It was in my mind, which only goes back to Los Angeles 1984, but it wasn’t even close for me.
Sure, there were some nice and memorable moments. There has to be some at the Olympics. However, for how many I expect of an Olympics, there weren’t nearly enough.
And then there were all the overhanging clouds of the empty seats, drug bans, zika, booing, green unclean water, lack of economics, excess of politics and so on. And wait till you see the “legacy” these games will leave behind! That’s if they get through the Paralympics first. Sounds like they’re near bankrupt for it.
Anyway, in my limited memory of some 32 years, I declare these games the worst ever (that I’ve seen).
Wouldn’t that be the ultimate Olympics story? If somehow between now and then, North and South Korea could get their act together, likely with help with other nations, to be unified. That way, there wouldn’t be a spectre of a North Korea over the Olympics all the time.
Of course, lots of people would say that’s a ridiculous dream, but how many Olympic dreams are ridiculous when they begin? If there’s one the thing Olympics should do, it should encourage you to dream bigger. If you can’t imagine something happening, then get a bigger imagination.
There’ll also be those who say Korean unification isn’t an Olympic dream, but dreams to me, are dreams. We’ve seen more remarkable change in our life time with the reunification of Germany, disbanding of others for independence where there should be with people of their own identities.
So why not a Winter Olympics in 2018 in one unified Korea?
The GI Joe 2: Retaliation movie was supposed to have been released on June 29, 2012. About a month beforehand, it was delayed a full 9 months until March 29, 2013! The “real” reasons have been cited as poor 3D rendering, fan favourite character Duke getting killed way too early on, fan reaction test scores being mediocre to bad, etc. (Collider.com)
I still have Olympics fever and I just had a thought today on the hockey seen there, but also at international events like the IHHF World Championships.
In the NHL, you see a lot of fights in the games. It’s part of the game, although it’s so much a part of the game it’s routine now. People just fight because without it, somehow a lot of the fans feel it wasn’t that exciting a game. Thing is they don’t even have a good reason to fight any more. They just do for entertainment.
In the heated rivalry of international hockey (above juniors), it’s quite the opposite. So much is at stake and the teams are so good no team wants to put itself down a player for the sake of getting an instigator penalty. But given the electric atmosphere and fierce rivalries among countries with so much national and some personal pride on the line, when is a better time to fight for something? What more reason do you need to lay a couple of knuckles on someone? That’s when they should have some fights!
Imagine what a little brouhaha would have done towards the end of that Canada-Russia quarter-finals game of the Olympics. With a big lead and the Russians frustrated, we Canadians could have incited a Russian player into a fight. They had nothing to lose, and neither did we, frankly, given that score towards the end of the game. I’m sure one of them would have loved to have taken out their frustration if given the chance. We could have settled a score with Volchenkov for a dirty hit, the American way in a fight, instead of the Canadian way in Getzlaf putting a clean cruncher on Volchenkov.
What do you think the crowd reaction would have been if someone like Pronger or Getzlaf dropped the gloves with Volchenkov? Or if Crosby just got it on with Ovechkin, as they’ve been tempted to before?
Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin ready to fight in NHL action
The crowd would have gone nutsier than they already were!
Or if the Russians had played the Americans, they could have gotten in a fight and thrown one for Plushenko. Hahaha!
Now, in a close game that often happens like with the Americans in the finals, fighting wouldn’t be wise. But if two guys could just agree to fight, honestly and without an instigator, we could have fights where no one would be disadvantaged on player numbers. Which player to choose would be another matter, but let’s leave that aside. Forget the instigator penalty if they drop the gloves quickly enough within the first one doing it. It’s not like you’re going to have a goon show with that slight time window to negate the instigator penalty. Let the players work it out themselves to fight cause they’ve got something to get off their chests, so it’s not fake. Then have some fun, entertain the crowd and take out some frustrations all at the same time.
How electrifying would have have been to have seen a US player fight a Canadian player in the Olympics finals?
That goes just as much for the women! 😉
p.s. You don’t need to stock your teams with goons for this. Lots of skilled guys can also fight, and even the ones that don’t, to see them out of character in fighting would be fun! What if Sidney had taken out his frustrations of not scoring and gotten in a fight, only to lose it and respond on the scoreboard with that goal in OT? Wouldn’t that have made a better story than the legendary one he had already created?
There were so many great moments during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Yet, there was hardly any footage to be found on YouTube. YouTube had pretty much succumbed to Olympics pressure and I, for one, blogging a lot about those moments, was very disappointed not to be able to show clips with my blog posts.
A bit ironic, don’t you think? An organization that has a generation named after it deliberately blocking out some defining moments lived by that generation! We had a defining cultural moment here in Canada with Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal, and YouTube wouldn’t let it be put online. Canada could have crushed Susan Boyle’s Britain Got Talent audition video in days if YouTube only had that Sidney Crosby golden goal video online… the way our players crushed American hearts. Call it a 100 million hits lost opportunity as I’m sure we Canadians would have watched it 4 times over within a week, easily, to get that total.
However, the screws are loosening. See the video below added much later than this post date. It is a compilation from five broadcasts for five times the glory! Nice stuff!