Archive for November, 2009

FAILURES' SECRETS

Anyone who enjoys success within the sport of track and field, just as it is with just about any other activity or profession, has to be able to juggle certain dualities. There always exists the need to be able to mesh and blend ART with SCIENCE. There is a need to understand and exploit NATURE and apply proper NURTURE […]

HOW THE WORLD'S #1 TRACK AND FIELD TEAM MORPHED INTO A TRAIN WRECK

Friday, November 13, 2009 True to the superstition,…for some of us Friday the 13th turned out to be a  bad news day. THE NEW YORK TIMES newspaper ran a story today headlined, ” Tagliabue to Lead Panel On Structure of U.S.O.C. “. For some of us intimately connected to U.S.A. Track and Field this is a pathetic paradox. For years we fought […]

MR. NEVER-NEVER & ROPE-A-DOPE

1940 – CLEARWATER, FLORIDA I remember him as being “light skinned” with blue eyes and “good” hair.. His name was Orientes Martinez. He was Cuban, but despite having light blue eyes, curly, almost blonde hair, in Clearwater, Florida in 1940 he was considered a “negro”. It was only later that I learned that one 32nd per cent of “colored” blood was […]

TRAINERS / TEACHERS / COACHES – THE HOLY TRINITY OF SUCCESS IN TRACK AND FIELD

Kenta Bell is one of the most knowledgeable athletes in the sport when it comes to his event ( triple jump ) and also has a basic grasp of what is required in most other technique events as well. In 2007 he and Dwight Phillips went to Houston to train with the very reknowned and respected […]

UP YOURS,…LEO DUROCHER !!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 – 6:15AM I started not to answer the phone ringing on the night stand next to my bed. I berated myself for not doing what I usually do, which is to put the phone on the charger over night in the office on the other side of the house, thus aviding this kind […]