OLYMPIC FEVER 98.9
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge of the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but they are wrong. As always, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head!
Apparently the 906th Olympic Games start this summer in Rio De Janeiro which is a little south of New Jersey. I know about this event because in the news I read all about a Zika virus that is scary as shit. Seems a lot of it is going around in Rio. I also read about the pollution (air and water) that is scary as shit, and rampant crime which is…that’s right, scary as shit.
Today I hear Rory McElroy one of the best golfers in the world is not going to participate in the Olympics basically because among other things, the venue is scary as shit.
Years ago, when the Olympics were first telecast worldwide, the Olympics were a huge thing. To win a gold medal was to be a superstar. No one would ever think to avoid the Olympics when even a medal in fencing, sailing or hop scotch would put you on a Wheaties box…today not so much.
What has changed?
First of all the Olympic athletes of old were all amateurs, people who made the supreme sacrifice of postponing life for the chance to win a medal. If a participant twisted his ankle in his first heat it was a tragic story as he would never have another chance. Jim Thorpe had all his medals taken away when it was found he played “Professional” baseball and earned $1.35 before the Olympic Games…these people were serious.
Today these “amateurs” are supported and paid to train and participate. They don’t postpone their life for sport; sport is their life and their occupation. Maybe not the fencers, sailors and hop scotchers, but the athletes for any sport anyone really cares about.
So when a great golfer like McElroy refuses to represent his country, who really cares. He represents his country in every tournament he plays. Golf is now international. Every big tournament is worldwide. Soccer is worldwide. Basketball has players from many nations in the NBA. Track and field athletes from all over the world are on scholarships and represent US Colleges in NCAA competition.
I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I don’t care anymore.
There is no Al Oerter who after working all day spent hours training and lifting weights so he could try and win the discus throw five times over a 20 years period of time; all without support from anyone except his family.
It is no longer politically correct to root exclusively for your own countrymen. The chant of USA, USA, USA is a little annoying when you know your guy is taking the same steroids as their guy and is just as professional as their guy and though he may be American, he is quite possibly an American Dick!
I can’t get excited when a swimmer wins his 73rd gold medal in his fourteenth Olympics. He is not making sacrifices, it is his job. He doesn’t have to hope to be Tarzan in the movies, he is already rich. And besides, he is a swimmer…big whoop.
Does anyone watch swimming between the Olympics? How about sailing? Fencing anyone? Track and Field? Olympic style Wrestling? Anyone? Hell these events are not even broadcast on ESPN 6.
So to all you medal winners, congratulations, enjoy, but I will not be watching. Oh…and that medal is only gold plated.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.