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

Bow Wow

February 25th, 2009
10:53 am

Colleges should voluntarily ban the speed suits? It won’t happen. I wonder when high schools will get around to testing players for growth hormones? When there is a plethora of 16-year-olds who are 6′6″ and weigh 300 pounds, there is something screwy going on.

Terence Moore

February 25th, 2009
11:06 am

Bow Wow,

You’re absolutely right about the high schools. There is a serious problem there as well. Since there is so much concentration on the pros, which is natural, the lower levels are getting ignored.

gt fan

February 25th, 2009
11:18 am

if we went by YOUR thinking ..

tiger woods is cheating and each and every club in his bag is illegal!

technological advances are one thing but drugs and doping are a whole diff ball game. you need to separate the two!

Sports Fan

February 25th, 2009
11:23 am

This is a dumb article. When I play sports, I want the best equipment available to allow me to perform my best. If the proper authorities have not deemed it illegal then its not cheating. Don’t go around accusing the athletes of cheating when you’re really upset at the NCAA authorities for not banning the equipment.

MoMizzle

February 25th, 2009
11:24 am

You know absolutely nothing about swimming. If you were in the least involved with the sport of swimming you would realize that the new generation swim suits are nothing like performance enhacing drugs. It just so happens that it increases your body buoyancy and it makes you feel better in the water. Stop blaming the sport for this called “silliness” and focus on steroid using MLB players and NFL criminals. If swimmers are staying three to a room is because it has always been that way, since the early years in club swimming, you try to cut costs so you can afford the top notch technology. Sorry, swimmers are not like college football players who stay at the best hotels with all you can eat shrimp/steak. The GT swim team probably works the hardest out of anyone and in no way shape or form do they cheat. By the way, get you facts straight, it’s not the Michael Phelps suit. It is made by Speedo and worn by many athletes. Do your research first, and if your not invloved in the sport at all, please stay away from it.

shawn

February 25th, 2009
11:27 am

Hey why not require small wooden rackets in tennis too…lol
You really are an idiot.

chuck allison

February 25th, 2009
11:34 am

I don’t get it. Are the suits illegal or does Terrance just think that they should be illegal because they are expensive? Like his other articles, this one is hard to understand. AJC should hire someone to proof read Terrance articles to be sure they are okay before they publish them.

Bo

February 25th, 2009
11:43 am

Terence:

I have a serious question for you. By what rule is GT’s (or anyone else’s) use of these swimsuits illegal or CHEATING? Cheating means that you’re violating a rule. Please reference a rule.

Also, what about the (GT) baseball team’s use of aluminum bats? Those bats have a greater impact on its sport (HR, BA, RBI) than the new swimsuits have on its sport. Will you also declare aluminum bats cheating?

Your headline is wrong and sensationalistic. Once again I ask, does the AJC employ editors? Clearly not, as your incompetence wouldn’t be tolerated.

Russell0931

February 25th, 2009
11:49 am

???? Terrance, you are still a ding dong.

Chris

February 25th, 2009
11:55 am

This is in no way related to performance enhancing drugs. Advances in technology is the way of the way of the world. This is why the NCAA switched to aluminum bats instead of wood. Track shoes are constantly becoming more sophisticated. I also hate your arguement about it is unfair to those schools who can not afford the suit. Football recruits always pick schools who have the state-of-the-art training facilities. Smaller schools can not compete with larger schools’ athletic budgets. These schools always have better equipment. I don’t hear you crying foul against the NCAA for not mandating that each school have the same training equipment in their gym. I don’t see you complaining that UT Chattanooga can’t afford the bats that UGA or Rice use. Money is what seperates great athletic programs from the poor ones. Not only can schools with money afford the best equipment but they can also hire the best coaches. When a product is available to all then the playing field is even. If a school can’t pay to keep up with the competition then they need to get out of the pool.

Ryan

February 25th, 2009
12:00 pm

You’re an idiot, and you digust me for throwing around the word cheating like that.

“cheat – To violate rules deliberately, as in a game”

Which rule is being violated again? I guess wide receivers that wear gloves are cheaters too? What about baseball teams that can afford better bats than others, cheating? Are NASCAR teams that can afford better parts and more practice time cheating?

What a freakin moron. Although I guess you got what you wanted….more page hits. You apparently don’t care that it comes at the expense of your character. Real classy.

Red Foreman

February 25th, 2009
12:06 pm

Blah Blah Blah… Are you doing Cynthia Tucker, Cause your starting to write like her!

Michael Hickman

February 25th, 2009
12:09 pm

The San Francisco Chronicle has been cheating for years by offering leftist views of everything from politics to sports. Hmmm…. Just like the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. SFC is about to close it’s doors. Hopefully the AJC is on it’s way out as well. Intelligent people have real jobs that contribute to the growth of our country. The pseudo-intelligent attempt to write about what they do not understand. I think Mr. Moore is in this second class. I hope you have some useful skills, because the ones you are using now are becoming obsolete.

Bill

February 25th, 2009
12:13 pm

Other things that are unfair based on Terrence’s logic:

– Today’s match-up in the 1st round of the Match Play Championship, Tiger Woods vs. Brendan Jones is unfair. Tiger makes way more money than Jones and his endorsement deals with Nike undoubtedly give him an edge in drivers, irons, wedges, putters, balls, tees, etc.
– UGA’s football team has way more money to spend than Georgia Southern on equipment like better cleats, better uniforms, better pads, better helmets, so that’s unfair.
– GT’s baseball series this past weekend against Lipscomb was unfair because GT has more money to spend on bats, gloves, practice facilites.
– It’s also unfair that I graduated college and have a full-time job and make money to support myself and my family, but the homeless guy that lives outside CNN Center has to beg for money.

We need to get Obama on this….

Matt

February 25th, 2009
12:19 pm

The headline is outrageous, and the article isn’t far behind. To say they are cheating is a complete lie. They are doing everything in the rules and not even trying to go around the rules. These suits are completely legal. You make it sound like these COLLEGE ATHLETES are doing something wrong. Find something else Terence.

willwc

February 25th, 2009
12:26 pm

It’s one thing to have to roll my eyes at the usual dreck written by Moore, but this is outright libel (by falsely accusing the Georgia Tech athletic department of cheating, when they have broken exactly zero rules).

It sure is going to be a shame when the AJC bites the dust.

Russell0931

February 25th, 2009
12:27 pm

Hey, I am going to pull an Al Sharpton and demand an apology from the AJC and Terrance Moore. You have accused Georgia Tech of cheating when they have not. Who do you think you are, Lane Kiffin?

AtlantaNative62

February 25th, 2009
12:35 pm

Are you kidding me? Is this a serious editorial? If it is, you clearly don’t understand what “life” lessons the Tech kids are learning. They are learning about competing at the highest level and about sacrifice. No one is handing these swimsuits to these kids. They are managing budget to make sure they have what they can afford to be as successful at their endeavor as possible. Would you expect the kids at Tech to use lesser computers to do their schoolwork simply because other schools can’t afford them? This is about tools and a swimsuit is just another tool. As long as those tools are legal in whatever endeavor you choose, you should be allowed to use them. Comparing swimsuits to steroids is just another example of how you simply don’t get how real competition works.

Ken Stallings

February 25th, 2009
12:39 pm

Cannot agree with you on this one, Terence. It’s not cheating. Everyone clearly knows the suit the swimmers wear and it does not violate any rules. So, it’s not secret and it’s not a violation of any rules. It cannot by definition be called cheating.

It’s nothing more than better shoes, or better gloves, or bats.

Is a better weight room cheating? Is a water training pool cheating? These are but two of many devices in use at high end training facilities that not all schools can afford. Should they be banned?

Ultimately, your receipe stymies innovation. Eventually many training techniques and devices once unaffordable became standard at all schools. If you determine rules that prevent their use, then there is no incentive to create them.

Jeff

February 25th, 2009
12:42 pm

I have a real problem with this whole notion that the suit is illegal and arguing about the cost. What if there were really expensive shoulder pads and helmets for football that allowed players to run faster? Are those illegal too? And the quantity of records broken and % by the suit is a horrible statistic to use. How many of the top swimmers in the world wore the suit who would realistically have broken a record this year? Probably in the 75% range like the percentage of records broken by those with the suit. And the shear number of records does not have to due with the suit, but with the fact that last year was an olympic year. There are always many more records borken in olympic years since it is the pinnacle of swimming, what all swimmers train to have their best performances for. And the cost, I don’t see us banning certain golf clubs from collegiate sports for cost because some schools cant afford them, or certain bikes from cycling because they are too expensive and aerodynamic. This suit falls within the parameters set out but international swimming. These kids and young adults still train their butts off for this sports. In football, baseball, basketball, if you need the best equipment (shoes, helmets, pads) to compete then the schools goes out and buys it, why not for swimming too?

George P Burdell

February 25th, 2009
12:51 pm

Lay off the insults on Terrence. You can tell by his picture he has just a touch of Downs; we should be applauding his efforts at journalism, not breaking him down.

Blowthewhistle

February 25th, 2009
12:52 pm

You wrote that this “suit that carried Michael Phelps to his Olympic fame.” So the suit carried the swimmer?

Here’s an idea, put Phelps in one lane, you toss the suit in the next lane with a healthy head start and see who/what wins.

The suit doesn’t make the man in this case.

What an idiotic topic for a column.

you're joking, right?

February 25th, 2009
12:52 pm

Disgusting is what your accusation is. Cheating is what you’re doing to the AJC – as in robbing them of money for this crap.

Leave the article for the humorous display of your ignorance, but you need to change the headline immediately. Then call the folks over at GT and apologize.

Ken Stallings

February 25th, 2009
12:53 pm

Terence, I do not agree with you at all. It isn’t cheating when a school adopts better quality equipment to train and perform. Not unless there’s a rule against it. For swimmers, the suits are not a secret. No one is trying to trick anyone. It isn’t like steroids or HGH where no one is sure what the root of the performance is.

Throughout history, big schools often secure better equipment that other schools may not initially afford. But over time, the equipment becomes standard. Alumni boosters contribute to their schools to finance improved training facilities. Are improved weight rooms cheating? Are water training pools cheating? Hardly!

james

February 25th, 2009
12:55 pm

there’s a notable difference in performance enhancing drugs and performance enhancing equiment. the type of equipment one is using is outwardly visible for all to see. the allure of drugs has been that unless caught, their effects enhance the user and no one’s the wiser. if you have a problem with equipment then make separate leagues. a player’s true skill would certainly become more evident and i like the idea of that. i still ultimately feel banning equipment could become a slippery slope, especially with the pace of technology.

TheAntiMe

February 25th, 2009
12:56 pm

Of course, you’re kidding, right?

Tech student: this is absurd

February 25th, 2009
1:03 pm

I echo the rest of these comments. Mr. Moore I can not believe you go as far as to say Tech is CHEATING! I agree with the other person on this blog in that you owe an apology along the lines of Lane Kiffin’s. What an absolute disgrace to the ajc and it’s image as a legit newspaper. If this article is published I will stop supporting the AJC and only read Dave O’Brien’s blog.

This is true ignorance. I am starting to see a trend here from Mr. Moore. The perfect parallel to this is the Tiger Woods golf analogy. In essence the stance you are taking says that the game of golf was tarnished when players no longer used wooden clubs. It is the same with college baseball and aluminum bats.

How absurd. I am flabbergasted…..flabbergasted

Another Tech Student

February 25th, 2009
1:16 pm

When the first player put cleats on the bottom of his shoes, was it cheating? How about the first time someone wore a a non-cotton jersey? Or when a football player first donned a helmet? Or when a first-baseman began using a differently-designed glove?

Well played Terrence, well played.

mooreisafool

February 25th, 2009
1:20 pm

So we should return to leather helmets? Persimon drivers and shafts? Sports and athletes adjust to the changes in technology. There is a wide gulf between uses of advances in technology and performance enhancements through steroids etc. I weigh 300 pounds, you think if I put on a LZR is could break a world record? If I hit Tiger’s driver would it go 340? If I wore Chipper’s gloves could I bat .364? The argument is foolish.

Steve

February 25th, 2009
1:22 pm

Explain to me again how playing within the rules is “cheating”?????????????????

ben

February 25th, 2009
1:33 pm

This article takes the cake.

Techie

February 25th, 2009
1:36 pm

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

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.

Mort Merkel

February 25th, 2009
1:38 pm

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

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.

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
1:43 pm

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.

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!!!

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!!!

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.

Jaded Jacket

February 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

Wow, you folks are ruthless. Offensive even. Everyone take a deep breath, hold it, hold it, now let it out. Feel better?

Brewer

February 25th, 2009
3:18 pm

Yes we can Terrance, Yes we can!!! But seriously, lay off the “Spread the Wealth Kool-Aid”. I think your brains are gone.

wxwax

February 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

Terence,

I don’t blame you for not responding much to people in your blog. I can’t believe how much hostility posters have here. It’s really ugly.

While I think I understand the point you’re making – that suits too expensive for everyone to afford create an uneven playing field — I’m not sure what the remedy is. To follow your logic, swimmers should still be wearing full length suits made of cotton, like in the 1920’s. Swimsuit technology has been evolving for decades. Sometimes there’s a hiccup in price/supply, but it’s going to be temporary. These Nike suits are relatively new. Someday, soon, they won’t be. And by the way, the USGS has been pondering club changes for how long? Decades? The two issues don’t seem to have a lot in common.

As for the comparing a swimsuit to performance enhancing drugs that could have serious, adverse health effects on athletes… well, on its face this is a plausible argument (even for a columnist who needs to be a little outrageous to get people reading and talking. :-) )

All the best, my friend.

Daniel

February 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

Absolutely insane. I’ve now lost all respect for Terrence. I understand what your point is, but to present it as the swimmers are somehow cheating is not only poor “journalism” but borderline unethical. I guess it’s a good thing it came from Terrence instead of a respected writer. Atlanta is ashamed to play host to your ignorant ramblings.

wxwax

February 25th, 2009
3:21 pm

I meant, “implausible argument”!

Oops.

Bass_Iree

February 25th, 2009
3:24 pm

Terence you are absolutely pathetic. Your blogs serve no purpose other than insulting sports and giving a useless opinion to Rustle feathers. There is a reason you have not responded to these comments other than one of the first ones that somewhat agreed with you because I think it dawned on you how mental you really are. I also think most of these comments were put up because you pick a sport you obviously know nothing about, pick a topic about the sport you know nothing about, and then you write one lame a** article that wasted a lot of people’s time. Mr. Moore before you ever write a blog anywhere half as ridiculous as this one, get your facts straight and then maybe try and use your small brain to write a blog worthy of reading. Also being closely affiliated to the swim team, only one meet this whole season have the swim team had to sleep three to a room. Maybe you should transfer on over to the entertainment section of the AJC and do a blog of how unfair it is that richer families can afford to take their kids to casting calls and poorer families cannot. Or maybe you should just keep your mouth shut about topics you have no knowledge about.

Mjacksongt

February 25th, 2009
3:39 pm

I count 1.5 posts in this article defending Terrence Moore. Out of 55. And both of those weren’t really defending him, just admonishing the others who commented on the hostility of the comments.

For me, I think you owe Tech an apology. This is a blatant hatchet job by you. The suits are within the rules, and competing at the highest level in swimming virtually requires them. The students who are on the swim team that are finding ways to pay for them without asking for more money should be commended, not slandered.

Kyle

February 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

I don’t think I can add anything more than what the comments have already expressed. This is just a ridiculous article. I think you were trying to make a point about sleeping three to a room to save money to buy suits; however, you only showed how stupid your argument is in calling us cheaters because I’m sure other swimming programs from a larger or smaller school have the money in funds to not sleep 3 to a room and still buy the suits out right. So they’re “cheating” more than us I suppose… Only if I were being totally illogical about the whole situation.

Hey Terence, didn’t you say the triple option wouldn’t work this year? Oh ya, you’re that guy..

Patrick

February 25th, 2009
3:46 pm

Terrence, don’t write about things you obviously know nothing about.

Accusing Georgia Tech of cheating for wearing these suits is libel

Comparing the LZR to steroids is simply asinine.

Providing athletes with anything but the best the market has to offer (assuming it’s legality) amounts to neglect of the team. In fact, the crime here is not that Tech Swimmers wore these suits but that they had to stay two and three to a cheap hotel room to be able to do so. The restless night’s sleep they got as a result most certainly hurt them more than the suit helped the next day.

It is uninformed “authorities” like yourself who don’t understand why a swimming budget should provide the proper equipment for its athletes while they bend over backwards to roll out the red carpet for big name sports.

Would you approve if a track team only provided tennis shoes for it’s runners? If the cycling team rode on 100 dollar Wall-mart bikes because racing bicycles cost too much? If the football team used heavier, lower quality pads and helmets because of the price?

Colleges spend outrageous sums of money giving big name sports expensive equipment. They can most certainly afford to provide these swim suits to their swimmers. They simply have other priorities.

Furthermore, performance enhancing drugs (heavily tested for in swimming) provide an outside advantage to an athlete by building an unnatural amount of muscle without work. The athlete is innately better because he has taken an illegal substance.

These suits provide no “Enhancement” whatsoever to performance. An athlete wearing this suit is not stronger. He is simply wearing the suit that is best at eliminating drag (the goal of all speed oriented sports), thereby removing a negative outside impact upon his performance. If the suit was buoyant or had a motor built in, we would be having a different discussion.

The NCAA can’t ban this suit without banning every other competition suit on the market. For decades, swimmers have realized that drag hurts swimming performance greatly. This is why you don’t see us competing in swim trunks. The LZR is just one in a long line of past and future products that does its job well. These suits are painstakingly manufactured and as a result, they bear a high cost. That $550 you quote only looks unreasonable to those who nothing about the sport. Swimmers have been paying around that for top of the line suits for a decade.

To say, however, that a swimsuit is the reason swimmers have crushed world records recently is downright insulting. These athletes sacrifice their entire lives to be the best at the sport, constantly training and honing the newest, most efficient techniques.

It only makes sense to put a swimmer who wakes up at 4am for the first of two daily practices (while trying to get a degree in between) in a top of the line swimsuit, the one that will afford him the ability to perform his best. But the suit does not make the swimmer. The greatest benefit of any top of the line suit is the mental factor. They feel wonderful to wear in the water and help a swimmer to translate constant training into confidence in a race.

Perhaps the reason so many world records have been broken recently has something to do with the fact that swimming is currently dominated by a number of fantastic athletes, the likes of which we have never seen before.

Put Phelps or Lochte or Coughlin in fur coats and work boots and they will still swim world records. You could have put weights in Jordan’s shoes and he still would have flown.

The sport itself is getting faster because the science behind training, nutrition, and coaching has steadily improved. Today we can take the most talented, most dedicated athletes, and use the most sophisticated techniques to make them the best. But for any of that to work, expect 30 hours a week in the water and no days off from age 11. The suit is merely icing on the cake.

Next time you write something, learn just a little bit about the topic first. Just because you specialize in writing opinion articles doesn’t mean that you’re excused from knowing fact. Opinions are thoughts about information, not emotional diatribes without support.

Congratulations on spitting in the faces of dozens of young athletes who have a dedication and a work ethic that you will never know or understand. You might think you do if you played high school or college football or basketball or whatever. But trust me, these kids work way harder than any other non-pro athletes on the planet. Oh, and they’re getting a degree from Georgia Tech while they’re at it.

Doug

February 25th, 2009
3:48 pm

First off, the swimsuits retail at $550 a piece for the model that covers most of the body, other models can be purchased at retail price for $350.00-$450.00. For example breaststrokers almost always use the version that does not cover the legs and arms, and it is $350.00 retail.

Secondly, everyone is always quoting the retail price. Speedo sells the suits to club swimmers at 70% off retail for national level swimmers if the club has a speedo contract. You need to talk to Stu about if Tech as an agreement with Speedo before you start quoting costs that are not real. And if the swimmers want to cut costs to the school to afford the suits, good for the swimmers. You didnt praise their thriftiness in the current bad economy, but no, an athlete from Tech can only “cheat” apparently.

Yes and thank you for accusing my alma mater of cheating. You did not include that Georgia’s mens and womens team wore Blue 70’s, another type of racing suit that costs as much at the SEC’s last weekend at Auburn. I did not see you accuse Jack or YOUR precious Dawgs of cheating.

It is totally your opinon that the speedsuits should be banned by the NCAA. Did I miss the article you wrote about the “cheating” of the major conference football teams when they changed to the more expensive helmets to prevent concussions. Or for the cost of the 100 Black jerseys that Georgia wore in some special game last year.

Lets see wearing a special swimsuit is equalivant to putting harmful chemicals in your body to achieve better results. Am I to assume that the magical powers of the suit are transferred to the individual permanently as with drugs?

Maybe you should learn something about swimming before you show your ignorance to the world in a column. I didnt see you at the US Nationals held at Tech in December. Please go back to writing about the Dawgs and the Braves. I think you owe the coaches and swimmers at Georgia Tech an apology, I know many of them, and for all their hard work you tar them with this piece of crap Mr. Moore.

Doug

February 25th, 2009
3:49 pm

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

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.

Causticus

February 25th, 2009
4:09 pm

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

dylan

February 25th, 2009
4:31 pm

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

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.

Adawg

February 25th, 2009
4:34 pm

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

dylan

February 25th, 2009
4:40 pm

hahahahahahah

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.

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.

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.

D A Kinney

February 25th, 2009
6:04 pm

You should just resign for ignorant NON-reporting….this is garbage! Consider this a slander towards Georgia Tech and consider my just one more cancelled subscription to this so-called regional newspaper!
T. Moore….learn how to write articles and maybe start at the high school level again because that is the equivalent of your writing!

Give me a break

February 25th, 2009
6:11 pm

Maybe the Tech swim team should stop obsessing over these swim suits and spend some more time in the water practicing! It does not matter what suits they wear they are not going to make enough time to beat North Carolina or Georgia. And if they did, then Ugag would prob spend some of its millions of dollars and buy the entire team and its managers a pair

red92s

February 25th, 2009
6:24 pm

UGA can afford in indoor football practice facility. Tech can’t. Cheaters.

How much does a nice pair of basketball shoes run these days? I bet a lot of programs can’t afford top of the line ones. Cheaters.

Arizona has real grass in their domed stadium. Cheaters.

OSU is getting a bailout-sized contribution from T. Boone for new athletic fatalities. Oklahoma didn’t. Cheaters.

Warren

February 25th, 2009
6:27 pm

Terence, someone at the AJC should wise-up and ban you. I’ve been reading your poor excuse for a sports page for over 40 years, and you are, by far, the worst reporter that I have ever read. The sad part is that your actually arrogant, which shows just how ignorant you are. There is only one person, in my life, that I can say I actually dislike from just reading their column, and that is you.

Refrigeratormover

February 25th, 2009
6:30 pm

Once again Terrance you show your ignorance. I know your trying to compete for space in the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation but this is one of your worst attempts to take a stab at GT.

Gobat

February 25th, 2009
7:40 pm

Unfortunately, Terrance, you obviously do not have any idea what you are saying. Coming from someone who was at Women’s ACC’s last week, there were NO girls sleeping three to a room last week, and EVERY school had some form of a second generation suit, whether it be the LZR or the Blue Seventy. Obviously it was not too hard for the schools to get the suits they needed. It is absolutely ridiculous for you to suggest that the swimmers at Georgia Tech are just cheating their way into victory, (congratulations to the GT Men’s 200 medley relay). If you had any idea of what the swimmers at GT were doing, you would know that they have been working hard all season to swim fast at ACC’s and shame on you for saying that they have been cheating. I personally believe you owe them an apology and should do a little more research before you slander someone else.

El Presidente

February 25th, 2009
7:42 pm

Terence, The GT Swim team should sue you for libel. You accusations are shameful and down right lies. The swim team has broken no NCAA rules. Do you even know what “cheat” means?

Jeremy

February 25th, 2009
7:43 pm

At first I thought this was satire. Wow, you are an idiot and you know nothing about swimming.

B-RoadLee.

February 25th, 2009
7:52 pm

I agree with Jeremy. When I first read this article I thought it was a joke. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything more ridiculous in my life. I seriously hope you weren’t paid a prodigious amount of money for writing this drivel because you obviously took no time in researching your subject. Swimmers devote their whole lives to this sport and men’s collegiate swimming championships is something men work years towards perfecting and preparing for.

Next time you want to make yourself sound like a complete a total waste of humanity, try not to slander and falsely accuse one of the hardest working teams in the ACC, you idiot.

Speedo

February 25th, 2009
7:52 pm

Thanks for doing more PR work for us, like every ignorant journalist who needs an angle to write about swimming because “these young men work their brains out” isn’t good enough.

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!!

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.

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.

PN

February 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

Oh Terrence. Go to school. Get an education.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Economist

February 25th, 2009
9:49 pm

Everytime I waste my time (that I will never get back) reading a article written by Moore, I understand why the AJC and other newpapers are failing. Seriously, where is journalistic integrity?? Cheating? What rule was broken?? If you did research, you would know that many of uga’s swimmers wear the same thing. I know that I’m just upping your read and vlog count, but man, this is rediculous to slander 18-22 year olds for using something perfectly legal to compete. I guess swimmers with hair shouldn’t be allowed to wear swim caps?

Katherine

February 25th, 2009
9:54 pm

Did anyone notice that the article’s title changed this afternoon in the midst of all these comments? Funny thing is, the URL address did not… :)

Analogies is not you T

February 25th, 2009
10:14 pm

Wearing swimsuits that glide through water better than others does not equal steroids. If you had a brain, you would know the big knock on steroids in the pros is that it is dangerous and encourages or forces high school athletes to use the same to compete. These swimsuits are not dangerous, but would be analagous to a team having an indoor facility or better aluminum bats. Please TMoore, take the next early retirement package and leave the kids or should I say white kids alone.

Randy Randolph

February 25th, 2009
10:26 pm

Cancel my subscription now and I will use the money I save to buy you a set of water wings. You’ll need the support because you have ventured in way over your head with this cesspool of lies your spreading on the GA Tech swim team. You owe the team and school a retraction and an apology for earlier comments…. Not some sneaky edit to your pre-print byline, 10 hours after posting it on this blog.

AugustaJacket

February 25th, 2009
10:32 pm

Mr. Moore,

Despite my desire to fall right in with many of the comments here on your column, I’ll do my best to be respectful. However, I admit it will be difficult. Well, who am I kidding?

Did you retract the original headline? I ask this since there is no mention of the word “cheating” in the version of the column I read here. It appears that many of the responders on here are referencing not only an insinuation of cheating by the swim team at Tech, but also an explicit headline and, perhaps, wording in the article that accuses the Tech swim team of outright cheating. I didn’t see that so I am forced to assume you edited it. Good for you (or your editors) for taking the first step. However, what you should do especially in this day and age of the electronic media is explicitly apologize for your accusation(s). My apologies if my assumptions are incorrect.

I realize that columnists like yourself attempt to make their living on the “controversial, hard-hitting” topics. This one was controvsersial, but hard-hitting? Please accept my apologies, but this was a huge swing and a miss.

It’s columns and apparent attitudes like this (and too many other examples to mention) that are the reason that many of the people out here in the real world view the media as arrogant, elitist and, apparently, “less than educated.”

- AugustaJacket
GT, Class of ‘97

Casey

February 25th, 2009
10:34 pm

I’ve almost stopped reading the AJC altogether because every time I do, I see moronic drivel. This is especially poor journalism, and I’m officially finished helping the AJC with my mouse clicks and website hits.

GT @ GT

February 25th, 2009
10:36 pm

TM,

Were you an athlete, ever? Do you know the dedication that it takes to succeed in an endurance sport like swimming and track? Clearly not, I doubt you could even swim to save your life.

Swimmers give up countless hours, working as hard as the can, only to drop the slightest amount of time. However, sometimes people drop seconds instead of tenths. It happens all the time in the swimming world with and without next generation suits. All this hard work is second nature to them and what they stive on, just like ignorance is to you.

I am ashamed and embarrassed for you. How dare you. You clearly are just slandering those that accomplished what you never could…success in sports.

Anxiously awaiting your resignation,
Simply Disgusted

real life swimmer.

February 25th, 2009
10:50 pm

1) LZR racers are used by EVERY team at high level meets.

2) Georgia Tech doesn’t need to budget themselves with cheap hotel rooms. They’ve got enough money to run the CRC… Tech can afford to suit a team.

3) The swimmers at Tech are a fine exhibition of talent. If you throw a suit into a pool, it’s not going to set ACC records on its own. Have you considered the swimmer in the suit at all? Maybe the hours they put into their sport?

4) You should probably ACTUALLY go to swim meets. If you’ve ever seen a kid in a LZR that can barely make state, it becomes obvious that the swimmer makes the times, not the suit.

real life swimmer.

February 25th, 2009
10:53 pm

Oh, and since when did Phelps cheat?

Weed just feels good… it doesn’t make you faster.

Texstinger

February 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

Mr Moore,

Is this really the best you can do to attract more readers? I am sorry your career has turned in such a bad way.

The paper you are working for will soon be out of business. Don’t you think you should grow up and try to do something of worth with your miserable life?

Obvious

February 25th, 2009
11:04 pm

Ok, you have changed the title many times today as readers have righted you. Unfortunately, people can still see the original title in the top of the IE window that states “Michael Phelps suit inspires Georgia Tech swimmers to cheat.” If you were a decent person, you would issue an apology on paper that you were wrong and slanderous. Maybe if the swimmers weren’t white this would be possible for you?

Cleatus

February 25th, 2009
11:13 pm

Football players wear the best gloves (stickum) they can get. Basketball players wear the best shoes they can get (pump it up), and golfers use the best clubs and balls they can get. Unfortunately, only whiteys swim so therefore they cheat when using the best equipment. Is this really your argument Tmoore? If so, you need more material. Please try to read outside articles other than your bosses or colleagues. Your racism reaks.

Richard

February 25th, 2009
11:27 pm

Terrance, I hate to break it to you, but by using the internet to reach more readers, you are cheating your own ratings.

Welcome to the real world buddy.

RyBuzz

February 25th, 2009
11:52 pm

Terrence Moore you are an idiot. You should be fired for slander and liable, and it makes me sick that you would call out these kids for doing nothing wrong. How can you report that the Tech men’s swim team is cheating when you know good and well they are playing within the rules. Its one thing if you think the suits should be banned, but to call a hard-working group of young men who are extremely intelligent for utilizing all the tools available to them to excell in a very difficult sport cheaters is absolutely disgusting. I hope the AJC wakes up soon and realizes what a joke you really are. Good day, sir.

Oliver

February 26th, 2009
12:17 am

And Lance Armstrong bike at $10,000 a pop, you would also ban it. Time to wake up and stop living in the 1900th.

Oliver

February 26th, 2009
12:19 am

After all, you would probably prefere that kids just stay at home, get fat and certainly not do any sport.

idiot

February 26th, 2009
12:57 am

you are ignorant…absolutely embarrassing. but i guess you did evolve from a monkey

Paul

February 26th, 2009
8:16 am

Guess writing garbage like this to fuel some sort of flames is the only way to save the AJC. So, mission accomplished TM…everyone is reading this article now.

G Turner

February 26th, 2009
8:44 am

Good grief! a typical socialist response. If everyone can’t have the same things, then no one should have them!!!

John Trembley

February 26th, 2009
9:40 am

Thank goodness for such clarity! Now, let us get to banning new basketball arenas, football stadium renovations and the like. These items are so expensive. Many schools can not afford the multi-million dollar facilities. Your logic is nonsensical and devoid of any reason. Lets give all students C in school, all Americans the same color car and pay everyone equally. True socialism appears to be your bottom line. Some athletes, school, professional teams, newspapers, businesses have more opportunity that others. That is life. If you are inclined to put pen to paper FOR SWIMMING AND DIVING, please offer something constructive. Our sport is in need of support. Never again will purchase this paper. As well your editor should reconsider leadership.

Mike C

February 26th, 2009
10:58 am

Terrence, I understand that you feel that the NCAA should ban the suits. That’s fine. However, to accuse the GT swim team as “cheaters” is extremely out of line. I’ve read and enjoyed some of your articles in the past, but this is just unacceptable. To say the least, I’m quite disappointed, and hope to see an apology from you in the near future.

Terence Cheats

February 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

I thought since the AJC doesn’t have Terence Moore’s e-mail listed on their contacts page that people might be interested in sending their feedback to him personally. tlmajc@aol.com

you suck...

February 26th, 2009
2:34 pm

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Brian A. Robbins

February 26th, 2009
2:36 pm

i wouldn’t wipe myself with this article if it was printed on Charmin.

Doug

February 26th, 2009
3:07 pm

Terence, I still do not see an apology!

ScoreAtlanta

February 26th, 2009
3:17 pm

Brian A. Robbins

February 26th, 2009
4:20 pm

Dear Terence,

Your ignorance astounds me. I just finished reading your article about the Georgia Tech Swim and Dive team wearing LZR’s this week at ACC’s. (Did you even know that ACC’s were this week? Doubt it.) I would love to join whichever union you are in that allows you to write such bull without getting fired. You have no business writing about swimming, and your article proves it.

I am no Michael Phelps fan; believe me, but to say that winning 8 gold medals this summer in Beijing was because of the suit is an insult to the entire world swimming community. That man worked his butt off his entire life to achieve what he did, and the suits had absolutely nothing to do with it. See, winning gold medals is about beating the people next to you, not breaking world records (and if you were capable of doing your job, you would see on the videos of his races that…THE COMPETITION WAS WEARING THEM TOO!! Oh my Gosh! No way!). To take shots at Phelps for wearing the best LEGAL suit available is like taking shots at Lance Armstrong for riding the best bike available, or Tiger Woods for using the best clubs available, or Michael Jordan the best shoes available, or Rafa Nadal for using the best racket (should I go on, or is my point starting to get through your immensely thick skull? I’ll keep going)…

You see, Terence, using good equipment is a completely different ball game than using performance enhancing drugs. Drugs alter your body chemically so that you can train better, get stronger then have the edge when you are competing, whereas using the best equipment has nothing to do with the chemical balance of the human body. The ILLEGAL drugs rarely used in swimming make the athlete stronger to go faster, whereas the LEGAL LZR’s, decrease drag, and help with buoyancy. Do you expect the NCAA and FINA to ban swimmers from shaving their legs too?

I also love how you chose to pick on the Georgia Tech Swim Team, and not UGA’s. Huh, I wonder if the UGA bred editors of the Atlanta Urinal had anything to do with that…
Anyway, Terence, every team in the NCAA has deals with companies that make suits; it’s how they can save money, and it’s advertising for the suit making companies. And, the professional swimmers get to sign with swim suit companies to get PAID to wear the suits. Man, so much for your argument about the economy. UGA’s swim team, for instance, is wearing the Blueseventy swim suit. Ever hear of that one Terence? I didn’t think so. The Blueseventy is a much cheaper Australian made suit that was designed from wetsuits; it keeps swimmers more afloat in the water and decreases drag…and most in the swimming community agree that it is faster than the LZR, and yet, in your vast research on this topic, you neglected to mention this. So why choose to go after Georgia Tech?

You are an idiot, and a disgrace to the sporting community.

With love,

Brian A. Robbins

joeyswim145

February 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

you know nothing about the sport….complete idiot

Cheating is breaking the rules….there are no rules against these suits….therefore cheating is not occurring.

I’m in Division 2 swimming, and most everyone can find a way to afford these suits.

We’re not meathead baseball or football players on steriods…..write something about them

Worse article Ive ever seen written about swimming.

The Truth

February 26th, 2009
4:58 pm

The header on this page says “Michael Phelps suit inspires Georgia Tech swimmers to cheat”. The only suit you need to worry about is the libel suit heading your way. Georgia Tech is getting ready to own the largest student newspaper in the country. Hmmm. Instead of that, maybe just turning all the AJC property into a parking lot would be better use of the space.

Phil

February 26th, 2009
6:51 pm

Terence Moore needs to make a public apology for this one. He was totally out of line. His editors even defended him, saying in an email to me, saying Terence said it was “tantamount to cheating.” That’s not what was said at all…it wasn’t likened to cheating, he called them cheats. He needs to be suspended or fired for this one. He really crossed the line this time.

theLAW

February 26th, 2009
6:52 pm

Terrence Moore: Colossal Dipshit
Do you even read about the things you spew your literary diarrhea on?
If you had your finger on the pulse of the swimming community instead of jammed up your ass, you would have realized that these suits are certified by the NCAA and are the standard, worn by any serious athlete. The performance gain seen is no different than compressive suits for running and weightlifting, comparing them to performance enhancing drugs is like comparing caffeine to cocaine. The swimming community has even recently imposed limits on what can be considered legal, limiting each swimmer to wearing one suit at a time.
You make accusations regarding the swim team’s coaching staff cutting financial corners without being burdened by their responsibilities. Words like “often” are thrown around all too casually (and wrongly), did you accompany the team “often”? Even going so far as to neglect the fact that swimming is paid far less than many other popular sports such as football. Can you imagine a football team without the very latest equipment? (can you say brain damage?). Can you fathom anyone giving other teams a competitive advantage because they think NCAA certified products are “silly”?
I don’t make a point of getting angry at ignorant idiots, i simply educate and make fun of them. If you are going to call a modern facet of someone’s sport silly, you may want to pick your battles more carefully, I doubt a LZR suit would “carry” you anywhere quickly (if you could fin in one that is).

NativeAtlantan

February 27th, 2009
10:57 am

Has anyone contacted DRad or the Tech administration about this to be sure they get involved? At the VERY least, Terrence Moore’s press credentials needs to be revoked, and he owes each member of the swim team a personal apology for accusing them of cheating.

Football players (at UGA, GT, wherever) don’t have to sacrfice for their state of the art facilities, equipment, uniforms, etc…These “non-revenue” athletes choose to sleep 3 to a room in cheap hotels so they can afford competitive swim suits. They should be applauded, not accused of cheating. Shame on you, TM. Shame on you, AJC headline writers. Shame on you. I’d threaten to cancel my paper subscription, but I did that years ago.

sswwiimm

February 27th, 2009
2:52 pm

wow, this article makes you sound so incredibility ignorant. i wish i could send you videos of all the people who laughed after reading this article. nice job terence moore.

Doug

February 27th, 2009
3:18 pm

Well if Tech gets to own the newspaper, maybe we MIGHT get some fair coverage.

Chiu chiu?

February 27th, 2009
3:57 pm

So basically, every team that uses any type of suit other than a old-school Lycra is cheating?

Suits don’t win races on their own… Tech has talent. Get a life.

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The Truth

February 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

The real story here is the decades of deception that Terrence had us believe. All this time I thought he was an African-American middle aged male. But now we all know he is actually a Japanese teenage girl.

Japanese because of this – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7434159.stm
Teenage because of his/her writing skill
Girl because of his/her total lack of knowledge of sports and only writing about how he/she feels

James Cox Kennedy

February 27th, 2009
9:29 pm

Terence,

We can no longer tolerate your stupidity. Even by the AJC’s standards you are a disgrace. You’re fired.

Sincerely,
James Cox Kennedy
CEO, Cox Enterprises

eat me

February 28th, 2009
9:58 am

TM is an asshole. The AJC is a complete joke and will hopefully go bankrupt soon.

MonteMan

February 28th, 2009
9:20 pm

This article clearly demonstrates that intelligence and fairness are NOT a requirement for employment at the ajc. You are an idiot and clearly nothing about swimming!

Several points:

These suits are now commonly seen whenever elite swimmers compete in important meets – even at the high school level – don’t think you knew that Moore – bet you don’t attend many high school meets.

These suits are often loaned to the swimmers, especially those that qualify for finals – as would any well run company, Speedo is enjoying good press coverage from these suits, and often engages in “loss leaders” as a trade-off for such coverage.

The swimmers that compete train very hard for months to earn the right to compete at these championships, so these achievements can not be attributed solely to the benefits, if any, that may be derived by these suits. If you’ve paid any attention to the sport, you would know that record times have been steadily falling in the sport for some time, long before Speedo introduced these suits, and the times of elite swimmers as a group has been dropping even more dramatically – but Moore you certainly do not that!

Since when is it “cheating” to use equipment that is perfectly legal? Is it also cheating to work harder and be better coached? Is it cheating to make sacrifices in one area to obtain benefits in another? Or is it cheating simply if someone does something with which you don’t agree? Is it cheating the public when a person that has the eyes of the public impugns the character of well trained, conditioned and coached athletes simply because he doesn’t like what they do, or perhaps resents their success.

But perhaps worst of all, is when the writer abuses his trade and suggests an analogy that just isn’t there! To even to suggest that the use of a piece of equipment is entirely legal somehow akin to an illegal activity like doping is wrong-headed, stupid, outrageous and slanderous.

You owe everyone in the sport of swimming an apology! And especially any swimmer that has competed using these new suits, including the Georgia Tech coaches and swimmers.

You should be especially ashamed, and should the management at the ajc for allowing such a stupid and vacuous opinion to appear in print.

I’ll be cancelling my subscription!

home park

March 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

Today, A nice young woman came to my door. She proceeded to ask my roommates and I if we would like a Subscription to the AJC… I politely slammed the door in her face… reopened it and explained how I wished she had been Terrance Moore apologizing about how uninformed and unintelligent he is and how he can’t help that he’s a lazy, racist, ignorant [I'm not intelligent enough to put a suitable word here]. Then slammed the door again.

GT

March 14th, 2009
7:52 pm

go blow mark richt