"The Ring" archive entries from Oct 30th 2008

  • Quote from w8coach

    In the 60's football struggled but made huge leaps when they started teaching the rules and strategies of the game to the football widows and uninformed. They made the game relative to things that people already had some type of connections with in their own lives. Track and field has not been able or willing to make this connection. Sure they play the human interest portion that all can relate to about having a tough road to getting to the show but nothing to make the athletic achievements relative to the viewer. Also, we need to keep commentators (Like Dwight Stones) that have no clue to the intricasises of the throwing events out of the spot light as the only degrade the quality of the information passed to the public. Someone, at one time, suggested Mac Wilkins as the throws commentator. It would be a great idea to have a team of throwers, Petranoff jav, Feuerbach shot,etc, like a Monday night football commentating team to present the throws in an intelligent wya that would not only grow a crowd but possibly create interest in our youth. It has become rocket science to promote the sport as our governing bodies( since the time of Pre and before) have had to fight the bueracracy for money to survive. The brass need to fix it or move on if this sport is to survive in this country in my opinion.

    published at Oct 30th 2008 12:24am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from Russ

    this may not be relevant; but could it be that track and field isn't doing that much wrong. Are more looking at just a changing face of society; shallow - media lead - adults with an attention span of a six-year old - very "fad" oriented. It seems that people want or are being told they want loud music, flashing lights, obnoxious team uniforms and colors. It's like watching a Japanese video game or something.

    Myself, I really dislike watching a pro football game because of the way the camera darts back and forth constantly. I would like to see more camera time focused on what goes on in the interior line play, instead of some type of schizophrenic camera work.

    NASCAR isn't an athletic event, just a bunch of younger moonshiners in stupid looking uniforms. Never will figure that one out.

    published at Oct 30th 2008 1:15am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • published at Oct 30th 2008 3:25am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from Paul Buschman

    About 5 months ago I was driving through Oklahoma and was listening to some sports radio. This was in the middle of Oklahoma State country and they were talking about ESPN being the reason for the downfall of the popularity of college wrestling. They said that prior to ESPN college wrestling meets were very hard to get into whereas basketball was rarely a sell-out, now it's the complete opposite. I think there a many parallels between wrestling and track and field. I don't think ESPN covers what is popular, but they have dictated what is popular by what they choose to show.

    published at Oct 30th 2008 3:32am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from discusdoc

    Bishop was part of a study we did on heart size in world class strength athletes. He was incredibly strong and a great guy. In addition to the shot and discus, he also competed in strongman competitions (original Worlds Strongest Man contest) and weight lifting.

    Too many of the great throwers of the past are leaving us too soon!

    published at Oct 30th 2008 4:31am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from w8coach

    I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Bish. He was an imposing physical presence. I remember a BP comp at Al Feuerbach's house that got started without Bish. He walked in and there was about 450 on the bar. He said," How you guys didn't tell me you were starting?" Someone said," We're not unloading the bar. Bish jumped in a rattled off fifteen reps with the plates clanging and the bar bending. All in attendence were in awe.

    published at Oct 30th 2008 5:16am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from TR

    like preaching to the choir, 90% of any hotel, motel, b&b have golf courses, tennis courts, I've never had the pleasure of asking a desk clerk, hey wheres the Ring around here? then having the clerk respond,just outside to your left,but there is a hell of a wait.I know this sounds sarcastic but we are a very minor group in the marketable venue. ever see throwing shoes or shotputs in a sporting goods store near jogging or golf or tennis equipment. I'm very afraid this is the spot we're in and its hard to create poplularity without being something that 90% of the populatios can do. sorry for kind of a rant ...train hard......TR

    published at Oct 30th 2008 6:00am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • published at Oct 30th 2008 6:28am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • Quote from jbpokerking

    I was surfing around and read the linked article on the USATF Officals website that seems to say that the 45-49 Men's Shotput, Discus & Hammer weight change was approved? Has anyone heard that this is the case? I would be very disappointed.

    http://www.usatfofficials.com/training/W%20&%20M%20Newsletters/Newsle3518-2.pdf

    published at Oct 30th 2008 8:25am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

  • published at Oct 30th 2008 9:42pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/

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