How the Russians are saving the Olympics
Even with NBC's horrible coverage, I still love the Olympics. I didn't get that wrapped up in them this time, but I did enjoy the hockey, Kim Yu-Na, Shaun White and biathlon. Biathlon. Really! It doesn't seem like the skiing part matters that much, but the shooting was incredibly tense and actually exciting. Who knew?
Anyway, perhaps the most significant thing to come out of the Vancouver Games was the reestablishment of Russia as our natural enemy. At first it was just the obnoxiousness of Evgeni Plushenko, his stupid hair and his "platinum" medal. But now, Russia is forcing its sports officials to resign and shipping them off to Siberia. Okay, maybe I made that last part up.
In the scheme of sports, this is awesome. America needs an enemy in the Olympics. We don't want to feel bad chanting "USA! USA!" after our athletes beat some poor Swede whose Mom just died of cancer and had to learn to ski on slats of wood that his Father formed from the very walls of his house because they were too poor and had to walk uphill both ways to practice every day. If we're going to rub it in someone's face, who better than a bunch of Commie bastards?
The Canadians, for all their talk of "owning the podium" are still Canadians. We can't take America, Jr. seriously. When they talk big, we simply pat them on their toques. The Chinese probably could threaten us, but they want to be loved. They want to impress us with their progress. The Russians, on the other hand, don't give a damn about that. They want to bury us. And god bless 'em for it. Bring on Sochi!
Posted by at March 1, 2010 06:24 PM
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|# March 1st, 2010 8:16 PM BVBigBro|
|I did watch the men's 50K cross country. I knew it would be on the last day and that NBC would have little else to cover. Even with NBC's commercial break every 2-1/2 minutes it was still a great event. Better yet, with no Americans in contention they had to focus on the actual race. |
|# March 2nd, 2010 10:11 AM kris|
|I think cross country skiing should have a Tour-style race. They could ski 5, 10 or 15K or whatever every day during the race. It'd be fun to see them ski into some true little hamlets before finally finishing on the last day in front of the big crowds. |