Like many sports fans I was a frequent viewer of the Olympics over the past two weeks (Its not like you really had a choice, I mean baseball season all but over for Yankee fans and preseason football ---sorry, but that is about as exciting as a Greg Robinson presser), and yes I even stayed up late a few nights and zombied into work the next day with sunglasses on. Anyway for your reading pleasure, I thought I’d offer up an idiot’s perspective upon watching the games:
Things I get:
Traditional Olympic Sports getting tons on primetime coverage on NBC - Track, Swimming, and Gymnastics, sports that are pretty easy to follow and the USA has been known to dominate. The gymnastics though, that I could do without.
The IOC cutting baseball and softball from the Olympic program --- Off the top of my head I can not name one USA Baseball player, but I'm sure I got some great naps in during USA Network's coverage. Olympic baseball you won’t be missed.
There is a large wall that is centuries old in this part of the world and apparently it is great.
Dan Hicks - he was born to be a swimming announcer and nothing else…I repeat...nothing else, not even a CNN Headline News segment contributor.
Things I don’t quite get:
Boxing - Didn’t this used to be a premier Olympic sport? It has become a WWE-like travesty now and worse yet, the USA stinks at it.
Beach Volleyball - Don’t get me wrong there is a lot to enjoy during a beach volleyball match, the competition and rallying isn’t one of them. On the other hand, indoor volleyball matches were filled with 5 setters, ridiculous athleticism ,and a great run for gold by the US men. Indoor Volleyball was by far this idiot’s most enjoyed sport.
Bela Karolyi - This guy is a train wreck…whatever NBC paid Bob Costas to host the games, it wasn’t enough. In addition to having to translate Bela-speak to all the viewers, he also had to put up with the smugness that only Chris Collinsworth can provide…nobody should have to endure that on a nightly basis.
Brazilians with one name - Ronaldinho, Marta, Giba…why is it that every Brazilian soccer or volleyball athlete has only one name? It is arrogant and conceited and frankly T3I is abit offended.
Things I’d like to have:
Logan Tom - Next time, less May/Walsh on the beach, more Logan on the indoor court.
Access to Government Officials willing to doctor a birth certificate -this is one idiot who wouldn't mind subtracting a couple of years of his actual age...losing the sore back and knees wouldn’t hurt either.
Tickets to Vancouver 2010…you just know that is going to be an all-world party.