Category Archives: Old-School Track

Book Review: Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush

Why is the marathon distance 26 miles, 385 yards? If you have more than a passing knowledge of the history of long distance running, you know it’s because the start and finish of the 1908 Olympics were in front of … Continue reading

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It Screams ‘Seventies’

I just got a note from a SoCal track fan named Lynnsey Guererro, along with a photo from the 1973 USC-UCLA dual. Note how UCLA’s Drake Stadium is totally jammed full. Besides that, there were about 2,000 spectators standing along … Continue reading

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>An Open Letter to Bill Cosby

>Bill CosbyP.O. Box 4049Santa Monica, CA 90411USA The Brokaw Company9255 Sunset BoulevardSuite 804Los Angeles, CA 90069USA Dear Mr. Cosby, Let me start by saying that I have always been, and always will be, a huge fan of yours. I believe … Continue reading

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>Track on Old Sitcoms

>Tomorrow is the Bislett Games from Oslo, the third stop on the IAAF’s Diamond League tour.  Tape-delay coverage begins at 8:00 PM on Universal Sports, should you be fortunate enough to have that channel available to you. Right before the … Continue reading

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>Another Cool Photo

>I’m very much into the ancient-as-hell photos and seeing what track & field used to be like. Track historian and Penn Relays historian Dennis Johnson dug this one up:This is John Daly of the Irish-American AC, competing on the I-AAC’s … Continue reading

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>Happy St. Patrick’s Day

>To go with your pint of Guinness and stobhach gaelach, a YouTube video of one of the greatest performances of all time: Eamonn Coghlan’s 3:49 mile on a 160y board track.

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>TV/Web Listings

>Tuesday, February 26WGN, 4:30-5:00 p.m.The Cosby Show: “Back to the Track, Jack” (guest stars Josh Culbreath and Larry James) Wednesday, February 27Showtime Family Zone, 8:35 a.m.1972 Munich Olympic Games ESPN Classic, 1:00-1:30 p.m.Cheap Seats: 1978 Superstars (featuring Dwight Stones) Thursday, … Continue reading

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>SuperMilers on YouTube

>The classic film is now in five parts on YouTube (but for how long?). Enjoy it while you can.

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>Track Etymology Debate

>Over at the Track & Field News forums, a discussion has arisen about the origin of the term “thinclads”. It’s a passe term, but considering what people like Isinbayeva are wearing these days it might be more descriptive than ever.

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