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    Luck Retires, Fans Boo

    Football really is brutal. Indy fans jeering Andrew Luck off the field is an appalling example of the state of the sport. Apparently the guy was expected to keep throwing his body into the fray with...
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    Remarkably, I find myself in the same corner with...

    Remarkably, I find myself in the same corner with Atticus for the second time in a week!
    I'd add that the second really sad fact illustrated by the list is that the biggest "stars" are associated...
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    Blaming the behavior described here on cell...

    Blaming the behavior described here on cell phones? I seem to vaguely recall kids goofing off in class since I began elementary school in 1951. Guess we were ahead of the curve...
    Also recall looney...
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    The best idea is what Atticus seems to be...

    The best idea is what Atticus seems to be advocating... a campus & classroom culture where kids recognize when and where it is appropriate to use phones and when and where it is not. The first & most...
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    Junior life guard programs in California have...

    Junior life guard programs in California have sprint aces for "flags" (really pieces of garden hose stuck in the sand)... always fewer flags than kids, sort of musical chairs elimination heats. Lots...
  6. ESPN now echoing the same report. Sources still...

    ESPN now echoing the same report. Sources still not clear.
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    Trickstat is right, kayaking is determined by...

    Trickstat is right, kayaking is determined by speed... I got carried away hating on surf scoring :-)
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    Hmm... 1) For starters, why in the world is this...

    Hmm...
    1) For starters, why in the world is this topic on the "Current Events" board?
    2) "Beach Pole Vaulting", which is conducted on raised platform runways has nothing to do with the beach except...
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    Fun to watch. But I'd bet there are a lot of...

    Fun to watch.
    But I'd bet there are a lot of college sprinters who could have overhauled that anchor guy on the football relay.
    As for Bolling football speculation, did the kid ever play high...
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    Of course we are all heavily biased toward music...

    Of course we are all heavily biased toward music from our particular "coming of age" years.
    Ergo, '67 is a vintage year for me, '84 for a callow youth like Atticus.

    Youngsters now would regard...
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    '84 is not raising the bet versus '67. '84...

    '84 is not raising the bet versus '67.
    '84 totally sucks compared to '67.
  12. Thread: Music From 1969

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    Cannot think of Fonda without being reminded of...

    Cannot think of Fonda without being reminded of the music track that I most associate with 1969: The Weight by The Band
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    I found that California hitch-hiking suffered in...

    I found that California hitch-hiking suffered in late 1969 after the Manson murders.
    People became averse to giving rides to young strangers, and rightfully so.
    In December of 1969, my pal and I...
  14. Thread: Bolt Steps

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    I'd bet that in my prime I could have run 100...

    I'd bet that in my prime I could have run 100 meters in @ 35 or 36 steps.
    It would have taken maybe between 13 to 15 seconds :-)
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    Yeah, I think D owes everyone a buck three fifty.

    Yeah, I think D owes everyone a buck three fifty.
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    Best blade HJ technique would probably be with a...

    Best blade HJ technique would probably be with a double amputee with just one blade and a straight on approach with a dive technique.
    See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoUNuTGFzg
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    Don't bother looking for consistency in these...

    Don't bother looking for consistency in these situations.

    In the cases of Carlos' brush spikes and Stepanov's 3-inch high jump shoe soles the equipment enhanced the performance of an already...
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    The thing is, it doesn't matter how you start...

    The thing is, it doesn't matter how you start with addictive behaviors. For "fun" or alleviating pain, those are typical starting points.

    But either way the issue is that when a person feels that...
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    So user4 is among those who save pain killer...

    So user4 is among those who save pain killer drugs and self-prescribes. Sounds like a dangerous path to me and not sure that his "need" to perform before his peers justifies drug use or that it...
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    Chernobyl is the definition of a modern horror...

    Chernobyl is the definition of a modern horror story.
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    As individual sports go many more adults are apt...

    As individual sports go many more adults are apt to take up golf and tennis as lifetime sports rather than T&F as participants. Even during a person's middle-age years there is hope of improving your...
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    A great many Americans apparently want to use...

    A great many Americans apparently want to use opioids.
    Some start for social/emotional reasons, others begin for medical reasons and many become addicted (see Rush Limbaugh).
    Either way,...
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    Standard x-country distance in CIF-SS (Southern...

    Standard x-country distance in CIF-SS (Southern California) was 1.8 miles in the 1960's but bumped up to 2 miles by the time I began coaching in 1975. Then in 1976 it was increased again to 3 miles....
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    All the hubbub about the lunar landing reminded...

    All the hubbub about the lunar landing reminded me about living in Thailand half-century ago at this time of year.
    In some village where I was spending an evening a big flatbed truck pulled into...
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    Ironic that T&F has so much participation and so...

    Ironic that T&F has so much participation and so little coverage in the media.

    Football is damaged goods in participation for several reasons: one is parent concern about safety issues. Also, the...
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