Saturday, February 18, 2006

USA! USA!

I can't stop watching curling. I don't even understand all the rules or scoring. It's almost hypnotic. It seems like it should be the most mind-numbing sport ever, and to an extent it is. Maybe that's its appeal. Everybody loves a good numb mind. Right? Maybe it's just because they show it live at 3 in morning every day, which just so happens to be when I am wide awake. Either way, I think it's a serious addiction.

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Snowboard Cross is a new Olympic event that includes four snowboarders in a race on a course that includes jumps and many turns. Yesterday (actually nearly two days ago by now in Italy) in the women's final for this event American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis was well in the lead and was staring a gold medal in the face as she came to the second to last jump. As she hit this second to last jump, however, she reached up and grabbed her board, pulling off a back-side method. Except she didn't pull it off. She lost her edge and came tumbling down into the snow, leaving Tanja Frieden of Switzerland to pass her for the gold medal. She did get up and came in second, earning the silver medal.

If she hadn't have fallen pulling off the trick, no one would even be talking about it obviously, but that doesn't mean its not showboating either way. You don't get points for tricks in this event.

This is an even more hilarious and epic blunder than Leon Lett carrying a fumble return 2 foot away from his body and having it knocked away by Don Beebe in Super Bowl XXVII. That didn't even effect the outcome of that game. This was on the world's biggest stage and in the event's first year. This is the reason some many countries around the world hate the United States with a passion. I'm not saying that a cocky sports attitude (as if sports really mattered) fuels such hatred, but on a bigger scale, bigger than some bizarre snowboarding event that doesn't matter. It just seems to exemplify the American attitude on, well, lots of other things as well. Congratulations Lindsey Jacobellis. No matter how many lame pre-written excuses you make, you're an idiot. You shouldn't even get a silver medal, and I doubt you'll ever be pulling off any "back-side methods" in such a situation again.

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Figure skating is terrible.

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I really prefer the Summer Olympics by a pretty wide margin. The events are so much more engaging and fun to watch. Maybe the sports are easier for the normal person to connect to. I've been on many tracks. Many high schools have a whole track and field unit in physical education. And everyone's been in a swimming pool.

On the other hand, I've never worn skis, a snowboard, or ice skates.

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