A small collection of Ev’s imbecilic Olympic thoughts (so far).
- I don’t think I can appreciate the amazingness of some of the Olympic events the way I am supposed to. Sure, I am blown away by the stamina of a water polo’er, and the strength of a gymnast is impressive, but I have no way to compare the exploits of fencing to anything in my life. I feel like I could never practice the sport and step in and have a chance to medal.
- Judo should be renamed “Tripping.”
- What do the announcers for sports like shooting, trampoline and badminton do for the 4 years in between Olympics?
- My favorite sport that should be more popular in the USA is team handball. It’s a combo of basketball, soccer, and football. I would have dominated this game in elementary PE.
- Why do we spell Brazil with a “z” when they spell it with an “s”? Is it a case of “we just know better than you?”
- Speaking of Brazil, did you hear one of their athletes broke his bronze medal in the shower? This raises all sorts of questions. Why shower with it? What activities were taking place in that shower to cause him to drop it? If bronze is that brittle of a metal, could we start giving away a different metal for third place, say titanium or alloy steel?
- Why do we award metal medals? Why don’t we just give metals?
I am really enjoying the Olympics, especially when this happens:
Moments before airing Missy Franklin’s tape-delayed Olympic victory in the 100-meter backstroke, NBC ran a promo for Tuesday’s edition of “Today” that said this: ”When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with.”