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Diving Across The Finish Line’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

What do we make of Shaunae Miller’s dive to win gold in the women’s 400 meters?

Miller, a member of the Georgia Bulldogs track team, robbed American Allyson Felix of gold by diving forward to cross the finish line first in the women’s 400 meters. Miller would’ve finished second if she had taken another stride, but the lunge forward put her ahead of Felix in the end.

Many are praising Miller for her effort; others think it shouldn’t have been allowed. I saw an online Twitter poll with over 25,000 votes that had it at an even split with 50 percent loving the effort and 50 percent thinking it was out of bounds.

I’m torn on the matter. I want to say she’s out there to run, but at the same time, the goal is to cross first. I guess I’ll join the camp that believes

The real question here is, what does this say about sliding into first base? I can remember arguing with my coach over sliding into first (back before I hated baseball) and he convinced me it slows the runner down. Now we have this to bring all of the first-base-slide advocates back from the dead.


More from football camp today.

Coach Eddie Gran and select players from the offense will speak to the media later today to give updates from Tuesday’s practice. As always, you’ll find everything you need from the practice here at

Knockout stage is set for DeMarcus Cousins and Team USA.

Here are the final standings from group play:

USA — 5-0 Croatia — 3-2
Australia — 4-1 Spain — 3-2
France — 3-2 Lithuania — 3-2
Serbia — 2-3 Argentina — 3-2
Venezuela — 1-4 Brazil — 2-3
China — 0-5 Nigeria — 1-4

Venezuela, Nigeria, China and Brazil were all eliminated, leaving the following quarterfinal match-ups:

USA vs. Argentina
Australia vs. Lithuania
Spain vs. France
Croatia vs. Serbia

That USA-Argentina game will tip tomorrow at 5:45 pm; the semifinal games will be played Friday with the championship game on Sunday at 2:45 pm.

Freddie Maggard’s Behind The Facemask series to continue today with Jacob Hyde.

Freddie will get personal with “The Lawnmower” from Clay County in a new edition of Behind The Facebook today.

Be on the lookout for that.

“We’ve got to fundamentally continue to get better.”

Mark Stoops told the media there is a lot to get done during the remaining practices in fall camp, ahead of the season opener in a little over two weeks.

“We’re going to challenge them this week,” he said. “We’ve got to get a lot of work done this week. It’s critical that we keep on pushing forward and have a great couple weeks here as we’re about a third of the way through camp.”

The Cats will practice five times over the course of three days with two practices yesterday, one today, and another two-a-day scheduled for tomorrow.

Okay, I’m finally on board with Stranger Things.

It took me a little longer than the rest of the world, but Stranger Things now has my full attention. After struggling through the first couple of episodes, I finally knocked out the third and fourth episodes last night (with my phone off) and had to talk myself out of starting the fifth so I could get some sleep. I now understand why everyone is talking about it. And now I will join them in talking about it. Excellent show with tons of nostalgia.

ESPN announced game time and coverage for UK’s game against Hofstra.

The Cats will travel to Brooklyn to play Hofstra on Sunday, December 11 and we now know that game will be televised live on ESPN at 3 pm.

So plan accordingly.

Kentucky Sports Radio radio is in Lexington again today.

But where?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Diving Across The Finish Line’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

  1. D0nc0smic
    9:22 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    The reason a slide into first base is slower is because the base is on the ground, You have to actually touch the base, not just break the plane, at the time the runner crossed the finish line her hands were extended and still a few feet above the ground.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    9:22 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    There was a time when purists didn’t like that newfangled forward pass in football or the jump shot in basketball. Maybe in fifty years every racer will dive across the finish line as standard practice? If nothing else, it would sure look funny.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:44 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

      One of the first jump shooters was Jumpin Joe Fulks; he played for Murray State and scored 47 points in the 1st NBA playoff game.
      He was from Birmingham, KY; but don’t go there….it is now under Kentucky Lake.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:54 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

      Thus assuring that Jumpin Joe will never be surpassed in his own hometown.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:52 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      That’s a pretty safe bet.

  3. Basteballer
    9:31 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    The goal is to cross the finish line first and she did. But I do NOT think she dove across it. I am totally convinced she fell.

  4. Capurnicus
    9:36 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t see how anyone could fault someone else for that kind of effort. As the great Ricky Bobby once said… If you ain’t first, your last!

  5. gabeyruth
    9:42 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Just an FYI, your torso has to cross the line..your hair or fingers do not matter in the outcome of a race

  6. Mc12
    10:09 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    I won all my races because I ran with a boner.

    • Mc12
      10:14 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

      I was in the wheelchair 100m though so I think it just creeped everyone out.

    • Sticky Ceiling
      10:37 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

      Comment of the year.

  7. somerset bill
    11:17 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    if this method takes off they should move the race lanes to where they finish at the long jump pit.

  8. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:23 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    I think it’s good effort on Miller’s part, but the rule is suspect. It’s not her hand that counts crossing the line. It’s not even her head. It’s her “torso.” Does that mean her entire torso like down to her waist? If so, then Miller probably should’ve lost. Or does that mean just the beginning of her torso like the top of her shoulders (if so, then she wins)? When they said “torso” on the broadcast, I thought there was going to be more of a debate on who won. Both of the runners bodies to the top of their shorts crosses at the exact same time.