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Rita, I guess we just have a different view of Joe Sixpack. I don't see him sitting through a marathon (and they are on for the duration of the race at the Olympics – I DVR'd Wanjiru's race and spent hours/days watching the whole race repeatedly) without feeling some connection to it and what connection is he going to feel other than a USA uniform at or near the front? Maybe 20-30 years ago, with far fewer channels available, he would watch because there was nothing else on. Now, he can flip through 100 other channels and find a rerun of Law and Order.
As for the selection criteria, I think you may have missed part of it. It's not simply picking the top 20 of the performance list. It's selecting them as guaranteed entries. Then, countries could fill out rosters as they would now. So it wouldn't be Hall, a bunch of Kenyans and a few Ethiopians. The US team would be as it is now because the US would still be allowed to fill out its roster with two more runners. All other countries would be allowed to enter runners based on the current criteria. Essentially, the only runners this would affect would be the Kenyans and Ethiopians. More of them would be allowed in. The rest of the field would remain as it is.