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Heads or Tails?
Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, 10:01 AM
by Alison
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Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh both crossing the finish line at 11.068 seconds

Heads or Tails? This is a common method I use to decide whatís for dinner or what color nail polish to choose. My parents even used a coin toss to decide which parent would attend my college graduation. (My twin brother and I graduated college on the same day, at the same time in different states, 300 miles apart.) For my parents, it was the only logical way to solve the problem. But a coin toss is never the answer to serious problems like what shoes I should wear, who I should start in my fantasy lineup or who should represent America in the London Games.

The coin toss is also used in sporting events to decide who starts on offense or defense. Funny, I canít find anywhere where a coin toss decided the outcome of any game, but a coin toss could be the deciding factor for the womenís USA Track and Field team. There seems to be a third-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the womenís 100 meters and with no protocol for tiebreakers, both athletes get to choose between a coin toss or they can race again to see who will complete the final spot and represent the USA in London. Both athletes must agree on the toss or the race, but if they disagree, they will race to the finish line.

Can you hear the world laughing at us now? Seriously, A COIN TOSS? Geeeez, just give everyone a gold medal and a cookie and tell them thanks for coming to London.

This is terrible! All of your training comes down to luck? Please, this canít be true- did a Russian judge make this rule? Itís simple, in sports you play until you win or you lose- thereís no situation where a tie game should ever end with a coin toss to determine the winner and loser- NEVER!
Sudden death, overtime, extra innings- whatever the sport is you keep playing until there is a clear winner. Thereís the rare occasion when a regular season game could end in a tie, but never in a playoff game! And isnít this what the Olympic trials are- like a playoff match, more like a Runoff? There are no ties in runoffs! NO TIES- RUN AGAIN!

The US officials want to have the team set by July 1st- so weíll have to wait and see if the 100 meters is completed with luck or speed. Until then, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh will be focusing on the 200 meters finals this week.
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