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  • gm
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    Save your indignation for the ACC. They wrote the original.

    https://theacc.com/news/2020/7/9/gen...ptember-1.aspx

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  • tandfman
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    I doubt that that what the Balto Sun writer had in mind.

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  • DoubleRBar
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    It (cross country) use to be an Olympic sport before it was discontinued.

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  • tandfman
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    This is from an article in the Baltimore Sun: Headline - Maryland universities face daily uncertainty, disappointment in preparation for fall sports

    Clueless quote:

    The ACC postponed the start of Olympic sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball) until Sept. 1.
    Did you know that cross country is an Olympic sport? That's news to me.

    https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/...2h4-story.html

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    This is from a story about Kyle Merber's speaking to a HS Cross Country team in Westchester (NY) County:


    The 2016 Olympics were held in Atlanta? How did I miss that?

    https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/2...ry/2077067001/
    Cluelessness was not obvious to me in this NYT profile of Merber in pandemic times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/s...-olympics.html

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  • berkeley
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    This one is hard to believe. In a piece on the CNBC website about the status of the Tokyo Olympic Games, there appears this sentence:

    Oh, really? Do these guys really think that track athletes have only one quadrennial opportunity to compete in their sport? And by the way, the last time I looked CNBC was an affiliate of NBC, which broadcasts the World Championships and other meets (including those on NBC Sports Gold).

    Clueless. Totally.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/ioc-...eeping-in.html
    Sadly, the way things are going there may not be much more than that for 200m sprinters and triple jumpers ...

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  • berkeley
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    How about this from an article about the closing of Coogan's bar in NYC:

    They served "... the world’s smallest sundae named after Olympic champion runner Eamonn Coughlin who was tall and fast".

    Three errors in one sentence. He wasn't an Olympic champion, his name is Coghlan and he certainly isn't tall.

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  • tandfman
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    This appeared today, April 3, on Yahoo's site. It's attributed to NBC Sports Northwest, but it's obviously an old item. I'm sure it was accurate when NBC Sports Northwest first published it, but Yahoo was totally clueless in publishing an article today that's all about the World Championships coming to Eugene Augst 6-15, 2021! Those dates would, of course, overlap with those of the Olympic Games announced four days ago.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/eugene-oreg...221324356.html

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  • Trickstat
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    The vast majority of t&f athletes and those in most other sports in the Olympics cannot be considered "amateurs".

    If they only compete once every 4 years, how would countries select their teams?
    Last edited by Trickstat; 03-19-2020, 07:24 AM.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    This one is hard to believe. In a piece on the CNBC website about the status of the Tokyo Olympic Games, there appears this sentence:

    Oh, really? Do these guys really think that track athletes have only one quadrennial opportunity to compete in their sport? And by the way, the last time I looked CNBC was an affiliate of NBC, which broadcasts the World Championships and other meets (including those on NBC Sports Gold).

    Clueless. Totally.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/ioc-...eeping-in.html
    Not hard to believe at all...99.9% of the public doesn't follow the sport one bit...except for the Olympics reality show...And CNBC is especially dense...when the Irish prime minister was on CNBC a couple of years ago ....the hosts didn't know Ireland used the euro.

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  • tandfman
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    This one is hard to believe. In a piece on the CNBC website about the status of the Tokyo Olympic Games, there appears this sentence:
    Amateur athletes in sports such as swimming and track and field can only participate in events every four years.
    Oh, really? Do these guys really think that track athletes have only one quadrennial opportunity to compete in their sport? And by the way, the last time I looked CNBC was an affiliate of NBC, which broadcasts the World Championships and other meets (including those on NBC Sports Gold).

    Clueless. Totally.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/ioc-...eeping-in.html

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  • tandfman
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    How about this for clueless headline writing:

    Eastern Illinois Men and Austin Peay Women win the 2020 OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
    That was posted yesterday, and of course it was the indoor championships, not the outdoor championships.

    http://ovcsports.com/news/2020/2/27/...mpionship.aspx

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  • tandfman
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    Here's a good one. It's an article about the 2020 Olympic steeples.

    Men

    The American men absolutely killed it in 2016, with all three representatives finishing in the top three. The squad was led by Evan Jager in second place, running a time of 8:04.28 to finish just behind Kipruto of Kenya. He was joined in the top 10 by Hillary Bor and Donald Cabral in seventh and eighth respectively.
    Hmm-m-m-m So the 7th and 8th placers are in the top three? But wait, it gets better.

    The steeplechase is always one of the most fun events to watch on the track given the potential for big falls and huge lead changes. The U.S. is dominant like no other nation in this event
    Oh really? Isn't there a country in East Africa that's done pretty well?


    http://wfuogb.com/2020/02/hopefuls-t...-steeplechase/
    Last edited by tandfman; 02-27-2020, 10:29 PM.

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  • El Toro
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    Some woeful (absent) fact checking from the BBC in the Rojas indoor WR article linked on today's front page:

    The outdoor record stands at 15.50m, set by Sweden's Inessa Kravets in Gothenburg in 1995.
    I suppose somebody believes athletes only competed in their own country back in the dark ages...

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  • tandfman
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    This one just astonished me. Penn junior Nia Akins ran the 800 on Friday in 2:00.71. This was #2 on the all-time collegiate indoor list (and #1 among American collegians). The university put out a press release that included these two quotes:

    Her achievement broke the Ivy League record in the 800m . . .and made her just the fourth collegiate woman to break 2:00 in the 800m during indoor competition.
    So you break 2:00 by running 2:00:71? That's news to me.

    She was less than a second away from the all-time indoor collegiate record in the 800m, which is held by Texas A&M’s Jazmine Fray, who ran a 2:00.69 in 2017.
    That's the understatement of the year. Yes, .02 is less than a second.

    https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/nia...m-ncaa-history
    Last edited by tandfman; 02-17-2020, 06:37 PM.

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