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

Don Imus

February 25th, 2009
5:37 pm

Terrence Moore = Don Imus.

Both folks who don’t mind calling hardworking 18-22 year old kids a bunch of names.

brian22

February 25th, 2009
5:07 pm

Terrance, think before you write. It’s one thing to watch you embarrass yourself day in and day out, but this is beyond disgusting.

RED

February 25th, 2009
5:02 pm

You sir are an idiot. If thinking by your logic, then we should have all track athletes go bare foot. Not everyone can afford new shoes in this economy, and hey they improve a runners ability. So too do new types of running outfits. Or should we have competative skiers go back to the ski designs of 1910? Or how about the suits they wear? Or what about the bobsleds? Or possibly the football uniforms? You see, you like your writing, have a closed and outdated outlook. The sport is passing you by and so is the world. Jump on the train of progress or get off, I dont really care.

I would say your article smacks of Communistic rhetoric, but hey China would take the same steps as youu have implied Georgia Tech did. It is called the evolution of the sport sir. You and your backward thinking will prove the Darwanian model and disapear. So, I say adieu and let you embrace extinction.

dylan

February 25th, 2009
4:40 pm

hahahahahahah

Adawg

February 25th, 2009
4:34 pm

IF there was a “speed suit for journalist”, I’d buy one for you Terrence!

ontheflats

February 25th, 2009
4:33 pm

Those who don’t “get it” don’t get that they don’t get it. Terence falls into the category of people who don’t get that they don’t get it.

Mr. Moore, I believe you owe the Georgia Tech swim team and their coaches an apology. But I’m going to guess by the nature of many of your previous columns that you don’t have the integrity to give one.

dylan

February 25th, 2009
4:31 pm

I’m not even a Tech fan and this pisses me off. Terrence is a CLOWN!!!

Causticus

February 25th, 2009
4:09 pm

Terene Moore => blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Katherine

February 25th, 2009
3:51 pm

I can’t stand Terrence in general – I don’t think he even wrote a favorable word about GT when we beat UGA fair and square in football in 2008. But Terrence, don’t throw around libelous statements like that without doing your research like a real reporter. AJC, this is too far for one of your writers to go. Absolutely absurd.

Doug

February 25th, 2009
3:49 pm

I couldnt of said it better Mary Kay, good for you.