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But when the Rockies unveiled their logo, the one that would appear on their letterhead and official merchandise, we could no longer remain mum. Not only does their snowcapped mountain not look like a snowcapped mountain, but, as SI's design director Steve Hoffman says, "Their logo doesn't evoke the tradition of baseball or any feeling for the western U.S. either." We thought, Hey, we can do better than this. So we asked Michael Doret, a New York City artist, to submit his idea of a logo for the Rockies, keeping the purple but using different secondary colors.
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The Worst of Times
For the second year in a row, no women's track record fell
Where have all the good times gone? The 1991 track season, which ended on Sept. 20 with the Mobil Grand Prix final in Barcelona, was the second straight in which no women's world record was set. Only once before (1966) in the 71 years that the International Amateur Athletic Federation has been keeping world records has even one year passed without a women's mark falling. But in the three years since the Seoul Olympics, only one such record has been set—Paula Ivan's 4:15.61 in the mile in July 1989. When you recall that eight women's records were set in 1988 alone, you begin to wonder why women track athletes have suddenly hit the record wall.
One explanation is that with the disruption in Eastern Europe, priorities have changed as governments in former Soviet bloc countries no longer support costly sports programs. But another explanation is that drug use may be down. It is impossible to know, but 1988 may simply have marked a high point—perhaps low point is more accurate—in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In the U.S. there is now year-round testing, and in Eastern Europe, athletes who want to use drugs can no longer rely on government officials to help supply them.
It has been suspected for years that East Germany employed the most sophisticated drug program for its athletes. On Sept. 7, The Washington Post reported the discovery of "reams of confidential documents" detailing state-sponsored drug use by top athletes in the old East Germany. Among the documents was a letter written by women's 400-meter record-holder Marita Koch, in which Koch complained that her teammate Barbel Wockel was getting bigger doses of anabolic steroids than she was because Wockel had a relative working at the state-owned pharmaceutical company. Koch's 400 mark of 47.60, which has stood for six years now without anyone coming close to it, may be safe for the foreseeable future.
As for men's track, it was only a month ago that Carl Lewis and Mike Powell set world records in the 100 meters and long jump, respectively. Why are men setting records while women aren't? One reason may be that women are helped more by steroids than men are—since women have little natural testosterone, their strength is enhanced more by steroids than men's.
It is also significant that Lewis's time in the 100 of 9.86 is still short of the steroid-tainted 9.79 that Ben Johnson ran in Seoul. Tom Tellez, who coaches both Lewis and the man whose record Lewis eclipsed, Leroy Burrell, says he cannot imagine either of them ever running 9.79. If Johnson had not tested positive in Seoul, we might have watched sprinters chase his perhaps unattainable mark for decades.
A Punting Wallenda