I think he just unleashed his frustration on poor Rizzo. He also just showed how much farther up he's in the food chain from his contemporaries. He's in top form still and can easily compete in the upper echelons of the sport.
Oh well...long live "The Emperor."
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.