Fancy (and expensive) swimwear? Disgusting

  

  Well, I just finished reading this story by our Ken Sugiura on how those involved with the men’s swimming team at Georgia Tech have become the latest to make their sport an absolute joke these days.

  Have you heard? It’s not about the swimmer anymore. It’s about the suits they wear . . . or don’t wear.

  It’s about the Speedo LZR Racer suit that carried Michael Phelps to his Olympic fame this summer in Beijing. According to Ken’s story, 79 of the 108 world records broken in 2008 were reportedly set by swimmers wearing these suits.

  Hello! Two things here: High-tech suits such as the LZR Racer should be banned by the NCAA, especially since only a few schools can afford them in this tough economy at $550 a pop. Second, schools should do the right thing in the meantime and refuse to wear them.

  So much for daydreaming. According to Ken’s reporting, those involved with the Tech men’s team are so obsessed with wearing these suits/trying to win an ACC championship that they’ve often slept three swimmers to a room in cheap hotels to save money to buy the suits.

  I mean, there is a reason why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has been rampant at all levels of sports and at all ages. That motto of “by any means necessary” has spread from the pros to everywhere else. We’re back to this LZR Racer silliness.

  The folks at United States Golf Association get it more than most. They are in the process of mandating a limit on the effectiveness of grooves on clubs. They also are discussing a ban on wedges with lofts of more than 60 degrees.

   Swimming is going the other way. Swimming is going the way of sightings of Big Foot and sluggers from the steroid era, where you can’t take it seriously.

131 comments Add your comment

Wes

February 25th, 2009
1:48 pm

I believe that Terrence Moore is CHEATING on his BLOG!!! I have heard from a reliable source that Mr. Moore uses a “computer” to complete his writing assignments. These computers have things called “Spell Check” and “Dictionaries” that aid Mr. Moore in his writing abilities, therefore giving him an advantage over those who cannot afford a computer. The AJC should really step up and ban these “computers” because they are so expensive and that they provide an unfair advantage to its writers.

Cedric

February 25th, 2009
1:44 pm

Moore – the Braves signed a Black player. Running out of ideas for columns? What are you going to do all summer?

red92s

February 25th, 2009
1:43 pm

No mention of UGA using LZR’s in the SEC championship, eh? Figures. Trash Tech, let UGA slide. Same ole’ AJC.

Maddog

February 25th, 2009
1:43 pm

Good one, Techie, I ditched my subscription in 2007. Just couldn’t quite convince myself to “donate” $146 per year for such drivel.

Techie

February 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

A full set of football equipment for an individual player (Helmet + Pads + Uniform) can run up to $500 as well.

I guess next fall GT and UGA should take to the field in leather helmets and thick wool sweaters for padding.

Maddog

February 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

Not a Tech fan here but this is absurd! The technology is there and it’s legal. I’m actually impressed that some teams are sleeping 3 to a room to save money. This should be applauded, not condemned. Hell, I slept 3 to a room until my older brother left for college. In these difficult economic times I would prefer they make sacrifices like room arrangements rather than increasing ticket prices and asking for more of the athletic budget. If the swimsuit technology is bogus, the consider:

1. Pole vault records with “high tech” poles.
2. Track events that are conducted on “high tech” synthetic surfaces.
3. Composite “high tech” tennis rackets the size of hula hoops.
4. Juiced-up “high tech” baseballs to increase home runs.
5. “High tech” baseball bats to improved batting percentages.
6. Tobaggon races in “high tech” units.

For that matter, I’m a much more efficient sales manager because of my “high tech” gadgets. The list goes on and on. Technology is a reflection of life. Rotary dials and party lines are a thing of the past, Terence, so move on.

In closing I’ll repeat, I admire the Tech mens team for making sacrifices (wow, Terence, 3 to a room – how barbaric) to gain the equipment to make them more competitive. Successful businesses do it every day. Good job, guys, and good luck in your quest for an ACC championship.

Go Dawgs, and in this case, go Water Jackets.

Mort Merkel

February 25th, 2009
1:38 pm

How’s come the type on your blog is so small?

BankerDawg

February 25th, 2009
1:37 pm

As my name implies, I am a UGA alum, however, it is clear that Terrence Moore needs to apologize to the Institute as a whole and the Swim Team individually.

Comparing some so called “speed suit” to performance enhancing drugs is not only faulty logic, it is just plain laughable.

If Moore cannot discern the difference between illegal/banned substances and advances in technology related to sports-specific tools (bats, balls, gloves, speed suits, etc), then Mr. Moore is far worse off than I once believed.

Personally, I can’t believe this one made it to print, but, oh well.

Techie

February 25th, 2009
1:36 pm

And the AJC wonders why their circulation numbers are circling the toilet………..

ben

February 25th, 2009
1:33 pm

This article takes the cake.