By the way, we track fans are always grousing about how bad TV coverage is, so let me say I thought ESPN's wire-to-wire coverage was great. I wish they would snag the NYC Marathon rights away from NBC, which recently has taken to only showing a one-hour hightlight package on tape delay instead the real deal live.
Yeah! You and I must be about the same age. The first NYC I watched was 1983 -- Rod Dixon outkicking Geoff Smith right at the end in the rain. Awesome! That and Mary Decker outkicking the Soviets that same year at Helsinki were the two defining moments that made me a rabid t&f fan.
I was in that race. Didn't see the dual live obviously but watched the finish on a big screen about 10 times to the strains of some very loud music and fuelled by a lot of beer at the post race party at the Sheraton or some other big downtown NY hotel. Got Grete's and Rod's autograph. That finish still gives me chills. Rod stalking Geoff through Central Park while he is falling a part. The finish line just a little bit too far for Geoff to pull it off.