Currently, Hall appears on the truly awful recurring feature "Dave and Gary". The feature, pitting Hall alongside former blogger/athlete David Cromwell in lighthearted internet chat format, started as a joke and I thought looked promising. I always enjoyed Cromwell back in his "Timedfinals" days, and Hall's personality was always even bigger than his swimming accomplishments as impressive as they were. Unfortunately, it's really terrible, a fact which both Cromwell and Hall seemed to realize fairly quickly. They tried to get in on the joke about how bad it is, but even that isn't funny.
Meanwhile, I've noticed that Hall started chiming in with one sentence comments on various Swimswam articles. Unlike "Dave and Gary", I always found myself wanting more. For instance, under an article about British swimming announcing an inquiry into their disappointing results, Hall commented: "Two words: Pennis Dursley". I can surmise from the comment that Hall doesn't think much of the leadership of recent departed British swimming head honcho Dennis Pursley. But why? What does he know?
Likewise, when Stanford announced the hiring of Greg Meehan as their women's coach, Hall applauded the decision. So did plenty of other commenters, but it's Hall's comment that I want to hear more about. In fact, I find myself wanting to hear Hall's comments on swimming in general. He's a guy who's got opinions, many of which are different from the typical set we hear in the national swimming conversation. The swimming world is desperately lacking in interesting conversation. Even if giving Hall a serious forum to voice his opinions involved opinions like "The Swim Brief sucks and Chris DeSantis is a no talent ass clown", I would still prefer it to nothing.
Maybe Hall isn't interested in doing anything other than "Dave and Gary". Or maybe "Gold Medal" Melvin Monroe Stewart doesn't want that big of a personality on the site. Or maybe Braden Keith has contractually stipulated that he be allowed to produce 99% of all written content for the site. Or maybe actual people are writing Trina Radke with their questions. I suspect, however, that none of those things are true, so maybe we could make this happen? Do it for the children, guys.