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Ryan Scott 07-31-2011 01:20 PM

Games and conspiracy theories
 
All,

I have been reading the forums and it is interesting to see that some people think that some of the events or scoring is skewed to help the athletes that CF HQ wants to win.

I totally understand the need to keep everything a secret before the games so that athletes and teams can't do specific training for the events

but

Would it be worth it to have CF put together all the rules and events, and then file them before the games with a lawyer so that if anyone ever had any questions it would be right there in writing?

Just an idea.
Ryan

Gaines DuVall 07-31-2011 01:29 PM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryan Scott (Post 968341)
All,

I have been reading the forums and it is interesting to see that some people think that some of the events or scoring is skewed to help the athletes that CF HQ wants to win.

I totally understand the need to keep everything a secret before the games so that athletes and teams can't do specific training for the events

but

Would it be worth it to have CF put together all the rules and events, and then file them before the games with a lawyer so that if anyone ever had any questions it would be right there in writing?

Just an idea.
Ryan

That would make sense.

Peter Nelson 07-31-2011 02:33 PM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
usually a security or auditing firm is who you file that with, but that would work too. If they want to use me though I'll do it, I'm an IP lawyer that can do trade secret work!

Andrew N. Casey 08-03-2011 08:42 AM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
well, obviously they mostly knew what was going to be going on well ahead of time because rogue had to show up and set up all the equipment. they didn't just build those monster cages, pullup stands, have the right number of boxes, bars, stationary bikes, etc by accident. i suppose they could change some things at last minute, but i am guessing there were many people that knew ahead of time the workouts and were sworn to secret.

Katherine Derbyshire 08-03-2011 10:37 AM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrew N. Casey (Post 969913)
well, obviously they mostly knew what was going to be going on well ahead of time because rogue had to show up and set up all the equipment. they didn't just build those monster cages, pullup stands, have the right number of boxes, bars, stationary bikes, etc by accident. i suppose they could change some things at last minute, but i am guessing there were many people that knew ahead of time the workouts and were sworn to secret.

Knowing the equipment list doesn't necessarily tell you much about the workouts. It's a pretty safe assumption that the Crossfit Games will have pullups, for instance, but that doesn't tell you whether to expect Fran, a max weighted pullup test, or both. Likewise there are all kinds of things you can do with a barbell and a power cage.

If you want to worry about conspiracy theories, I'd look at the consistency (or lack of it) of the judging first.

Katherine

Dustin Standel 08-03-2011 10:41 AM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Katherine Derbyshire (Post 969979)
If you want to worry about conspiracy theories, I'd look at the consistency (or lack of it) of the judging first.

We can start with the final workout - am I the only person who noticed they made the women start from a standing position behind the rower but the men started on the rower? :yikes:

:stir:

:smiley_ev

Benjamin Skott 08-03-2011 11:12 AM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
I've seen others mention this theory, but the evidence is slim. What events were biased towards Annie T. over Kristan? Not the softball throw, where I would expect an American girl to do better than a European. Not the sled push, because Annie S. showed us that smaller women are not disadvantaged in that one. Not the monkey bars, the results of which don't show any particular bias towards body types....

So what events do you think are part of this conspiracy, and what evidence do you have that the event actually did favor one person over another?

Paul Coomans 08-03-2011 11:22 AM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dustin Standel (Post 969983)
We can start with the final workout - am I the only person who noticed they made the women start from a standing position behind the rower but the men started on the rower? :yikes:

:stir:

:smiley_ev

Well since there is no competition there it hardly matters.

Shane Jensen 08-03-2011 12:06 PM

Re: Games and conspiracy theories
 
I was going to say, unless we're comparing men v. women for our own amusement the differential there was meaningless.


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