The name stealer has been creating numerous accounts on the Rossi thread, replacing the letter 'l' with capital 'i's. It's juvenile, pathetic and not in the slightest bit funny.
Like I said, nobody was saying anything negative about the VIA marathon on their Facebook page, prior to their decision. I cite Facebook and you respond by quoting posts from the thread. Nice reading comprehension.
The only posts on Facebook prior to the decision that I can recall were ones asking when they were going to release their decision and, earlier, one or two people emailed the race a summary of the evidence against Rossi. Probably less than half a dozen people in total posted to VIA's Facebook prior to the decision. If you can find a post on their wall that predates their decision and is openly critical of the race organizers, feel free to post it and prove me wrong. If you find anything, I would guess that they appear after the deadline that VIA set for making a decision on Rossi. Still, I doubt that you'll find anything.
The Letsrun quotes that you selected from pages 195 and 196 are hardly overly harsh towards VIA. I don't feel like going back through the Rossi thread, but I suspect that they come at a point where it was becoming increasingly clear that the race committee was trying to avoid responding to the issue. They had been given all of the relevant information about Rossi's cheating many days, if not several weeks prior and had promised to release a statement by the end of the month. If I recall correctly, the marathon finally released its statement several days into the new month (later than they had promised). I also seem to recall that they released it on a Friday evening so that it would hopefully bypass the news agencies. Correct me if I'm wrong on any of this.
Prior to the statement, the only criticism levelled at VIA on this thread was that it was rather unprofessional for a Boston-qualifier race to not have any timing mats along the course, apart from the start and finish. After the non-DQ, VIA became a target for criticism - both on the forum, as well as other social media - and justifiably so.
Hope that clears things up for you.
not somebloke wrote:
You wrote: "There may have been one or two polite posts on Facebook, asking when they would make their decision on Rossi known, but the tone was 100% civil towards them."
Right. Judging by the temper of your group and the tone of your post here ("F-off, user name stealer!"), I can only imagine what you mean with "civil". Lol.
Just on p. 195/6 one finds these five comments wrt FB:
Folks, we are putting pressure on the marathon to DQ the douchbag, like this post!
More people should post there. Keep the pressure on. Post to VIA when they answer a question on a different subject. Make them responsible for allowing this cheater to continue to make a sham of their race and a BQ.
Comment as well, put the pressure on!
Come on folks, get over there and put pressure on!
Believe me, people who have Facebook pages know when something goes viral, the more people like this post, the more pressure!
Conclusion: you "detectives" sabotaged a clear slam-dunk case. Probably half of you were Mike and his DJ buddies as double agents. Lol.
name hijackers are the worst wrote:
F-off, user name stealer!
The message board on Letsrun does not equate to FB. Letsrun posters were tremendously restrained in being helpful but respectful in relation to the LVM race committee's "investigation". There may have been one or two polite posts on Facebook, asking when they would make their decision on Rossi known, but the tone was 100% civil towards them. Everybody was under the assumption that VIA would make the obvious correct decision and DQ Rossi.
Then, the LVM put out their statement, which made it clear that zero investigation had actually occurred and they were taking the easy way out. That's when the sh*t hit the fan - both here as well as on Facebook.
In hindsight, if we had been more forceful on their Facebook page, prior to them digging in their heels, they likely wouldn't have tried to sweep the matter under the rug.