Monday, April 7, 2008

They Love to Hate Jeremy Wariner

Jeremy Wariner’s feet are quieting the pervasive naysayers that continue to question his move to break from long-time coach Clyde Hart. The coaching change to Michael Ford is old news at this point, and fans are holding J Dub to a higher standard than found in the coaching carousel in pro sports.

Track discussion boards such as Trackshark and Track and Field News have been hosting misguided discussions about Jeremy Wariner. These sentiments are expressed by “fans”, and in no way are a reflection of Tom Borish at Trackshark and Garry Hill at Both are fab discussion boards that normally host many interesting topics on sport.

Quite frankly, some of the unfortunate comments hurled towards J Dub come out of jealousy, and others are from fans that may not be realistic. The reigning world and Olympic champion typically rocks races with dark black shades and headlight sized diamond earrings.

He’s envied. He is sometimes reviled. He’s the kid from Arlington, Texas who has conquered the track game. Though he’s not yet reached his prime, Wariner could claim to be the baddest 400 runner not named Michael Johnson.

He probably has a 1 million frequent flier miles to globe hop, unlimited amount of the illest Adidas gear imaginable, and as the heir apparent to Michael Johnson at 400-meters reigns supreme at center stage in the track world.

Most of the negative comments are out of emotion. So there is no sense in pointing out that Jeremy is fan-friendly and widely recognized in track circles for signing countless autographs.

As the urban poet Jay-Z says, Jeremy should brush his shoulders off and keep doing his thing, because it’s apparently working.

By Jay Hicks, a.k.a. Track Evangelist

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