I’m as much of a sucker for the Olympics as I previously blogged about being for Disney! Maybe more-so. This is my chance to avidly follow people I don’t know playing sports I’ve never watched before, and do so passionately. I practically threw the converter in heartbreak when the Canadian women’s soccer team lost to the U.S. today. It’s the first women’s soccer game I’ve ever watched. I like the idea that people have spent their entire lives preparing for a moment that in some cases lasts under a minute. Not saying I’d do it……but I will happily watch someone else do it. It’s inspiring. There are a lot of emotional moments. I ‘almost cry’ a lot during the Olympics. Shut up man… you probably do too!!
Like anything in this world worth watching, the Olympics aren’t perfect. There’s always some crazy controversy surrounding some of the events. I have opinions on some of these matters, but I’m going to steer this blog toward some thoughts that have popped into my head over the last week while watching the Olympics.
In no particular order…….(Some of this may be wildly inaccurate)
– I feel bad for the badminton teams that got kicked out because they tried to throw the match. A lot of times it’s the coaches, and powers that be that make these decisions to do something dumb like throw a match. The athletes are the ones that pay the price. I feel this way about steroids as well, and don’t give me the business about the ‘athlete should just say no’. It doesn’t always work that way.
– I think there are too many swimming medals. I’m not trying to say that Michael Phelps isn’t the greatest Olympian ever, but other sports don’t award like 5 or 6 medals for doing the same thing (just at different distances). A Judo guy can only win one medal, so can a basketball team. They have to play a lot of matches to get there. If you’re the fastest swimmer in the world and you know a few different strokes, there’s no shortage of medal possibilities. I find it anti-climactic to see a swimmer not win a medal, but then get 5 more shots at it.
– I had a friend suggest to me last night that there should be retractable diving boards so divers wouldn’t hit their heads. I agree with this. I don’t like hearing about divers hitting their heads on the board. It’s dangerous. I know that’s part of the sport and it adds to the level of difficulty, but safety should come first. Everybody wants professional football and hockey to lower their concussion rate….. why not diving. If they can make an Ipod smaller than a Triscuit, then someone could invent the retractable diving board.
– Some dude threw a plastic bottle onto the track just before the 100 metre sprint finals. Apparently he’s gone to court and plead not-guilty. Here’s the thing……How much of a jackass do you have to be to spend the money to go to the Olympics (which I’m sure isn’t the easiest to get tickets for, especially the 100 metre final), and think that it’s a good idea to throw something onto the track like you’re the show that everyone came to see? Like somehow, with your graceful throwing of the water bottle you could somehow upstage (arguably) the most anticipated event in the entire games? Big time jackass is the answer I’m looking for. Will he get a fine? Prison time? I don’t know, but I’m a firm believer in ironic punishments. Since this guy wants to be the show, I think they should string him up naked (as well as some of his closest friends, because the only reason you throw a bottle at a track meet is for a story to tell your friends, and if he has the type of friends that would be impressed by such a story, then they deserve to be punished as well) in front of the entire crowd at the 4X100 relay finals, and invite all the finalists from the 100 meter to come out with a bucket of empty bottles. Set the timer for 10 minutes and let these sprinters throw the bottles at their idiotic naked bodies from point blank range for 10 straight minutes while the crowd enjoys what I call Olympic Spirit, and Ironic Justice!!
Those are my Olympinions. What are yours?