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Most very good high or long jumpers usually hit one or two jumps in their career that are phenomenal anomalies. Most of the time, that jump is at the high school level -- a friend won the state title with a high jump just one inch under the NCAA championship height that same day. Sometimes, that leap is in college -- Jesse Owens 1935 world record, which stood for 25 years. But the next anomaly on the world class level was Beamon's freak leap in the 1968 Olympics that blasted through the then-world record by almost two feet, a ridiculous amount. When Beamon's record was broken, it was by two inches. Carl Lewis fouled on his anomaly jump, a 30-footer at the 1982 National Sports Festival, a moment I remember well(. http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/the-30-foot-jump/). The combination of foul possibilities -- Owens almost fouled out at the 1936 Olympics in the prelims -- Owens and Beamon's stratospheric jumps and limited appeal/talent draw of the event really since Mike Powell broke Beamon's record combines to keep the long jump record relatively stagnant.
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What long time trust in a certain QB recruit? You're causing me to question your reading comprehension skills. Here's why highly touted recruits don't work out: they don't develop physically, they don't mature mentally, they fall in love, they fall in lust, they fall in a bottle, they can't handle being away from mommy or daddy's coddling, the analysis by the recruiting gurus overrated them, they suffered a nagging injury early in their careers... Highly touted recruits fall short of expectations at every school, every year. And guys who weren't highly touted, like Hilton, Cyprien and Tourek Williams, wind up drafted and playing in the NFL. That's the way it goes. Not much of a story.
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Anthon Samuel isn't on the roster and was an academic question mark throughout last year. I haven't actually asked, but it's likely he cut the scholarly cheese more than the scholarly mustard. Diagodog, you asked about Perkins and Pooh Bear Mars, not understanding why they were highly touted but not on the field. This was during the season the defense finished 16th nationally in scoring defense. I thought "not good enough" was obvious for both at the time.
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What's the issue? Instead of doing the right thing, FIU tried to half-step, wound up embarrassing itself and blowing at least $11,000. Hey, the FIU athletic department is so flush, that's no big deal, right? It's not like any teams are on the Internet, begging for money like The Homeless Voice guys. And, while I requested everything having to do with the PR firm's usage two days after the e-mail came out, I didn't get my hands on the actual proposals and contracts until March. You kind of want, you know, actual facts if you're going to write something like this.
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Isn't it amazing, DP, what happens to the coverage when the guy who allegedly has an agenda against FIU commits the sin of actually not working during his scheduled days off or even going on vacation (whether or not that vacation involves leaving my fantastic neighborhood)?
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FIUJM, I won't be there. But I will be having mimosas somewhere...:)
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Less -- there weren't 97 last year when there were open practices and everybody knew about them. Be nice if there were more than that at the Sunday baseball game vs. Marshall, though.
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Actually, you used to post under the name "Pike" from the same e-mail address. Yes, they are a fraction. I think the fractions range from 9/8 to 8/3, depending on the month. Not that greater breadth of readership=greater quality. If you like one or several of my predecessors better, rock on.
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Yeah, going to have to call a foul on the libelous stuff. Also, if you're going to insult my spelling and grammar, it's best if you don't have a spelling/grammar mistake in the first word of your post, then another later in the sentence ("poorly" not "poor" -- visit Lolly's, Sparky). David J. Neal Herald Fill-In Boy for 25 years Except 1993-2004 (Florida Panthers), 2007-2011 (Dolphins) and 2011-present (FIU).
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Escapes and Milestones at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Diagodog: You don't know Edwin Pope. Whosehouse: Believe what you want. But stay with that name.
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FIUJM, thanks for the compliment.
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Yep, I hate my job. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Hate that it gives me a blog. Hate that the athletes I deal with tend to be happy, optimistic young people. Hate that I have a smorgasbord of sports to cover. Hate that I'm not sitting in a windowless room in Davie, waiting to talk to nice, but semi-depressed adults in the midst of another season of failure. Hate that covering FIU usually works out well with drop off and pickup. Oh, gosh, I can't take it any more! Adam, Adam, let's swap back!
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Sorry, I skipped No. 4: Bobby Orr.
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No. 1: first pitch & framed jersey. No. 2: The football SID story was fully reported by us at the time and we followed him through to his sentencing. It's been referred to several times since by us when similar situations occurred elsewhere. Your research is faulty. No. 3: You make the comparison to how The Herald handled Irvin on UM posters. The fact that we don't make people sign up as registered substance abusers kind of tells you the law and society in general kind of looks at doing blow as a little different than doing the nasty with a minor (when you're 29). No. 5: The rest of the outlets declined to even address the issue because you barely exist to them. Know how many South Florida newspaper, radio and TV outlets were at FIU Baseball Stadium last Saturday and Sunday for what looked like an interesting series? One. How many of them were at the Felsberg Field dedication (on a day all were nearby at Doral)? One. In each case, the same one that wrote about Wiseman.
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Hey, I was polite enough not to point out that there were about that many at the first pitch of Sunday's third game against Rice. And we advanced that series as well as staffed each game, so you can't blame the coverage.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2014 on Escapes and Milestones at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Chia, you're a great FIU fan. Your knowledge of my business is about as limited as Ron Turner's offense was last year. ALL the stories you've seen from the Conference USA tournament have been AP stories, just like the one you linked to from the ACC tournament. We don't pay extra for those. When I say "paying a stringer," I mean you find a reporter in the area that you know, trust or can just tolerate, you pay them $100-$200 to cover the game like they're from your paper. The byline in that case runs as "Jeff Shain, Special to The Herald" (in the case of the former Herald staff writer who covered Miami Country Day's girls basketball team winning state for us). We didn't pay a stringer for the article to which you linked and, heck, that's UM and FSU, two local fan bases that make their presence known more than FIU. Rusty, your logic is not. So the fact that we print a paper AND run articles online mean we should just dismiss a measurement of interest? Yes, we count story clicks, just like every other site. We count unique blog clicks, too. For print, the tracking isn't as immediate. But do you think FIU coverage sells enough papers that we can measure the effect? I look at e-mails also. Example: No. of e-mails, positive or negative, on the Felsberg story + no. of e-mails on the last story I did on Jerica and her aunt = Zero. Which brings me to how tired I am of hearing how many students FIU has and how many alumni FIU has when that's just more people who don't go to games and don't read stories. Stop talking about how big you are and do something with it.
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The Herald will spend the money to send me to El Paso to cover Jerica Coley and the team when more FIU fans spend the time and money to watch even one game of the women's team here. Or, take the time to click on articles about the team. I've covered many FIU women's games over the last three years. Not many have had an actual attendance over 300 unless they were part of a doubleheader with the men's team. None of the stories on Jerica, regular season games, the WNIT games got many clicks. Few drew e-mails. No surprise. Men's college hoops in this town doesn't draw much interest. Women's draws less. If it were UM in the ACC semis, would we hustle someone there? Doubtful. More likely, we'd pay a stringer. Maybe for the ACC final, but, again, if we found a good stringer, why spend $400 (plane/hotel/food) and lose someone for 2-3 days instead of $200 on something with niche-of-a-niche appeal? Chia, yes, we're there this weekend. I'm there Saturday and Sunday. Someone else will be Friday while I'm standing in covering the Panthers sur la glace.
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No. 1, ESPN ran AP's story. No. 2, AP is at every conference tournament game, men and women. Example: AP sent Tim Reynolds across the state to cover Florida Gulf Coast's games in the Atlantic Sun tournament. The AP writer grabbed the obvious storyline on a game between the Nos. 12 and 13 seeds. That's what AP does. Many members of the Associated Press aren't staffing said tournaments with their own beat writers (if you have to ask why, simply look at the attendance and interest. Pretty high cost/benefit ratio...). Why didn't we run more of the AP's story? I don't know. I wasn't on the desk last night. And, no, Gooch, I won't use the "fried Rice" headline often despite my love of Chinese shrimp fried rice and my own salt-and-pepper heavy fried rice.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2014 on FIU fries Rice, 85-65 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Chia, go back and read. Turtle refused comment through a department spokesman. Pete Garcia refused through a spokesman. Dennis Wiseman got my message and didn't want to talk. That's not "We're still trying to reach them, so let's hold the story." That's "They just gave us a "No comment.'" That's not something you outwait. And the edict you anticipate might've already come down. We'll see today and tomorrow.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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She didn't tweet an article, Interested Individual. She tweeted the fact that he's a registered sex offender. That's all. And, my first question after researching what happened back in '97 was "what's he been doing, where's he been working from then until now?" That's a logical question, especially as what happened occurred on the job. That's why I included his work history. There's nothing "outlandish" about that.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Oh, Bernon, silly rabbit...of course someone had an agenda. Do you know how many stories get broken/started because someone has an ax to grind and wish to use the media to grind that ax? Every reporter you've read for more than a year gets "used" in that way. (Cue Bill Withers' "Use Me.") What's funny is the two questions you ask are the exact reason many people who have nothing to do with FIU saw nothing wrong with the story. No. 2 was what I wanted to ask either Turtle Thomas or Pete Garcia. No. 1 was what a number of people asked me the last two days.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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There's only a question why one coach left. If you think FIU head coach to LA Galaxy assistant while working with your father isn't a vertical jump, you're delusional. As for the other coach, gee, I haven't been trying to find that out at all. I haven't filed any public records requests, refiled records requests when I thought things had been left out, asked anybody about what happened, blah, blah, blah. Because that departure looked fishy. By the way, maybe they'll tell you what happened to Eric Campbell's last evaluation. It seems a mystery over there. 2. Yeah, the women's hoop team underachieves to the point of firing the coach (eye roll...). You'll have a new coach in a year or two anyway. 3. So, which is it? Am I supposed to ignore the game day screwups or write about them? Wait, I haven't written about them? Oh, and if I wanted to embarrass FIU, I'd have a field day with the press box. 4. I don't bring up anything for sympathy. But, as you seem very dissatisfied with me, my work ethic, etc., you can call Jorge Rojas or Aminda Marques Gonzalez at The Herald to complain.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIUPantherFan, what I was writing about during the time you were complaining wasn't necessarily higher profile stuff. It was just other stuff. And, as I've often stated, I had the highest profile beat at this paper. I asked for this one when it came open. And Adam Beasley can tell you how often I've sent him texts juxtaposing whatever we're doing at a given time with "I win." I understand. You want someone hungry, who would report on things from vacation...oh...or, yeah, would work a 22-hour day mostly covering FIU stuff when he has no FIU responsibilities that day...oh...would hang out around campus just to run into and chat with folks, doing that networking reporting thing even when he has no reason to be there...oh, wait... The fact that you consider open heart surgery of an immediate family member or get huffy because I refused to skip my wedding anniversary for media day for a football team that draws less than my wedding says you have no perspective. By the way, I also take vaca during my kid's spring break. Lazy bum that I am...
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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The Miami Herald is also the only one with a reporter who has FIU as part of his duties. See, there are upsides to being ignored by the news media except for the outlet whose higher ups hear complaints every time somebody's unhappy with coverage. Your last two paragraphs pose solid questions.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIUPantherFan, funny enough, FAU often has their issues with Dieter. And it was UM graduate Dan LeBatard, out of college for as long as Dieter has been, who uncovered the mess that put UM on probation. And not to be obvious, but Wittels case never went to trial and his accusers were rebuked. Wiseman plead out. Big honkin' difference. You bring up vacation. You complained when I used vacation time to be with my mother during triple bypass surgery and recovery, and my family during our annual wedding anniversary/beach house vacation (blogged from both, by the way)? Then complained about how often I was writing during a time I logged mucho overtime and an editor passed by my desk with, "Ah, the one writer who is actually writing for our section...?" (I guess you didn't like that all the stories weren't on FIU). In complaining that I have a life, you demonstrate that you need to get one. Or, at least a little perspective.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on Golf, gold, decisions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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