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You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby BillVol » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:07 am

Great editorial page, as always, by gh in the new issue. Some excellent examples of why "you might be a track fan if..." I really got a kick out of some of those. I was actually able to check a few of those off. Such as buy a scalped ticket for a track event (Atlanta OGs).

I would add you might be a track fan if you own a Big Gold Book.
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:15 am

BillVol wrote:I would add you might be a track fan if you own a Big Gold Book.

That's a low bar!
If have you have a multi-year collection of T&F stat publications . . . you might be a track nut. :D
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby kuha » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:06 am

Oh, pshaw!

I'd suggest this standard: You're a T&F (history) fan if you own 2 or more biographies in languages you can't read of athletes who never won Olympic gold medals.
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Mighty Favog » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:18 am

...if "Hanson brothers" doesn't make you think of fictional minor league hockey players...
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Pego » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:30 am

kuha wrote:Oh, pshaw!

I'd suggest this standard: You're a T&F (history) fan if you own 2 or more biographies in languages you can't read of athletes who never won Olympic gold medals.


Well, you managed to raise the bar beyond my reach.
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby kuha » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:36 am

Pego wrote:
kuha wrote:Oh, pshaw!

I'd suggest this standard: You're a T&F (history) fan if you own 2 or more biographies in languages you can't read of athletes who never won Olympic gold medals.


Well, you managed to raise the bar beyond my reach.


You're fluent in too many languages!!
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby aaronk » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:44 am

Let me amend this thread's title to "You might be a T&F NEWS fan if......

you continually HOUND the gracious knowledgeable friendly crew at your local running shop for a full WEEK---from the EARLIEST possible date the new issue MIGHT arrive---until it actually DOES arrive---and you pay the $4.34 ($3.99 plus $0.35 sales tax)....and walk out a truly HAPPY camper!!!

BTW, my chosen "victims" are the people at Fairhaven Runners and Walkers in Bellingham WA!!
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby BillVol » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:00 am

How about...if you know who Casey Combest is?
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:03 am

BillVol wrote:How about...if you know who Casey Combest is?

We can play this game forever. Delano Merriwether, Herb Washington, Thomas Hill, Larry Jessee (!!), Melvin Lister, . . .
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby gh » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:18 am

For those who for some strange reason may have missed that epic bit of writing ( :mrgreen: ) when it was linked on the front page, tis here

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/images ... hmarch.pdf
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:57 am

gh wrote:For those who for some strange reason may have missed that epic bit of writing ( :mrgreen: ) when it was linked on the front page, tis here

It made me very insecure, because I thought I was one, but was an epic failure at many of the criteria. I can (woefully) claim almost all are true, but but not these:

•if you’ve ever hitchhiked more than 100 miles to see a meet [sounds like a Calif thing, Modesto, Fresno?]
•if you’re willing to share a room with a complete stranger because accommodations
for a meet are hard to find [I don't share rooms . . . EVAH! (cept the wife of course)]
•if you’ve ever paid a scalper for a track ticket [??!! - I had the foresight to buy it WAAAAY early!]
•if you’ve blown off your significant other’s (fill in momentous occasion here)
because, well, that meet just seemed more important [tho I often wish I could have]
•if your personalized license plate has a track & field theme [Navy theme]
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby no one » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:43 pm

Larry Jessee wore his shorts high at the waist
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby mump boy » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:52 pm

if when nobody’s looking you do discus spins in your front room..


Doesn't everyone do that :D
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby JayIsMe » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:07 pm

I once drove from San Jose CA down to Cerritos to watch the HS state meet and then back the same night, a little over 700 miles round trip. Had to be at work the next day. I think that should at least be medium-core . .
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby dukehjsteve » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:13 pm

Marlow wrote:
BillVol wrote:How about...if you know who Casey Combest is?

We can play this game forever. Delano Merriwether, Herb Washington, Thomas Hill, Larry Jessee (!!), Melvin Lister, . . .



Yes, but how about Joe American Horse ? Or Alonzo Littlejohn ?
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:44 am

dukehjsteve wrote:Yes, but how about Joe American Horse ? Or Alonzo Littlejohn ?


You might be a[n old] T&F fan if... :D
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:17 am

The hitchhiking part, as noted elsewhere, was definitely a 60's, 70's thing. I found it just as convenient as having a car, but without the hassle of owning one. 3 or us, my brother, his roommate at Illinois and I, hitchhiked to the NCAA XC in 1974 in Bloomington and then back to Chicago, the latter trip mostly in the dark and still had no trouble getting rides.

Going a hundred miles to a meet would have been like going across the street back then.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Tuariki » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:58 am

...... if you waste hours upon hours trolling this web site

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/discussion/

:wink: :wink:
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby unclezadok » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:22 pm

...if you remember when the AAU National Junior T &F Championships had nothing to do worth age.
...or when a 440Y was sometimes run around one curve.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby BCBaroo » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:25 pm

Tuariki wrote:...... if you waste hours upon hours trolling this web site

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/discussion/

:wink: :wink:


I think that's kind of it in a nutshell.

You might be a hardcore T & F ---IF YOU'RE READING THIS!!
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Re: You might be a T&F fan if...

Postby gh » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:52 pm

Mighty Favog wrote:...if "Hanson brothers" doesn't make you think of fictional minor league hockey players...


just foilin' up, coach!
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby mump boy » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:02 pm

You spend your hard earned money attending the European Indoor Athletics Championships !!

Every time i think it's a good idea and then i get there :(

Last time Flump got a text from Jon, i think

"i can see you in the crowd on tv, cheer up' :lol:
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby BillVol » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:06 am

...if you've ever been banned from the T&FN message boards.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby gh » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:08 am

No, most of those are just inveterate....
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:22 am

BillVol wrote:...if you've ever been banned from the T&FN message boards.

gh wrote:No, most of those are just inveterate....


Inveterate: "Firmly and long established; deep-rooted"

Why, yes, I am that kind of fan! :D
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby gh » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:25 am

the ellipsis indicated a missing word, and you don't want to go there
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:47 am

gh wrote:you don't want to go there

Ah, yes, the A-suite. I do believe you have booked me a standing reservation. I shall endeavor to avoid future stays there.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby DrJay » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:03 pm

.....if, during the year your marriage was really foundering, your wife/soon-to-be-ex- snarls, "You care more about Alan Webb than you do about ME!!" True story. (note: DrJay was the one who finaly pulled the ripcord.)
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby kuha » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:52 pm

DrJay wrote:.....if, during the year your marriage was really foundering, your wife/soon-to-be-ex- snarls, "You care more about Alan Webb than you do about ME!!" True story. (note: DrJay was the one who finaly pulled the ripcord.)


:wink:

A few of us here have come closer to this than we'd probably like to admit.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Pego » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:42 pm

kuha wrote:
DrJay wrote:.....if, during the year your marriage was really foundering, your wife/soon-to-be-ex- snarls, "You care more about Alan Webb than you do about ME!!" True story. (note: DrJay was the one who finaly pulled the ripcord.)


:wink:

A few of us here have come closer to this than we'd probably like to admit.


Years ago, a recently divorced friend told me this.

"What do a tornado and divorce have in common?"
"First, there is a lot of sucking and blowing and then you lose your house."
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby DrJay » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:25 pm

What do a tornado and a Kentucky divorce have in common?
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:07 pm

DrJay wrote:What do a tornado and a Kentucky divorce have in common?

Either way, you're gonna lose your double-wide!
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby DrJay » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:12 pm

Marlow wrote:
DrJay wrote:What do a tornado and a Kentucky divorce have in common?

Either way, you're gonna lose your double-wide!


Exactly.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby berkeley » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:42 pm

... if you can convert instantaneously between metric and imperial. OK, exact accuracy on the throws scale is a tall order, but I think I have the jumps nailed.
if you can recite the WR progression in most events over the last 100 years (performances, athletes, nationalities, years).
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Marlow » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:15 am

berkeley wrote:if you can recite the WR progression in most events over the last 100 years (performances, athletes, nationalities, years).

:shock: You are confusing T&F fanaticism with eidetic memory skills!
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:06 am

Marlow wrote:
berkeley wrote:if you can recite the WR progression in most events over the last 100 years (performances, athletes, nationalities, years).

:shock: You are confusing T&F fanaticism with eidetic memory skills!


Yes, I am with Marlow. Most events? Even the most fanatical fans I have known over the years really only keep track of a few favorite events. And the past 100 years? Hmm...
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby lonewolf » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:20 am

From monitering this website I have concluded that although interested in and somewhat knowledgeable in some events, I am relatively far from fanatic about T&F.
I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of knowledge of posters here. It seems they either have photographic memories and instant recall or instant access to an incredible data bank of current and past performances.
I could not find the answers to some of this stuff if given half a day and a helper.
Just marveling. Carry on.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby tm71 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:18 pm

very funny list by gh. i think i have done at least a couple of those listed in the last 25-30 yrs.
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby berkeley » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:46 pm

Conor Dary wrote:
Marlow wrote:
berkeley wrote:if you can recite the WR progression in most events over the last 100 years (performances, athletes, nationalities, years).

:shock: You are confusing T&F fanaticism with eidetic memory skills!


Yes, I am with Marlow. Most events? Even the most fanatical fans I have known over the years really only keep track of a few favorite events. And the past 100 years? Hmm...

Probably just as well I can't be held to account over this one :wink:
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Re: You might be a hardcore T&F fan if...

Postby kamikaze7 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:25 am

.................If everytime you read a license plate it reminds you of an excellent time in a specific track event.

Insurance agent: Whats your license plate number ?
Customer: AHS 4394
Insurance agent: Wow thats Kirani James's personal best
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