As my parting shot post (someone somewhere has to still be reading this blog, right?) to RTFLC, I thought it would be fun to throw up an Olympics post with a sprinkling of NFL,NBA, and college hoops, if anyone is interested.
Is anyone watching the Olympics? So far I am MIA, and that is really odd for me because from the time John Carlos and Tommie Smith shot the one gloved Back Power salute at the podium, I was hooked. I was in L.A. for the 1984 games, going to many events, and was in Lillehamer a few weeks after the 94 games, got to see a number of the venues. Being a USA homer, the question was always the medal count, and to what extent the Soviet Bloc was going to cheat their way to the medal stand. But this year I just can’t get motivated. Some of it has to do with the IOC, first banning most of the Russian team for “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system, has now reneged on that ban and put out the “dopers welcome” welcome mat.
Some of the events are still fun, the hockey, the speed skating, and the down hill. Some of the others, the snowboarding (toking a blunt and slamming down a Red Bull mid half pipe, that I would watch), sledding down a hill, or that puzzling competition where they ski a bit, take out a rifle and shoot a target, ski a bit more, than have a slice of pizza, ski a bit more, then call their broker to check on their stocks, I just don’t get it.
What’s up with all the fawning adulation over the Chubby guy’s sister? Do they think she is somehow removed from the brutal corrupt regime of the younger brother? She is head of the propaganda arm of the ROK forchrissakes. And that crybaby Shani Davis boycotting the opening ceremonies because some racist coin toss denied him the privilege of carrying the American Flag, I hope he falls on his ass in every race he competes in.
Some other stuff, if the mood strikes;
Being born in Phili and spending my early youth there, I have been a long suffering Eagles fan my whole life. So how great was that SuperBowl? I even taped the parade last Thursday. The city of Philadelphia has problems (the usual urban blight for cities run by progressives, but I digress) so I hope Carson Weintz and company can make winning in Phili (at least in football) a common occurrence. Also, if anyone wants to comment on the tight knit Christian community they have fostered there (Foles, Weintz, Ertz, Ajayi, Peterson all invoking “All the glory to God” after the big win.
Some NBA; How good is Cleveland now, after that big trade last week, clearing out all the old guys and bringing in some youngsters? Getting a chance to play with Lebron (maybe his last year as a Cavalier) what a thrill. And I’m worried about my Warriors. Yeah, still the best team in the NBA, when they are motivated. But this technical foul funk of late, its arrogant and petulant, Steve Kerr needs to start coaching again. I like when big names move to different teams, Blake Griffin to the Pistons (yeah), Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers (ignominy defined). So, another year of Warriors/Cavaliers, or Rockets/Celtics usurp the big guys?
Lastly, college hoops. I really like the environment that exists now, 6 to 8 schools that are all playing well, no top dog or favorite, and all could conceivably peak at the right time. The Big Ten has been the surprise (Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State), is Virginia going to win the ACC, what happened to Kentucky basketball? March Madness is my favorite time of the year, but this year it is wiiiiiiide open.