Opinions vary about Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee from South Africa who runs on carbon fiber blades and who made history yesterday by qualifying for the semifinals in the 400 meters.
Some people think the blades give him an unfair advantage, and that he shouldn't have been allowed to run in the Games.
Those of us with more than half a brain think that's the most absurd thing we've ever heard.
Listen: All that stuff about citius, altius, fortius, the alleged motto of the Olympics?
Well, name another athlete who defines that ideal better than Pistorius. And while you're at it, please explain to me how someone who has no feet can have an unfair advantage over people who do.
Speak slowly. I'm a tad slow on the uptake, especially when I hear something that makes no earthly sense.
Look, here's the deal: Those blades may give him a springier step, but they can't possibly be easier to run on than, you know, feet. He can't feel the track, for one thing. And as far as balance .... well, I've watched the guy, and it looks for all the world like someone trying to sprint on stilts.
I've never done that before, mind you. But I can't imagine it's easier than sprinting on your own two feet.
So: Way to go, Oscar. If this is truly a citius, altius, fortius deal, no one embodies it more.