I want you to click on the link below, which will open the news page at USATF.org (in a new window, so this one will stay active). Study what you see, and you might notice something strange.
Have you studied it? Have you noticed the strange thing you see?
Maybe it will help if I refer to a passage from the Sherlock Homes short story, Silver Blaze.
Inspector Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”
I say this because the strange thing you’re seeing is rather an absence of seing. There is no mention whatsoever of Bernard Lagat’s US record at Saturday night’s Millrose Games.
Late edit: There actually is mention, but it’s one line buried in the USATF Classic story. I don’t think this fact changes my analysis of USATF’s pettiness.
In fact, I don’t think you’re going to see any
mention of Millrose headline at all at USATF.org in at least a month. By all accounts, the Armory Foundation pulled off a hugely successful evening. It sold out and the buzz among fans and media alike was unlike that of any indoor meet in recent history. Yet the federation cannot bring itself to even acknowledge its existence.
Now, I know that speaking of “the federation” isn’t quite right. Many people work for the organization and they’re not all the same. Surely, some people in the organization were happy to see the new Millrose succeed and want to publicize it. But the people who call the shots did not.
Jon Stewart would call this “the height of dickishness”. An Olympic year, a struggling sport dying for attention, and the people who call the shots can’t swallow their pride for even a minute.
I’d say that this sport deserves every bit of its failure, but these morons are taking the rest of us down with them.