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    Carl Lewis: "Our sport is proving the definition of insanity"
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    Every few years, Carl Lewis stirs up the molecules with comments on the sport's administration.

    At Mt. SAC Saturday, while speaking with Scott Reid of The Orange County Register, he issued some wild opinions. I taped the chat. See it here:

    https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/2...n-of-insanity/

    Among other things, King Carl said:

    — Mixed-gender relays are a "clown show."

    — Cutting 5K and 10K races in Diamond League "is a mistake."

    — "We have a great system that I teach (at Houston). If I was teaching a bad system, we'd be the U.S. team the last 12 years," apparently referring to relay miscues.

    — And: "There are too many athletes and we're not a professional sport." (Not sure what he meant by "too many.")

    Any reactions? I might add them to my story.

    K . E . N.
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    Yes. Yes. Yes. Maybe (agree not sure what “too many” means).
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    Great interview, mature and thoughtful answers, respectful of Master's...I think coaching suits CL and gives him direction and maturity...even if/when I don't agree with something he might say.
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!
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    Since when did Carl Lewis start talking sense???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flumpy View Post
    Since when did Carl Lewis start talking sense???
    Being responsible for young(er) people can be humbling and encourage introspection. Maybe that's it?
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!
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    Great speech!
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    I say give the reins of the USA relays teams to him and see how we do. It can't be worse.
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    Hear! Hear! I hope the USATF/Olympic poohbahs listen to King Carl. Most of us here have been preaching this sermon to the choir for months/years/decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    I say give the reins of the USA relays teams to him and see how we do. It can't be worse.
    Yeah, Santa Monica Track Club did pretty good.
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    Carl is right on every count ! , and we dont call him King Carl for nothing !
    Quote Originally Posted by KenStone View Post
    .. King Carl said:
    — Mixed-gender relays are a "clown show."
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    That quote was solid country gold !

    "and when you cross the old red river hoss you should know one thing, that once your down in Texas Carl L. is still the king!
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