From today's the San Francisco Chronicle:
Postcard from Tokyo: Let's cover Springsteen! I mean, equestrian!
TOKYO — Maybe it’s a good thing there aren’t spectators allowed here. Or at least maybe it was a good thing on Tuesday, when the equestrian jumping qualifying took place.
Because if spectators, such as parents, were allowed, every other American athlete was at risk of being completely ignored by the nation’s media.
But there are still enough of us old farts around who would get a thrill out of seeing Springsteen in the stands at something we cover, instead of us being in the stands to watch him. A few even would attempt to write stories completely out of Springsteen lyrics.
Surely, poor Jessica knows this. She’s 29 and has lived an existence of people trying to meet her dad or making “Born in the USA” jokes.
She has a shield. The U.S. equestrian public-relations staff reportedly screened questions earlier in the week and warned no one to ask her a question about her family after Tuesday’s competition. Jessica’s appearance in the mixed zone was brief. Kevin Durant and Biles might be here, but there’s no fame like rock-star-daughter fame.
She’ll compete Friday in the team event. Attention, media: Her dad still won’t be here.
Ann Killion is a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.