If this sounds like a repeat, you're right, it is. Track is the true heartbreak sport..ask Tyson Gay. The top sprinter in the U.S., maybe the world, suffered a hamstring strain at the start of the 200-meter trials and was carried off the track.He's out of the Olympic 200 and his status for the 100 and 4 x 100 relay is certainly questionable. I'm hoping he won't rush it and return to action too soon.
We will be sending our usual strong team in track and field and with African transplant, Bernard Lagat, the U.S. may win its first event over 400 meters wince 1972 in the men's races. Dave Wottle won the 800 and Frank Shorter the Marathon in Munich. Joan Benoit won the woman's Marathon in 1984.
The crowd favorite was 16 year old high school junior, Jordan Hasay, who qualified for the 1500 meter finals and broke the national high school record. She finished tenth in the finals.
More to come in future weeks about our Olympic hopefuls.
Today's Olympic trivia: Who is the only Coatesville native to win an Olympic Gold Medal? Answer below.
One man's opinion: Bret Favre should stay retired and end his career with some dignity. Should he choose to return, it's Green Bay or nothing.
Learn the lesson from previous greats who ended their career as also-rans with different teams. Joe Namath played out his career with the L.A. Rams, John Unitas with San Diego and Joe Montana in Kansas City. Sad but true: "He that does not learn from History is due to repeat its mistakes."
Phillie Phile: Lefty Happ should stay in the rotation..Jamie Moyer is done after six innings..Coste should play every game instead of Carlos (6-4-3) Ruiz..Flash Gordon has that Wayne Gomes look on the mound, remember? "Someone please help me!"..Werth plays every day: Jenkins sits..Dobbs sees more time at third base when righties face the Phils..Bring back Brett Myers for middle relief..I still need someone in the Phil's management to explain what Gary Matthews adds to the telecast.
In case anyone is interested, the Tour de France is underway. Me either. I witnessed the start of the Tour de Pennsylvania in Downingtown with bikers under the age of 25 headed for Pittsburgh. It was a class event with competitors from many countries - NO DRUGGIES!
Many "experts" have predicted great success for this year's Georgia football team. In fact several have rated the Bulldogs as favorites for the national title.
This may have some effect on that prediction: since the end of last year's season, NINE Georgia football players have been arrested!!
It's a sign of the times. College football is big business and you have to win..PERIOD! If you don't recruit the thugs, your opponents will and beat you with them.
Answer to today's Olympic trivia: In 1952 at Helsinki, Charlie Moore won the 400meter hurdles breaking the Olympic record. He also won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 relay. Charlie never attended Coatesville High. His family moved to Unionville, then he went to Mercersburg Academy and Cornell University. He was the athletic director at Cornell until several years ago.
Coatesville Hall of Fame tickets will go on sale July 15 and can be purchased at the Coatesville Flower Shop. More details in next week's column, including the list of inductees.
Sports Quote of the Week: A famous New York City landmark, the Chrysler Building, was recently purchased by a company from oil-rich Abu Dabi. Jay Leno had this reaction: "Why can't they buy something New Yorkers don't even want..like the Knicks!"
P.S. Memo to television networks and newspapers: Hot dog eating is NOT a sport!!