Last week, Oprah Winfrey compelled former heavyweight champs Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to publicly appear together for the first time since “The Bite Fight” of 1997. That idea alone should have made you gone cross eyed with questions. Why Oprah? Why now? Why them? Wait. No seriously, why Oprah?
Is three days enough to start looking back at Chicago’s epically failed bid for the 2016 Olympics with 20/20 vision? Because if it is, I think most will agree that Chicago is going to come off mighty smug in this one.
It stings. You just know it still stings.
The U.S. Olympic softball team (67-4 since 2000) coasted into the gold medal game last summer against Japan and flopped. No one questioned that the U.S. were the far superior team, but still … they flopped. And they didn’t just flop in the most recent Olympics, they flopped in possibly the sport’s last Olympics. It’s old news that the International Olympic Committee rid itself of the undercompetitive baseball and softball competitions for London’s 2012 Games. Why pick at old wounds?
Because like improperly set broken bones, if they don’t heal correctly, they’re impossible to forget.
First is was Italian Flavia Zaccari, then Americans Ricky Berens and Tyler Clary. Each an Olympic or Olympic-level athlete, each using the high-tech Jaked J01 swimsuit, all creating unintentional butt-vents right before a heat. Three split suits. It’s like a plague. A plague where God wants its victims to accidentally become semi-nude and freak out all the Italian grandmas.