Fastest person I ever saw.

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  1. tippycat

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    A history, me and my people were raised in West Texas. No father, each of the eight kids had different fathers. Needless to say we were "poo' whites". Played either 6-7 man football as a young child. Brutal game; not like Pop Warner games. We were always one step ahead of the Children and Youth sevices.
    Thus we fled to LA. and lived in a Barrio, the Getto was 2 blocks north. I liked football there, speed and agility was prized over brutality. Yeah, I was a white running back nicknamed "shake n' bake" after an AD for chicken baking in the 70's. My main competion for running back was a person 3 yrs older named Charles White. Battling him and poverty, was a battle I cound not win.
    Now to the fastest person I ever saw, it was my sister Anna. Pure genetics, the speed you either have or you dont. Like I said previously, we all came from different fathers. He beat everyone in a sprints, blacks and mexicans{all were males}. The highlight{ so I thought at the time} was when a black male, fresh after his 6th place finsh in the CAL. HS sprint championships wanted to race Anna. Anna blew his ass away. It was not close 10 yds/8 meters was the difference. I was 12 yrs old, Anna was 11.

    Well with in the week the LAPD came to our door. Under some pretext, I let them in and they seize 4 of us, the olders ones escaped, due the unfit living conditions. I do not blame them...sadly it was the truth. So what do they do?, They take us to a Black Foster Family in F***** Watts. No Simi Valley, No Van Nuys ...etc.
    Needless to say, we were kept out school for our own health and well-being. They did not feed us{ to be fair, neither did white foster homes}. So I had alittle money. We had time trials in the alley to see who was the fastest. Natually Anna wins. The goal was to get us cookies at the store up the street. Where all the blacks hung out, drinking on the steps, bars on the windows..hard core stuff. Speed would be the difference between success or getting "your silly white beaten". Anna goes up there, we are watching from the alley. All goes well, Anna enters the store. Then hell breaks lose. Somehow Anna gets out of the store with the cookies, and the chase is on. There were a pack of them chasing her. Me and the others are screaming for her to running faster. Anna with her natural speed puts distance easily between her rivals!

    The cookies were taken away from us the next day. Vanilla Wafers...never ate them since. This is NOT against Black people. White Foster Homes are just as bad!

    The point is Anna's speed. Fast beyond anything I ever saw. It was not grace, but rather brutal speed. The only one I have seen like her is Lauren Williams.

    I got emotional while typing this, so any errors let them past. Point being am 48 yrs old and never seen a faster person{white or Black} than Anna. Race does not predict speed. It is in the genetics, it is up to the individual to exploit the god given skill.
     
  2. celticdb15

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    Interesting story tippycat
     
  3. ToughJ.Riggins

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    Interesting some girls can definitely run! My fiance played varisty soccer in h.s and had an opportunity to walk on to Universities in Ontario, but didn't. She is short at 5'2, but she is very fast. I have raced her several times in the last two years and can only beat her by a little in a short race since 6 months ago because I have been working out a lot. I was embarrased that she could outrun me which motivated me to start working out. I'm in the best shape of my life now. Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
     
  4. White Shogun

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    Good story but what does it have to do with football? Happy Hour imo.
     
  5. jaxvid

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    Interesting story, I remember a girl in the neighborhood that was one of the best ballplayers, but when the guys grew up she couldn't compete or rather didn't compete, by then she had moved on to being a girl.

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  6. Bronk

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    Great story Tippy. As the father of an adopted son, I have heard some nasty tales about foster care.

    Where abouts in West Texas did you start out?
     
  7. tippycat

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    Bronk, outside of El Paso. Congrats on your son. We know a couple that adopted, from China, and they had to go though a lot of hoops. In my current state, Penna., there is push for foster childern to be adopted. In several yrs, me and my wife had decided we will take in foster childern.
     
  8. Bronk

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    My Dad's side of the family had a cattle ranch in Baylor County, south of Wichita Falls. I went to school at West Texas State in Canyon. I love West Texas.

    Congrats on deciding to foster. Growing up, I had a friend whose parents did foster care and his mother would cry her eyes out when they'd take one of the kids out to be sent back to their birth parents or be adopted. It can be heartbreaking. Good luck.
     
  9. Jimmy Chitwood

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    the two fastest people i've ever personally met were both white men.

    one was a wing for the University of Texas rugby team. i don't know the dude's name, i just met him once at a tournament in New Orleans. but he could flat out fly.

    the other is a personal friend of mine, a former Arkansas Razorback and NFL practice squad member for the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Crowder.

    Crowder, a wide receiver/safety, was the fastest player on the Razorbacks football team, and regularly raced cornerback and track sprinting "phenom" Ahamd "Batman" Carroll after practice. Crowder never lost, whether they were racing for 40 yards or 100. Carroll went on to run the sprints for the Razorback track team en route to All-American status, while the track coach convinced Crowder to participate in the decathlon (his all-around athleticism would earn the team more points that way the coach said).

    Carroll eventually was a first-tound draft pick at cornerback for the Green Bay Packers based purely on his speed, which was impressive. however, he sucked mightily as a football player, as any Razorback fan could have told them.

    Crowder, on the other hand, rarely got to see the field at Arkansas because head coach Houston Nutt was "saving him for special teams," and consequently went completely undrafted despite running "official" scout times of as fast as 4.19 40-yard dashes. Crowder then went on to be acknowledged as the fastest player on the Cowboys by then-head coach Bill Parcells himself, but somehow wasn't fast enough to make the active roster.

    Crowder is now working for a living like most white men.
     
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    That's really interesting, Chitwood. When I first discovered this site, one of the first things I came across was an article that gave a laundry list of white wide receivers that had been screwed over one way or another despite phenomenal athleticism. Tom Crowder's story was used as an example and it really stood out to me as remarkable.

    Does he agree that his mistreatment was racially motivated? Does he speak about this issue openly with people?
     
  11. Liverlips

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    Nice stories from Tippycat and Jimmy Chitwood.
     
  12. Bronk

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    Might be Rudd Tully (1999- 02) or maybe Tommy Broadrick (2004-06).Edited by: Bronk
     
  13. devans

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    Tippycat you should start writing about your early life and experiences. I think it would make a great book to read. If you don't have time now perhaps start making notes in preparation for when you will have the time and inclination.
     
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    I went to a Class A (or division 2 now) 90% white high school. We had a black high school about twice our size and one a little bit smaller in our area. We had at least 5 white kids in my grade faster than any of the kids at the black schools. I only ran track in 7th grade (wanted to focus on football and basketball) and me and 3 other white kids were about equal speed. Two of use broke the middle school 200 dash record, which was held by black student who was an all state track star at our high school at the time; however, he set the record in 8th grade, not 7th. In any case, one white kid was faster than all of us. He never ran the 200. Then after me and the other kid finally broke the record, our coach had him run the 200 for the first time during a meet. He blows us away by about almost 2 seconds! This kid was sick. Sadly, two of the three kids (including the fastest) ended up flunking out of school (one would have been an all state running back) and me and another both got badly injured before our senior year of football (we were both all area as a jr and were getting recruited by mac schools). It's sad to think how amazing that fastest kid could have become.

    Our basketball team also full court pressed EVERY PLAY to take advantage of our</span> athletic ability, even against the black teams. I played the two black schools twice a year each and never lost to them once. We had some close calls, but always pulled it out. What was funny was how they often tried to trap or full court press us to start the game to take advantage of their athletic superiority [​IMG] but we would break through it every time. I was known more for my quickness than flat out speed, and playing against those defenses was like taking candy from a baby. Because of that I think I avg. 18-19 ppg againt the black teams and only about 11 against the white teams. However, before we played those teams, people at our high school (and sometimes coaches) would talk about how the only way we could beat them was to outsmart them, as if we were not good enough athletes. [​IMG] So stupid.
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  15. Westside

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    Tippycat good story. I grew up in them neck of the woods(Los Angeles) I have always known racism against whites from blacks growing up there. I remember in HS at lunch time there would be "salt/pepper" games. Whites against blacks. The whites would always hand the blacks their asses in those games. The blacks on the Varisity team would not play in those games at lunch. I always wonder why not more whites tried out for the Varisty basketball team. Sometime I think boys at my HS were more into sex, drugs and rock and roll.

    Tippycat what became of your sister?

    Chitwood, also a good story. But I think Crowder should have made a stink and cried racism. What is the worse that could have happeaned? A white working for a living! He should have stood up and went to the media and pointed out his qualifications. Just a another white who got screwed not speaking up for himself. Sadly, alot of whites follow this dysfunctional logic.
     
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    my apologies for not seeing this question sooner, Latspread. and yes, he admits to receiving different treatment because he was white. in fact, he told me a story about then-head coach Bill Parcells walking past some black defensive backs and laughing at them while pointing at Crowder, saying something to the effect of "Do you boys know white lightning? He was the white dude killing you out there today."

    of course, this never got Tom an opportunity to see game action.

    furthermore, Crowder is a very quiet, humble person in real life. he never really liked talking about his NFL experiences, for the most part. i'd think he is very upset with his treatment, but he's moved on to working for a living now and doesn't talk about it.

    if he had spoken up, who would have listened much less reported on it? he was a white undrafted free agent. you see how the media treats white kids. you actually think they'd have reported his racist treatment? he'd have simply been labeled a lockerroom cancer and booted quicker than a bad kicker.

    having worked in the sports media for a good part of my life, i'm just telling you that most sports writers are white-hating white "men." for the most part, they despise athletic white men for being able to do what they themselves can't and take every opportunity to degrade white athletes. the evidence (their "reporting") speaks to the truth of the matter.
     
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    It's amazing that these white hating white men have even convinced highly athletic white men to believe in black athletic superiority. I have even confronted some whites who had great athleticism, asking how they could believe that when they are living proof of the opposite. They acknowledged that while they themselves are good athletes, they said "just look at the NFL and NBA..." to prove that blacks are better athletes. It's really amazing what people can be convinced of.
     

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