Facts, Not Fiction

 
Page 2 of 11 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 109
  1. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    206
    Bob Hayes served 18 months, I believe. He was a decent sprinter, too.
    Reply With Quote
     

  2. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #12
    Guest
    >Mamo Wolde did time in
    >Ethiopia--unjustly--because he ended up on the
    >wrong side in civil strife.>>

    Devil's advocate question: how do you know it was unjust? Just because every running rag in the world jumped on the story with plots that ran along the line of "he's a runner, therefore he must be innocent"? As I recall, when the "new" government finally came in his sentence was commuted but he was never declared innocent.
    Reply With Quote
     

  3. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #13
    Guest
    If we get desperate to fill a few events we can probably use the whole Iraq national team. Uday used to imprison and torture underperforming sportsmen, especially footballers (sorry, soccer players to you guys...you know why we call it football? Because you use your bloody feet!)
    Reply With Quote
     

  4. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    206
    >Devil's
    >advocate question: how do you know it was unjust?
    >Just because every running rag in the world
    >jumped on the story with plots that ran along the
    >line of "he's a runner, therefore he must be
    >innocent"? As I recall, when the "new"
    >government finally came in his sentence was
    >commuted but he was never declared innocent.

    The old Mengistu government was more corrupt and terrible than most of us can imagine. Quite literally, the Baathists didn't look so bad in comparison. The evidence against Wolde published in the western press was the testimony of one individual, who was originally accused of the murder himself. The accused was a government member, Wolde was not, and that was that.
    Reply With Quote
     

  5. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    206
    >you know why we call it
    >football? Because you use your bloody feet!)

    I'd read that centuries ago it was originally a catch-all for any ball game that was played on foot (as opposed to on horseback). I much prefer "football" and "athletics" to "soccer" and "track and field (and racewalking and cross country and road racing)". Just so much simpler.
    Reply With Quote
     

  6. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    20,417
    Do we count prisoners of war? If so, Louis Zamperini comes to mind.
    Reply With Quote
     

  7. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    206
    >Do we count prisoners of war? If so, Louis
    >Zamperini comes to mind.

    I bet there were better runners who were in prison. But no runner ever survived a more difficult experience. There was an article a few years back called "The World's Toughest Miler" and the title was right on.
    Reply With Quote
     

  8. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #18
    Guest
    OK...if we're going to include political prisoners, Wolfgang Schmidt would probably qualify....
    Reply With Quote
     

  9. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #19
    Guest
    ... and Eric Liddell, died in an internment camp in 1945.
    Reply With Quote
     

  10. Collapse Details
    Re: All-time prison team?
    #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    3,316
    Geoff Nelson (who does constant research on straddle high jumpers) told me in an email a few months ago that Ni Chih-Chin was in prison in China and slated to be released sometime this year. I don't know why he was incarcerated.
    Reply With Quote
     

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •