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Maurice Greene gets beat.

I do believe he is the most obnoxious and arrogant man to ever set foot on the track.

If I saw him stick his tongue out ONE MORE TIME, I was going to reach in my TV screen and yank it out.

The Greatest, my a$$.

Thanks. I needed to get that off my chest ;-)

Andrea

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Alas...I can only rec this post once. Everyone knows The Greatest is, and always will be - Muhammed Ali!

:-)Charlie
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I do believe [Maurice Green] is the most obnoxious and arrogant man to ever set foot on the track.


And yet he managed to look classy by comparison when his compatriots jerked off at the end of their semi-final race...
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And yet he managed to look classy by comparison when his compatriots jerked off at the end of their semi-final race...

None of them could possibly be called classy. By comparison or otherwise.

Must be something in the, um, gatorade.

Andrea


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And yet he managed to look classy by comparison when his compatriots jerked off at the end of their semi-final race...

They show that stuff on TV????
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They show that stuff on TV????

Only on Pay Per View I think....
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Maurice Greene gets beat.

I do believe he is the most obnoxious and arrogant man to ever set foot on the track.


Arrogant yes, obnoxious no.

It is pretty much axiomatic that sprinters have egos. Big egos. Big huge massive egos. Pardon my language, but there's no bigger dick-wagging event in track than the 100m dash.

The big reason is that this is the event that the media dub as the race for the Fastest Man On Earth. Never mind that the winner of the 200m dash actually runs faster over that distance than the 100m winner does at his, since all the elites run negative splits in the 200m. Forget that people who have run track and field generally consider the two most brutal events to be the 800m "run" (which is now really a "dash") and the 400m hurdles.

The 100m dash is the simplest, most straightforward event in track. It's the shortest distance, all on a straightaway, no obstacles, no exchanges, nothing. Just line 'em up and go. You can tell the whole way who's leading--no start staggers to take into account that leave most viewers mystified until the end of the race. It's short, simple, and easy to understand. It gets all the press. It gets all the glory.

And so it gets all the people who want the press and want the glory. There's a LONG line of pricks that have competed at the highest levels in the 100m dash. Even Carl Lewis--who is the greatest track athlete of recent times, and probably only second to Jesse Owens historically--had a hell of an ego on him.

Remember Ben Johnson? He crossed the finish line in Seoul in 1988 with his finger raised in the air. That's ego. (Of course, his ego caught up with him when he lost the medal after pissing out more horse hormones than Secretariat.)

Tim Montgomery, Leroy Burrell, Donovan Bailey, Linford Christie, blah blah blah. If you really wanted to, you could find plenty of egotistic quotes by any of them.

The big thing with Lewis is that not only did he so clearly dominate the sport for so long that it was hard to deny his greatness, but he also did a decent job of keeping his ego on the track and relatively private. Made him less obnoxious to the casual fan.

Maurice Green is one hell of a sprinter. Definitely one of the best in history. But his GOAT tattoo is an overstatement. I'd rate him down the list a ways.

--WP
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Pardon my language, but there's no bigger dick-wagging event in track than the 100m dash.

...except the triple jump.

-4
Can be taught
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GOAT tattoo ?

I'm guessing it stands for something, but I can't figure it out.

Please help!

=) Megan
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GOAT tattoo ?

I'm guessing it stands for something, but I can't figure it out.

Please help!


Greatest of all time.
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Remember Ben Johnson? He crossed the finish line in Seoul in 1988 with his finger raised in the air. That's ego. (Of course, his ego caught up with him when he lost the medal after pissing out more horse hormones than Secretariat.)

Yeah, I remember Ben Johnson. I remember him when he ran at Madison Square Garden (might have been the Mobil Games) before the chemists got a hold of him. Yeah, he had ego. They all do.

But I've seen enough of Greene to say that he's obnoxious.

Andrea
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And yet he managed to look classy by comparison when his compatriots jerked off at the end of their semi-final race...

I have GOT to watch me some more track and field. ;-)


--Booa (didn't even know that was an Olympic event)
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