Geena Gall (Grand Blanc, UM) is competing in the 800m at the World Championships and qualified second in her heat today.
OT - Usain Bolt sets new 100m WR
Bolt is Fast Fast
But that's just track speed. Can't you morons notice the very subtle difference between track and football. I mean, you might be fast in track but you still might not be fast in football. There is a very fine line and none of you lowbrows seem to notice. Gah!
Carlos Brown = Fast.
Wonder if he can run the read option?
On a non-related matter, Bolt has committed to Michigan to play football. Upon hearing the news, Rivals rated him as only a 4-star athlete.
And Scout has him listed as a 1-star, (Still evaluating.)
He would be sick at football. Let's say you start at your own 35. Wait for three seconds, throw it (it would be in the air for less than 3 seconds) and he could catch it in the end zone. All in under 6 seconds.
Assuming he can catch.
I think this new 100m record might just get Bolt his 5th star on rivals..
I am happy that the mgoblog community has engaged in a conversation about speed without degenerating into a useless argument. Although I bet that Tate has better football speed than Bolt
Even if he was just mediocre at catching the ball, wouldn't he be better off as a middle-of-the-road NFL receiver than the world's best sprinter?
This article from April: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/129331 estimates that his 2009 income would be $3M (admittedly, that's before this latest WR). His goal is to be the first track and field star with $10M/year in "prize money, appearance fees and endorsements".
Compared to NFL wide receiver contracts, it wouldn't be too hard for him to surpass that. Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to make an average of $4.7M a year over the next 5 years from his contract, and his draft position was thanks to a 4.3 40 (imagine if he had Bolt's speed!).
I'd have to imagine Bolt could get at least that amount in his initial contract as well. Plus, given his strong name recognition in the US, I'm sure he would be able to get some strong endorsement contracts, which would be more readily available for a football player than a track star. It's possible he could easily get close to the $10M a year in total income without proving much on the field.
Anyways, none of that's going to happen, but it was a fun theoretical exercise.
While I do think it would be awesome to have the world's fastest human on your team as a deep threat every play, even if an NFL team was willing to offer the guy a nice contract, you're talking about an Olympic runner who has dedicated his life to running.
I'd be surprised if he'd give up being his country's flagship athlete to make a couple extra millions a year playing a sport that probably doesn't interest him, and has a MUCH higher chance of significant injury.
What's with his messed up foot, haha
EDIT: This was supposed to go under OMG Shirtess's embedded photo comment.
or his 'Track' name? It's quite a coincidence his last name is 'Bolt'...
It seems that Bolt is indeed his actual last name. I know, never before has a man been so appropriately named.
Bolt is ridiculously fast. That was an amazing race.