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

REALLY?!

February 25th, 2009
9:45 pm

Since when is staying in the Sheraton Four Points a cheap hotel? … I’m pretty sure that it’s a little more than $79. And since when is flying to UMD cutting budget costs? Great article … Your article is outright laughable.

Kelly

February 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

TM,
Your comment is factually inaccurate. You should look up the word cheating in the dictionary before writing this type of article. In your logic, UGA should not have an expensive coach, staff or facilities, as that is not fair to a school with less opportunity.

Cheaters

February 25th, 2009
9:29 pm

4.16 = the average number of years between uga probations….you are due. let’s try to keep the number of arrests below the number of wins in ‘09 leg humpers.

The Sham

February 25th, 2009
9:20 pm

Mary Kay Woodworth: Accusing GT of cheating is like accusing Mel Gibson of being drunk. It’s happened in the past so much you can’t help but think of cheating when you hear of the Yellow Hackets. Are y’all off probation yet anyway? Besides don’t use all those big words if you can’t at least spell them correctly.

gt_blume

February 25th, 2009
9:14 pm

Cheating appearntly means that a school is competing in a sport using something that they can afford to make them better but that their competition cannot afford…therefore, Alabama Footballis a bunch of cheaters because they bought the most expensive coach to make them better. UGA football is a bunch of cheats too! Salary caps for coaches! No more cheating!

frmrgtswmr

February 25th, 2009
8:40 pm

I have never read anything so ignorant. You are accusing someone of cheating when you don’t know what you are talking about. FINA has approved the suits for competition, they are legal, and that is cheating? It’s unfrotunate that people are even reading this and wasting their time responding to someone so dillusional. You should go and hide in embarrasment, because you have lost all of your credibility.

PN

February 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

Oh Terrence. Go to school. Get an education.

Cheaters

February 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

It’s closer to cheating that you had to report on another article instead of doing your own research. I think it’s great that these swimmers are making personal sacrifices to get the equipment they desire instead of asking someone else to pay for it. I don’t expect you to understand making personal sacrifices instead of asking for something for nothing.

Ken Stallings

February 25th, 2009
8:13 pm

Terence, I hope and believe you can see the difference between trolls and good folks with sincere and deep-seated disagreement. Calling a program cheating requires a lot of hard prove, none of which you can have because of the facts stated. You’ve genuinely insulted a lot of people. Frankly, having read the responses, you really should consider an apology.

gt fan

February 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

hey terrance i have a question for you.

why is it that you dog on the jacket swim team for cheating (never mind that you have no basis for that claim) but you keep quite on paul hewitt and what he has done to the georgia tech basketball program. And the only way we can rid ourselves of this suite wearing dead weight is to bankrupt our entire AA.

meanwhile paul hewitt seems to be just fine according to your patty cake interview. did any difficult questions just not come to mind? he has no trouble sleeping at nite even though his performance over the last 4 years is far worse than bobby cremins last 4 years. And bobby was gracious enough to not hold our feet to the fire when he left….. unlike phew will do .

let me get this straight……….after having 3 losing seasons and an one underachieving season over the last 4 seasons. setting records for losses as we go AND paul hewitt is admitting that has never recruited this hard? say wha? 3 losing seasons over the last 4 an he didnt have a clue that maybe he needed to work a bit harder AND SMARTER like 3 years ago maybe????? do something different? to quote a movie ‘ hello mcfly is anybody home?’

paul hewitt hasnt made a single change to his program over the last 5 years. same offense. same defense. same method of instructions. same coaches. same long tall black athletic players that have little bb iq are generally slow and not good ball handlers. i guess paul hewitt is finally deciding that enough is enough after 4 years. him being the decider and all. we certainly cant accuse paul hewitt of having any sense of urgency re the georgia tech bb program.

with a contract like the one paul hewitt has i guess he can say ‘ what me worry’.

terrance i think that if you want to write a REAL relevant article i suggest you write about why a coach would ruin the very basketball program that made him a millionaire. after all, its not like gt has treated paul hewitt poorly. even though he should have been canned last year, he just got the ad’s vote of confidence

yet…. he runs our program with nonchalance and cavalier attitude and makes no apologies about it. ask him hard questions and we are met with anger and arrogance.

does that sound like a man of integrity to you?

anybody?

yes folks i think we have a basis for a multi part article. anybody else like to see terrance interview THE paul hewitt? And maybe ask some tough questions?

i know i would!!