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(USA Today)   New javelin catching champion crowned in Germany   (usatoday.com) divider line 49
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2012-08-27 05:36:54 PM
This is tragic. However, that kid should get some kind of points for where he hit the old man. That can't be easy.

Damn.
 
2012-08-27 05:41:10 PM
FTA: A German sports official died Monday a day after being struck in the throat by a javelin.

In the throat?!? Holy $#!+.

Look, I don't care HOW jaded, or snarky we're about to get. THAT is truly brutal. It really is.

That poor kid.
 
2012-08-27 05:45:12 PM
Said the official when congratulating the kid on the shot:

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*gurgle*aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
 
2012-08-27 05:48:31 PM
Damn you Lamar Latrell and your Wormser-designed aeronautically advanced javelin built to maximize your limp-wristed throwing style!
 
2012-08-27 06:12:14 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Damn you Lamar Latrell and your Wormser-designed aeronautically advanced javelin built to maximize your limp-wristed throwing style!



Damn you, AdolfOliverPanties....for making a Revenge of the Nerds joke before I did.
 
2012-08-27 06:43:18 PM
He's like the William Tell of the Adam's apple
 
2012-08-27 07:06:17 PM
The judge was 74 years old. Apparently not that spry.
 
2012-08-27 07:08:19 PM
Children! Lay down your weapons!!

*shhoooooooooooonk*

Referees! Come and get them!
 
2012-08-27 07:15:57 PM
Life is so mysterious.

If that same old man had been choking and needed an emergency tracheotomy, that young man would be lauded as a hero.
 
2012-08-27 07:16:13 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Damn you Lamar Latrell and your Wormser-designed aeronautically advanced javelin built to maximize your limp-wristed throwing style!


Revenge of the Nerds.

Shrugging Atlas: Children! Lay down your weapons!!

*shhoooooooooooonk*

Referees! Come and get them!


300.

Is is wrong that I LOL'd?
 
2012-08-27 07:33:56 PM
Must of been practicing for the Hunger Games.
 
2012-08-27 07:35:26 PM
What if the old man turns out to have been a German Jerry Sandusky?

That young man has a possibility of being a national hero.
 
2012-08-27 07:50:42 PM
Hartwig said that the 15-year-old athlete who threw the javelin was receiving psychological counseling.

I hope that means he's getting counseling now to deal with the trauma of this guy's death, not that he was previously in counseling to deal with his javelin-rage.
 
2012-08-27 08:03:30 PM
One of my brothers caught a javelin once.

Once.

In the leg, though, not the throat. Coincidentally, that was the day the track and field coach quit.
 
2012-08-27 08:12:16 PM
I told them, I've been telling them for years but do they ever listen? Plate mail. Goddamit, wear your farking armor. You're not a goddamned knight, you're barely smart enough to be the piss boy. And there they stand, unarmored trying to catch spears. Well I hope they learned their lesson this time.
 
2012-08-27 08:14:45 PM
Unger Games cancelled after a game master is killed with a spear?
 
2012-08-27 08:30:15 PM
Nobody yelled out "Hey, Wolfgang, heads up"?? You would think someone would have seen that the guy had a chance to be hit, let alone in the fricking throat.
 
2012-08-27 08:34:32 PM
At least he didn't get hammered.
 
2012-08-27 08:47:35 PM
Javelin throwing was banned in Missouri a decade or two ago for the same reason.

Honest question: why would a javelin ref stand out where one can land? Stand outside of the area, then go and look where it landed.
 
2012-08-27 08:51:36 PM

Agatha Crispy: Nobody yelled out "Hey, Wolfgang, heads up"?? You would think someone would have seen that the guy had a chance to be hit, let alone in the fricking throat.


Heads up?!? And take the Javelin to the face instead? You are brutal!!!
 
2012-08-27 08:55:56 PM
So if the javelin hit the umpire at, say, 200 feet, but then the umpire stumbles around and finally falls down at 250 feet . . . does the thrower get credit for a 250-foot javelin throw?
 
2012-08-27 09:11:43 PM
I used to do javelin, but I could never get it to stick in the ground. It would just bounce off and then lay flat, which does qualify for a legal throw. It was frustrating. Eventually I just gave up after realizing the entire javelin thing was pointless.
 
2012-08-27 09:15:06 PM

Marine1: Javelin throwing was banned in Missouri a decade or two ago for the same reason.

Honest question: why would a javelin ref stand out where one can land? Stand outside of the area, then go and look where it landed.


Michigan hasn't had if for high school for at least 25 years. No hammer throw, either.
 
2012-08-27 09:16:46 PM

I_Am_Weasel: I used to do javelin, but I could never get it to stick in the ground. It would just bounce off and then lay flat, which does qualify for a legal throw. It was frustrating. Eventually I just gave up after realizing the entire javelin thing was pointless.



Au contraire!
 
2012-08-27 09:43:57 PM
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2012-08-27 09:55:42 PM

I_Am_Weasel: I used to do javelin, but I could never get it to stick in the ground. It would just bounce off and then lay flat, which does qualify for a legal throw. It was frustrating. Eventually I just gave up after realizing the entire javelin thing was pointless.


Maybe that was your problem: Javelins stick in the ground better when they have an actual point.
 
2012-08-27 09:56:23 PM
I couldn't do the javelin, because they wouldn't let me use my atlatl.
 
2012-08-27 10:06:36 PM
I used to be a sports judge, like you. Until I took a javelin to the neck.
 
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2012-08-27 10:45:40 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Marine1: Javelin throwing was banned in Missouri a decade or two ago for the same reason.

Honest question: why would a javelin ref stand out where one can land? Stand outside of the area, then go and look where it landed.

Michigan hasn't had if for high school for at least 25 years. No hammer throw, either.


Ohio hasn't had it in HS in at least 35 years.
 
2012-08-27 10:52:37 PM
I remember when it was called spear chucking in Chicago on the el trains in the 80s.
 
2012-08-27 11:01:16 PM
"Police have opened an investigation into the official's death, but initial indications were that it was an accident, he added."

B.S., this was no accident...
 
2012-08-27 11:08:02 PM
Does this mean that lawn darts will not be making a comeback for another 10 years or so? Thanks for nothing old man.
 
2012-08-27 11:09:37 PM

bojon: I remember when it was called spear chucking in Chicago on the el trains in the 80s.


Spear chucking is the only way to hunt bunnies in the jungle
 
2012-08-27 11:16:25 PM
Was his name Pierce?
 
2012-08-27 11:27:09 PM
Hartwig said the 15-year-old athlete who threw the javelin was receiving psychological counseling.

That's absurd. Back in my day, we'd fatally wound the elderly and go about our merry business. Obama!!
 
2012-08-28 12:56:16 AM

Agatha Crispy: Nobody yelled out "Hey, Wolfgang, heads up"?? You would think someone would have seen that the guy had a chance to be hit, let alone in the fricking throat.


wrong. they did yell out "Hey Wolfgang, heads up!". but poor Wolfie spoke German.

he spoke German.
 
2012-08-28 01:43:26 AM
Awesome
 
2012-08-28 01:54:15 AM
failed to see the point?
 
2012-08-28 01:58:10 AM
The 74-year-old man was officiating at a youth meet in the western city of Dusseldorf when the incident happened late Sunday, police spokesman Andre Hartwig said.

He was immediately taken to hospital but died of injuries early Monday, Hartwig said.


I'm not sure if I should be impressed that he lived for a day or cringe that he lived for a day.
 
2012-08-28 02:14:40 AM
I don't understand how a javelin referee, whose job pretty much is to keep an eye on the javelin during its flight, watches the thing come directly his way, and he doesn't move out of the way.
 
2012-08-28 04:51:37 AM
Boom. Throat shot.
 
2012-08-28 05:51:33 AM
The old guy took off tooo early. KKid shanked it. Bad combination.

"Spiessrichter"
 
2012-08-28 06:26:53 AM
No track and field for old man
 
2012-08-28 06:33:30 AM
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2012-08-28 09:34:22 AM
This is why they outlawed Jarts!
 
2012-08-28 10:04:29 AM

abhorrent1: This is why they outlawed Jarts!


I thought it was because the Geshels and Naderites came into conflict with the Jarts.
 
2012-08-28 11:03:57 AM

hammettman: I don't understand how a javelin referee, whose job pretty much is to keep an eye on the javelin during its flight, watches the thing come directly his way, and he doesn't move out of the way.


It's actually very difficult for the brain to judge how to move out of the way of an object moving towards you on two or three axes. As I understand it, we're hardwired to intercept such things, because we're evolved from predators, and Mother Nature used to be our own personal Tim Tebow*, throwing tasty food at us in the form of passing gazelle herds and whatnot. So the "get the fark out of the way" subroutine is constantly being shorted out the "move directly into that thing's projected path" subroutine.

The only situation this doesn't apply to is when you're stuck in right field for the Little League-mandated minimum two innings. Then the opposite happens--you try to run towards the ball and end up thirty feet away from it. And your pants fall down.

*my point being, we'd intercept that food, because Tebow is a sucky QB who throws a lot of interceptions
 
2012-08-28 11:47:31 AM

semiotix: hammettman: I don't understand how a javelin referee, whose job pretty much is to keep an eye on the javelin during its flight, watches the thing come directly his way, and he doesn't move out of the way.

It's actually very difficult for the brain to judge how to move out of the way of an object moving towards you on two or three axes. As I understand it, we're hardwired to intercept such things, because we're evolved from predators, and Mother Nature used to be our own personal Tim Tebow*, throwing tasty food at us in the form of passing gazelle herds and whatnot. So the "get the fark out of the way" subroutine is constantly being shorted out the "move directly into that thing's projected path" subroutine.

The only situation this doesn't apply to is when you're stuck in right field for the Little League-mandated minimum two innings. Then the opposite happens--you try to run towards the ball and end up thirty feet away from it. And your pants fall down.

*my point being, we'd intercept that food, because Tebow is a sucky QB who throws a lot of interceptions


The one time I officiated a meet, I learned QUICKLY not to misjudge the ability of the shot-putters.

/didn't know I could do the standing broad jump that well backwards
 
2012-08-28 02:47:13 PM
I once hit my best friend square in the top of his head with a lawn dart. I yelled to him after I threw it and he ran towards me instead of away and got nailed. On his birthday, Easter sunday, and took 4 stitches.
/CSB
 
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