“You’re so unenthusiastic,” Brian chided me the other night.
Indeed I was quite unenthusiastic when he wanted me to be otherwise.
We had the Olympics on and I was paying no attention at all. My Kindle and laptop better captured my interest that evening.
It’s not that I don’t care about the Olympics. I do. But, as Brian later characterized me just last night, I’m indifferent. I’m Switzerland on the Olympics issue.
I get it. There’s a certain something special about the Olympics.
Honestly, I truly do enjoy the Olympics for…
…the history of them, especially ancient times.
…the hard work and talent it takes to get to that level of their sport. There’s no denying how huge that is.
…the pageantry of the opening ceremonies, especially the lighting of the flame. The arrow shot at the cauldron at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona = best ever.
…the non-traditional route that can lead to better political relationships between countries.
..the sense of pride when an American wins a medal or even just does their absolute best (and the agony of defeat when a mistake results in a loss).
..the background stories about some of the athletes, especially the one about skier Alex Bilodeau and his special needs brother.
Then there are the things that lead me to be less than enthusiastic:
1. They are packed into two solid weeks. Every. Single. Night.
2. I love the Olympic theme song….the first two or three times I hear it. By the end of the two weeks, I loathe it.
3. Does there really need to be an “official ________” of the Olympics? (Insert whatever obscure food, hygiene product, or other service/product.) I know it’s expensive to train, equip, and send our athletes to the Olympics and this is one way to have sponsors. But, seriously? Some of the “official items of the Olympics” are really ridiculous.
4. The parade of countries in the opening ceremonies is just too dang long. I don’t have the patience, even when we “play games” like which country has the least/most athletes or which country has the best/worst outfits.
5. We typically never watch or pay any attention to most of the sports that are in the Olympics. Why does that all change every four years with the Olympics. Isn’t that being hypocritical?
6. News sources aren’t usually shy about reporting results BEFORE they air on television. Uh, hello? Could you give us a little “Spoiler Alert” warning?
7. The money spent on the entire thing (buildings/venues, events, training, etc.). What’s the payoff for society? Is there enough value from that? Could that money be put to better use?
I know I’m in the minority on this one and probably do not have a popular opinion at all. But, I can have my own opinion and others can have theirs.
I also realize this isn’t necessarily a special needs issue (which I usually stick to here). But, I just thought I’d share this timely subject about how I was found guilty.*
Yep. Not a huge Olympics fan. I’ll be watching, but I’ll also be catching up on my reading as well. I’m not anti-Olympics. It’s just not my thing.
*This is an edition of Friday Finish the Sentence #FTSF #IWasFoundGuilty . The sentence prompt this week was: “I was found guilty”
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- Finding Ninee #FTSF #IWasFoundGuilty
What are YOUR thoughts about the Olympics?