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Old 12-31-01, 08:27 PM   #1
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Sportswear

I was standing in a grocery line tonight, waiting to buy a few things.

I noticed how the chilly weather has brought out more cold-weather clothing, much of which has names and logos related to sports of one kind or another printed on them. Got me thinking...
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Most (if not all) of the wonderful folks wearing this "sportswear"
do not participate in any sports themselves. So, is this really to be considered, "sportswear," or "sportsfanwear?"

(Why are people fascinated enough with sports to spend hundreds of bucks on sports-related clothing, but not interested enough to get involved? :confused: )
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I've noticed that, too; I guess the irony of purchasing an XXXL sweatshirt with a Nike logo on it is being missed by many people.

The ones that really get me are the running shoes -- I have seen people who wear a $300 set of Adidas or Nike running shoes who can't run thirty meters.
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I suppose that pro cyclists look at some of us with our really expensive bikes and think the same thing. That guy couldn't ride at 45+ mph for an hour TT.
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It's called "sportswear" so lard-butts with delusions of adequacy can fantasise about being able to actually run out of sight on a dark night. I've seen some of that clothing, and there is no way you'd get me wearing that if I was doing anything that required any effort.
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I suppose that pro cyclists look at some of us with our really expensive bikes and think the same thing. That guy couldn't ride at 45+ mph for an hour TT.
I doubt that; to draw a parallel, I don't think that the guys who drive F1 or F2 race cars think any less of people who purchase McLarens or Porsche Turbos just because they aren't in the same class, driving-ability wise. At least they are still enthusiasts; the ones that get scoffed at are the ones who purchase $125K cars and can't keep from spinning them in the rain. Known in the U.S. as posers, and as wankers in the U.K.

The lard-butts buy sportswear and then don't use them for sports; just the same as buying a cycle and hanging it in the garage.
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Enzio Ferrari famously held his sports car customers in contempt, but took their money to finance his racing.

The thing that gets me is that the gear whch is used by real athletes is considered unfashionable by Kool Kids. My Ron Hill tracksters are not exactly high fashion, but at every athletics meet, half the runners wear them. I even get comments about my fashion sense form teenage kids. I never get that when I'm walking or driving.
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Enzio Ferrari famously held his sports car customers in contempt, but took their money to finance his racing.
He also said, "If you want spectacular results, you have to know how to treat your car badly".

Sorry, just thought I'd throw that one in there.
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Enzio Ferrari famously held his sports car customers in contempt, but took their money to finance his racing.



The thing that gets me is that the gear whch is used by real athletes is considered unfashionable by Kool Kids. My Ron Hill tracksters are not exactly high fashion, but at every athletics meet, half the runners wear them. I even get comments about my fashion sense form teenage kids. I never get that when I'm walking or driving.
How true; I was a big fan of Asics running shoes before they because popular, and hence, overpriced. I'll have to check out a set of Ron Hill shoes for running (I miss running, my knee doesn't feel bad anymore, and I'd like to start again). Would you reccomend them for general road/track use for short runs (five miles or less)?
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Ron Hill make clothing , but not footwear.

For offbeat shoes, head for Walsh.
http://www.bikesofinverness.co.uk/walsh.htm

They make simple shoes without all those fashion-victim tabs and mouldings. Their fell-running shoes are pretty good for MTBing as well.
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I've noticed that, too; I guess the irony of purchasing an XXXL sweatshirt with a Nike logo on it is being missed by many people.

The ones that really get me are the running shoes -- I have seen people who wear a $300 set of Adidas or Nike running shoes who can't run thirty meters.
(I see a juicy piece of bait floating up there...I'll bite)

I picture a "prosperous" guy in an XXXL "Atlanta Falcons" garment offering Jeff Galloway (Atlantan who is a former olympic marathon runner) $5, saying, "Here--get yourself a good meal."

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