Damn, EPR….there are those fucking REGUALTIONS,,,again. They soooo totally abrogate the very basic foundation of freedom to do whatever a person wants….regardless of at whose//what’s expense.
Let’s say, some company (w/ its logo written all over the vaulter’s clothes & pole…as in stock car racing) pours huge amounts of money into improving the technology of the pole. WOW…..24 feet. Now, let’s go even further away from AMATURE sports and see just how much steroids can help out…..maybe 28 feet.
Diddgya know that stock cars have limits on the HP of their engines…..damn those REGULATIONS (that care about the safety & welfare of the other drivers, pit crews, crowds, the sport itself, etc.)
Diddgya know that professional sports—the pinnacle of human competition—has those fucking regulations (rules) that are ENFORCED by strict assholes (refs, umps, etc.). Shit, let’s go the “survival-of-the-fittest” route (of capitalism?) and let basketball players carry knives, etc.
It’s called maintaining a SOMEWHAT LEVEL “playing field” so that the COMPETION REMAINS SENSIBLE.
Ooopppps…where have I heard that? Was it Softest saying that capitalism needs sensible (rational?) REGUALTIONS so that it will be beneficial to all….rather than just the robber barons?
I don’t wanna get on a rant, here……BUT, common sense DICTATES that we, as a social being…a society, are going to have to have a “plan” other than “dog-eat-dog”, survival-of-the-fittest, wolves-&-sheep. COMMON SENSE. PURE common sense. Without it, that society is doomed……eventually, it becomes so top-heavy w/ dictatorial power that—w/ the hugely diminished (in many forms) base—it can no longer “stand”….it topples. History has shown this many times…..must we also follow suit?
OH,,,btw……as an 8th grader, I was clearing 8 feet…with a stiff bamboo pole. By the time I graduated high school, I was clearing 15 feet + (using the new fiberglass poles and having developed speed & upper-body strength). THAT was in 1964.
Also, today, I truly luv watching the women vaulters…..so powerful,,,so graceful.