But for Lindsey Jacobellis, I quote Robert DeNiro in "Cop Land":
"YOU BLEEWWIIIIIITTT!!!!!!! YOU BLEW IT!"For those not watching the 2006 Winter Olympiad from Turin, Italy (and judging by the ratings, you're all watching American Idol anyway), Lindsey Jacobellis, competing in "Snowboard Cross", which has been called NASCAR on Snowboards, was leading the final race by about a mile, when she decided on the last jump to perform a little twisty move and grab her board...a move equivalent to the Leon Lett showboat in Super Bowl XXVII which cost him a touchdown...except that Jacobellis fell before the finish line, and was passed by a Swiss racer and Jacobellis had to settle for a silver medal.
Lindsey may very well turn out to be the sympathetic figure of Turin, but she'll get no sympathy from me. Lindsey, you're a dope!
You blew it!
Jacobellis will be compared to Lett, Buckner, Fred Merkle, and the like. But this is much, much worse.
She's the Rickey Henderson of snowboarding.
Now Rickey never lost anything more than a base with his hot dogging after an apparent home run, or my favorite: the "snatch catch" in left field. But take Rickey Henderson...put him in the World Series, load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, add a routine fly ball to Henderson, with a dash of snatch catch. Now imagine, as I frequently have, the ball squirting out of Rickey's glove at that very moment.
You have Lindsey Jacobellis.
And I don't want to hear this garbage about "oh, but it's the snowboarding culture to be a showman and to put a little flair in your routine."
The sad part is that people like Jacobellis and this Bode Miller character, will probably have fame beyond their wildest dreams because they have rocks in their heads...while the home folks that do win medals will be forgotten about three seconds after you hear their names during SportsCenter or read about them in the paper.
The sadder part is that Rickey Henderson is a Mets coach in 2006...and he's probably waiting to teach Jose Reyes that "snatch catch" so he can be poisoned into being the next Jacobellis during the 2006 World Series. Maybe then, Lindsey can leave her house again.
For now though, we'll have to settle for the emergence of Buckner from his front door...for the sports world has a new champion of chump.