SHORTEST RUN OF USAIN BOLT VERSUS LONGEST RUN OF FORREST GUMP
Running is a sport which every man can do. No money or expensive infrastructure is required.
My favourite running scene for a long time was in one of the Jerry Springer shows, where a obese man mountain was told " If you run from here to there in 10 seconds, this juicy triple combo beef sandwich is yours ".
And the fat man just did it. He ran like the whirling dervish, as if there was no tomorrow.
Shows what magic incentives can do.
Goes to show how much motivation can do to move lard mountains.
Then came along the Hollywood movie Forrest Gump acted out by Tom Hanks-- tailor made for him. It is about a simpleton with a low IQ of 75 from Alabama, with a speech impediment.
His love Jenny sleeps with him for a night and leaves the next morning . She did not respond to his marriage proposal , but tells him that she loves him, and leaves it at that. .
In his hour of extreme personal distress , simpleton Forrest Gump remembers what his dead mama had told him." You got to put the past behind you before you can move on!".
Unable to come in terms with the loss of the love of his life Jenny, the deaths of his mama and his bosom buddy Bubba, and to avoid sinking into acute depression -- he decided to do just what his dear mama had told him-- leave things behind.
He goes for a run.
And then he decides not to stop.
For the next 3 years, 2 months , 14 days and 17 hours Forrest Gumps nay runs across USA.
Contrary to the proverb " a rolling stone gathers no moss" , he develops a small following who are happy to just run along behind him.
He runs hard , troubled and hounded by old memories-- of how he ran from bullies to escape a beating, how he ran in Vietnam to save a comrade in arms , and how Jenny ignored him, and his sad life without mama. .
One day he gets to terms with himself , he snaps out of it and suddenly stops , with a bunch of confused and bewildered followers behind him.
What to do next?!
A young guy behind him silences the crowd buzz and cries " Quiet, he's gonna say somethin' !"
Forrest Gump says softly " I'm pretty tired now, I think I will go home now!".
This is how much impact this unique long run in a low budget Hollywood movie , had on everybody on this planet.
Above-- Usain Bolt burning rubber-- and setting the track on fire. This is what TRAILBLAZING is all about- ok?.
And then along comes, THE character-- Jamaican Usain Bolt , who gave us all on this planet , our greatest moment of sporting history. Yes, the Beijing Olympics, where he set a world record in the 100 metres dash- nay- bolt.
Usain Bolt was born to run. He exemplifies the joy of running.
Here was a natural showman who celebrated before a race. He was not cocky, he was just himself.
At the finish , he was so far ahead of the bunch, he stops sprinting the last 20 metres and just flows along the river, thumping his chest with his arms widely stretched in celebratory mode .
THE DENIZENS OF THE ENTIRE PLANET JUST BLEW THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS.
He pulverised his own world record of 9.72 seconds and set a new one of 9.69 seconds. He made the whole dang thing look so simple. He was so laid back at the start of the race , that he ran with untied shoe laces.
Experts opine, after computer inputs , that he could had clocked 9.51 seconds and set a world record which could have never been broken for centuries-- had he taken the race seriously.
He then went ahead and broke his own world record at Berlin clocking 9.58 seconds, this time without horsing around, setting all speculations that he is NOT YET a phenomenon, to permanent rest..
Above picture shows our BIG cheetah, with a TINY cheetah!
Immediately his uppity detractors including IOC president Jacques Rogge, condemned Bolt and wanted to blackball him and strip him off the gold medal , for showing disrespect.
They had done it in the past for the infamous" black power salute", -- to John Carlos and Tommy Smith ( he smashed the world record in this 200 metres event ) in the 1968 Mexico Olympics. They were on familiar ground.
This was just a " human rights salute" -- misinterpreted to suit the white man's mood swings. In that era the black man was an full American with full rights and respect only during Olympics-- and that too only the world record holders. A devout and articulate black Catholic man could NOT even be a priest.
The ball was surely moving this ominous way..
How dare a mangy black man misbehave in this manner-- only the white Yank like superbrat John McEnroe can be allowed to get away with this type of bad behaviour, right?.
Then someone suggested . Usain is now the people's darling.
People love this winner's unique antics and Superman pose. The roars of appreciation are still echoing all over the planet.
There will be riots within the stadium. This Olympics will have to be aborted , if you ever make this silly immature mistake, and you might get a public lynching too.
The people of this planet will NOT accept such a gross decision inflicted on this living legend.
This is a star 100 metres finals event, the most played sport on this planet.
It is NOT some bullshit curling ( spare me!), fencing, boat pulling, horse jumping or gymnastics, Western nations have made and introduced to gain easy medals to show a good medal tally and hence racial superiority.
Jamaican minister Edmund Barlett vigorously supported Bolt , switched himself to wisdom mode and opined tersely " The celebrations are appropriate. You have to see the glory of dem moment!"
If you watch the video, you will notice that the commentary provided by a yank was excellent. A pommie could have never done justice to this truly EPIC lightning Bolt moment of undiluted madness.
Nobody dared blink or breathe for 12 seconds. Till 40 metres Usain Bolt was NOT even in the lead, as he is a poor starter off the blocks.
Can there ever be another delightfully insane moment in sporting history like this?
Jealous Carl Lewis frothed from his mouth and bitched. He insinuated that Bolt took drugs as his timing was out of this world. Well Carl baby, dont fret-- he is taller than you and much more fitter-- show some dang grace--will ya?.
Bolt cooly sets two more world records in 200 metres and 4 X 100 metres relay, in the next two days.
The yank commentator screams his head off -- " Here they come down the track and its Usain Bolt winning by a daylight-- he has now gone into the realms of video game timings !"
It made mE day.
Above picture shows Usain Bolt with his swank red Ferraris.
When my elder son got a well paying computer job, after doing his ME at Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca ,USA, I presented him with a look alike -- a brand new maroon Mitsubishi Eclpise.
See below picture of his car --it is a growling racing beast too, but a lot cheaper and cooler-- what with under carriage green neon lights.
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