Thursday, August 15, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Lightning fast Usain Bolt
It matters little what else is printed or shown this week; one event will stand out above all the rest. Usain Bolt, the lightning fast sprinter actually racing a lightning bolt to the finish line. Well, sort of.
The Jamaican flash had bested the field in the 100 meters at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Track and Field at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. He finished at 9.77, just eight fractions ahead of his closest challenger, Justin Gatlin, of the USA.
If your memory bank serves you right, you will recall that a false start disqualified the Bolt at these games two years ago. However, he bounced back to win everything in the ensuing Olympics.
In Sunday’s race, just as Usain crossed the finish line, a huge lightning strike lit up the overcast sky which dumped rain on the entire race.
Bolt had been criticized by other competitors for using his prowess and ability to mock their performances. Only one answer for that – some have it; some don’t.
And speaking of critics and have-nots, one could hardly go through the weekend of sports without mentioning the plight(s) of the major players at the last major of the season. The big trophy at the 95th staging of the PGA Championship went to a first-time winner, Jason Dufner (how close is that last name to “duffer,” huh?) He lofted the huge Wanamaker Trophy to the consternation of the world’s number one golfer, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and others. Now the Tiger will have to wait for another season in which to try and add a 15th major title to the 14 he already possesses and answer more critics.
The NFL needs no introduction to its run up to the regular season, but it, too, has some critics as it already has begun to grab the attention of its massive following. The New England Patriots showed the world their latest acquisition at QB on Friday night. Tim Tebow’s performance was not exactly stellar, connecting on four of 12 for 55 yards. Hey, let’s not be too hard on the guy; after all, this is the post season. He was not picked up from Denver to become the number one signal caller for the Pats.
QBs are naturally under deep scrutiny in the early season. The New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez is in a battle for the starting job against Geno Smith. Sanchez tossed a pick six in his fourth offensive play. The Jets lost 26-17 to the Detroit Lions. Head coach Rex Ryan was grilled about the interception at a Saturday morning press conference.
But as they say in France, and the NFL, “c’est le vie.”
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