And early Thursday morning, we saw yet another striking example.
Shortly after Gay tweeted a link to an SI.com story with the headline "Struck down by Bolt in 2008, Gay guns for gold again at 2012 Games," Bolt logged onto Twitter and posted the following message:
"I think some athlete need to get them self a girl so they can get there mind off me still cause my mind is on track, life and ofcourse girls"
Given the timing of the message, we obviously have to assume that Bolt is directly talking about Gay. And it certainly qualifies as a notable jab that Bolt has blatantly suggested that his rival doesn't have a life outside of track.
So do we have a full-scale Twitter dust-up on our hands between the two best sprinters in the world? Alas, not quite. Gay hasn't responded directly to Bolt on Twitter, perhaps because he's taking the high road, or perhaps in part because he might not entirely disagree with Bolt's claim. The bottom line is that Gay is so driven to beat Bolt and prove that he's the world's best sprinter right now that his life outside of track probably has become secondary.
It's what Mr. Miyagi would call focus.
And now, if you'll pardon us, we're off to focus on something else, because it's killing us that we have to wait until the World Championships at the end of the summer to see these two race head-to-head.
In the meantime, we'll just throw this latest spat into the cauldron and let the slow simmer of tension between Bolt and Gay continue. And there's little doubt in our mind that this particular stew will be boiling rather ferociously for that 100m final on Aug. 28.
And yes, we have just officially exceeded our quota on soup metaphors for the month.