Monday, June 2, 2008

What They Didn't Tell You: Reebok Grand Prix

This weekend, we discovered all over again, the route for sports success: get people talking about your stars. (Consider this an APB for Ryan Hall: Get yourself out to the Hamptons.) After the jump, discover What They Didn't Tell You about the wide world of running from Friday to Sunday.

At the Reebok Grand Prix, the Jamaican contingent booed 400m winner, Sanya Richards, ostensibly in reaction to her defection from Jamaica. Now, I don't know about you guys, but I was always told that its mean to make fun of someone just because they have a defection. All of God's children are beautiful -- even the "special" ones.

German Fernandez ran a double of 4:00 and 8:34 at the California State Meet. While neither is a record in and of itself, what they didn't tell you was that he IS the first German named Fernandez.

In Berlin, Jeremy Wariner lost a 400m race. (To find the last time that happened, we have to refer all the way back to Herodotus.) Somewhere, Clyde Hart helped himself to a second piece of pecan pie, with extra pecans.

Usain Bolt ran 9.72 -- some sort of record, I'm told. But they didn't tell you that for the Fastest Man Alive, the post-race celebration of choice is McDonald's: Angus Burger, Chicken Selects and a big Blue Powerade, easy on the ice. You now know the secret. Prepare accordingly.

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