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

Mary Kay Woodworth

February 25th, 2009
3:08 pm

If I wasn’t a parent of a GT swimmer I might ignore this ridiculously silly article, but your headline accusibg these student athletes of cheating is unforgivable. You owe these swimmers a peronal apology for impugning their character, and GT an apology for your libelous statement.

GTmoney

February 25th, 2009
3:04 pm

Terrence Moore you should be FIRED!!!! no questions about it. You are one of the reason why the newpaper is doing so poorly!!!

dylan

February 25th, 2009
3:02 pm

why dont you join the cast of “rome is burning” FOREVER. that way your all the way across the u.s. and you can hang with jim rome everyday, he’s a bigger clown than you are!!!

dylan

February 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

terrence, it looks like you got moved down to the minors after the griffey fiasco. all i can say is ITS ABOUT TIME. i hope they keep giving you crap like this so you can’t screw anything else up. this story is like saying teams shouldn’t be able to wear “air jordan’s.” yes they are expensive and some would say they make you “like mike,” but all that really matters is how good you are as an athlete not your equipment.

Mary Kay Woodworg

February 25th, 2009
2:50 pm

Mr. Moore, you are entitled to your own opinion, but the headline accusing these student athletes of cheating is out of line and should be removed. As the parent of a GT swimmer I am offended that you equate the use of these suits – which are a ‘legal’piece of equipment- to doping and steroid use. You owe an apology to the GT swimmers.

Nate

February 25th, 2009
2:40 pm

I am now dumber and have a headache after reading this article. I should go get some Advil, oh wait, under Terence rules that would be cheating, maybe I should put a leech on my forehead instead. Or maybe I should go to the hospital to get a CT scan, oh wait again, that would be cheating according to Terence Moore because I have enough money to afford to go to a hospital and use a technological breakthrough.

Terence Moore, you should be ashamed and fired!!!!

Terrence is right!

February 25th, 2009
2:39 pm

Terrence, once again you are right on the money with your insightful article. These darn swimsuits should be banned! Imagine a college spending that kind of money on a sports contest. Just ridiculous. And not fair either! I say all swimmers who wear the speed suits should have to hit a bong one good time just before the start of each race. That should make things even. Except for Phelps, I think he can smoke up and still swim like a Tuna. I don’t know what we can do to make it fair for him to compete. Maybe make him wear his Olympic medals while he competes, that should slow him down some.

Bo

February 25th, 2009
2:02 pm

Terence’s writing is not unlike a 4-person fatality crash on the Downtown Connector. Common sense suggests that onlooking is in no one’s best interest, but the carnage is strangely alluring.

You should re-title your column from “My Opinion” to “My Immolation”, as you are the only professional writer that torches themselves for the purpose of building an audience.

Phil

February 25th, 2009
2:01 pm

Terence,

How can you look at yourself in the mirror after accusing and proclaiming at college program is a cheat? If I were Dan Rad, I’d be on the phone with your bosses quicker than you could blink. How exactly is Tech, or anyone else wearing these suits, cheating? They aren’t breaking any rules. They found a competitive advantage, but as long as it’s allowable under the rules, it’s not cheating. You most definitely owe some folks, namely Tech and the swim team, and apology. At minimum, you should get back on the blog and issue an apology there. In reality, some face to face time with Dan Rad and the swimmers is needed.

Maddog

February 25th, 2009
1:50 pm

Watch out, Cedric!! The Braves have never had a black “Manager”, so don’t give him any ideas.