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    I counted 15 races for Hassan, which means she...

    I counted 15 races for Hassan, which means she won 66.7% of her races, compared to 71.4% for Muhammad. That's not such a big difference.
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    My favorite Flanagan moment was her bronze medal...

    My favorite Flanagan moment was her bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. What made it special is that I happen to know her mother, and during the last few laps, after her daughter dropped the eventual...
  3. It's somewhat unfair to lay CTE entirely at the...

    It's somewhat unfair to lay CTE entirely at the feet of the NFL when most players have been playing organized tackle football for at least 10 years before they ever play a down in the NFL. I was 11...
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    In retrospect, it wasn't that big a mismatch when...

    In retrospect, it wasn't that big a mismatch when you consider the fact than Appalachian State was the eventual FCS national champion, and in the final Sagarin rankings which combined all 243 FBS and...
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    Michigan is the only FBS team in the nation...

    Michigan is the only FBS team in the nation without a win as an underdog in the last 5 years.
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    Wouldn't that be expected for an athlete who...

    Wouldn't that be expected for an athlete who wasn't in the Army?
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    I believe Stanford's 2007 win over USC is the...

    I believe Stanford's 2007 win over USC is the biggest upset.
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    I was looking forward to next week's showdown in...

    I was looking forward to next week's showdown in Columbus, so I'm a little disappointed to be honest. This morning I checked the ticket price for the section I sat in a couple of weeks ago and with...
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    Down go the Badgers! Down go the Badgers! ...

    Down go the Badgers! Down go the Badgers!

    Wisconsin was a 31-point favorite and when Illinois kicked a field goal with no time left to eek out a 24-23 win, it was the first time the Badgers have...
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    I wonder how many of those players did Kelly run...

    I wonder how many of those players did Kelly run off (didn't have their scholarships renewed) versus those who wanted out. When Bobby Knight went to Texas Tech, knowing that most of them probably...
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    Today's games featuring ranked teams: #12...

    Today's games featuring ranked teams:

    #12 Oregon at #23 Washington
    #17 Arizona State at #14 Utah
    #16 Michigan at #7 Penn State

    Who y'all got?
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    I guess race officials would only need a caliper...

    I guess race officials would only need a caliper to check shoes, not an x-ray machine.
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    You don't have to check everybody's shoes, just...

    You don't have to check everybody's shoes, just the athletes who are elite enough to be in WADA's drug testing program. Or maybe you could wait until after the race and check the shoes of the top 3.
  14. 10.77 and 22.47 would normally lead to an...

    10.77 and 22.47 would normally lead to an implosion. Her last 100 was slower than Naser and significantly slower and Miller, but the fact that she could hold on for 13.38 off that pace is amazing.
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    Baseball, bike racing and auto racing have years...

    Baseball, bike racing and auto racing have years of experience checking for illegal equipment.
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    I remember reading that a ball bearing couldn't...

    I remember reading that a ball bearing couldn't return more than 65% of its energy when dropped on a track. Here's the relevant portion of the IAAF's testing specifications.

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    facing the flag [split]

    Is Hendricks active in the Army or reserve? What are his commitments to Uncle Sam? Also, do he and Chelimo have the same arrangement?
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    ??? I thought he was staying in school.

    ??? I thought he was staying in school.
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    Didn't the UCI wipe all those hour records off...

    Didn't the UCI wipe all those hour records off the books set with exotic bike designs? Didn't Chris Boardman have to reset the record using a 1970's bike and barely eclipsed Eddie Merckx?


    The...
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    If you think about it, many sports have rules in...

    If you think about it, many sports have rules in place to limit the "trampoline effect" of its equipment. The PGA has limits on golf balls as does the ITF on tennis balls. The balls in these sports...
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    Over the last few years, as Mondo has grown from...

    Over the last few years, as Mondo has grown from a boy to a man, I've been privy to quite a few conversations regarding Mondo's pole selection and it seems that there has always been an adjustment...
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    I disagree. There's no precedent for an athlete...

    I disagree. There's no precedent for an athlete going undefeated at that range of distances and pulling off a 1500/10000 double or its equivalent at a global championship. The equivalent for Muhammad...
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    The meet that a performance was achieved in has...

    The meet that a performance was achieved in has always determined its value, with global championship performances being the most valuable and small domestic meet performances being the least...
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    That's sort of misleading since the only event...

    That's sort of misleading since the only event Muhammad ran against any high-level competition was the 400 hurdles, while Hassan mixed it up with the best in the world at every distance from the 1500...
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    Here are my best calculations using a 30 frames/sec video:

    Naser: 12.07, 23.2, 35.17, 48.14
    Miller: 12.0, 23.6, 35.7, 49.37

    I don't know how anyone could have gotten 11.7 for Miller's first...
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