The year was 1991. Journalist and ex-Marine Terry Anderson had just been freed after nearly seven years of captivity in Lebanon. Seven years is a long time. Luckily, a columnist named Mark Whicker was around to put it in perspective.
Today, you know Whicker as the author of the "2 girls 1 cup" of sports columns. Back then, as now, he was writing for The Orange County Register, and back then, as now, he was using sports to convey a sense of the long and traumatizing captivity of a newly liberated hostage: