Sunday, August 03, 2008
on watching sports I don't care about by people I don't know making money for a government I don't respect... because I am an AMERICAN
so many people I know get interested in sports every 2 years, alternating between summer and winter. these people do not like sports usually, but become terribly interested when NBC declares that we must care about relatively minor sports which matter none, beyond a few people because we are AMERICANS.
I must admit that a marketing strategy and latent patriotism do not make me a sports fan. If my college was playing football against the Canadians, I could muster some interest. But, I cannot get motivated to watch somebody (besides my kids) swim... or jump high (and I was on the track team)... or throw heavy objects... or bounce around on a beam... or overpaid stars play one of my favorite sports against people I have never heard of... or run all with the possibility of drug tainting or death by asthma.
Oh yeah, and in a country with a government that is among the worst abusers of human rights in the world, will be responsible for the environmental destruction of our planet if it does not change its ways, makes money off the backs of peasants, jails Christians, and will make billions of money by "cleaning ups its act" for a few weeks in August. Yes, there are a few compelling human interest stories and a great moment or 2 each year, but I can see them on SportsCenter Sunday mornings. I am surely not watching hundreds of hours looking for one.
So, call me unpatriotic, a curmudgeon or stupid. But, there will be little or no Olympics in my house this year.
btw- I do watch some winter olympics, only because i like to see people on small pieces of graphite move at ridiculously high speeds down mountains.