Friday, August 22, 2008
Baton Death March
Last night the men's US 4x100 relay team, more specifically Darvis Patton and Tyson Gay, dropped the baton during the first heat thereby disqualifying themselves. Not surprisingly, the team was a tad pissed off. But they were also shocked, and that's the part I find interesting. The announcers raved about the men individually but said that they rarely have time to practice the relay part itself. They are chosen for their speed and then put together into a relay team. So it's possible that they may never have actually attempted to pass the baton from one to the other and I would imagine that it takes a little skill to pass a baton while running full speed.
Only a few minutes later, the women's 4x100 relay took to the field and, wouldn't you know it, Lauryn Williams and Torri Edwards go and drop their baton thereby disqualifying themselves. In the 2004 Olympics, LaurynWilliams ran too early and missed the handoff. I'm no rocket scientist, but the common link I see in this puzzle is Lauryn Williams. She may be fast but if she's a "butterfingers" maybe they should keep her running solo. After the drop, she gallantly retrieved the baton and ran across the finish line even though she knew they were out. What a trooper. The irony of it all is that the announcers showed the replay of the men dropping the baton about a thousand times and then finally one more time before the ladies ran, warning them to avoid the same mishap. It's like they put a hex on them. The best part of all, though, was the post race interview with Lauryn Williams who said that they did the best they could and she didn't know what went wrong because the US women's 4x100 relay team was the best team on the field. I don't think Lauryn should hold her breath waiting for the call inviting her to join the next 4x100 relay.