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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Men's Decathalon
    While we're on that, can we all please correct the MILLIONS of people who say 'ath-a-lete'. It's 'ath-lete' !!!!

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  • dukehjsteve
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    Re the above post by bambam, many might recall my posting here about 6 years ago, when I started officiating at Indiana University, and was horrified to see a banner on the wall at Gladstein Field House ( IU's indoor track facility ) honoring Milt Campbell, in the "Decathalon." Someone must have read my posting, as within a month, a corrected banner was on the wall.
    Last edited by dukehjsteve; 07-24-2016, 02:01 PM.

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  • bambam1729
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    Fun 2 days at O'Hare Airport trying to get out of Chicago. Weather delays grounded all flights after 8 PM on Thursday evening. left Friday night, but had to get a flight to a city 2 states over and then rent-a-car to get home. No hotels available. Oh well, enough on that.

    While wandering around O'Hare for about 40 hours, I saw numerous United Airline signs promoting our Olympic athletes. Most had an Olympic athlete with a pilot, a flight attendant, gate agent, ground worker, etc. All gave the name of the United employee, with their job title, and the name of the Olympian, with their sport.

    Olympians included were Missy Franklin (swimming), Kerri Walsh (beach volleyball), Carli Lloyd (soccer), Simone Biles (gymnastics)

    Yes, T&F was represented as well. There, for all to see, in multiple places, it proudly proclaimed:

    Ashton Eaton
    Men's Decathalon

    Wanted to puke.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Here's another one where it's the headline writer who's clueless:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=11677907

    In case they realize they've screwed up and change it, please believe me--I'm looking at a headline that says:

    >>Athletics: No room in Kenyan Olympic team for Bekele<<

    The story correctly notes that it's the Ethiopian team that has excluded Bekele.
    Indeed they did!

    Athletics: No room in Ethiopian Olympic team for Bekele

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  • tandfman
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    Here's another one where it's the headline writer who's clueless:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=11677907

    In case they realize they've screwed up and change it, please believe me--I'm looking at a headline that says:

    >>Athletics: No room in Kenyan Olympic team for Bekele<<

    The story correctly notes that it's the Ethiopian team that has excluded Bekele.

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  • tandfman
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    It looks to me as if the actual interview took place before the hurdles final at the Trials.

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  • cubehead
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    The most clueless here really seems to be Merritt...

    NBC: Now going to Rio are you going to keep the same plan to stand eight hours if you have to?

    Merritt: I am. I’m always the second week so I can recover from that easily [laughter]. I’m going to go to the opening and closing ceremonies because I feel like it’s part of the Olympic experience. How many times do you get to go to the Olympic Games and compete? I mean it’s very rare and there’s a very small window in which you get to do that.
    Last edited by cubehead; 07-19-2016, 03:51 PM.

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  • tandfman
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    This may be the best of all:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...383170841.html

    It's a long interview with Aries Merritt, and it's all about how he's going to Rio to defend his Olympic title. Uh, the last time I looked, Merritt finished 4th in the Trials and as far as I know, nobody ahead of him has withdrawn.

    A hint to what may have fooled the utterly clueless writer of this piece of shit can be found in this sentence: "Despite the odds, he triumphed to make a comeback that proves the athlete in him is ready for another gold medal." The words "triumphed to make a comeback" are highlighted, and linked to an AP story that mentions a great race that Merritt ran at the Trials. But if you read that story, you see that it referred to LaShawn Merritt in the semifinals of the 200. No mention of Aries Merritt at all.

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  • tandfman
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    Here's one:

    http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/o...etes-sponsors/

    The URL and the headline refer to the USOC's Rule 40, which restricts Olympic athletes' sponsors. Problem is, Rule 40 is NOT a USOC rule--it's an IOC rule.

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  • tandfman
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    Did you know that the mile run is part of the decathlon? Gee, I didn't either. :-)

    http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news...st-perfect-10/

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  • Charley Shaffer
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    This isn't "writing" per se, but something I heard during T&F TV commentary:

    "When I drive my car down the freeway at 70 mph, that converts to 31.29 meters per second, which would be over the allowable, were it a wind speed.

    "Or if I went down to my local high school, and if they somehow still had an ancient quarter-mile track, that translates to a lap in 12.86 seconds, did my car. But I like to think of speed in furlongs per fortnight, so make that 188,160 in the FFF system, I'd be going."

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  • Tuariki
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    Clueless -, the Italian "sportswriter" in Rome a few days ago who believed Val Adams when she told him she was an 800m runner.

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  • cubehead
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    'In cricket, it is also used to describe an over (a series of six balls bowled) in which no runs are scored.'

    Yes I actually slipped by me since it's used so much in cricket commentary. A maiden over for Stuart Broad....

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  • trevorp
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    I'm the weird factor in this equation!
    You're not alone. Welcome to the weird corner.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post
    I am rather surprised that Atticus was not familiar.
    As indicated in my second post, I HAVE heard of it in horse-racing, but it's use in this circumstance was just too weird for me (or, alternately, and may be the case here, I'm the weird factor in this equation!).

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