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Bolt and TypeTribe

August 16, 2009
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  1. I just watched the video of Usain Bolt breaking the world record in the 100m dash, and it’s pretty incredible. He doesn’t embarrass the field like he did in the Olympics, mainly because the field is better here. His stride is just sick. It doesn’t make me want to race him any less. Obviously I’d lose by quite a bit, but watching him run just makes me want to sprint. Tomorrow at soccer will have to do. Maybe I’ll get someone to time me in the 100m one of these days so I can have an actual number to compare against world-class sprinters.
  2. Why doesn’t Bolt play American football? Obviously he’d have to take some hits, but he could make way more money and get way more attention playing wide receiver than he ever will as a sprinter. No corner back would have a chance against him, and he’s tall enough to be a legitimate threat in the air.
  3. I just posted the second TypeTribe contest poll. The first one went over really well, garnering 191 unique hits the second day of the contest. Feel free to check out the post and cast your vote.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. John Aughey permalink
    August 17, 2009 11:18 am

    He still slows down a little just before the finish. I’d like to see him push continuously through the finish.

    It’s funny to see the camera men trying to keep up with him when he’s just trotting around the field after the race.

  2. Bob permalink
    August 20, 2009 1:02 pm

    On “Why doesn’t Bolt play American football?”:

    Money: Bolt makes millions of dollars a year as the top sprinter in the world. Not too shabby. Those Europeans like track and field (aka “athletics”) a more than us Americans do and are willing to pay to watch it.

    Skill at American football: Just because he’s fast doesn’t mean he can run a tight route, catch, block, take a hard hit and get back up, etc. etc. There are lots of things that that make one a fast football player and not just fast. Plus, even if he was talented enough to do all of that eventually, it would take him multiple years in the prime of his athletic life to learn the sport.

    Stick to track, Mr. Bolt.

    An aside…I’ve always thought it’d be cool if they would just stick one randomly selected 40-year old dude to run alongside the world class sprinters to get a true perspective on just how fast they are. Even a fast 28-year-old dude would serve as a good comparison, just to watch him get smoked by a couple of seconds.

    • August 20, 2009 9:48 pm

      Fair point about Bolt and football and track. It would still be fun to see him toast…well, anybody.

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