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    noted writer goes out of his way to trash Blake.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/gl ... 222.column

    Better than writing real news I guess
     

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    Well, he wrote it as a blog, which only appeared on the newspaper's website, so I guess the title of this thread is misleading. Besides, I seriously doubt a rather obscure story on track and field would sell anything, much a less a newspaper. But, carry on.
     

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    Funniest line is near the end:

    To be fair . . .
    His premise is that you can't have a big drop in performance and be clean. News to all those pre-60s athletes who routinely had big drops. It happens. (not trying to be naive, either)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlow
    His premise is that you can't have a big drop in performance and be clean. News to all those pre-60s athletes who routinely had big drops. It happens. (not trying to be naive, either)
    I think there's a thesis here for a statistics grad student.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    noted writer goes out of his way to trash Blake.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/gl ... 222.column

    Better than writing real news I guess
    Not the first time Hersh is writing nonsense about track.

    From the Chicago Tribune, Oct 6, 2004 p. 2 Sports

    by Phil Hersh

    "If you are a spectator at Sunday's LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, when you see four-time winner Khalid Khannouchi approaching, turn your back on him.

    After all, that is what Khannouchi has done to the United States in the past two Olympics.

    The statistical record shows Khannouchi to be truly one of the greatest marathoners of all time.

    The spoken record shows him to be truly a fraud."...

    viewtopic.php?f=8&t=30207&p=440865&hilit=hersh+clo wn#p440865
     

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    I apologize, if this hijacks the original intent of the thread, but in the case of Khannouchi, I agree with Hersh. He was just like prominent tennis players that always got hurt just for the Davis Cup weekend, only to have a miraculous recovery on Monday. Remember Lendl?
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
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    I'm a big fan of Hersh, but this column did catch me a bit off guard. Even so, I think all of us had a WTF moment when we saw Blake's time yesterday - a result that was just an average start away from breaking Bolt's WR. Blake's time/improvement has generated the most discussion of any post on a Facebook discussion group I'm a member of - 150 posts and counting. All seasoned track observers/coaches/athletes(including world class), and many with the same narrowed eyes as Hersh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pego
    I apologize, if this hijacks the original intent of the thread, but in the case of Khannouchi, I agree with Hersh. He was just like prominent tennis players that always got hurt just for the Davis Cup weekend, only to have a miraculous recovery on Monday. Remember Lendl?
    You realize that there is a big financial incentive for making the US Olympic team and running well at the Olympics?
     

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    His first mistake, other than being a dick, is that he thinks the 100M WR and the 10,000m AR progressions are comparable. It's dubious enough comparing the progression of two athletes in the same event.

    Doesn't really matter though. He's probably just bitter he works in an industry no one gives a shit about anymore.
     

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    I too thought that was strange comparison. I cannot stand Phil.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter Brown
    His first mistake, other than being a dick, is that he thinks the 100M WR and the 10,000m AR progressions are comparable. It's dubious enough comparing the progression of two athletes in the same event.

    Doesn't really matter though. He's probably just bitter he works in an industry no one gives a shit about anymore.
     

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