Saturday, February 18, 2006

Whose Olympics Are These Anyway?

Am I the only one or do these Olympics seem more like the Yo, Dude, Like, Y'know, Totally, Whatever Games?

Bode Miller flames out. Not once. Not twice. But three times so far. Two to go. And that snowboard cross babe with a lock on a gold medal pulls a hotdog with mustard and falls. Il Divo speedskater Shani Davis refuses to skate in the new team pursuit competition, saving himself for the INDIVIDUAL events and costing the team a chance for a medal. This dude is full of 'tude. His mother is also a piece of work control freak by the way. From what I've read, she makes Joan Crawford seem like Mary Poppins. As for the Flying Tomato snowboard guy -- enough said.

Which brings me to Bryant Gumbel's outrageous comment about the quality of the athletes -- something about the Olympics looking like a GOP convention. In other words, there are no blacks competing to speak of, so how good could the athletes be?  And to think, just a few years ago, Jimmy the Greek lost his network job for saying that blacks were more gifted athletically. Ah the irony.

White people may have a lock on the Winter Olympics for some time to come. Who else would think that competing outdoors in freezing cold and snow was a good idea?


blondepennierae said...

I have to agree with you.  There seems to be an arrogance or conceit that didn't permeate past Olympics.  But .. it's still the only time that I actually 'watch' television.  I think I permeate green eyed jealousy during the Olympics, winter or summer.  I'd love to be able to do any of those things.  Pennie

screaminremo303 said...

Blame MTV and every comedian who ever poked fun at any of the obscure winter sports. It's only cool if you don't play by the rules. Bryant Gumbel has a lot of room to talk - he's just another cracker.

bosoxblue6993w said...

it may come as a shock to most Americanos, but maybe - just maybe - the athletes from other countries MAY be better.

psychfun said...

Well I'm watching the skiing & speed skating tonight! Apollo Anton Ohno made it! YA! US sucked on the skiing though! And you know what...the commercials are more entertaining! HA! Love the Allstate one with with the couple skating & then the snow falling on their car! Then the Visa one? "Life requires Insanity" and the Nike one about competition being important. Shani is skating right now as I write this! They just did a profile thing on him & his mom. His mom has not been spotted there yet. She said the Olympic team (officials/coaches) rule by intimidation & I'm not influenced by that! It is interesting how when men are strong & voice their opinion & go out and get what one deserves they are viewed as Bit*hes & when men do it they are not...they are just assertive rather than aggressive. I think the jury is still out on his mom, especially since we don't have all the facts. I mean we can "hear" but it is like when my students want to make an opinion on say the case of a mom spanking their child in Canada & being arrested. They all have a decision but they were not there. Just my opinion and may end up being wrong but I just don't like just listening to the many times they are soooo wrong & create the fact rather than report it & sometimes it isn't even their business. Yes! Shani gets the Gold & Joey gets the Silver...hey if it works then more power to them!

swibirun said...

You make some excellent points, Mrs. L, but we would expect nothing less from you;)

I have to admit.....I was one of the 10 million watching American Idol instead of the olympics.

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