USATF President Bill Roe to TrackCEO: Drop dead
The following note, posted with extreme prejudice, is part of an email exchange over the issue of delayed meet results from the national masters weight pentathlon championships. Not a word has been changed in this dyspeptic missive, sent with extreme ignorance, by Bill Roe of Bellingham, Washington, the elected president of USA Track & Field. It reflects the eat-crap attitude the leadership of USATF have toward folks who question their authority, wisdom and priorities. It also manifests the Holier Than All mind-set that puts Olympians on a pedestal and age-groupers in a ditch. Bill may be USATF’s boss. Thank God he’s not mine — or yours.
Bill left out a few words, but you can figure this out:
From: Bill Roe
Sent: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 1:37 pm
Subject: Re: weight pentathlon results
This may be the last time I respond to anything you send me, at least from your misleading address. I can’t help but be irritated by your seemingly “yellow journalism” blogs and posts, but my level doubles when I see that address.
Carl is right — you are wrong. These results are not earth-shattering. Had the masters committee selected a different weekend — the FINAL WEEKEND OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES — they might have merited a little different level of service. Ninety-nine percent of the people in the track & field world were on a slightly different page than you apparently were.
“Indy” is a couple of hard-working guys at the national office, primarily Andy Martin and Keith Lively, who were in the last throes of the Games this past weekend, as well as Andy hosting the national Association Workshop in Indy. There were 140 people in attendance at day-long seminars Saturday and half of Sunday. I imagine he did not go back to the office after our noon Sunday breakup and dwell on website issues.
This is a private response to you, and you do NOT have my permission to post ANYTHING I send to you unless you tell me specifically what you want to post — in full context — AND I give you permission to proceed…
Another quickie poll, which Bill will likely ignore.