Sunday, February 19, 2006

how this achievement should be celebrated by almost everyone

you would think that the first african american to qualify for the US olympic short track speedskating team would be a big story before the olympics. you know, a purely tangible and compelling storyline for us to follow and to care about.

and you would think that when he won the gold, making him the first black athlete to win a gold medal in the winter olympics for the united states, well, isn't that a story up there with jesse owens?

think about it: he's the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the winter olympics for the US.

that's a huge story.

by the way, do you know his name?

me neither. i had to look it up.

shani davis.

the thing that i love most about this story, however, is that bryant gumbel can't justify shani davis' achievement. no matter how much of a great achievement it is, gumbel has already belittled it with his idiotic statements. because, in bryant gumbel's world, shani davis defeated lesser athletes.

but that's the hole that bryant gumbel dug for himself. but that's his problem.

for the rest of us, let's honor shani davis. let's pull that blowhard bode miller's commercials off the air. and, while we're at it, let's take that showboat lindsey jacobellis' visa spot away too.

and let's learn more about a story worth hearing about.

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