that.

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  • KDFINE
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    In spite of being a veteran T&F writer, Longman messed up big time with his time conversion, and his being off went out as gospel to all those readers who don't know any better.

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  • bambam1729
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    Guys, Jere Longman is one of the most respected international sports writers in the USA. Spent several sessions talking with him here. He knows his stuff. Maybe the estimate was off a bit, maybe he didn't take into account that Centro was flagging at the end, but he usually does good stuff. When everything you write or do is up for public consumption, easy to be critical. But Jere is far from a know-nothing USA sports writer who is sent to the Olympics by his editor and is pissed off that he can't cover college football pre-season and breathlessly report on some SEC QB's bowel movements and how it will affect him recognizing the cover two this season. Give Jere a break, we should be so lucky of all USA writers knew international sports so well.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
    I was worried if Centro was going to make I to the finish line.
    I (and I think Centro too) kept expecting someone else to make a hard charge on the outside. Right up to the finish line. Then I was shocked (as he was) that he had actually done it.

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  • lonewolf
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    I think we all agree on that. I was worried if Centro was going to make I to the finish line.
    I don't expect the writer to appreciate that but I do expect he should have been aware of the usual 18 second conversion....

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  • dukehjsteve
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    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    No he could not. Did you see him at the end? He had rigor mortis and might have run sub-14 for the last 100m, so how was he going to do it for another 109m?
    Quite true. Both Centro and Makloufi were out of gas.

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  • jazzcyclist
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    Originally posted by aaronk View Post
    At the speed Centro was going, he definitely would have finished in 4:04!!
    No he could not. Did you see him at the end? He had rigor mortis and might not have run sub-14 for the last 100m, so how was he going to do it for another 109m?
    Last edited by jazzcyclist; 08-22-2016, 09:03 PM.

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