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    The key word is brief. I recall CBS covering...

    The key word is brief. I recall CBS covering track meets in the 1970s spending a fraction of the time on introductions. The action moved along and it was no less enjoyable. I suspect the TV ratings...
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    Is it really necessary to put all action on hold...

    Is it really necessary to put all action on hold and spend 5 to 10 minutes before a 20-second sprint race going from lane to lane showing close-ups of each athlete and mumbling a past accomplishment...
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    Berry was so inarticulate during the interview, I...

    Berry was so inarticulate during the interview, I had no idea what she was protesting or why. She seemed somewhat foolish.
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    David Coleman's commentary during the 1968...

    David Coleman's commentary during the 1968 Olympic 1500 and 1972 Olympic 5000 was terrific.
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    I mute the broadcast every time SRR starts...

    I mute the broadcast every time SRR starts talking. She says almost nothing of substance. While not politically correct to say, it is obvious that her gender and race played a big role in her being...
  6. Thread: Dick Buerkle

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    Dick Buerkle

    In recently reading about Dick Buerkle setting the world indoor record for the mile in 1978, I'm wondering how unexpected it was. It seems that Buerkle did not focus on the mile and that most of his...
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    Moore fell a few hundred yards after leaving the...

    Moore fell a few hundred yards after leaving the stadium. Here is how he describes it in an article he wrote for Sports Illustrated:

    "I was caught in a jam on a corner and tripped. I curled into a...
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    Kenny Moore in the 1972 Munich Marathon.

    Kenny Moore in the 1972 Munich Marathon.
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    Ironically, she died in a Munich hospital about...

    Ironically, she died in a Munich hospital about 20 months before the Games.
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    A colleague of mine used to live in Houston and...

    A colleague of mine used to live in Houston and said he was in a video rental store one day when Bush, long after his presidency, came in and browsed the aisles for a film followed by secret service...
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    It was pretty obvious that the announcers had no...

    It was pretty obvious that the announcers had no idea who Jake Wightman was after he took the lead, so they just ignored him until the race was over, when they were able to figure out who won.
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    I fear that Sanya Richards-Ross is the new Carol...

    I fear that Sanya Richards-Ross is the new Carol Lewis.
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    Say what you want about Personal Best, but what...

    Say what you want about Personal Best, but what other movie would enable you to see a naked Kenny Moore.
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    Not a track and field movie, but just watched...

    Not a track and field movie, but just watched Marathon Man, which flashes clips of Abebe Bikila winning at Tokyo as Dustin Hoffman is literally running for his life. Among the belongings in Hoffman's...
  15. When I am traveling on an airplane, and at a low...

    When I am traveling on an airplane, and at a low altitude, I try to locate running tracks.
  16. Any action that shows Nike and its leaders in a...

    Any action that shows Nike and its leaders in a bad light is fine by me.
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    If I recall correctly, Jim McKay said during the...

    If I recall correctly, Jim McKay said during the 1972 Olympic broadcast that Jipcho was upset with Keino because "he never said thank you."
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    Some thoughts on the terrific race: *I wonder...

    Some thoughts on the terrific race:

    *I wonder how the race would have played out if Jipcho had not qualified for the final. I believe he finished sixth in the previous round.
    *Tummler and Norpoth...
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    Bob Seagren

    Bob Seagren
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    The heats were still very fast. Puttemans and...

    The heats were still very fast. Puttemans and Bedford each ran 27:53, which I believe was just 6 seconds slower than Bedford's European record of the year before. Gammoudi ran 27:54 in the next heat...
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    Dave Bedford in the Munich 5,000

    After watching the Munich 5,000 many times, Dave Bedford's intention still seems a mystery. Did he ever explain his strategy? Perhaps he was so dejected after the 10,000 that he lost motivation....
  22. Hal Higdon wrote about Dick Gregory in his book...

    Hal Higdon wrote about Dick Gregory in his book “On the Run from Dogs and People.” The book notes that:

    *Dick Gregory joined the University of Chicago Track Club after dropping out of Southern...
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    The release says there will be a reduction of 105...

    The release says there will be a reduction of 105 athletes in Athletics. I'm also wondering what steps are being taken to generate that reduction.
  24. The politically correct police strike again. Was...

    The politically correct police strike again. Was Jim McKay being racist when during the 1972 Olympic 800 he said that the Kenyans Mike Boit and Robert Ouko were "running like a mirror reflection of...
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    The great Billy Wilder said: “Why remake great...

    The great Billy Wilder said:

    “Why remake great movies? Why not remake movies that didn’t work and do them better?”
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