The stupid shit posted by the ARRS is practically as bad as the garbage posted on the BAA's own site. In any kind of analysis, the battle is lost from the start when the desired conclusion is assumed at the outset to be true, no matter how ridiculous that conclusion is.
Here we have some assholes with a vested interest in overturning every meaningful rule in the sport and making a records-eligibility exception for Boston 2011, because...well, just because. Because it was such a magical day with such marvelous times, and you know, Boston is such a lovely historic f***ing marathon and wouldn't everyone be pleased as punch if the record could rest in Boston, where it belongs? WHEEEE!!!
So we've now seen people of presumably reasonable intelligence reduced to the level of babbling schoolchildren -- throwing out terms like "not that aided" and so on, all because they're willing to sacrifice all pretense at reason for the sake of propping up an idiotic conclusion.
People just need to shut the f*** up and rely on basic sense for once. Seriously, if, two weeks ago, the readers of this site had been asked to respond to a poll like the one below, what would the distribution of answers been?
"Assume that the Boston Marathon will have a 20+ mile an hour tailwind. How will the winning times be affected?"
A. There's never been a wind close to that. Someone will go under Haile's time. Maybe more than one.
B. The winning time will be a little faster than the course record, maybe 2:05:30. The hills pretty much negate the wind.
C. Wind makes no difference, especially to Africans, who are as unaffected by gale-force assistance as they are by EPO -- just ask Renato!
I would hope that a great many of you would have chosen the right answer. In fact I'm confident you would have -- because you would not have expected to be confronted with the situation in reality. Now that it's happened, everyone's throwing around more bullshit than I ever believed possible even in this intellectual sewer.
I used to think the whole Mayan-calendar-driven end-of-the-world-in-2012 was a bunch of horseshit, but reading threads like this one makes me think the process is already underway. If not, I hope the nutballs are right this time.