IN my early youth there were people I truly idolized. MR.T, Michael Jackson, Bo Jackson and then….there was the West Indian Canadian…the mega star..Ben Johnson. I knew he made everyone happy. He made me happy, and he made Americans jealous. I didn’t really know what that meant, but I knew he belonged to me (Canadians) and didn’t belong to Americans who even @ a young age I perceived as arrogant because of Carl Lewis (urgh). ESPN’s 9.79 is an amazing coverage of the races before the Seoul ‘88 and the world spinning events that transpired after. I was extremely young, I wasn’t sure why Johnson was being stripped of a medal but I remember the great humiliation felt in almost every Canadian household (Thanks Donovan for restoring some pride).  9.79 shows that there’s a very fine line to “wanting it all”. Carl Lewis is a damn cheater (great athlete) but he crossed the line and still shouldn’t have gotten the gold.  Canada would never back it’s athlete’s like other countries would their athletes. Good or bad that’s your prerogative. Jamaicans are fast no matter if they’re running for Jamaica or not. Lastly I hope American never wins a major track and field event again just because it’s more entertaining when they lose. Almost like the Yankees.  This is an event that would never have a closed book.  There’s just too much dirt surrounding the events but one thing is for sure. It had to happen and when it did, it happened BIG.

IN my early youth there were people I truly idolized. MR.T, Michael Jackson, Bo Jackson and then….there was the West Indian Canadian…the mega star..Ben Johnson. I knew he made everyone happy. He made me happy, and he made Americans jealous. I didn’t really know what that meant, but I knew he belonged to me (Canadians) and didn’t belong to Americans who even @ a young age I perceived as arrogant because of Carl Lewis (urgh). ESPN’s 9.79 is an amazing coverage of the races before the Seoul ‘88 and the world spinning events that transpired after. I was extremely young, I wasn’t sure why Johnson was being stripped of a medal but I remember the great humiliation felt in almost every Canadian household (Thanks Donovan for restoring some pride).  9.79 shows that there’s a very fine line to “wanting it all”. Carl Lewis is a damn cheater (great athlete) but he crossed the line and still shouldn’t have gotten the gold.  Canada would never back it’s athlete’s like other countries would their athletes. Good or bad that’s your prerogative. Jamaicans are fast no matter if they’re running for Jamaica or not. Lastly I hope American never wins a major track and field event again just because it’s more entertaining when they lose. Almost like the Yankees.  This is an event that would never have a closed book.  There’s just too much dirt surrounding the events but one thing is for sure. It had to happen and when it did, it happened BIG.