Olympic Fever

For your viewing pleasure

It’s Olympic season again, that singularly unifying event that brings nations together through athletic competition, sportsmanship, and all the grotesque facial expressions that occur in the process. Seriously, can anyone look good while participating in the weightlifting events. I can’t even it watch it without feeling like I’m on the verge of getting a sports hernia. Anyway, this being the first time I’ve seen the games from a non-U.S. perspective, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible to watch the Olympics without feeling like you’re being bludgeoned over the head with the patriotism-stick. While the old ‘ol Red White and Blue berates viewers with NBC’s never-ending schmaltz-fest of sappy, sepia-tinted vignettes set to violin music and Bob Costas voice-overs, Korea takes a different approach: repetition. That’s right – repetition. That’s right – repetition. If a Korean medals in any event – be it synchronized swimming, judo, weightlifting, or synchronized judo weightlifting – you can count on seeing the full match six to seven times a day. I must have seen the South Korean women’s basketball team beat Brazil four times by now – and that was only the first game in the qualifying round! To be fair, South Korea is doing exceptionally well in the ’08 games and currently sit third in the medal standings with 13, six of them gold. Still, whoever is calling the shots at the local station is missing the point.  Instead of broadcasting the Korean men’s handball team’s victory over Denmark on an endless loop, why not explore some of the athletic diversity that the games offer, even if it means showing something that doesn’t include Korean athletes. How ’bout a little men’s basketball, or even better, a little women’s beach volleyball. Lord knows the our idiot president will be watching. Anyway, I’ve gotta run. I’ve got a full day of sweet badminton action to watch.

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One response to “Olympic Fever

  1. You are right. The Games are not about nations uniting to celebarate the physical prowess of the world’s athletes. Rather, the Olympics is about counting metals or advertising for China, Nike, Coke, Bud, or counnting metals, or doping atheltes, or underage kids, and close ups – fists, tears, hugs, and kisses. Eyeballs on the TV set is what this event boils down to.

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