By: John Sears
Lolo Jones failed to make Team USA for the World Championships on Saturday. Lolo needed to finish in the top 3 to make the team, she finished 5th. Tough loss for Lolo as she came in with the 2nd best time. Lolo didn’t run bad, there were just 4 others that ran better.
Lolo plans on running in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. I don’t know if she can make the team. She’s one of the top hurdlers in the world, but the problem is many of the top hurdlers in the world are Americans, so making Team USA is incredibly difficult. The main challengers keep getting younger. As of now she’s likely on the outside looking in. In 2016 Lolo will be 33 years old.
Lolo didn’t talk to the media after her 5th place finish. I don’t like this. I don’t like this when ANY athlete snubs the media. I understand she’s upset, I get it. But come on, the fans came out in droves to support you. The media props you up every time you’re back in Des Moines, you’re a local sports icon. The least you can do is give them a couple minutes of your time, even after a loss. Be a gracious loser, say congratulations to the winners, it’s not hard. You beg for coverage when everything is good, but when adversity hits you stonewall the media. It’s getting old.
Over 8,000 fans turned out at Drake stadium on Saturday. The stadium holds just over 14,000. Not a bad turnout, but not great. It would have been nice to see the stadium full for the championships, but 8,000 is pretty good, especially with the temperatures hovering around 165. Drake’s ultimate goal is to someday get the Olympic Trials, I’d love to see it happen, but I don’t think it will happen.
Big thanks to the Blackhawks for winning game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in regulation. I’m not a hockey fan, I just wanted our newscast to air on-time. Thanks!
Lebron James is the King of basketball, again. James came up huge for the Heat in game 7 against the Spurs. He earned it, he hit the big shot, and he did what superstars are supposed to do. James will always be compared to Michael Jordan, that’s ok. It’s never a bad thing to be compared to the greatest basketball player in the history of earth. I’m a Jordan supporter, always will be. James is great, but I’ll take MJ. That’s not a slight on Lebron, just my opinion.
I’ll be at the Iowa Speedway on Sunday for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Should be a good race, as long as the ‘severe weather’ holds off.