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  • started the topic ursus in the forum Current events 1 week, 2 days ago

    Just finished reading a biography of Eric Liddell. Interesting character, very different from your normal sports bio.

    Previous reading includes Coe v Ovett, the Dirtiest Race about the Seoul 100m final and biographies of Ben Johnson and Emil Zatopek.

    If “Jan Zelezny, the life story” has been published, I’ve missed it. Anyone got any good…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Pleased Mo won, but I don’t attach any great significance to it. From Brexit to Joe McFadden I’ve long since given up trusting the great British public with a vote. :yahoo:

    With Rutherford on the wane and Jess, Mo and Bolt gone it will be interesting to see what sort of attendances / media coverage we get at both domestic meets and DLs.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    The Sun article was an automatic pop up on my phone. Honest!

    Glad Froome’s little local difficulty was discussed. Would’ve been astonishing if it hadn’t been.

    Know nothing about Rea. My BBC jibe was a response to Larkimn’s earlier assertion:

    I don’t think it does anything of the sort, unfortunately.

    Utterly mystifying. Both should have…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    Bizarre results all round.

    Well done Mo though.

    Coach of the year for the sprint relay team. They did well, but really?

    The cynics may say that the WC on the BBC was one long advertorial for Mo, that JEH might have been part of the BBC commentary team, that the relay was part of the BBC’s main sports event of the year, that Jonnie Peacock may…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    Disagree. The armchair fans and TV companies want the spectacular. Afficiandos less so, but for the majority it’s the big performances that capture the imagination.

    Are Coe and Ovett best remembered for swapping records or their medals?

    Beamon. It was the distance. End of.

    Bolt drew the crowds because he redefined his events. All the rest of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    This article sums it up pretty well. Whatever the reasons behind it, I don’t think cheating to gain an advantage is one of them.

    About as unacceptable as Hamilton persistently speeding and Joshua’s occasional use of gratuitous violence. :-(

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    This article sums it up pretty well. Whatever the reasons behind it, I don’t think cheating to gain an advantage is one of them.

    About as unacceptable as Hamilton persistently speeding and Joshua’s occasional use of gratuitous violence.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Kane’s good, but if you’re looking at team players, I’d say Owen Farrell has a much stronger case. Serious achievement on the international stage – Eng and Lions – as well as driving his club to another Euro title. But we’ll have to wait for England’s triumph in Japan 2019 before he’ll get a look in.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    No, but he almost certainly would have on any other bike in the pro peloton. Hamilton wouldn’t have won the title in your Vauxhall Viva, but nor would he in 95% of cars on the grid either.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    One word for it.

    Funniest bit was Gabby Logan, twice, failing miserably to produce a sound that remotely resembled “Vuelta”. Doesn’t strike me as the hardest word for a professional broadcaster.

    And not a hedgehog in sight.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months ago

    Very true. And if his marathons aren’t great, there’s the possibility that the whispers will only grow. “He’s left Salazar and look what’s happened……”. He’s nailed his colours to the mast, which is fine, and if he can look himself in the mirror, that’s all that matters.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 1 week ago

    On the tax thing I think there’s a clear cut off where behaviour, although legal, becomes unethical. Same could apply to current sexual harassment issues.

    In my opinion Hamilton has crossed that line, but I don’t think it will make any difference to the SPOTY vote.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 1 week ago

    I like boxing, but I think Joshua is over-hyped and lucky to be competing in an extremely weak era. The likes of Lewis or Klitschko at his peak would have had him for breakfast, let alone some of the nasty Americans of years gone by. But you can only beat what’s in front of you.

    In 2017 he’s had 2 bouts – 11 rounds to get rid of a 40 year old…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 1 week ago

    Understandable from PSD. She turns 29 next month and, sadly, won’t ever hit the athletics heights she once aspired to.

    It’s been a tough few years for her and there’ll be a good fee involved for just a few weeks effort. She has to be looking at her life beyond athletics; she’s a bubbly character and that may well involve media or the “reality”…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Possibly not the right thread for this, but anyway.

    David Parker suspended for inappropriate relationship. Know no more than this so can’t comment and due process will run its course.

    Parker the athlete was a yet another talented junior javelin thrower who failed to make a mark as a senior. Won a “soft” WJC with 72.85 and ended up with a 78m…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Possibly not the right thread for this, but anyway.

    David Parker suspendedfor inappropriate relationship. Know no more than this so can’t comment and due process will run its course.

    Parker the athlete was a yet another talented junior javelin thrower who failed to make a mark as a senior. Won a “soft” WJC with 72.85 and ended up with a 78m PB.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    No system will be perfect. Lots of questions, but definitely a step in the right direction for me.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    The average age of Fangio’s “legits” is 26. PBs are one way to look at it. Medallists are another. Looking back at the last 3 Globals:

    London: WvN 25, Gardiner 21, Haroun 20.

    Rio: WvN 24, James 23, Merritt 30.

    Beijing: WvN 23, Merritt 29, James 22.

    Those average out at just over 24. If we strip out Merritt for being a naughty boy as Fangio…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Lies, damn lies and statistics…..

    Nice one Laps, which some people would no doubt counter with Grindley, Thomas etc. As ever it all depends on the individual, their injury history, training age etc.

    I think the best way to look at the 400 is that it’s a strong man’s game. By which I don’t mean big and muscular, but not susceptible to injury.

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