Burrito Mafia

Scott Fauble, elite marathon runner, handled disappointment (a twelfth-place finish at the US Olympic Trials on 29 Feb 2020) with awesome grace and humor:

... I guess I could spend the next paragraph or two writing a high minded analysis about tactical mistakes and missed training and maybe those things would be true. Maybe they'd be excuses, I don't know. I'm not gonna do that, however, because if I were on the other side of the screen then I wouldn't want to read that. What I do want to say is, 1) Thank you. Thank you to way more people than I can name here, and probably more people than I deserve to have in my corner. I love you guys. 2) There will be another opportunity. I double checked this morning and, as it turns out, there will be more races. I don't know exactly what our next steps are from here, but I'm excited and enthusiastic for this journey to continue. 3) we're sending some wonderful people and athletes to Tokyo. Obviously Aliphine is an absolute queen and I could write 7 gazillion words about her kindness and toughness. She'll be joined by two amazing competitors in Jake Reilly – who absolutely earned that spot and I'm so happy for him – he deserves this. And Molly Seidel, who has always been overwhelmingly positive whenever we've been able to grab a few miles together over the last few years. I have a feeling that better story tellers than I will be sharing their journeys in the next few months.

Thanks for being here, you guys.

Scott is also the founder of the Burrito Mafia. In November 2017 he explained in a Citius Magazine essay:

... the ontological certainty that Mexican food is something that, by some beautiful theological mistake, fell directly from heaven and into the hands of a few blessed individuals who have passed their secrets down and helped Mexican food earn its rightful place as the undisputed best food that a person on earth can buy. ...

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... Let's all think about what a burrito is, ok? First, and most importantly, it has a tortilla. No tortilla, no burrito. Some people may say, "but Scott, what about a BURRITO bowl?" Bowls are not burritos, they're god damn salads. That's ok, you can eat salad, I eat salad sometimes. But I don't sully the reputation of burritos by lumping salads in with them. Get yourself a tortilla blanket for your food if you want to call it a burrito. So, that's the outside part of the burrito. Now, let's move inwards because we all know that it's what's inside that matters most, except for the tortilla, the tortilla is very important. Here's where it get's fun because you've got so many options. ...

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... And, finally, let's not forget about the grease. The grease of a burrito is a super underrated aspect of your Mexican food. Grease comes off of ingredients like meat and combines with your salsa to soak into the tortilla and rice and, in doing so, explode your burrito into outer space while simultaneously punching every other non-mexican food item in the nose and stepping on their head to propel the burrito higher still. That's what grease does. It takes all the ingredients and makes them gel together in a way that is a kagillion times greater than the sum of their parts. I am not a mathematician, but I think if you added it all up, there are like 17 gazillion different burrito combinations and they're all better than the next best food. ...

(cf No Goals, No Opponents, No Times (2018-12-19), ...) - ^z - 2020-03-10