Are You Even Patriotic If You're Not Up In Arms About The Legality Of Diving Towards The Finish Line?
Don't look now, but it's my favorite part of international competition! Why yes, it's that all too familiar time where we - as proud citizens of the United States - throw on our red, white, and blue spectacles and try to dissect non-controversial aspects of sports that we watch once every four years. Attempting to rewrite long standing rule books so that they retroactively better suit the performance of our country's athletic representatives is a traditional as old as organized running itself. Don't believe me? Just wait a few years and see how many instantaneous soccer experts are out there critiquing the fairness of deciding a World Cup game by penalty kicks.
You can forget the fact that we would be praising Allyson Felix for her ingenuity and dedication to winning if she were the one that heroically left her feet to guarantee herself the Gold. That's a moot point because she wasn't, and therefore diving at the finish line is a cowardly move that needs to eliminated from track before any more Americans fall victim to it's use. Sorry, but sometimes a little hypocrisy is necessary in the pursuit of Patriotism. Shame on Shaunae Miller for making sure that her four, undoubtedly exhausting years of training ended up being worth it. Doesn't she care about the integrity of her craft that wasn't at all compromised by something that - unbeknownst to the average American viewer - is completely legal? If she wanted to dive so badly she should have headed on over to the green poop water and made her mark in the pool, because the unwritten rules say that there's no crying in baseball and there's no leaving your feet in track...unless - of course - it adds to the United States Gold Medal count.