Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tournament of Bad (Triathlon)

With all the talk of bracketology, picks and things I heard something absolutely hysterical... a tournament of bad. WSCR SportsRadio 670AM in Chicago is having a "Tournament of Bad". You vote for the worst thing or most annoying things. I think this is absolutely awesome and fun.

So... I put together my own "Tournament of Bad" as applied to Triathlon. This was my Facebook post a few days ago asking for some help filling out the field of 64. We'll vote for the worst things in your opinion.

So here they are... the Tournament of Bad in the sport of Triathlon as ranked by friends and colleagues. Have fun with it. It is meant as a joke and good fun.

Vote for the things you don't like most out of these pairings. (Yes, I built a bracket.) We'll crown a "Tournament of Bad Triathlon" Champion soon!


1 (1) Doping
64 (64) Athletes who take chances and hurt others because they took an unnecessary chance.
32 (32) Easy Race Courses
33 (33) Racers who criticize Volunteers
16 (16) Athletes talking war stories (uphill, both ways)
49 (49) Peletons in a non-drafting triathlon
17 (17) Racer's Unable to Hold a Line
48 (48) People being passed who speed up when getting passed
9 (9) Elite athletes who expect everything free
56 (56) Running past me slowing down and farting
24 (24) Left Side Riding
41 (41) Wetsuits in 78 F water
25 (25) Course Cutters
40 (40) Fuel Belts used during a sprint race
8 (8) Unsportsmanlike Conduct
57 (57) Snot rockets
5 (5) Looped Race Courses
60 (60) Ironman athletes entering the local "Try a Tri" to win it
28 (28) Warm Gatorade
37 (37) Someone encouraging you as they blow you away
12 (12) White Racing Kits
53 (53) Spectators who say, "You look great" at mile 20 of an Ironman. No, I don't. Stop it.
21 (21) Using a Mirror to Avoid Drafting Penalties
44 (44) Footbaths & Buckets in transition
13 (13) High Race Fees
52 (52) Spectators who say "You're almost there" at the beginning of the run.
20 (20) Off Road Road Races (FL 70.3 run)
45 (45) Balloons in transition areas
29 (29) Warm Gel
36 (36) Race Directors who allow iPods
4 (4) Type "A" Athletes
61 (61) People who treat CAF athletes like they cannot hold themselves upright













3 (3) Incorrect Mile Markers/Mis-marked courses
62 (62) Former pro racers taking age group Kona slots; needs to be a better way
30 (30) The Post Ironman Bike Frame
35 (35) Racers who wear iPods/headphones
14 (14) People who don't train but own a disc wheel, aero helmet, skin suit and SRM power meter
51 (51) Race Directors who don't want rules enforced
19 (19) Pot Holes
46 (46) False estimates of "finish time" to get into a competitive corral
11 (11) Bad Race Tattoos
54 (54) 2500 participants and their spectators and 20 porta potties
22 (22) Slow Award/Roll Down Ceremonies
43 (43) Overpacking for a sprint race
27 (27) Chlorine's effect on a body (hair and skin)
38 (38) Over aggressive swim people
6 (6) Airline Bike Fees
59 (59) Smokers
7 (7) Low Prize Purses
58 (58) People with their helmets tilted way back
26 (26) Fogging Sunglass Lenses
39 (39) People who decide to set up a picnic in Transition
10 (10) "Iron-Fever"
55 (55) Cycling four wide
23 (23) Blocking
42 (42) Athletes asking if they can borrow a CO2 because they forgot to bring them to the RACE
15 (15) McDonald's
50 (50) Refs who let penalties go
18 (18) Polluted Open Water
47 (47) People who pass on the right and look at you funny
31 (31) Reality Show "Athletes"
34 (34) Racers talking about their "epic" training
2 (2) Drafting
63 (63) Crapping yourself

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