10kTruth.com Web Letter - March 2001 - Issue #2

The Rage on Conversational Competition: Smack and Trash Talk Like it or not, verbal sparring is part of just about anything remotely resembling a sports contest. We are fed by a steady diet of obnoxious talk shows. We must constantly endure cell phoneys strutting through airports intentionally talking loud trying to impress upon people they don't even know how important they must be. They really think we all want to see their incredible "multi-tasking skills" (don't you hate that term?). With wireless technology, we now all get to hear how some insecure CEO wannabe can ream their employees or how they must certainly be bringing the service rep on the other end of the phone to their knees.

And then there are the countless sports commentators grasping for the mother of all metaphors, trying desperately to be the next Dick Vitale (for some reason). There are even a few out-Rageous babblings on this very website. So let's talk about two tools of "conversational competition" commonly called "smack" and "trash talk," and see where runners might fit in. Smack I might be wrong, but I will go out on a limb and say that out of all the methods of expressing one's self in the spirit of competition or just plain verbal jousting, "smack" is spoken best. Why? Because it's short, sweet and coming from the right person and done at the right time, timeless quotes are often produced.

You don't have to go too far to read some classics. Just check out the 10K Truth quote page: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm . In short, smack can be defined as clever, eloquent and spontaneous one liners, perfectly timed that adds fuel to competition (see full definition in Runnerspeak, the 10kTruth.com Dictionary of Sports Vocabulary http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/vocab.htm ).

Okay, so let's set the stage for our smack example: The game is at Lambeau Field and the temperature is a tad bit above zero. Anyone with any appreciation for some Truth conditions, either running or playing some good 'ol smash mouth football knows what I'm talking about wind chill about fifteen below, everyone blowing on their hands sort of like getting ready to run the 99 Steens Rim Run... (For the rest of the story: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/rage.htm )


Rage Race Report: The Devil Made Me Do It The scene for the 2001 Truffle Shuffle was pretty typical Oregon conditions for this annual mid-February event at a place called Alton Baker Park in Eugene, Oregon. While the theme for just about all of the running events anywhere in the nation this weekend was all about Valentine's Day, unbeknownst to me, the devil was waiting for me on the course. And I ain't talkin' no cupid, baby. I'm talkin' Mr. 666 himself. More on that, later. Before the race, there was no evil in the weather. Just some Truth: cold and cloudy, threatening rain and a slight breeze. The only thing I didn't like thinking about was the thought of having to turn back into the breeze for almost the entire third mile of the four mile event, which I and 401 other runners would be dealing with in about 45 minutes. (The Rest of The Devil Made Me Do it at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/truffle.htm )


USATF Winter Cross Country Championships 2001 held at Ft. Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington - Race Report by Terry Parks I got invited to run with an >50 cross country team representing the Snohomish Track Club at the USATF Winter XCountry Championships held at Ft. Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. Herm Adkins, their number one runner has won the individual championship the last few years. He is a very talented guy that runs a few miles the week before the event and shows up and wins. This time, he apparently overdid it and tweaked his Achilles, so they called on me. I warned them I wouldn't be in Herm's league. There were only two teams in the 50 and over division. I was real happy with the race - I ran strong and smart. I was the 6th man on the team - top five score. Of course I was pretty determined not to be the last finisher on the team. (Read the rest of Terry's Race Report at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/xcountry.htm )


Quotes "What price do we pay when we risk-manage our lives into something safe, flat, and empty?" - Lynnell Mickelsen, Southwest Journal, reporting on the trend to structured, formalized, pay to play activities for children and public paranoia about child safety that limits what kids do with what's left of their free time (as reported in Utne Reader).

Plus More Sports Quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm

"Tell the truth and run." - Anonymous, Yugoslav Proverb

"Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails." - Clarence S. Darrow

More Great 10kTruth.com Running Quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/run.htm


Remember, you'll find some good races around the Northwest this Spring! http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/schedule.htm


Copyright 2001, Mike Logan, Bruce Manclark & Cory Eberhart. All Rights Reserved.

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