Mo Greene Appearance

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I just so happened to have the TV on tonight when a show I had never seen came on. The show was called "Identity" and the premise of it is that a single contestant is given about 20 occupations and identities. The same number of people are standing in front of the contestant and they have to guess which identity matches up with each person. Well it just so happened that Maurice Greene was on tonight's show and his identity was 'World's fastest man.' I'm presuming this show is brand new because I haven't ever heard of it before so the title seemed to be a little off given Powell's recent dominance. Whatever the case, the best part of the show was when the contestant (a lady) selected Mo and matched him to the identity of WFM. This was no big feat as Mo was the only African American left on the panel and one of only about 3 men left. What was funny though was how things unfolded as she selected Mo. She picked him out by his number (each person on the panel is given a number so they can be easily selected) and started to gush about how she's such a huge sports fan and how much she loves him. She then proceeded to call him Marion Jones on several occassions. Given the recent scandals surrounding Marion, the buildup to her 2000 Olympic performance, and the fact that Marion is generally a woman's name it became painfully evident that this woman was not the huge sports fan she claimed to be but instead was a typical American ignorant of all-things Track & Field. When the host (Penn of Penn & Teller fame) pointed out that Marion Jones is a woman, she got flustered and embarassed. To his credit, Mo stayed stoic with his trademark caged-animal stare all the while this lady is sticking her foot further and further in to her mouth. It was one of the more awkward moments I've ever seen happen on a game show. What's a shame is that one of the most-storied sprint athletes in the history of the sport was mistaken on national television for a woman.

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