1) No, we don't need more "trash talk" in the world. Grownups emulating belligerent teen and 20-something athletes. Nope. It's called being a grown up. And the idea of sportsmanship shouldn't be quaint.
2) Yes, it would be VERY nice if "professional runners" actually "professionally raced" more than a small handful of times per year. I'm sure that at least some of the time it's perfectly rational from the athlete's perspective (and I'm sure that it's been discussed plenty on this board). But from the fan's perspective, it's just ridiculous. Imagine a prominent US professional sport franchise trying to maintain interest in it's team when it's going to play a 4-game season spread out over 12 months.
For the first time, I just wondered if professional distance runners ever have awkward conversations with acquaitances and family members, like:
- "Oh, you're professional runner. Cool. Very impressive. Do you have to run races a lot?"
- "Well, you know, a half a dozen or so per year, something like that."
- "Oh....OK (....Thinking: "But you JUST told me that it's you're JOB !!!")
I don't mean to be too douchy. And yes, I would have killed to have a fraction of the talent of a pro runner.
Its not a regular job, it is more like a business. Mo happens to be an independent contractor and can pick and chose his races. A very simple concept.
You're stating the obvious. Sure, it's great for Mo. And a relatively tiny number of other professional runners. The discussion was more about "the sport." It's a sport (business) with ever fewer fans, and many of the fans it has still find it significantly disappointing. Also a simple concept.