So I was watching the Olympics earlier today and there was a story about a young man from China named Liu Xiang. He was a competitor in the 2008 Beijing Olympics who, although he had an Achilles injury, tried to will his way to run the hurdles in front of his hometown fans. He tried, but didn't even make it out of the blocks. Today I saw him as he was introduced and - being a Jon BEASTon fan - I was rooting for him to overcome this injury and win the gold, even over the USA.
Everyone, including Great Britain, was cheering for Liu Xiang and when the gun was sounded he shot out of the blocks and everybody knew he was going to win his heat...until the first hurdle. He tripped over the first hurdle and went down. I can't lie, I was torn. Not only because he had worked so hard to even get to they Olympics, but because I was thinking about how this could possibly happen to BEASTon next year. Liu Xiang, much like BEASTon, had been looking like he had returned to form and won a few races before this too. So I pose the following questions, and ask you all to answer honestly, and not just as a fan: How will his Achilles hold up? Will he really be the same (2nd best MLB in the league, behind Willis) after this? And finally, should Luke play MLB as a rookie?
My answers to these questions are (respectively): 1. I'll leave this question to you all (the professionals lol) because it's hard for me (the amateur) not to answer this one as a fan lol. I just hope it's all 16 games b/c I honestly don't think Davis will be a huge factor as a starter 2. I think he will be one of the best MLBs in the league but not the best; I think he will start off too slowly, kind of 'babysitting' the leg a little bit (I can't believe I just put JB and babysitting in the same article) 3. I do think that Luke should start as the MLB. I have mixed feelings about it, though, because on one end it would maximize Luke's performance but on the other end it could be looked at as the 'beginning of the end' of JB to some people. I would just consider it a changing of the guards, so to speak.
Please give me your honest opinion on these question...and also watch the Olympics and cheer on my homeboy, and fellow Catamount (WCU), Manteo Mitchell. He will be in the 400m relays.