August 5, 2012
My Take on Certain Olympic Events
It's Olympics time again. I admit I
haven't seen every Olympic sport. I'm an American watching American TV
coverage. That means there are a lot of events I never see because
they're not popular enough to be shown.
that have this site, I'm going to go on record with my opinion
about some of the events I have seen. For those of you who are "into"
these particular sports, you probably aren't going to like what
you're about to read. But, this is more or less what many of the rest of
while I'm giving my completely unsolicited opinion, the IOC needs to
move some of those Summer indoor events to the Winter Olympics. The
addition of snowboarding and freestyle skiing has helped, but the
Winter Olympics always ends up getting monotonous. It needs more
variety. (Basketball season is winter, not summer.) And there's no reason you couldn't hold some of those indoor
events in the Winter Olympics. Then maybe they'd actually be shown on TV instead
of endless hours of Curling. Besides, with fewer events in the summer,
the remaining "small" events might get some coverage instead of being
buried by the "big" events.
- Wrestling -- Gayest* Olympic sport (No wonder it came from the Greeks. And I bet they loved doing this naked.)
- Doubles Luge
-- Second gayest Olympic sport (You could tell me whoever invented this
had three wives and 18 children, and I'll just think he was deep in the
- Synchronized Swimming
-- What? Am I watching an MGM musical? This looks like it was
choreographed by Busby Berkeley for an Esther Williams number. (I
understand there are Men's Synchronized Swimming teams. If that becomes
an Olympic event, it will take the medal as gayest Olympic
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
-- Cirque du Soleil is calling. In fact, I'm pretty sure I saw this act
at Cirque du Soleil. There's a difference between circus acts and
sports. What's next, daring young men on a flying trapeze?
-- Those horses better be getting medals too and be listed as co-winners in the records or those
riders can strap the saddle between their legs and do that stuff
without the horse.
- 10 Meter Air Rifle
--- You're kidding me. I shot a BB gun farther than that when I was a
kid. It was a lot more than 10 meters to the back fence where we set up
the cans. Anyway, how in the hell is shooting a gun athletic?
At least the archers have to have some serious muscle to draw that bow.
I don't think any gun shooting belongs in the Olympics
unless they're skiing or running before they stop and
- Ice Dancing -- Nothing called "dancing" belongs in the Olympics. Ballet's really physical too, but I don't want to see Olympic Ballet.
--- Boy, those north country winters must be really long & boring
for someone to have thought this up. Now why does the TV show so
many damn hours of the single most boring sport in the Olympics?
- Fencing --- Not nearly as exciting as swordfighting in the movies
- Men's Judo
--- Oh my god, it's two guys catfighting! That was my exact
reaction the first time I saw Olympic judo. The two men started
out by doing that flailing with extended hands thing, then ended
up rolling on the ground together. All they needed to add was hair
pulling. The only reason I thought what I was watching had to be judo
was because of the outfits they were wearing.
- Walking -- Seriously? Walking as sport? Walking's not a sport --- it's an activity. And Ministry of Silly Walks anyone? Because that walk looks ridiculous even if it is fast. Just run already.
last thing...........I don't mind tape delay and saving the big events
for prime time. I understand that NBC has to make its money. But
what I do mind is NBC network executives who apparently think the
American viewing public only has half a brain thus is unaware of the
fact that London is hours ahead of the United States. (Five hours ahead
of the East Coast making it already afternoon in London when Today
starts its live broadcast at 7AM EDT) So a message to NBC
executives about Today being filmed on location in London during
the Olympics, "Despite your confidence in our ignorance we have heard of time zones and know what they are.
So when I turn on the Today show and your on-air
personalities are acting like the Olympics are just starting and saying
'Good morning' to one another there in London and pretending like it's
still first thing in the morning
in London when it's the actually afternoon in London.........that irritates the hell out me." Just because NBC network executives think the viewing public is
stupid doesn't mean we are. You know who's being stupid here? It's
not us. It's the executives who made this decision and the producers, anchors
& journalists who so lack in integrity they go along with the
decision. And what makes it so bad is that Today isn't part of NBC sports or entertainment.......it's a news
show. It's part of NBC News. News. Not NBC fiction. Faking the news is
what you'd expect of network executives, but for the news producers and
people who are supposed to be journalists to go along with it......so
much for journalistic ethics, they don't have any.
* Note -- Calling something "gay" is a description, not an insult.
For more my take on other things I just don't get, read "Fashiomissta" and "Immortal Death Wish." Please take a moment to look through the Archive.