The broadcast they’d done the night before focused on a long jumper named Oscar Parrish who’d had “a decade’s worth of bad luck”—tearing his ACL, then losing his father on the eve of the Olympics. But finally he was expected to break the world record by a few quarters of an inch, which Dan explains is “a hundred miles in track and field.”
Oscar admits that at 33 years old, his legs aren’t getting any stronger. “All I’ve done since I was 14 years old is try to jump a quarter inch farther.” He knows that this is his last chance.
But then the moment comes and… he breaks the world record! Everyone at Sports Night cheers except for Dan. He is the only one watching five minutes later when an unknown Austrian steps up to the line. This 19-year-old jumps and effortlessly shatters Oscar’s new record, by an astounding three inches. His distance? Twenty-nine feet, eight and a quarter inches.”