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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KD vs. Symmonds

Nick Symmonds vs Father Time Khadevis Robinson

One of TAFs biggest rivalries has been brewing for the past 6 years. It all started in Indianapolis, IN where the 2006 Outdoor National Championships were held. A virtually unknown D3 runner, Nicholas Symmonds was going up against a decent field, but more importantly, the reigning 800m Champ from 2005, Khadevis Robinson. To nobodies surprise, Robinson won by over a second, but everyone was surprised to see the “rookie” “unattached” runner Symmonds grab 2nd place. Who was this kid? The world was about to find out.

He' a bo$$ and he knows it

In 2007 (the last year KD has beat Symmonds at Outdoors) Robinson kicked Symmonds a$$ again, this time it was still a little closer, Robinson got slower (1:44.37) and Symmonds got faster (1:45.17).

Can you see Symmonds, does it matter? Look at Lomong...

IDK WTF happened, LOL but in 2008, Symmonds and his butt buddies fellow Oregon runners decided to cut KD completely out of the picture. Symmonds was 1st in 1:44.10, Andrew Wheating was 2nd in 1:45.03, TeenWolf© Christian Smith was 3rd in 1;45.47 and KD came in (*gasps*) 4th in 1:45.53. Sh!t was insane!!!

Dat Sh!t Cray

check the pose, this guy is Swaggin' like a (insert something witty here).

2009 rolled around and KD kinda got the juice back and got a respectable 2nd at Outdoors (1:45.97). Unfortunately for him, Symmonds won (1:45.86), again. A LEGEND was born.

Lean wit it, Rock wit it

In 2010, Symmonds continued his winning ways whipping a terrible watered down field to win his 3rd straight US Title. KD didn’t even show up, he had $$$ on his mind, no Olympics or World Championships to worry about so he rabbited like it was going out of style.

Sick Kit. LIVESTRONG!
*notice, he is wearing sprint spikes. Nike Zoom JAs. Hope hes got a custom spike plate.

Symmonds started the year off slowly and KD started it off with a bang, defeating a stellar field in Rome to win a Diamond League race, which is a HUGE deal.

Bet there's fried chicken at the finish line. (It's cool, I'm black)

Apparently all good things come to an end and all bad things do to because, Symmonds won the US Title for the 4th time in a row (1:44.17), KD came up short and got runner up (1:44.49).

Why is there another African at the US Champs? Thats not Bernard Lagat

That brings us to 2012. It’s shaping up to be a great Olympic Trials, will KD make another Olympic Team? Will Symmonds win another US Championship? Will either of them make the team? With all these new guys, its hard to say. One thing is forsure, Nick Symmonds is selling his body, and apparently he is very expensive. KD is coaching the UNLV distance teams.

A tattoo valued at $11,100. US-freaking-D. Great move Hanson Dodge, you must've been drunk bidding.

Yeah Nick, Im pointing at you. Its On!

Dare to Compare?:

Nicholas Symmonds | Khadevis Robinson

White | Black

28 | 36

1:43.76 | 1:43.68

4 Outdoor Titles (1 Indoor) | 4 Outdoor Titles (4 Indoor)

When it comes to running styles they both have different approaches; KD likes it from the front and Symmonds likes it from the back. KD used to be coached by Johnny Gray, who was notorious for basically sprinting 700m of an 800m and then muscling through the remaining 100, so his running style was no surprise. It did well for him at earlier in his career, until Symmonds came along. It’s crazy because now we see Symmonds tactic used quite often, Wheating, Robby Andrews and even KD has been using that style of running lately. Both are affective, just depends on who your competition is.

Likes it from the back

So when it comes down to it, I believe that _____ is better.

Symmonds > KD

KD has the longevity, but Symmonds has the whole age thing on his side. Symmonds is at or around his prime and KD is slowly fading out. I’m sure we will see both in the representing the US in the Olympics, but this may be KDs last good year.. but really, who knows these things?

Definitions (brought to you by UrbanDictionary.com):

  • Dat Sh!t Cray- An expression to describe something crazy, chill, or insane that is too awesome for the mind to handle.
  • IDK- I Dont Know.
  • WTF- What The Fu…
  • LOL- Laugh out Loud.

OTC Eugene vs Oregon Project vs OTC Portland

OTC Elite vs Oregon Project vs Wisconsin University OTC Portland

Sooo, if any of you are like me, you have absolutely no idea WTF is going on with Oregon professional running circle. I thought there was one OTC, they all wore the same jersey at one point, so it made since that they were all a big team. But then I start hearing different coaches names and shxt about different groups, and so, I Google’d it.. And then I found out that Alberto Salazar’s group became the Oregon Project. And Now OTC has two official branches, one group trains in Eugene with Mark Rowland and the other group trains in Wisconsin Portland with Jerry Schumacher. So who runs the state?

Hi Gorgeous can I leave my eyes wit ya?

Peep the Tat.

YMOTC

So then comes the problem of sorting runner…who goes where??

Schumacher’s Group – Matt Tegankamp, Chris Solinsky, Evan Jager, Lopez Lomong, Andrew Bumbalough, Shalane Flanagan, and Kara Goucher.

Shalane Flanagan looking right

We're #1

Czech out that nose!!

Wearing a skullcap is like un-circumsizing your penis. Oh hai, Lopez.

Damn, that's messed up. Sha-Sha, you know you sexy

Al Sal’z Group – Galen Rupp, Alan Webb, Mo Farah, Dathan Ritz…., Matthew Centrowitz, Ciaran O’Lionard, and Kara Goucher.

Very Diverse.

Ritz may be old, but he put it on J-Mac

Peter Pan & Shaun White

Ebony & Ivory

 Rowland’s Group – Jordan McNamara, Ashton Eaton, Jesse Williams, Andrew Wheating, AJ Acosta (trains with Wheating/Brown), Nick Symmonds, Sam Chelanga, Tyler Mulder, Sally Kipyego, Jemma Simpson, and Russell Brown. (Missing lots of people)

Must be legit, they have a team pic

#winning

Sally Kipyego and her brother husband.

Jesse Williams, your Linus is showing.

Needless to say, all three groups are very talented, but which group is better?

They all have:

  • poster boy’s (Solinsky, Rupp/Centrowitz, Symmonds/Wheating)
  • token black guy’s (Bairu/Lomong, Farah, Chelanga/½ McNamara/½ Mulder/possibly ¼ Eaton)
  • very fast women (Goucher/Flanagan, Rupp, Kipyego)
  • insane hair (Jager – Locks golder than Goldie’s, O’Lionard – Mullet of Champions, McNamara – Waves that make you seasick)
  • Daegu WC Medalist’s (Flanagan, Farah, Centrowitz, Williams, Eaton, Kipyego)

OTC Eugene > Oregon Project > OTC Portland

OTC Eugene is just too much, they have the distances covered from 800 to 10K, they have field events and Jemma Simpson is hot. If Oregon Project would have kept Kara Goucher, they’d most likely be the winners. OTC Portland is two ladies away from being a sausage fest.

Definitions (courtesy of UrbanDictionary.com):

  • Linus- The male reproductive organ.
  • Peep- To look at or listen.
  • #winning- What Charlie Sheen does.
  • OTC- Oregon Track Club.
  • WC- World Championship.

Maybe Coach Li needs an OTC Arizona?