LONDON — Brief and to the Point …
>> The Thursday Olympics column is about Bethel Park race walker Trevor Barron.
I know going into a piece like this that my odds of getting anyone to read a piece with the words “race walker” in it are laughably low. But let me just say here that, if I come across a more inspiring story than his at these Games, I will be surprised. And thrilled.
This kid embodies the spirit in every way. Hope you give him a chance and, more important, hope you give it a look on NBC when he races Saturday.
Oh, and check at the bottom of the file for our video interview in the Village. My first time ever at an Athletes’ Village in three Olympics. (Access not easy.)
>> One of the coolest parts to any Olympic experience is seeing, hearing and meeting people from all over the world. It’s always a special environment.
Well, not so much here, actually.
See, London is always this global, this cosmopolitan. Mayor Boris Johnson said in a recent speech that the city boasts 200 different nationalities and/or languages, and it’s easily noticed everywhere you walk.
When someone asks where I’m from, I always answer simply “Pittsburgh,” just to test if they’ve heard of us. Almost everyone says they have, followed by, “Pittsburgh Steelers, right?”
That’s right, mate.
>> Alfonso Soriano didn’t want to play for the Pirates.
>> More on the Pirates’ futile play for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.
>> Don’t get too alarmed about Ben Roethlisberger’s rotator cuff. A baseball doctor once told me that the number of pitchers in the game who have some damage to their cuff is exactly 100 percent. The degree is what matters.
The body’s not meant to throw overhand. That’s just how it is, until a meteor wipes us all out, and evolution can start anew.