The Good, The Bad, (and the Ugly)

July 3, 2010

The Good:

With World Cup and Tour de France active, along with MLB, kudos to NBC for coverage of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field today.   It is difficult to find T&F events covered at all, and this one was covered reasonably well, except

The Bad:

Tom Hammond.  Know the voice, Wikipedia tells me “play-by-play announcer for NBC Olympic coverage since 1992”.  So after a fine Bowerman Mile won by Asbel Kiprop, I have to react to the lamest piece of sports reporting I’ve heard in a very long time:

“Yet another sub-four minute mile in the Bowerman Mile”.

Pretty Ugly:

Hammond was a ten-years old when Roger Bannister broke the barrier in 1954!  56 years later it is common place.  There has never been a super-four minute mile at the Pre Classic.  Yet another?  Step it up.