On Your Marks
I am a big fan of the Olympics, and (yawn) I have been staying up late to watch them. Here are a few random thoughts which I will not attempt to link together in any coherent fashion:
Gymnastics is really cool to watch, but there are a few problems. First, in some countries (read:
There are far too many swimming events. Just drop the athletes into the ocean and give a medal to the last one still afloat. Now that’s good television.
Bronze medals seem lame. The medals should be platinum, gold, and silver. Then you could at least be a little proud if you came in third.
Maybe they could cut down on the drug scandals by having a drug-free Olympics and a hopped-up Olympics. It would be interesting to see the differences in performance.
And finally, we need the Olympics more often than every four years. Too many athletes pass their peak after one Olympics and before the next. These people train all their lives for a chance to earn a chunk of random metal with a little gold mixed in, so the least we could do is give them a few more chances.
If I have any more ridiculous thoughts as the games progress, I’ll do my best to keep them to myself, but I’m not making any promises.