From The Editor
The track world has only so much room for ranting and raving, so T&FN doesn't allow its editor, E. Garry Hill, to run off at the fingers every month. But perhaps you'll enjoy hearing the babble he puts up several times a year. The opinions he expresses--needless to say--reflect his personal point of view, not necessarily that of the rest of the editorial staff, and are in no way meant to be construed as company policy.
The editor unabashedly admits that he's an elitist (the higher the level of achievement the more he likes it) and that his prime interest in the sport is for the professional side of things. And more than anything else, he seeks to ensure that the presentation of the sport keeps it a viable entity on the crowded modern sporting field. Recent pontifications:
Might the radical changes in the '11 World Champs schedule backfire?
WRs are the currency that keeps the sport alive: are we floating counterfeit money?
Why arenít Americans peaking at the Olympics and World Champs?
Does track & field need a touch of the X-Games mentality?
OK, that was the best 4 decades of my lifeÖ so far
As Cordner Nelson liked to ask, "What kind of fan are you?"
Without a Chicago Games, when will the U.S. host the World Champs?
Is it possible that superstars might actually be bad for the sport?
Wiser heads appear to have prevailed in the 2012 Trials schedule decision
Programs! You canít tell the players without a program! But even thenÖ
When will U.S. teams start wearing uniforms that are distinctive?
Just where did they find all the athletes who hate the 10-day Trials?
A single-weekend Olympic Trials? Bad-bad-bad!
Iím biased on the subject, but I like the Olympic Trials just as they are
EAA presentation tweaks: inspiration or pure panic?
Forget the dropped Olympic batons! What about
the ongoing U.S. menís field-event meltdown?
Two of the all-time greatest words in the English language: Road Trip!
(gh & dj head to Des Moines in tornado season)
The greatest meet on the planet? Not the OG, not the WCóitís the OT my friends
Watching 3 rounds of dash prelims is as good as a cliff-hanging serial at the Saturday matinee
A column dedicated to Willi Krause, who epitomized all that was great about coaches
Happy 60th Birthday To Track & Field News!
Some think the World Champs is held too often; I donít think itís held often enough
Canít anybody run a scoreboard properly at a track meet?
How about making the NCAA Champs a finals-only meet?
Would you believe an NCAA meet thatíll be done in time to go have a beer after the meet and itís not even noon?
Sacrilege! Maybe the finishline isnít the best place to sit and watch a meet?
Which of the 8 kinds of track fan are you?
Itís time for the rulesmakers to revisit the lane-draw procedures
Wouldnít it be nice to be able to tell where sprinters are relative to each other during a race?
Thereís a simple solution to the logjam that is Nationals schedulingósome events have to go
I say take the relays out of the NCAA Championships
Does the idea of a new set of World Records still have real merit?
The worst year of track is better than the best year of just about any other sport you can name
The final rounds in field events deserve their own private window on big-meet schedules
There arenít too many tries in the field events; itís just that the wrong people are taking too many
As affiliations go, is ďunatĒ the University of Nat?
Would it be too much to ask to have a uniform uniform-policy?
Only a hard mile relay leg can turn you from Michael Johnson into Michael Jackson
The sport has suffered this year from the rash of young collegians going pro
More bang for your T&FN buck!
Meets tend to be unkind towards those who think of the sport as field & track
Having Craig Masback and Bill Roe set for additional terms at† USATF is a big plus for the sport
The 500lb gorilla on T&FN's back: how can we remain relevant in today's Internet world?
Is it wrong to stand up for the sport we all love so much?
My dictionary doesn't seem to define the NCAA's 'honest effort' dictum very well
It's getting hard to appreciate out-of-the-blue performances
What's the most popular event in the sport, the mile or the 100?
Pictures really are better than a thousand words
The Olympicsójust like Christmas, only way better
The latest rounds of drug revelations have left ugly fingerprints on the World Rankings
Parisómore proof that the U.S. Trials meets need to be moved later
If T&FN doesn't speak out for the track fans of the world, who will?
Little things can mean so much in increasing spectator enjoyment
It's time for the rulesmakers to leave the pole vault alone
Paula Radcliffe vs. U.S. menóugh!
Landmark issues of T&FN: Nos. 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
2003--the year collegiate track came back to life
2003 is shaping up as a truly vintage year for the sport