Anybody else NOT excited about the Olympics?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by durl, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Bogy

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    I especially appreciate the "up close and personal" segments of the 14th ranked gymnast from Muskegan, Michigan, about how he/she overcame the adversity of severe halitosis and the heartbreak of the little sister in the wheelchair who inspired the athlete to work on their routines for 12 hours a day, while maintaining a 4.3 gpa and working a part time job to earn the money to pay their own way to Greece, while the whole town chipped in to pay the way of the little sister in the wheelchair to also make the trip to cheer their big sister/brother on to glory. You just can't make stuff like this up (well, I guess you can if you want to) but it makes for a real tear jerker of a sermon. :D
     
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    Obviously they are trying to get back to the roots of the original games, participating in the nude. Thay're getting close. At least we have moved beyond the all men thing. :D
     
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    I agree with the sentiments put forth here that the Olympics are no longer the allure they used to be. Too much commercialism and too much overblown patriotism make it difficult to stomach in any sizeable doses.

    I will watch some, but not as much as I have in the past.
     
  5. FTA Michael

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    NOW I'm getting excited!


    Uh, about the Olympics, right.
     
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    It always amused me how someone could wistfully talk about "amateurism" in the same sentence with "being the best in the world". Who in their right minds thinks the 1984 Gold Medal Winners were on par with the Celtics or Lakers back then?

    Amateurism was born out of Baron de Coubertin's blue-blooded snobbery. For all his marvelous work in reigniting the games, he hung around with a lot of aristocratics elitists.

    It's about damn time that we let the pros into the sports - after all, the Ancient games had the best competing - and they most certainly WERE professionals in their day.

    Funny how we were supposed to be so ashamed for the first basketball Dream Team (even though the coverage WAS embarrassing) because we would stomp all over the rest of the world. Two points: Nobody said that Pakistan was being ogres because their men's field hockey team was so much better than everyone else's. Also, back in (IIRC) 1956, a big stink was made when we decided to send our college basketball players to the Olympics instead of men's amateur teams. They predicted (accurately) that these well-trained young men would stomp all over the rest of the world. (And they did, until the rest of the world caught up). Only when you open up the competition and stop artificially restricting participation can all competitors truly judge themselves and improve.

    I used to watch the Canadian coverage on my BUD for years because the US coverage was so awful. Unfortunately, that's all scrambled now. Now, at least with a DVR, I can skip the billions of commercials and the godawful personal puff pieces and stick to just the competition.
     
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    funny i just used firefox nothing else no toolbar nothing and had no pop ups on the site at all matter of fact do not know when i got the last un called pop up but i am running sp2 but you should get firefox or myie2
     

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