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11.18.2008

Inspirational Finish To Cross Country Race

Video here. Watch it. You are ordered. Since I think the Decatur girls just won the National Championship for the Western Hemisphere or something like that in cross country, it's fitting that this video had just debuted on the Internets. But I'm confused.
  • Do that many people turn out for a Cross Country race?
  • What is wrong with this kid? It's a 5K. I'm an old man with short legs and I can run a 5K without breaking a sweat.
  • Is it proper form for your teammate to slap you on the back when you're dying?
  • Why does the guy drop an SOB bomb at the end?
  • Do you have to cross the entire finish line or can just part of your body cross it?
  • And what's with the stretcher? They'd let him die one foot from the finish line if need be, but as soon as he's finished we're prepared to do everything in our power to save him?

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, strange that he could have had a serious medical condition, but they waited til he crossed(?) the finish line to help him

Anonymous said...

Bless his heart. I sat here and cried. Way to go young man.

Anonymous said...

Damn Qualudes!!

Anonymous said...

If that were my child I would have to hurt some of the adults that stood around while the kid obviously had medical problems. What in the hell are they thinking???

Anonymous said...

Good job St. Johns? What was with the whistle blowing?

Anonymous said...

Man, no wonder every guy on the planet that doesn't have a son or daughter running cross county hates that sport. If he can't finish the race, drag his ass off to the side and get him out of the way. It's kinda like clapping for the kid that comes in last after being lapped by everyone on the track. If he was sick and couldn't finish, fine but I bet he enjoyed every second of that little drama.

Anonymous said...

Barry:

Tx State Champ for High School Boys ran the 5K in under 15 minutes. What is your time?

Anonymous said...

That is part of cross country people. You can't touch the athlete or they will be disqualified. Way to keep at it and finish. You did a great job.

Buckwheat said...

Maybe he should consider another elective.

Anonymous said...

well that made me cry.

Anonymous said...

I just knew some cross country fan would get on here and call us all "people". Please don't tell me you have sweater tied around your neck.

Anonymous said...

buckwheat....you mean like drama or one act play?

Anonymous said...

Barry, you can be a real ass. You said, "What is wrong with this kid? It's a 5K. I'm an old man with short legs and I can run a 5K without breaking a sweat." You don't know why he was ill. Why make fun of the kid? That boy has an inner strength that you should be admiring, not insulting.

GoneCrazy said...

I am pissed after watching that video. This just makes me sick that people can watch the child and do nothing for him. He wanted to finish but as a parent there is no way I would let that happen to my kid. When he fell and couldnt get up the coach should have gotten him help not waved it off.

That coach should be fired. I dont care if the kid wanted to finish or not. I believe a coaches job is not only to teach the sport and get the team ready but also to teach the athlete his/her limits. This kid is way past his. The coach is the adult and he should have gotten him medical help.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that reminded me of my high school cross-county days.

- We ran races with M&Ms in our jocks, then handed them out....the M&Ms.

- Many of a practice we would drop our shorts in front of a hot looking mom. Never received a complaint or arrest - TG

- Received ackward cheers at the state championship, "a black girl is ahead of you!"(she was the state girls mile champ).

- Oh, never run a race with a ton of Tums in your stomach (see video clip).

Turner Brown

dumber than you. said...

Something about that just smells stupid. But then again, this is America. Stupid seems to have become a way of life.

Buckwheat said...

Yes, or Number Sense, Persuavive Speaking, Choir, something along those lines.

Anonymous said...

LOL, looks like a rhino when merlin perkins nailed him with a tranq gun.

thats great, hope hes ok

mzchief said...

What the HECK is wrong with those people. Obviously, the kid was in SERIOUS distress. When an athlete, who has TRAINED for an athletic endevour, cannot stand up they NEED medical assistance. EVERY adult and especially the coaches are guilty of STUPIDITY and/or NEGLECT.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with Mzchief. The young man finished what he started and now can hold his head high for a great accomplishment.

If they helped him it would have destroyed his self worth and then someday he would have found himself on some local county blog always bragging about himself/herself due to low self esteem.

Hey wait a minute !!!

Anonymous said...

mzchief....did it ever occur to you that maybe the coaches know the kid better than you? He probably plays that crap during practice so they knew what to expect. To a true athlete, there is nothing more offensive than the sympathy clap. It all looks way too overplayed to me.

Jarhead said...

They should have put the stretcher right at the finish line. That would have been motivation for him to get there more quickly and achieve a better time.

He really let St. John's down. He's probably the coach's son and took a spot on the team from another kid who was much more talented than him (he?).

I'll bet his teammates are still bitter about this embarassing incident that most likely cost them the state championship.

Shameful display of sportsmanship on that filthy, crawling young man's part.

Anonymous said...

Was that the Massachusetts State Special Olympics 5K race?

Anonymous said...

I'm strong to the "finich"

Cause I eats me spinach

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man

from St. John's

Double Fake Popeye the Sailor Man

Anonymous said...

yes, that many people watch the state championship.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with you 4:24. Something way too over dramatized here.... and the fact that the coaches didn't respond immediately says a lot. Coaches know their athletes and if this young man was a strong competitor without previous complaints ....then this type of "breakdown" would have brought coaches, parents, etc immediately to his side. Since it didn't, I can't think that this was the first time this happened. However, with the world as it is, with law suits about everything.... the coach should have done the part and had the stretcher brought to the kid in order to avoid accusations of neglect.

Anonymous said...

The kid was symbolic representing the "Republicans" running in their race. He might have done a little better than reality however.

Noevadeaux said...

I noticed how the EMS folks put him backwards on the stretcher and then had to turn him around......my ass would have been grass if I had put a patient on the stretcher backwards when I was an EMT with my local VFD.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

My favorite line from a Cross Country coach...

"Our Sport is your Sport's punishment."

But then again, I kinda think CC is an easy way to dump kids off and not have to mess with them.

SkidRow said...

Ok, The Popeye bit made me LOL, but it thinks it's
I'm strong to the finiich,
cause I's eats me "some" spinach
I'm Popeye the sailor man....toot toot

and man was olive oil one of the ugliest cartoon chicks ever?

Anonymous said...

To Mr. Honcho--yeah, a lot of cross country runners are athletes in basketball, soccer, etc. who are there because they're required to be there for the conditioning. However, the ones who run it by choice are EXTREMELY dedicated, hard working athletes. Their conditioning really never finishes. After the season ends, they run to maintain fitness all through winter. Then, during track season, they end up working hard to run in shorter events (the longest high school event is the 3.2K or 2 mile event). Then, after track is over, and school ends, the FIRST day of their workout for the next cross country season is their FIRST day of summer vacation!! And they get up at 5:00 to 5:30 AM EVERY morning all through summer (except Sundays) to run, if they want to be good enough to get to the State Meet. By the way, Honcho, I always appreciate your comments on this blog!

Anonymous said...

Barry, I agree that this video is just weird. So... please change the title from "Inspirational Finish to Cross Country Race" to "Amazing Video of Kid Flopping Around in the Mud During Cross Country Race". I believe that an edit is in order. Thanks.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

My.... Well, thank you very much 10:10am! I will try and keep them coming... (till there are no more banjo tuning comments left in me. ;) )

And might I add, I could never be a CC athelete myself...