Thursday, August 21, 2008

Banish the Baton

The American men's and women's 400-meter relay teams both misconnected on handoffs in their preliminaries. The men's relay team failed to reach the Olympic final for the first time since 1912. The women missed for the first time since 1948.

I hate to make excuses but what is the real point of having a baton at all?

Isn't track all about speed--who can get from point A to point B fastest? Why are we throwing in a test of hand/eye coordination? How about a simple hand slap? With today's technology, put some sensors on the runners' hands to make sure they connect.

I want to see whose steroids work best, not who can hold onto a stick.

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