Frank got everyone's attention to start the running boom.
Bill made it a peoples movement.
and he won the the great marathons.
Bill by a mile over Ritz.
Dathan, but then I have no idea who Bill Rogers is.
Polly Plumper wrote:
I would say Yes. If Rupp can win, not just place well, but WIN a major marathon he'll be right up there with the all time greats Alberto, Rodgers, etc.
I would submit that Rodgers wasn't injury free- he bombed at Montreal with a hamstring injury finishing 40 th.
GR has a long way to go before he passes BR IMO- 4 NYC,4 Bostons, 1 Fukuoka ( when it was considered a world class race) > 2 Olympic medals.
Rupp will compete at Majors but does he have it to actually win repeatedly?
According to those in the know Henry Rono was equal to any African running today and Bill took Henry down to the wire in an epic half marathon in the heat.
48 respects both wrote:
I love Bill Rodgers, but he competed way before the African dominance that prevents Ritz from being a household name. 3 time Olympian has to weigh a ton. This debate is way tighter than most of you are making it sound. Rodgers by a split decision?
I think he was still carrying the kitchen sink the last few miles.
Describer of Dems wrote:Bill takes this contest wrote:He said before the race he was going to put everything on the table. Is that the same?
Bill defined American road running in his era. Ritz does not have a talking point like that on his c.v.
Injury or rather absence of injury is another positive when evaluating a persons sports career.
While it is always hard to compare different eras Bill ran and won or placed well no matter who showed up to race.
The idea of saying that if he wasn't injured he would have done this or that is folly. You don't actually do it--- it ain't on your resume.
Plus Bill dips cold pizza into the mayo jar and eats it standing in the light from the refrigerator, he puts egg salad on chocolate chip cookies and washes it down with beer. What does Ritz bring to the training table that remotely compares?