You know Fatheads, the sports-centric wall graphics. The other night I checked out their site and found that they do in fact have an entire Olympic section, offering gymnasts’ and swimmers’ images, but nothing from track and field.
I tweeted something about this, hoping that the new Track and Field Athletes Association could represent its membership to get some track stars on walls, and I actually got a response. They said they hadn’t had much call for track and field but wanted to know who I’d be interested in seeing on a Fathead.
I said Usain Bolt was a no-brainer, and some other popular athletes might be Mo Farah, Allyson Felix, Lolo Jones, and Aries Merritt. I forgot to mention Ashton Eaton but he’d similarly sell well. (Personally, my first choice would be Erik Kynard, but he probably wouldn’t be available until his collegiate eligibility runs out in June.)
Others joined in the conversation, and the topic of retired athletes came up: Steve Prefontaine, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Jesse Owens would do well. I replied that I’d go for Ed Moses, and especially The Cos as Cliff “Combustible Huxtable”.
So if you’d like to tell them to get some track stars, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them @fathead.
The late-afternoon roundup of the day’s top news stories…
James Kipsang Kwambai won today’s JoongAng Seoul Marathon for the second year in a row, in a course-record time of 2:05:50. Story includes results.
Shadrack Kemboi won South Africa’s Soweto Marathon in course-record time.
From Japan Running News: Komazawa University runs course record for tenth national collegiate ekiden title. Story includes results.
With the New York City Marathon called off because of lingering storm-related problems in the Big Apple, Central Park became the site of an impromptu running celebration, while others literally ran relief supplies into and around Staten Island.
Britain’s Guardian asks What drives Jessica Ennis? and Ennis answers.
Track on TV
Sunday, 8:00pm, ESPN Classic: Run For Your Life
Blending archival and contemporary footage with recollections from past champions, recreational participants, volunteers and local politicians, this documentary looks at the life and passion of Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon. From extremely humble beginnings — in 1970, less than 100 people participated in the inaugural 26.2 mile race through the five boroughs — the race evolves into a global happening, drawing competitors and spectators from all over the world.
Reruns at 10:00pm and midnight
Monday, 2:00am, ESPN Classic: 9.79*
The men’s 100-meter final at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games was riddled in scandal. This one race still haunts the eight athletes who took part.
Monday, 5:00am, ESPN Classic: The First Four Minutes
The life of Roger Bannister, and the breaking of the four minute mile, are chronicled.
Monday, 1:00pm, Big Ten Network: Big Ten Cross Country Championships
Tape-delayed package from last Sunday in East Lansing