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    Re: Clueless writing about our sport
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    Wait a sec! You're telling me that the guys/gals at T&FN type the word SPRING more often than the word SPRINT, thus making it their brain default? :mrgreen:

    Cads and imposters!!
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    My bug bear isn't the occasional athletics writer who covers many sports for a paper, it's the specialised publications and general poor quality journalism and statistics.

    The IAAF articles are so often full of cliches, it's like there's this set format that they follow for every article or meeting review. There's never any proper analysis or observation of an athlete's performance, it's always about the time/mark and statistics. I can go straight to the results page if I just want to know the results of a race, but I want to see some analysis from the so called experts. When they do previews, they discuss the main contenders (only ever detailed when it's a given who will be fighting for the top medals) and when it comes to bronze or outsiders it's like they have just looked at the top ten list and go "athlete A scored B in June and is an outside chance of a medal. Athlete X also did Y in July and must be considered". Oh really? :roll:
    The ability to write creatively and provide a proper analysis just seems to have been lost over the years, on the IAAF site itself and in some UK publications.

    Also, many of the athletes bios on the IAAF site are wrong. Many SBs are missing or incorrect from their progression tabs on an athlete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriella
    The IAAF articles are so often full of cliches, it's like there's this set format that they follow for every article or meeting review. There's never any proper analysis or observation of an athlete's performance, it's always about the time/mark and statistics. . . .The ability to write creatively and provide a proper analysis just seems to have been lost over the years,
    Watch any of the (dozens of!) NFL analysis shows and you see the thread-bare paucity of new material. I see it in most T&F reporting also. It's hard to be original, but, yes, it can be done. It's not like the poor baseball scribes, covering the night game, and facing a deadline 5 minutes after the game!
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    How about this for clueless writing:

    http://athleticsillustrated.com/editori ... -olympics/

    You don't have to read beyond the URL--a serious piece that's hard to take seriously when you see that the writer thinks that the 2018 Winter Games are going to be held in Tokyo.
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    Clueless writing about our sport...the many misleading articles in the British and American press about Jamaica and drugs.
    My heart is still in the Caribbean....
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    Do not expect serious, introspective coverage of track and field until our beautiful sport takes itself seriously. Our courageous and ambitious efforts at waging a war on PED's has cost us our place in the American consciousness and kept us out of truly high regard in the sporting world. We are to the national and international public, a shady sport of drug cheats.
    We have only ourselves -- the track world -- to blame. FIFA and the NBA deal with no such problem. They just stay out of it.

    Examine the different tactics employed by the NFL and USATF (and IAAF) with failed drug test disclosures. The NFLbriefly experimented with "public disclosure", that track invented. They found such disclosure only damaged the NFL image, which is the most valued in worldwide sport and they pulled back to a way more discreet policy. The NFL is more protective of its image, and less anxious to publicize drug violators, in order to better preserve the league "product".

    I would suggest track should be asking the NFL how they manage such information. There has got to be a way to detect PED abuse without destroying the very name of track and field. Public disclosure has proved to be a miserable failure. It has not served as a deterrant AND it has destroyed the name of our sport. It is a lose/lose. We have years of image repair ahead of us, but there is always hope, with engaged leadership.
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    The BBC would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

    http://yournz.org/2014/02/01/year-of-the-whores/
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    This may be nit-picking, but it's been reported that Brianne TE is going to 7 step BETWEEN hurdles. That's a lot of steps in a sprint hurdles race.

    Itís also the rationale behind a potential change in Brianne Theisen-Eatonís hurdle technique this year. She wants to take a stab at reducing her steps from eight to seven between barriers.
    From a 'track' website.

    http://www.gotracktownusa.com/News/D...-new-barriers/
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    I suspect it is to the first barrier.
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    Sorta on topic, sorta....

    When will football announcers figure out you can run track but not be.....WORLD CLASS....let me guess, never!

    Once heard an Army game where one of the announcers said......"he has tremendous speed, ran a 10.7 100m"......hahaha!!!!!!!!!
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