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Just as a refresher, during the American qualifiers for the women's 100 meter dash, there was a tie for third place between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. Now, even Jim Joyce could see that there was no tie between the two ladies but nevertheless it was deemed to be one. Since only the top 3 qualified to go to London, this presented quite a conundrum for good ol' 'merica. It was determined that there would be a run-off to see who was going to The Olympics and who was going home. This was to take place on Monday evening. It did not take place.
Jarmoh conceded the race (which she actually finished third in and was acknowledged as such until she wasn't anymore) to Felix on Monday morning and the run-off was scrapped. Jarmoh stated that since she was already participating in another event in London, she was OK with allowing Felix to run in the 100 meter dash in her stead. Many are deeming this to be great sportsmanship. Guess who isn't?
How stupid is this? These sprinters and runners train their whole lives for a shot at a gold medal and sacrifice a ton for this opportunity to run for your country. There is literally nothing else out there for fast runners after The Olympics. Why would you then just give up what you were so close to achieving? Yeah, it sounds like Jarmoh and Felix are pretty good friends and it is a nice thing to do, but this is so dumb. What kind of competitor just rolls over? Felix didn't earn this shot. It was given to her. In my personal opinion (Demetrious!), this is a cowardly move.
To me, it all comes down to playing the odds. If your goal is to win a gold medal, would you rather have two chances or one? This is basic math. Two is better than one (college degree is hard at work). I don't consider this to be a great example of sportsmanship--I consider Jarmoh to be afraid of losing.
Do you remember when Dut used to host his bi-weekly poker games which only lasted for a month and has not been spoken of again in the last three years? Well, we always used to play at least one hold 'em tournament. Sometimes, when it gets down to the final two, you may hear one of the finalists talk about scrapping the heads-up play and splitting the pot. That is a total pussy move. THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE A CHAMPION. I would never do this because I'm a winner. Apparently, this exact same analogy can be taken to the track because Jarmoh just split the pot with Felix. Fuck that shit.
I don't plan on watching the track & field portion of The Olympics because it's boring and not erotic, but if I did, I would be rooting for both of these ladies to finish dead last in their events. If only because cowardice should be punished and not confused with sportsmanship. Sorry, ladies, but I wish you the worst. And I wish that Dut would host a poker night again. Homo.
Also awful from yesterday: ESPN. Thanks a lot for tape-delaying the Hot Dog Eating Contest because of Wimbledon but then headlining Joey Chestnut's sixth straight win on your website before you air it. Fucking assholes, you didn't deserve Erin Andrews anyway.