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MPScooze commented on a news article - Feb 14 2013, 10:48 PM
To Whom It May Concern, the problem with Track & FIELD is that the FIELD is given such short shrift by the TRACK people who apparently run our sport (quite unsuccessfully, I might add).
For instance, this article on the Millrose Games by Scott Bush. Take note that virtually ALL of the TRACK events get a thoughtful & detailed promotion of the athletes involved, while the FIELD events are relegated to One SHARED heading, with almost no analysis of the competitors!
Quite frankly, Track & Field in this country is dying BECAUSE it's headed up
by RUNNERS who have little or no regard for the MOST exciting events in our sport, the FIELD events!
They ignore the personalities and stories of field-eventers while they lionize marginal distance & middle distance runners! For example, Runners idolize the late Steve Prefontaine less for his running prowess than for his tenacity and dynamic personality. In short, Prefontaine was a distance runner with the personality of a Jumper/Vaulter/Thrower! As a field-eventers, Pre would have just been "one of the guys".
I eagerly await all angry & inevitable tirades against what I've just written, but if you can open your mind a bit, I hope you'll see the validity of the point I've made. Let's see how that goes..........
One of the world’s premier indoor track and field events, the Millrose Games, takes place this coming Saturday, February 16, at the Armory in New York City. The historic event once again features numerous Olympians, national record holders and fu...
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MPScooze
To Whom It May Concern, the problem with Track & FIELD is that the FIELD is given such short shrift by the TRACK people who apparently run our sport (quite unsuccessfully, I might add).
For instance, this article on the Millrose Games by Scott Bush. Take note that virtually ALL of the TRACK events get a thoughtful & detailed promotion of the athletes involved, while the FIELD events are relegated to One SHARED heading, with almost no analysis of the competitors!
Quite frankly, Track & Field in this country is dying BECAUSE it's headed up
by RUNNERS who have little or no regard for the MOST exciting events in our sport, the FIELD events!
They ignore the personalities and stories of field-eventers while they lionize marginal distance & middle distance runners! For example, Runners idolize the late Steve Prefontaine less for his running prowess than for his tenacity and dynamic personality. In short, Prefontaine was a distance runner with the personality of a Jumper/Vaulter/Thrower! As a field-eventers, Pre would have just been "one of the guys".
I eagerly await all angry & inevitable tirades against what I've just written, but if you can open your mind a bit, I hope you'll see the validity of the point I've made. Let's see how that goes..........
Chris Nickinson
Interesting thoughts. Just curious, who are these field eventers with the greta personalities? The throws tend to have the most engaging athletes amongst field events but just like all other field events their event is so quick the fans don't get to see them for as long as athletes on the track.
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Scott Bush breaks down the 2013 Millrose Games event by event. Check it out!
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