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    The long sprint stages, where there's no action...

    The long sprint stages, where there's no action for hours on end, are worth watching just for the spectacular videography from the helicopters. Today they showed the Pont du Gard, a 2000-year-old...
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    First Man was darker than The Right Stuff, not...

    First Man was darker than The Right Stuff, not only Armstrong but the music and everything else about it. Armstrong was an odd bird, but I guess you wouldn't expect a normal guy to volunteer for...
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    The one that aired on CNN? I saw that too.

    The one that aired on CNN? I saw that too.
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    So I ask you why the difference #1 and #2 is more...

    So I ask you why the difference #1 and #2 is more significant the difference between #1 and #3 and you talk about "the essence of domination"? What the hell does that mean? Come on man, you can do...
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    Yep, that's exactly what I said earlier. I saw...

    Yep, that's exactly what I said earlier. I saw First Man yesterday for the 1st time and I liked it almost as much as I liked The Right Stuff.
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    IMO, Jones should have gotten the Lance Armstrong...

    IMO, Jones should have gotten the Lance Armstrong treatment and had her entire career wiped off the book.
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    I understand conventional wisdom but as the...

    I understand conventional wisdom but as the saying goes, the Yellow Jersey seems to be making Aliphilippe ride like two men.
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    That's what happened at the 2012 US Olympic...

    That's what happened at the 2012 US Olympic Trials when Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix "tied" in the 100 final.
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    Your whole system is arbitrary. What's so special...

    Your whole system is arbitrary. What's so special about the difference between the #1 and #2 performer? Why not use the difference between the #1 and #3 or #5 performer? Or why not double the...
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    Dozens? How about thousands. Plus the Russians...

    Dozens? How about thousands. Plus the Russians would have called bullshit on us as we would have done if Sputnik had been fake.
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    I didn't realize that the Chappaquiddick incident...

    I didn't realize that the Chappaquiddick incident happened the day after the Apollo 11 launch. Talk about good timing for a screw-up.
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    Of course it can be defined, I just did. Some...

    Of course it can be defined, I just did. Some folks might chose a performance standard higher or lower than 1200, but the main point is to draw a line and do the math, and in this case we get 181...
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    After the basketball arena expanded its footprint...

    After the basketball arena expanded its footprint Bernie Moore Stadium no longer had space to put the temporary seating required for hosting NCAA's.

    What about North Carolina A&T and the city of...
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    One thing the multi-eventers have going for them...

    One thing the multi-eventers have going for them with regards to the performance list is the nature of the event itself because it's a lot harder to fluke (eg. Bob Beamon) your way to the top of the...
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    These are all very good points but I'm sure no...

    These are all very good points but I'm sure no one of this board doubts that there are a lot more elite 100 sprinters than there are elite decathletes. According to the IAAF scoring tables, a male...
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    Well, Bolt only has 4 of the top 10 times but...

    Well, Bolt only has 4 of the top 10 times but I'll take that as a no. I absolutely disagree. With all other things being equal, more competition in an event does matter and it only takes a...
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    So what's your answer to the question? Do a...

    So what's your answer to the question? Do a greater number of performers in an event make it harder to dominate it?
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    So just for the record, you don't believe the...

    So just for the record, you don't believe the number of performers in an event has any bearing on an athlete's ability to dominate it, right?
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    I didn't ignore it I already rejected it. Where...

    I didn't ignore it I already rejected it. Where do you stand on the relative paucity of multi performers compared to track performers?
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    So there are two schools of thought. One school...

    So there are two schools of thought. One school believes that Joyner's 9% advantage over the #100 performer of all time is a fair indicator of her dominance compared to other T&F athletes and another...
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    I notice that you're conveniently ignoring the...

    I notice that you're conveniently ignoring the number of multi performers vs the number of 800 performers.
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    I don't follow that logic. Having fewer...

    I don't follow that logic. Having fewer performers and fewer performances in an event makes it easier to dominate a performance list not harder. I'll bet Stacy Dragila dominated the performance list...
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    But is that an indicator of dominance or a...

    But is that an indicator of dominance or a relative lack of depth of performers and performances in multis compared to track events? How fast would Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, David Rudisha or El G...
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    I won't quibble with King Gustav's definition of...

    I won't quibble with King Gustav's definition of greatness but I do define dominance differently than some other folks do. Both David Rudisha and Joyner own 6 of the 10 best performances in the...
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    This is all true but in any given year I would...

    This is all true but in any given year I would surmise that there are hundreds of times more 400 performances by elite athletes than heptathlon performances, maybe thousands.
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