From The Editor
The track world has only so much room for ranting and raving, so T&FN doesn't allow its editor, E. Garry Hill, to run off at the fingers every month. But perhaps you'll enjoy hearing the babble he puts up several times a year. The opinions he expresses--needless to say--reflect his personal point of view, not necessarily that of the rest of the editorial staff, and are in no way meant to be construed as company policy.
The editor unabashedly admits that he's an elitist (the higher the level of achievement the more he likes it) and that his prime interest in the sport is for the professional side of things. And more than anything else, he seeks to ensure that the presentation of the sport keeps it a viable entity on the crowded modern sporting field. Recent pontifications:
It’s not easy to be a fan of NCAA track & field
New/upgraded U.S. meets: a ray of hope for domestic competition for U.S. pros?
You might be a hardcore track fan if… part 2
You might be a hardcore track fan if...
Why Usain Bolt & Allyson Felix didn’t end up as T&FN’s Athletes Of The Year
For the first time in a long time, London’s Olympic Games felt like a World Championships meet
The ink-stained wretches of the world struggle to remain relevant in an electron-driven era
Are track’s biggest stars getting enough Diamond League exposure? I think not…
Team USA’s men and women were on elevators going in opposite directions in London
Heresy coming from me, I know, but it is time to rethink the Olympic Trials format?
A new way to stage separate-sex NCAA Champs at the same time
The greatest meet on the planet? Not the OG, not the WC—it’s still the OT
Which problem should USATF’s new CEO Max Siegel tackle first?
For post-collegians, the pre-OT U.S. schedule is a farce
11 ways to increase your enjoyment of the sport
Uh-oh! Is there nobody who's the face of U.S. track & field?
Why the IAAF's 3-per-nation rule is surely here to stay
There’s clearly frustration with the IAAF
19 days in August…track goes into stealth mode
The August issue marked the 800th edition ever published.
A look at what happened in all the other 100th-issue markers
Words fail me in trying to describe the NCAA Regionals
What if they didn't give any track meets?
Two different NCAA meets?
Is the Diamond League cursed like King Tut's tomb?
Do you still enjoy T&FN when we get into depressing reality?
Would you believe a T&FN without ink or paper?
Aural abuse at a meet is aural abuse, whether you love or hate the music in question
No More 'Off-Years' for the World Championships
Was the Diamond League’s first year a success or failure?
Going back to some old rules might actually be good for the sport
Might the radical changes in the ’11 World Champs schedule backfire?
WRs are the currency that keeps the sport alive: are we floating counterfeit money?
Why aren’t Americans peaking at the Olympics and World Champs?
Does track & field need a touch of the X-Games mentality?
OK, that was the best 4 decades of my life… so far
As Cordner Nelson liked to ask, "What kind of fan are you?"
Without a Chicago Games, when will the U.S. host the World Champs?
Is it possible that superstars might actually be bad for the sport?
Wiser heads appear to have prevailed in the 2012 Trials schedule decision
Programs! You can’t tell the players without a program! But even then…
When will U.S. teams start wearing uniforms that are distinctive?
Just where did they find all the athletes who hate the 10-day Trials?
A single-weekend Olympic Trials? Bad-bad-bad!
I’m biased on the subject, but I like the Olympic Trials just as they are
EAA presentation tweaks: inspiration or pure panic?
Forget the dropped Olympic batons! What about the ongoing U.S. men’s field-event meltdown?
Two of the all-time greatest words in the English language: Road Trip! (gh & dj head to Des Moines in tornado season)
The greatest meet on the planet? Not the OG, not the WC—it’s the OT my friends
Watching 3 rounds of dash prelims is as good as a cliff-hanging serial at the Saturday matinee
A column dedicated to Willi Krause, who epitomized all that was great about coaches
Happy 60th Birthday To Track & Field News!
Some think the World Champs is held too often; I don’t think it’s held often enough
Can’t anybody run a scoreboard properly at a track meet?
How about making the NCAA Champs a finals-only meet?
Would you believe an NCAA meet that’ll be done in time to go have a beer after the meet and it’s not even noon?
Sacrilege! Maybe the finishline isn’t the best place to sit and watch a meet?
Which of the 8 kinds of track fan are you?
It’s time for the rulesmakers to revisit the lane-draw procedures
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tell where sprinters are relative to each other during a race?
There’s a simple solution to the logjam that is Nationals scheduling—some events have to go
I say take the relays out of the NCAA Championships
Does the idea of a new set of World Records still have real merit?
The worst year of track is better than the best year of just about any other sport you can name
The final rounds in field events deserve their own private window on big-meet schedules
There aren’t too many tries in the field events; it’s just that the wrong people are taking too many
As affiliations go, is “unat” the University of Nat?
Would it be too much to ask to have a uniform uniform-policy?
Only a hard mile relay leg can turn you from Michael Johnson into Michael Jackson
The sport has suffered this year from the rash of young collegians going pro early
Meets tend to be unkind towards those who think of the sport as field & track
Having Craig Masback and Bill Roe set for additional terms at USATF is a big plus for the sport
The 500lb gorilla on T&FN's back: how can we remain relevant in today's Internet world?
Is it wrong to stand up for the sport we all love so much?
My dictionary doesn't seem to define the NCAA's 'honest effort' dictum very well
It's getting hard to appreciate out-of-the-blue performances
What's the most popular event in the sport, the mile or the 100?
Pictures really are better than a thousand words
The Olympics—just like Christmas, only way better
The latest rounds of drug revelations have left ugly fingerprints on the World Rankings
Paris—more proof that the U.S. Trials meets need to be moved later
If T&FN doesn't speak out for the track fans of the world, who will?
Little things can mean so much in increasing spectator enjoyment
It's time for the rulesmakers to leave the pole vault alone
Paula Radcliffe vs. U.S. men—ugh!
Landmark issues of T&FN: Nos. 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
2003--the year collegiate track came back to life
2003 is shaping up as a truly vintage year for the sport
More bang for your T&FN buck!
It’s time for me to be mean to the Hall Of Fame again
Rabbits on the Euro Circuit: is this a race or a damned parade?
Why the year 1971 should inspire you in 2003
Adam Nelson helped show why the sport can be field & track
10 ways to increase your enjoyment of the sport
The most successful track meets are successful because they’re more than just track meets
When you crank the tunes during a race, you remove the most viscerally satisfying part of the sporting experience
Question: are the timetables at the Nationals hampering the U.S.’s international efforts?
The significance of an experimental Millrose Games high jump (a jump mandated every 45 seconds, only 3 misses total) was missed by many
The “amateur” label continues to hurt track’s development
Ultimately, the World Rankings belong to you, the readers
I’d rather watch a tactical—aka slow—race than an El Guerrouj World Record attempt any day. Death to all rabbits!
Edmonton is the perfect kind of city in which to stage a World Championships
The answer to the Maurice Greene wild card problem is a simple one
Would it be premature to declare we’re seeing a renaissance for track in the U.S.?
Are sprinters cheating when they try and second-guess the starter?
Proposed new IAAF rule changes range from the ridiculous to the sublime
April & May 2001
Standing up during track meets: a way to alienate longtime fans of the sport?
Sadly, field-event presentation hasn’t kept pace with the technological revolution
The track world has undergone a lot of changes in my half-century on the planet