Monday, August 4, 2008

Where Did I Get These Beliefs? No. 4

I can't abide the Olympics.

And they're one of the "pure" can't abides; not a lot of contrarian there.

Was once way too jingoistic. Now that the country and commerce really do sponsor the athletes, it's even worse.

I like individuals in athletic competition. I don't like their countries being attached to them as they run/paddle/shoot/throw/swing. . . .


Mister Parker said...

I can never get around the fact that the Olympics stripped Jim Thorpe of his medals because he had once made $10 playing semi-pro baseball and now they don't just allow professional athletes to participate, in sports such as basketball, they insist on it. Until somebody invents a time machine so a living Jim Thorpe can get his medals back, I'm boycotting the Olympics.

Not to mention I loathe those athlete profiles NBC does. It's always "She overcame her second cousin's cancer scare and a bad day at the dry cleaners and now she's in the Olympics ..." followed up by some talking head fool asking, "You just won the silver medal -- are you disappointed?"

And now officials are shocked -- shocked! -- to find that China habitually abuses its citizens' human rights.

When will this madness end?

l'il jimmy watson said...

Madness, madness, madness

don't get me wrong -- I will root like mad [see the groovy connection?] for dana Torres, who reminds me very much of ex-girlfriend Sue.

But I will root for her to prevail. She will then be (1) victorious, and (2) born in, or living in, the US.

The US won't win, of course, as it is too big to fit in China's pool . . . .