Explain why you are (NOT) watching the Olympic spectacle in Rio.

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Explain why you are (NOT) watching the Olympic spectacle in Rio.

an idea from babblers Rev Pesky and Michael Moriarity ...

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Michael Moriarity wrote:
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Rev Pesky wrote:

And as far as the Olympics go, they are the absolute center of corruption in sport. Forget banning Russia. The whole bloody organization should be banned. It is nothing more than a taxpayer funded party for the stinking rich, and the idea that they have some integrity to lose is ridiculous.

I couldn't agree more. But it isn't just a corrupt party for the super rich. It's also the circuses part of "bread and circuses". I've always been amazed that so many otherwise sensible people are sucked in by this bullshit.

Discuss.

quote from Russia II thread

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

BORING! Reason #1.

I can't think of another reason to not watch it.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

I stopped watching the Olympics after they threw open the doors and allowed professional (paid) athletes to participate - prior to that I used to very much enjoy cheering on the underdogs in team sports when they went up against the US, the Soviet Union, either of the Germanies, the UK... I have particularly fond memories of Peru crushing the Americans in women's volleyball one Olympics. But with the inclusion of professional athletes... well, I am hard pressed to tell the difference between the Olympics and the regular sports broadcast weekly.

 

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I don't follow sport.

6079_Smith_W

I could say I'm not interested, but it is so much more fun to say it is because of the sour grapes.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I don't have cable television so I don't watch much of any sports. I miss the CFL and curling sometimes but the Olympics not so much.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

1.  no cable

2.  don't really like sports

3.  sense of self not intertwined with what country's athlete can throw a hammer farthest

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Huh.  double post.  Oh well.

4. prefer throwing javelins to watching them thrown

5. Jamaican bobsled team not invited

6. afraid of contracting Zika

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I'm hard pressed to understand the attraction of the Olympics, personally. So intensely dull.

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swallow wrote:
I'm hard pressed to understand the attraction of the Olympics, personally. So intensely dull.

What about the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat [part of the intro to ABC's Wide World of Sports  in the Jim McKay era] or human drama generally ...?

bekayne

Mr. Magoo wrote:

6. afraid of contracting Zika

From your TV?

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

swallow wrote:
I'm hard pressed to understand the attraction of the Olympics, personally. So intensely dull.

What about the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat [part of the intro to ABC's Wide World of Sports  in the Jim McKay era] or human drama generally ...?

Vinko Bogataj

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_ZvwIFbXMM

http://www.realclearsports.com/articles/2010/03/20/vinko_bogataj_and_the...

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From your TV?

Better safe than sorry.  It's only been in the last 20 years that you could contract a virus through your computer.

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Don't find it thrilling. Though I do watch the World Cup. Maybe something about individual vs team sports? 

Misfit Misfit's picture

USA...USA...USA...for two entire weeks.

Unionist

The Olympics - war fought by other means.

And yes, terminally boring.

I like the doping scandals, though.

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Unionist wrote:
I like the doping scandals, though.

The most recent one is a double whammy. The manner in which the entire Russian team - using the machinery of the Olympic movement itself, such as WADA, etc. - was very nearly banned from Rio discredits the Olympic movement by being used in such a way. The boycotts of 1980 and 1984 were straight out political actions and identified as such. This one leaves an ugly brown stain in the olympic "underwear". Frankly, I would not be surprised if there was more of this.

Secondly, the other side is that doping, generally, by anyone, plays into the general opinion that the whole thing is corrupt and not just those "caught" today.

One thing I learned from my reading was how, by virtue of the professionalization of sport, and its dominance by corporate interests in particular, the whole array of sports administrators and officials adds another layer  of possible corruption to sports. People whose livelihood is tied up in managing these events and such may not dare to rock the boat for fear of ruining their careers. So I have more respect for genuine whistleblowers - even if I'm not impressed with the cabal here - than hitherto.

6079_Smith_W

A whistleblower cabal? Sure you aren't talking about Wikileaks?

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

One thing that I've always found interesting -- and a bit off-putting -- about both the Summer and Winter games is the huge public fascination with whichever sports feature the youngest women in the tightest outfits.  Everybody loses it over gymnastics and figure skating and speed skating  -- who REALLY sets their TiVo to make sure they don't miss the Biathlon, or the Shot-put?

It's almost like the Academy Awards.  "For a full text list of all the non-beautiful people who won Best Sound Recording for a Foreign Documentary or whatevs, see our website".

bekayne

Mr. Magoo wrote:

who REALLY sets their TiVo to make sure they don't miss the Biathlon, or the Shot-put?

Actually biathlon is a pretty good TV sport 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

The Canadian Boxers Who Thumbed Their Noses at Nazis


There was an alternate "Games" planned in  Republican Spain in 1936!

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US Launches Olympic-Sized Spying Operation at Rio 2016

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A total of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies are working in coordination with their Brazilian counterparts to protect nearly 10,000 athletes.

Washington has sent more than 1,000 intelligence agents to Rio in an effort to protect the 2016 Olympic Games, NBC News reports after reviewing a classified intelligence report on U.S. security efforts.

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quizzical

do athletes really need to create their future off of the backs of the disposed and the millions of tax payers burdened with the debt?

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In addition to the Russian Track and Field athletes, the Para-Olympic team has been subject to a blanket ban in Rio. Marcus Godwin weighs in.

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In case you have not heard what the western MSM is telling you, I will just outline the most important points which are being omitted or distorted by the western media and by western sports bodies and politicians.

1. All Russian athletes have for the last seven months been tested not only by their own anti doping organisation but by the British one too, and at some considerable expense to the Russian tax payer.  Any Russian athletes that make it to Rio will be the squeakiest clean of the squeaky clean.

2. The so called WADA report which claims that Russian doping is “state funded” and which is being reported universally by the western media, politicians, sports bodies and even some athletes as a serious, proven indictment is, in fact based on nothing more than the hearsay evidence of one individual who is a wanted criminal in Russia on charges of anabolic steroid trafficking, and who has shown signs of mental instability including an attempt at suicide.  He is now “in hiding” in the USA.  The WADA report contains not one jot of serious proof or evidence at any kind whatever.  No Russian athletes or sports officials have been questioned or cross examined or given an opportunity to defend themselves or to present any evidence that might contradict the charges made against them, as would be essential to a fair process.

3. The so called (by the western media) “brave whistle blower” Yulia Stepanova and her husband are convicted dopers whose careers had collapsed until they joined this US led campaign to get the Russian team banned from the Olympics.  All three of the individuals upon whose evidence the WADA report is entirely based are persons convicted of doping offences.  They are also all three resident in the USA.

Here is the true agenda behind the Russian Olympic doping scandal

"...The attempt to ban clean athletes from the Olympic Games because of their nationality is utterly unprecedented in the history of the modern Olympic movement.  It is far more corrosive than previous boycotts and shows the depth of moral, spiritual and intellectual collapse of the west. It is deeply shocking that even some western athletes have put their names to articles which have been published in western newspapers which full of racial prejudice, conjecture, rumour mongering and stereotyping.

There will be an Olympics of some sort in Brazil.   However they are already tarnished and whilst the main victims are obviously the Russian athletes and para athletes, Brazil has had its Olympic Games sullied by the Great Power to its north.  The big question now is whether the Olympic movement can survive the attack which has been made on it and which has brought the curse of discrimination and geopolitics to its very heart?"