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Anxiously awaiting a feel good piece from some Slate intern on Greg Rutherford’s surprise gold medal victory in yesterday’s long jump competition. Rutherford, like Gabby Douglas, is opposite the skin color of the people who typically dominate his sport. He’s also a ginger (and calls himself The Ginger Wizard) to which one of my friends suggested on Facebook meant that we’re at End Times.
Such a piece would require a redhead to write it (does Slate even have any redheads on staff?). They’ve already published one piece on Rutherford. Josh Levin’s headline calls Rutherford not by his name but instead “man who looks like Tintin” – a reference to an old comic character. So we all look alike, right Levin? I suppose a headline celebrating the victory of “Baby Oprah” in the women’s gymnastics all-around wouldn’t have gone over too well.
To borrow from Slate again, they have another piece hypothesizing why long jump distances have stagnated and declined over the past 20 years since they heyday of Mike Powell and Carl Lewis.