By Chris Hassel
The only thing better than watching Usain Bolt blow away the field in the 100m dash, is watching him “jog” the final 100m of the 200m dash because he’s so far ahead of the pack. I haven’t had much interest in watching Olympic events after hearing about the results earlier in the day, but I always make a point to watch Bolt. I don’t think we will ever see someone as dominant as him for a long time.
Lolo Jones is hearing it again from her critics — this time for breaking down in Wednesday’s “Today Show” interview. You can watch it here. Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock had this to say: “These are the Olympic Games, not the Crying Games. Yeah, The New York Times blasted Lolo. Cry me a f%$&*@g river. That`s what happens at the top of the mountain.”
Even Jim Rome took a shot at Lolo writing: “Boo-hoo, Lolo. If you`re going to promote, hype and market yourself as much you did before the Games, you better be ready for the inevitable backlash… especially if you can`t back up all the junk you were running.”
Whitlock and Rome have some good points. Lolo put herself out there. She benefitted from the media spotlight for months. Now that spotlight burns. Lolo has to know that criticism comes with the territory. While I think some have been too harsh on Lolo, she is 30 years old. She has to have thicker skin if she wants to rake in endorsement money. Are all the attacks on her warranted? Of course not. But it comes with the territory.
Lolo will be 34 in 2016. I’d be surprised if she made it back to her third Olympics. So would just about everyone else. Lolo would love to prove everyone wrong. But four years is a long, long time.
How in the world was the team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh seeded third in the Olympics? The beach volleyball duo won their third straight gold medal. 21 straight wins in the Olympics dating back to Athens in 2004. They have elevated a sport that was unknown 8 years ago, to one of the most-watched sports in the summer games.