Show-Boating: The Newest Addition to 2008 Olympic Games

Steph RockwoodCorrespondent IApril 21, 2008

“Show-Boating” – The act of being good, and making sure everyone else, including yourself knows it.

Attention sports fans:  Newest game added to the lineup for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The game is called “Show-Boating.” Athletes to look out for in this event are Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, LeBron James, and Derek Jeter.

Johnson, 30, has been practicing the art of “Show-Boating” for eight years now and he is one of the best. He is the No. 1 prospect in this event and we will be looking out for him. 

His notable performances may have been the time he mock proposed to a cheerleader on the sidelines, or maybe when he showed off his skills and attempted putting the ball like a golf ball after scoring a touchdown.

His hold medal performance, however, came at the start of the 2007-2008 season.  During his first game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens, on the biggest stage in the NFL, Monday Night Football, he scored the game’s first touchdown. He caught a 39-yard pass from Carson Palmer.

After the touchdown, a jacket resembling the jacket that the inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame wear, found its way to Johnson’s back (surprising huh?) and on the back of the jacket, it read “Future H.O.F. 20??”.

During the Olympic Games, Johnson will attempt what no other “Show-Boater” has attempted. He will attempt to do a double cartwheel, round-off, back handspring, and then come down with the ball in the end zone. Johnson will be seeking assistance from fellow Bengal quarterback, Palmer during this competition.     

No. 2 on the list of competitors is Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys.  Owens, 34, has been gracing the grid-iron for 13 seasons now and has been perfecting his “Show-Boating” ever since.

On October 14, 2002, after scoring a touchdown, Owens took out a sharpie and signed the ball before giving it to his financial adviser who happened to be in the stands. 

Owens’ long list of gold medal worthy performances include when during the time of the controversy with the Philadelphia Eagles, he sat out in his driveway, doing crunch after crunch, trying to perfect his already rigid body. 

Suddenly Allen Iverson’s “We talkin' bout practice,” turned into Owens’ “no comment” event.

Although Owens is not the lead of the list of competitors, he is one of the top prospected for this event coming into the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The next competitor at the newest event is no other than LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. The 23-year-old phenom turned NBA superstar already had a big head coming into the league straight out of high school. 

All he needed was a billboard with his face on it and a cover on Vogue magazine to humble him.

Who are you kidding? And yes, you heard me correctly. 

Nike, which is LeBron’s biggest key to financial success, has constructed a 10-story high billboard that featured the man in his home away from home (dunking a basketball). The billboard lives in downtown Cleveland and that was all that James needed. 

Now he can barely walk down the hallway.

Every time James now goes into downtown Cleveland, he sees a picture of himself and it reminds him just how good he is in case he didn’t remember. 

Recently James found himself on the cover of Vogue with supermodel (and main squeeze of Tom Brady) Gisele Bundchen. 

I’m excited to see what kind of trick he pulls out for the Olympic Games.

The last and final competitor is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.  He was a surprise candidate for all because of what area of sporting he comes from. 

Being a baseball player, there isn’t a whole lot of room to do any of the “Show-Boating” these other athletes participate in.

That sure doesn’t stop him.

At 33-years-old, Jeter barely made the trial competition for this event. The one and only occurrence was enough to put Jeter in the running for the Gold Medal for “Show-Boating” this year. 

During a tie-game on July 1, 2004 against rivals Boston Red Sox, in the top of the 12th inning, Jeter made a spectacular catch that he should have just let fall into the stands.

He jumped over the third base side railing and cut up and bruised his face. This play was dubbed the Play of the Year in a competition that was decided by fans on 

Also, anyone who knows baseball knows that Jeter has that weird little cocky hop of a throw that he does to make a “tough play.” 

He does know that the move he does while throwing the ball is totally not necessary, right?

My predictions for this new event are as follows: It will be a close call throughout,  but Chad Johnson is going to come out on top and win the Gold medal. The Silver medal will go to LeBron James. 

To many disagreements, the Bronze medal is probably going to go to Terrell Owens, and New York's "Golden Boy" is going home empty handed with nothing more but a guaranteed spot in the next competition. 

Tune in August 8, 2008 for the opening ceremonies and you can witness the first ever Show-Boating event in the Summer Olympics.

Now all of you know that nothing like this would ever happen, and this was just hypothetical. With that in mind, it shows that show-boating is part of the sporting world and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. 

It makes everything so much more exciting.

Keep it up!


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