2013: The Winners, The Losers

Back for the first time? Or something like that.. let’s get to it!

The Winners

Jamaican SprintersUsain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Frasyer-Pryce.. need I say more? Ok! Warren Weir, Kerron Stewart, Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter.. they’ll be set for a few years.

Waxed Dat' Azz x's 2

Waxed Dat’ Azz x’s 2

Nike Oregon Project – Mary “Hurricane” Cain is a Goddess among women, although she’s not officially a member of NOP. Mo Farah won another gold in the 10,000m, and has a beautiful new PR in the 1,500m, 3:28.81!!! 3:28.81. It looks so good it deserves its own sentence, They’ve got a new website and sell some generic sweet merch. They also added Jordan Hasay, hopefully her professional career is a bit more fulfilling than her collegiate one.. although she is very accomplished, but I mean who wouldn’t want to improve. Right? Oh yeah, Mary Cain will be running in the 1,500m Final tomorrow (she’s frigggin 17, her potential is through the roof), Galen Rupp and Mo Farah will be running in the 5,000m Final on Friday, and Matt Centrowitz (sportin a fresh cut) will be running in the 1,500m Semi Final on Friday as well.

clearly a photoshop expert..

clearly I’m a photoshop expert..

The Eaton Family – First things first, their baby will probably score like 9300+ in decathlon and/or 7500+ in the heptathlon. And even after Brianne attempted murder, Ashton still married her. Don’t you just love that awkward shift? And then they won Gold (Ashton) and Silver (Brianne). Ashton is fresh off of a WR in London and Brianne just PR’d with a 6530. The future is hella bright for this couple.

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Tirunesha Dibaba – Undefeated at 10,000m. 5 Golds at 10,000m. The end.

Sh!t King Booker says..

Sh!t King Booker says..

Nick Symmonds – Finally won that elusive medal, congrats on the World Silver Medal!!!! You deserve it. Not only that, dudes a pretty big advocate of Equality.

if only..

if only..

US Mens 400 Runners – After a disappointing showing in London, LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay have restored all hope in US 400 Operation Domination.

–> LaShawn Merritt (11.1, 10.1 [21.2], 10.6 [31.8], 11.9) (21.2/22.5) <—- a 10.1 split tho?? dudes ridiculous.

–>Tony McQuay (11.1, 10.6 [21.7], 11.1 [32.7], 11.7) (21.7/22.7)

Blackman & Robbin'

Blackman & Robbin’

Alan Oliveira – Is this the face of the Rio 2016 games? I think yes. If not at least he has got the para-athlete WR for the 100m and 200m.

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The Losers

DruggiesTyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, the entire Turkish team, Alice Decaux… and there are definitely more to come. A lot of disappointed track fans worldwide, I just wish they’d stopped making excuses and be 100% transparent. SORRY, y’all get no pics. At least not today lol.

Amantle Montsho – She got out-leaned by like one thousandth of a second. Leanin’ back has been outta style since Fat Joe got skinny.. #sorryboutit

.. I can't

.. I can’t **(sidenote, Christine Ohuruogu resembles Dwain Chambers in this pic)

Injured athletes – Yohan Blake – defending 100m World Champ is out nursing a hamstring injury, Ryan Bailey – hamstring strain, Bershawn Jackson – tore hamstring at World Champs in 400m Hurdle Semi Final, Angelo Taylor – ???, Brandon Byram – pulled up in 200m Semi Final at US Champs, Christophe Lemaitre – tore hasmtring after running the 100m Final at World Champs, he slipped after finishing according to his camp, Bryshon Nellum – strained hamstring Thank God 2014 isn’t a major outdoor championship year. 2013 may forever go in history as the year of the hamstrings revolted.

LoLo Jones – Although she is an accomplished multi-sport athlete, she kinda makes it easy for people to hate her. She is always in the news which means her PR people are doing their job.. but she seems a bit desperate for attention —–> Whining, Fighting, and Making Light of a Sensitive Issue. LoLo is a very beautiful competitor; at least she’s got that going for her.

<3

Oscar Pistorius – It sucks to have your WR’s shattered while you are on a hiatus; not being able to do shiiit about it for the foreseeable future only adds insult to injury.

The Rest

Sanya Richards-Ross – I understand that reality TVs the new thing to do, but……… really tho? Team SRR.. get yo money, baby. Regardless, I’ve seen every episode and plan on continuing. Good luck with your foot!

Gunnar Nixon – this kid is cool. He allegedly smokes weed.. regardless, dude has a helluva lotta potential. If he’s a stoner, that just makes his accomplishments even more impressive.

cute pic, bro

cute pic, bro

Ashley Spencer – 2012 and 2013 NCAA 400m Champion. 3rd place at 2013 US Champs. The future is looking super bright for her. She’s even on Twitter.

Brandon Johnson – Who? Oh yeah, that 400m Hurdle guy who is now a world class 800m runner. Dude is legit. I guess I’m starting to believe in reincarnation or something along those lines.

1:43.84.. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

1:43.84.. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Oregon 1500m guys (not named Centrowitz) – McNamara – its time to make a championship team.. what else is there?, Acosta – 2014 would be a great year to make a comeback, Wheating – umm -_- we miss ya…

Duck Domination

Duck Dynasty Domination

Jacques Borlée – He had 3 kids at Moscow World Championships. Jonathan got 4th in 400m, Kevin missed the final by .19 seconds, and Dylan is the new kid on the block. *Dylan lowered his PR from 47.94 to 45.80 in 2013. **his daughter Olivia is also a world class athlete (100m).

the family that runs together, stays together

the family that runs together, stays together

Lol consistency is the key to life and as I try and get everything situated, this blog is one thing that I’d like to update a lot more consistently; it’s pretty fun. Anyways, be on the lookout for the next post which will be out sometime next week-ish lol.

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USATF vs The World

I know I know I am late as heck but, better late than never.

Over the past month or so a lot has been going on in the world of track and field. Many countries have been getting their Olympic Trials over with and getting their Olympic Teams finalized. ..here’s what the USATF has been up to… (all of this happened at the trials).

The Fam Debacle: Anthony Famiglietti is a very well established runner, 2 time Olympian to be exact. Famiglietti was three spot/less than a second away from the qualifying standard for the 3,000m steeplechase. Being the reigning US Trials Champion, one would have thought he would be able to make an appeal and be allowed entry into the race. So that’s what he did. He paid $250.00 to have an appeal opened and was literally robbed because he had to beat the results out of the USATF. His appeal to run was denied without adequate reasoning. It may have something to do with his previous sponsors, Adidas, Saucony, and he now runs under his own Reckless Running brand. USATF = another name for Nike. USATF MLDR Glenn Latimer called track fans “little wonks” when replying to emails from Famiglietti and his supporters.

Congrats on the son!!

Thank you, Anthony Famiglietti for following protocol, thank you for trying to give track fans what they deserve, a field of the best runners, and thanks for your relentless fight against the “powers that be”. More on the story can be read on Fam’s Blog.

which brings us to…

Alan Webb: Allowed to run in the 5,000m race because he reps the Swoosh on his chest. He was skipped over 10 runners with faster times than his. He was the slowest in the field by over 10 seconds!! How did he get accepted into an event he had no chance of making it to London in? He didn’t even have the A standard in his marquee event (1,500m) and he didn’t make the Olympic team in 2008. How did he get his appeal accepted? He went on to run a 14:01, one place away from DFL in the qualifying round! He then pulled out of the 1,500m.

Alan Webb rockin’ the REEBOK!! *gasps*

Congrats on the daughter!!

Brooks Running: 4 Brooks employees including their CEO were escorted from the US Trials. It was insane, Nike has a monopoly on every market for most major sports, and track and Field is a major sport so why not monopolize it? Nike in London.

 

Brooks = Bad Azz

Brooks = Bad Azz

Read more on the Brooks story here USATF kicks out Brooks Employees.

Allyson Felix/Jeneba Tarmoh: Damn! This was the biggest story at the Trials. Bigger than Ashton Eaton’s WR, bigger than Lolo Jones’ butt scratch that, she has NO ASS!

told ya

You can’t script shizz like this…or can you? Cycle back a few weeks ago to the Women’s 100m Final, Felix in lane 2, Tarmoh in lane 1. BANG, the gun goes off and Allyson Felix has a terrible start (Nike’s worst nightmare seeing how Felix is their poster child). Tarmoh, also a Nike athlete, has an amazing start and looks to be in the lead for the first 30m of the race. Felix’s strength brings her back into the race as she attempts to catch Tarmoh for the 3rd and final spot on the US Olympic 100m team. Just like that it’s over, Jeter in 1st, Madison in 2nd, and Tarmoh in 3rd with a 11.07, Felix came in 4th with an identical time. Fast forward a few minutes later and BAM, we have a tie! NEVER in my life have I heard of a tie on such a big stage for track and field. So what is to be done? Can all 4 athletes go to London in the open 100? Will they have to draw straws? Will there be a runoff? After days of anticipation, Felix and Tarmoh agree on a run-off that will take place on the last day of the Trials. in the meantime, Felix goes on to win the 200m in 21.69!! Tarmoh comes in 5th in 22.35. Regardless of the outcome of the run off both runners will go to London as a part of the 4×100 relay team and since Felix just won the 200m, you would think that she would pull out of the runoff and allow her friend/training partner to have the final spot in the 100m. Weeellll, she didn’t; Allyson was being greedy, do you blame her? Needless to say Tarmoh decided that her heart wasn’t in the right place and pulled out of the runoff herself. A move that made me smile, I must agree.  Not because Felix is now running the open 100m, but because Tarmoh did not let Nike/ABC/USATF make more money off of her; they made such a big deal about it and at the last minute she pulled the plug. Sucks to suck!

tie?

The results as of 7/21/2012

The moral of the post is: if you aren’t apart of Nike, you’re basically screwed. If you are not a top name at Nike, you’re basically screwed, and if you don’t  you may be SOL.

Oh, so that’s how it works

** Will the fans stand up and make their voices louder and presence stronger?  You can make a difference and can change the sport for good forever!  Use social media and your voice to make that happen. Call this office number to directly contact John Chaplin and tell him what you think 509-595-7355.  Email USATF. Email John Chaplin jpchaplin@hughes.net Email Fred Finke.  Email USATF CEO Max Siegel, Max.Siegel@usatf.org  Be the change you want to see in the sport. – Anthony Famiglietti

Definitions (brought to you by UrbanDictionary.com):

  • SOL – Shit Out of Luck.
  • DFL – Dead F*ckin’ Last.

The 100/110 Hurdles

So I decided that this is time consuming as hell and so some of my predictions will be condensed.

The Ladies

Lolo Jones (12.43): She is a VIRGIN. But these days, I prefer a woman with more experience. She has the experience, she won the 100 Hurdles at Beijing should have won the 100 Hurdles in Beijing but she fell and fooked it up for herself, ended up getting 7th place. She has not ran as well in the past couple of years, dealing with the injuries of being a 29 year old VIRGIN. But c’mon, do you really thinks she’s a VIRGIN, she is too (maybe three) fine. She has something to prove.

virgins don’t take pics like this, slore

Kellie Wells (12.50): US Champ in 2011, and US Leader this year with (12.55), Wells is looking ready to do something special in Eugene. She ran a 12.35 wind aided time in 2011, the girl is fast. Trains with Dawn Harper.

Kristi Castlin (12.56): Just ran a  PR of 12.56 on June 7, she is a force to be reckoned with. Saw her run indoors once, she ran a 7.94.

Dawn Harper (12.48): Olympic Champion in Beijing, nuff said. Trains with Kellie Wells.

Teeth 4 Dayz

Christina Manning (12.68): NCAA Champion in the 100 Hurdles, in my eyes (not a hurdler, or a hurdle coach) she runs a flawless race. She is very consistent throughout rounds and her headgear is dope.

lookin’ rough

Others to Watch: Queen Harrison, Jackie Coward

 

 

The Guys

David Oliver (12.94): 12.94 in 2011, 2012 a more pedestrian 13.13. Kinda annoying, reminds me of Dwight Howard because of his shoulders. US Champ in 2011. Had a crappy subpar showing at Pre Classic against a very strong field.

Terrence Trammell (12.95): TrackStar Apparel, possibly the ugliest track gear I have ever seen. He has consistently been a top name in US Hurdling, but lately, he hasn’t really been in “the mix”. He is a bit on old side (1978), having made 3 Olympic teams already.

You Can’t See Me – John Cena

Aries Merritt (13.06): No relation to LaShawn, but fast in his own sense. Ran a wind aided 12.96 at Pre Classic this year, but double false started at Adidas Grand Prix. He beat Liu Xiang at World Indoors in Istanbul at 60m Hurdles. US Runner-up in 2011

Jason Richardson (13.08): NBA Slam Dunk Champion World Silver Medalist Champ in 2011 at 110m Hurdles, has very long hair. Long Hair, Dont Care.

Not Jason Richardson

Dexter Faulk (13.13): Can never count this guy out, he is consistently top 5 in America. Ran a PR of 13.13 in Ostrava in May, ran the same time in 2007.

 

My Predictions:

The Ladies: Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, Kristi Castlin

The Guys: Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson, Dexter Faulk

And those 6 will be reppin’ the US in London.