Category Archives: Tops of the Decade

>Top Ten of the Decade #1

>So what’s my top fan experience of the decade? The 2001 IAAF World Championships. The moment Edmonton was announced as the hosts, I called up Track & Field News Tours and signed up. They had nothing on the tour yet, … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #2

>Got a little behind here… My #2 fan experience of the decade is the NCAA Cross Country championships. You may be thinking “why rank this so high?” Possibly because I go with old friends evey year and get good and … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #3

>My #3 fan experience of the decade was my trip to the 2008 Olympic Trials. A sports columnist whose name (and column) escapes me at the moment said that in 2008, track & field in the USA was down on … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #4

>Coming in at #4 is Universal Sports and its predecessor, WCSN. Back in 2005, there were no US takers on broadcasting the World Championships. WCSN, which I think was an offshoot of MLB.com, popped up to offer hardcore fans a … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #5

>National championships don’t come to the Rust Belt very often. When they do, I go. The 2006 and 2007 USATF Championships in Indianapolis come in as my #5 of the decade. The meets were good, as nationals always are, and … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #6

>Life in the Rust Belt has a lot of disadvantages. Coming in at #6 is one of the perks, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and its Olympic coverage. The last three summer games have been so far off US time zones … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #7

>On Christmas day, I celebrate the single greatest gift I’ve been given as a track fan. Six years ago I was asked to be the announcer at our high school’s league championship. I can’t believe they pay me to do … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade #8

>The explosion of the Internet during the last ten years comes in at number eight. Al Gore invented the Internet long before 2000 (while he was developing the global warming hoax). I had my first Internet account in 1994. But … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade: #9

>Coming in at #9 is a personal experience, competing in the Boston Marathon. In the fall of 2002 I ran my second serious marathon, dropped 20 minutes off my PR and got a Boston qualifier. I sent in my application … Continue reading

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>Top Ten of the Decade: #10

>This whole blog is about the sport from a fan’s experience. So while everyone else counts down the greatest this or that, I’m going to count down my favorite new developments or personal experiences. Coming in at number ten is … Continue reading

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