Brizoni 2012-08-14 12:27:00|
Wardo: Wrestling. I assume it was a momentary slip. Otherwise wouldn't we all have heard about the poor Canadian chap who got his fingers bit clean off?
TJ: I could have expanded my list to about 15, but I focused on the areas that need the swiftest correction (in the case of the closing ceremony, correction is required literally yesterday).
I'm staunchly pro-shooting. If it takes air rifle to keep some people gun-conscious who otherwise wouldn't be, so be it. And I'm just now realizing I missed archery entirely this year. Damn.
Tennis and basketball could be salvaged if the committee reinstated the no-pros rule, which I thought was the main point of the Olympics to begin with. (I know it's why they got rid of the medals for poetry and architecture all those years ago.) OK, except for basketball. The Dream Team seemed awesome when I was 9 years old, but now it just smacks of bullying.
Team sports: What about synchronized swimming? It seems so obviously absurd to me that I assume I'm simply not the audience. But then I can't imagine who the audience is. Not even the Chinese or the Eastern Bloc like synchronized swimming, right? They're too busy forcing 12-year-old girls to twirl ribbons around.
I'm for expanding the martial arts events. Give us aikido and gung-fu and jeet-kun-do and all the rest. Why not, if swimming can have 50m, 100m, and 400m versions for every stroke known to man including the doggie paddle. Phelps is the most accomplished Olympic athlete on paper because there's too many damn different variations and swimming back and forth in a pool. Ditto track. Does every integer need its own event?
Not brought up but on your mind: Keep ping pong. There's room for one authentically difficult yet irrevocably goofy event. Same reason curling can stay in the winter Olympics (plus have you seen the Aussie women's team? Holy HELL, dude! But one can say that about every Aussie women's team, can't one?)
Any thoughts on the creeping inclusion of X-Games stuff into the legit Olympics? Beyond "ick," I mean.
urthshu 2012-08-13 06:58:00|
What the Hell was that first pic? Denture shot-put?
True Jock 2012-08-13 02:31:00|
Welcome back. But you seem to be a bit rusty. Don't know how you could have overlooked Olympic 10m Air Rifle. Kept waiting for Ralphie in chaps and cowboy hat to saunter up to the firing line with his Red Ryder BB Gun and kick some serious ass.
Keep judo, ding taekwondo. If you're using electronic devices to score (new this year), then it's not martial arts. Get rid of fencing while you're at it. Same crap.
Handball. Volleyball (sand version can stay). Field Hockey. They all must go. OK to keep them for remedial gym classes in junior high, but that's it.
Get rid of basketball and tennis. They have their own proffessional championships. A joke.
Hell, get rid of everything with a "team" concept. Relays in track and swimming not included.
Let's get back to Olympic basics: naked athletes showing us their very best.