This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse: SI errs on Tony Young
Great news! Sports Illustrated has hired me to write a weekly column on masters track! Serena Roberts has been fired, and I’ll be taking her spot on the back page! And if you believe any of that, you haven’t looked at today’s date. Enough foolishness. Here’s the real scoop: Tony Young is in this week’s issue of SI — one of six Faces in the Crowd. I’ve known about this since Friday because I nominated Tony three weeks ago. And I spent 10 minutes on the phone with a lady from SI fact-checking the item. Only she (or her editor) screwed up and wrote: “Earlier this year he ran personal bests in the mile (4:13) and the 800 meters (1:55.7).” Oops, they should have said world age-group bests. (His real PRs are 4:02 and 1:48.79.) Sigh. At least they used the photo I sent. (Taken at the 2008 Olympic Trials.) When I informed Tony of his FITC selection, he wrote: “Thx Ken, I will renew my subscription today!!” Yer welcome, superstar.