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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Why no one watches the Olympics anymore

Reason covers the many reasons, most of which are nonsense:

  1. The end of the mostly-fake-but-still-compelling fiction that participants were "amateurs" who competed out of mere love of the game.
  2. A fuller understanding of just how much cheating went on among the athletes. First, it was the massive revelations about juicing by Iron Curtain teams but post-Cold War, it became clear that many Western athletes (Ben Johnson! FloJo! Marion Jones!) who won our hearts were faking it too (except for Carl Lewis, the greatest track and field Olympian yet one who was never fully embraced by the crowds, either).
  3. The mainstreaming of sports TV and the ability of less-popular sports to gain an audience independent of the Olympics.
  4. The disturbing spectacle of the Games being hosted by tyrannical and/or bankrupt countries and cities that wasted huge amounts of money on conspicuous consumption (Beijing, Moscow and Sochi, and Athens obviously, but let's never forget Montreal too!).
  5. An endless stream of scandals implicating national-level Olympic Committees but also the IOC itself in just terrible, terrible behavior.
  6. The growth in cosmopolitanism around the globe, meaning that we are no longer as mesmerized by "exotic" athletes from foreign countries.
  7. Oscar Pistorius.
  8. Bob Costas.
  9. Rick Wakeman's 1976 soundtrack to the Innsbruck Winter Games, White Rock.
  10. Brazil's political instability, Zika problems, and inability to control sewage.
  11. The long, acrid hangover from the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, during which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. In the wake of the murders, the head of the IOC, American Avery Brundage, famously declared that "the Games must go on," despite "two savage attacks." For Brundage, a lifelong racist and personal friend of Adolf Hitler (as head of the USOC during the '36 Games in Berlin, Brundage watch track and field competitions from der Fuhrer's box and pressured the American track coach to sideline Jewish runners), the second "attack" during the '72 Games was a threatened boycott of the Olympics by African nations if apartheid Rhodesia was allowed to compete. Beyond all that, endless boycotts for this or that reason, usually tied to politics, not athletics.
  12. The Olympics, designed as a means by which France might avenge its loss in the Franco-Prussian War, is explicitly nationalistic in a world that is moving toward greater individualism.
  13. "The Olympics matter less because we live in a better world, one filled with innumerable options for leisure and one mostly—though by no means completely—free from the most onerous aspects of geopolitical strife. We live in a world where nations matter less than individuals, a reality that is mirrored by the increasing number of 'nation-hopping' Olympians." And the rise of an actual "refugee team."
  14. The IOC's insane attempt to control and regiment all aspects of the Games on the Internet, including a prohibition on GIFS, Vines, and other home-brewed content. Apart from all the scandals, the IOC is the athletic equivalent of Metallica, busting the balls of its most-fervent fans in the hope of squeezing a few more nickels out of a dying franchise.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I don't watch it for one simple reason. It's no longer the Olympics of "a miracle on ice", it is a politically correct SJW fest with coverage that devotes more time to sob stories than it does to sports. I mostly thought it was funny to see that Reason is still stuck on the outdated idea that the world is "moving toward greater invididualism" and away from nationalism.

On the plus side, the Olympic torch carrier sprinting to get away from gunshots in a nearby favela has already provided more entertainment than any three recent Olympics.

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113 Comments:

Blogger intuitivereason August 06, 2016 6:06 AM  

Cost of convergence all over again.

Global Warming propaganda as the main thrust for the opening ceremony? I wonder which NGO's got their hands on that.



Anonymous Garrulus August 06, 2016 6:06 AM  

I watched the opening ceremony briefly, and it had globalist global warming bullshit propaganda, it was hilarious, graphics of how Amsterdam was flooding. (Netherlands was built 26% below sea level from the get go)

Blogger Al From Bay Shore August 06, 2016 6:10 AM  

What do you mean the Olympics are on? I thought that wasn't supposed to happen for two more years.

Blogger LonestarWhacko August 06, 2016 6:14 AM  

Hmmmmm.....let's see.....Zika, literally swimming with feces, SJW propaganda.....nah, reckon not. However, I'll say this....I had to smile st the thought of that Diplomat killing that thug with his own gun. Think of all those young men and women.....in the midst of that Zika stew.

Anonymous Takin' a Look August 06, 2016 6:26 AM  

But this Olympics in Rio is so diverse and vibrant! We are seeing up close and personal exactly what happens when a nation becomes....well, Brazilified.

I'm serious, just read this thread from MPC. https://mpcdot.com/forums/topic/8960-summer-olympics/

This is one giant Clown World Shitshow (literally!!!)

Blogger Phillip George August 06, 2016 6:37 AM  

1. Global warming: check
2. All the tennis players have played each other in million dollar tournaments only weeks ago. Who cares who wins this time around. They'll all be playing each other in a few more weeks. Quite a few of the listed sports fit this category. Tournaments just about monthly.
3. X-Y chromosomes in how many women players
4. many wide angle lenses aren't wide enough to capture the entire egos of the players.
5. the original marathon was run twice by someone who collapsed and died after the finish line, so the story goes. This modern version lacks the warrior impetus.

6. but, "the Games must go on," despite "two savage attacks." I kind of agree with this. The terrorists will win if we don't party party party. So while Boko Haram have reportedly killed upwards of 20,000 people lets pretend that everything is normal. Who wants the Eiffel Tower in Kenyan colors? This point 6 is a double entendre. Sid James, the deceased comedian does this sketch in "Up the Khyber" where the dinner/tea party must go on while the place is under brutal attack.

Games we take absolutely for granted: tennis, soccer, badminton, were invented for recreation. It was all way down the survival list. Edwardian Englishmen could afford to. Strangely, we can't afford not to.

We should miss Wheeler. Repetitive bores are important. Think about it. The predictable bore is a voting block.

Blogger Lazarus August 06, 2016 6:38 AM  

Free !!!condoms!!! what's not to like?

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 06, 2016 6:47 AM  

The long, acrid hangover from the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, during which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

Nobody under the age of 60 even remembers that happened.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 06, 2016 6:51 AM  

On the plus side, the Olympic torch carrier sprinting to get away from gunshots in a nearby favela has already provided more entertainment than any three recent Olympics.

I didn't know they had homophobic redneck Christians in Rio.

Blogger James Dixon August 06, 2016 6:53 AM  

The Olympics are supposed to be about competition between countries. I don't have a country anymore. Why should I care?

Blogger James Dixon August 06, 2016 6:54 AM  

> I didn't know they had homophobic redneck Christians in Rio.

The NRA must have had them flown in.

Blogger Lazarus August 06, 2016 6:56 AM  

Mocking the games is fun and all, but in five hours the women's 10m Air Rifle Qualifications are on, so I have to have a nap now so I don't miss anything crucial.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch August 06, 2016 6:57 AM  

Oh fun! Vox mentioned Rick Wakeman!

His King Arthur album amuses me.

Anonymous omar's running shoes August 06, 2016 6:59 AM  

Funny, I had been thinking about what a complete Narrative buster the Olympics are.

Why would there be Men's events and Women's events when gender is a social construct. There should only be one set of events and women would naturally win 50% of the time because muh vagina.

Excellence is rewarded? What kind of triggering device did they bring to the table? Gold medals? How about a participation trophy instead, everyone gets one. And why is everyone so young, have they become an ageist organization? Why not combine the regular Olympics with the Special Olympics, that would be entertaining as hell.

If it weren't for the huge amounts of graft and money to be made off of the IOC they would have killed the Olympics a long time ago- everything it stands for is the opposite of the official story of our time.

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen August 06, 2016 7:01 AM  

1. Federalize the Olympics, so that regions matter.
2. Remove drug test restrictions.
3. Limit female participation to prizes.
4. Legalize betting on who survives.
5. Hold it in Crusader Jerusalem.
6. White Christians only.
7. Make it a holiday.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch August 06, 2016 7:03 AM  

Er...Reason mentioned Wakeman. Oh well. It's funny seeing his name crop up.

Blogger James Dixon August 06, 2016 7:03 AM  

> Mocking the games is fun and all, but in five hours the women's 10m Air Rifle Qualifications are on

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Rifle_Championship

West Virgina Team Titles: 18
West Virginia Runner-up: 7

What do I need the Olympics for?

Blogger Roger G2 August 06, 2016 7:07 AM  

A bus load of Chinese athletes got hemmed up in a favela gunfight, I'm hearing.
Hilarity ensued.

Anonymous Opus August 06, 2016 7:18 AM  

I first watched The Olympics in 1960: Rome. The result of the 100 metres was Gold: Armin Hary (Germany) Silver: Dave Sime (U.S.A) Bronze: Peter Radford (England). I like an All-White, all Anglo & Saxon medal table.

When I am told that our distance runner is a Somalian who lives in America and has barely ever been to England I switch off or would had I a television set - though it has to be said that is equally how I felt about The Olympics when rather than a Muslim Somali we were stealing a white South Africans (who also lives in America) - I refer to Zola Budd.

The Olympics are an anachronism and need to be put out of their misery.


Anonymous glenintenn August 06, 2016 7:22 AM  

Why would there be Men's events and Women's events when gender is a social construct.

hehe. I'll have to ask the diversity ombudsmen at work about this one.

"Shouldn't everyone be either hermaphriditic or neuter to be properly diverse / non-offensive?" Of course, if the office of diverse diversity were really on the ball, they'd require everyone to be both.

Blogger Silent Cal August 06, 2016 7:26 AM  

I will not be worshiping at this Tower of Babel.

Blogger Jack Ward August 06, 2016 7:31 AM  

Apoligies for OT. Trump has endorsed Ryan. this is probably the most stupid thing he could have done. It shakes my faith in the man. God help us.

Blogger Guy Fox August 06, 2016 7:52 AM  

You say #11 like it's a bad thing

Anonymous Faceless August 06, 2016 7:53 AM  

We aren't forced to endure Peter Jennings's disgust for middle America on a nightly basis anymore.

Archer on DVD is more informative and more entertaining than the Olympics.

Anonymous jacopo August 06, 2016 7:59 AM  

Horrible NBC coverage dominated by chick-oriented human interest stories instead of actual competition.

Blogger JParker August 06, 2016 8:10 AM  

"On the plus side, the Olympic torch carrier sprinting to get away from gunshots in a nearby favela has already provided more entertainment than any three recent Olympics." Usually a lurker but that was cruelty artist gold. Not to mention the torch having to be esorted by a scrum of the Brazilian analog of marines.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 06, 2016 8:20 AM  

We in the Chicago area are happy that Rio put together a better set of bribes for the IOC.

Blogger VD August 06, 2016 8:30 AM  

Comment spammed for cross-posting, Phillip George.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet August 06, 2016 8:32 AM  

We live in a world where nations matter less than individuals

Too true. Just look at how unpopular the World Cup has become.

Anonymous johnc August 06, 2016 8:41 AM  

I think people who pay attention rightly question if it's even possible to make it to the Olympics without massive amounts of drugs.

They're not necessarily taking PEDs during actual competition... but during the training period? It's just like every other professional sport.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 06, 2016 8:44 AM  

So NBC is going to try an package Third World Vibrancy to spoiled Americans especially the white ones who actually watch this crap, they are misreading a captive audience.

Blogger Alexamenos August 06, 2016 8:51 AM  

Bob Costas is a much bigger deterrent than the 'long acrid hangover' of '72.

Anonymous karsten August 06, 2016 8:53 AM  

Typical. As if anyone but (((they))) care about #11 -- yet of course, it's what gets the longest paragraph.

Blogger Gordon August 06, 2016 8:57 AM  

What Alexamenos wrote. And before, Bryant Gumbel.

Blogger rcocean August 06, 2016 8:57 AM  

"Reason" just shows, once again, they're really just another liberal magazine. I bet any writer for the NYT or HuffPo would've come up with the same list.

Blogger Gordon August 06, 2016 8:58 AM  

What Alexamenos wrote. And before, Bryant Gumbel.

Blogger rcocean August 06, 2016 9:03 AM  

Real reasons the Olympics suck:

01) No more Commie vs. Free World
02) No more rooting against drugged up, professionals from USSR and East Germany.
03) USA team has become too "diverse".
04) Bob Costas and NBC TV
05) SJW/Liberal propaganda
06) Too many sports - Tennis anyone?
07) Track and Field has become boring. The same stars compete constantly.

Blogger rcocean August 06, 2016 9:06 AM  

BTW, its always been a liberal thing to hate the Olympics because they hate it when people root for America and chant "USA" and because they hate athletes getting attention and money.

Anonymous Godfrey August 06, 2016 9:19 AM  

"Reason" magazine is still published? Didn't know. Cancelled my subscription nearly two decades ago.

We're not headed towards more individualism. Seems to me we headed towards the elimination of groups with a high propensity for individualism and an informal world government based on divide and rule.

Anonymous Godfrey August 06, 2016 9:24 AM  

And in regards to the Olympics... I don't watch propaganda. I cancelled cable in early 2009.

I fully expect they'll prominently feature a transvestite, right? I'm mean... that is the current narrative the elites push these days.

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 9:25 AM  

@38:

The principle reason they hate it is that it's "elitist," i.e. a meritocracy of the actual elite.

Blogger Cinco August 06, 2016 9:36 AM  

Interesting, I thought that the massive increase in the number of events would be number 1. I know that for me, when synchronized swimming is an event, it destroys the legitimacy of the rest of the events. I know the Olympic committee is trying the old "something for everyone" mantra, but still, just go back to the original events...

Anonymous Sheiko29 August 06, 2016 9:41 AM  

While all true, pretty much the only time either weightlifting or wrestling is televised. So I grudgingly watch.

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 9:46 AM  

8. Blogger Aeoli Pera August 06, 2016 6:47 AM
The long, acrid hangover from the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, during which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

Nobody under the age of 60 even remembers that happened.


I remember Jim McKay saying "they're all gone" but it seemed to be overly sentimental like they were our long lost friends or something when of course we didn't even know them.

other reason I don't watch the Olympics is Lance Armstrong - I guess his cheating wasn't during the Olympics(?) and was in Tour de France but its all the same to me. liars and cheaters

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan August 06, 2016 9:47 AM  

Olympics...that's almost as stoopid as walking down Marvin Loother King boulevard at midnite in Jackson, MS.

Anonymous Garrulus August 06, 2016 9:49 AM  

Another thing I noticed was that half the German team pulled a Merkel and waved the brazillian flag instead of the German flag. I didn't see any of the other teams do this for the time i watched.

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 9:52 AM  

15. Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen August 06, 2016 7:01 AM

2. Remove drug test restrictions.


this would be fun. see all the freaks that show up, like the Star Wars cantina scene

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 9:52 AM  

"Lance Armstrong - I guess his cheating wasn't during the Olympics(?)"

His drug use was a constant from '95 onward and he has had to return his Olympic medal.

Blogger Jim August 06, 2016 9:54 AM  

I mostly thought it was funny to see that Reason is still stuck on the outdated idea that the world is "moving toward greater invididualism" and away from nationalism.

I agree with Jeff Deist when he says nationalism is better than globalism. Of course, individualism (or localism) is better than nationalism.

Anonymous Anonymous August 06, 2016 9:57 AM  

Sad that Reason goes all 1936 and Hitler.

Blogger CM August 06, 2016 9:59 AM  

I agree with Jeff Deist when he says nationalism is better than globalism. Of course, individualism (or localism) is better than nationalism.

Indivdualism > Family > Tribalism > Nationalism > Globalism

It isn't even like Nationalism is that far down the ladder from Globalism. And they already practice Tribalism, so what's the big deal?

Blogger Cecil Henry August 06, 2016 10:00 AM  

Its propaganda all right. Offensive, endless, cringe worthy propaganda.

On the CBC especially its laughable. Can't these 'journalists' see how transparent and fake they are.

I look at the same lying, manipulative, parasitic globalism promoting facing and wonder-- why haven't you progs died yet? Can't you find something better to do-- is this really it???

The Olympics are not about the best anymore in any event. Each sport has its Worlds or elite level. The Olympics are a WEstern concept from Greece, that plays on the world stage increasingly poorly.

I won't watch-- its bread and circuses. When are they going to add pie eating contests and turtle racing????

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 10:01 AM  

As for drug restrictions, although a topic of debate in the early 20th century, their implementation was really a product of the American, moralistic War on Drugs and didn't even exist before '65.

If you want to see what sports with unrestricted drug use is like, just watch anything before then. Commentators used to openly talk about the steroids being given to American footballers to aid in injury recovery.

Blogger Matthew Taylor August 06, 2016 10:04 AM  

Why don't I care to watch the Olympics? Because I don't give a shit.

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 10:10 AM  

from twitter:

Australia takes the early lead, with 12 athletes robbed

Blogger SemiSpook37 August 06, 2016 10:10 AM  

Aeoli Pera wrote:Nobody under the age of 60 even remembers that happened.

I'm under 40, I know it happened, but I haven't even seen (((Spielberg's))) propaganda piece on it because I have no interest.

Could not roll my eyes hard enough during the AGW shot last night. Maybe if you Brazilian idiots would stop hacking down your back yard for whatever reason, there wouldn't be as much of a threat. Just putting that out there.

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 10:11 AM  

@ #48 - thanks

Anonymous Clay August 06, 2016 10:14 AM  

Personally. I miss the Soviet "wimmen" who looked like Tarzan.

Blogger John Williams August 06, 2016 10:18 AM  

Despite the many shooting competitions, one rarely sees any coverage. Anti-Gun bastards, who needs them.

Anonymous WinstonWebb August 06, 2016 10:27 AM  

The Olympics haven't mattered, at all, since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 10:35 AM  

OT: Trump hires the "psychographic data" firm behind Brexit

http://www.thewrap.com/donald-trump-campaign-brexit-move/

Blogger Dave August 06, 2016 10:43 AM  

Yes, that made me chuckle to see Bob Costas on the list. What an arrogant blowhard; no doubt preaching to anyone within earshot how horrific the Washington Redskins are.

Alternating the summer and winter Olympics was the final straw for me. It is too much every two years; diluted the product.

Blogger Wanda Sherratt August 06, 2016 10:55 AM  

Saw a little of the opening ceremonies: ugly, coarse "interpretive dancing", gaudy colour scheme, Brutalist "urban" set design, brainless GW theme (at which point I turned it off, and only watched Canada march into the stadium later on). Fireworks are almost always a winner for me; overhead shot of the perfectly round stadium turning red reminded me of a hemorrhoid cushion.

But here's the question: which was worse, Rio or London? I think London was worse, more naggingly PC and insistent upon rewriting history. England had a lot of great history and culture, it took a really seriously destructive mind to drag it down. Brazil - eh, who knows or cares? Jiggly dancing, that's about all I know about Brazil.

Anonymous Moonbear August 06, 2016 10:58 AM  

I also love how it is in Brazil the home of the superior future race of mixed origins and exotic features (aka brownness).
A multicultural paradise!
Probably not a accident with today's nonsense, I am surprised white men are allowed to compete.

Also I just looked at this years USA team of super diverse athletes, I noticed a distinct lack of diversity in all water sports and shooting/archery.
Coincidence or just privilege?

Blogger Lovekraft August 06, 2016 11:07 AM  

Only sport I am interested in watching is women's beach volleyball, women's gymnastics. For obvious reasons. Giggity.

Ussain Bolt winning the sprint matters little but will be notable.

Blogger Undocumented Pharmacist August 06, 2016 11:09 AM  

I accidentally caught some of the rhythmic gymnasts performing during the last olympics. Some of those chicks were very feminine/good-looking babes. Like dancing girls from a Cecil B. DeMille film. So I might look for that.

https://youtu.be/Cd_9DGf75k0

Now, that is something I could get behind. And in front of. And on top of.

Blogger Silent Cal August 06, 2016 11:11 AM  

"Jiggly dancing, that's about all I know about Brazil."

LOL!

Jiggly dancing is high on the list of approved cultural activities.

Anonymous BGKB August 06, 2016 11:12 AM  

I couldn't believe the Londonistan Olympics was willing to give exclusive rights to making fries to McDonalds when fish and chips/fries is the national dish. Last Olympics there was an awful niggerette gymnast that only made it to the US team via affirmative action.

Global Warming propaganda as the main thrust for the opening ceremony?

If it was not so warm the favelas would be peaceful and the raw sewage in the river wouldn't smell as bad.

, I noticed a distinct lack of diversity in all water sports and shooting/archery.

Are there any groids in the drug tested strength events?

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 11:18 AM  

"Also I just looked at this years USA team of super diverse athletes, I noticed a distinct lack of diversity in all water sports . . ."

I just checked out the Brazilian men's swim team. A couple of the guys you could pick out as Latins, but on the whole it's got to be the whitest collection in the country.

Anonymous someguy August 06, 2016 11:31 AM  

"Also I just looked at this years USA team of super diverse athletes, I noticed a distinct lack of diversity in all water sports and shooting/archery."

Gotta balance out the basketball team somehow.

Blogger MadMax 1861 August 06, 2016 11:42 AM  

Apologies for OT @22
I was shocked and dismayed when I heard that, too. What was Trump thinking? I hope Ryan loses and Trump makes a big show of congratulating Nehlen.

Anonymous Jill August 06, 2016 11:50 AM  

Because they don't have TVs? This was the subject at a large group dinner last night. Nobody in our party owns a TV. Everybody was at the sports bar waiting to see what would go wrong with Brazil hosting the Olympics.

Anonymous cheddarman August 06, 2016 12:03 PM  

athletes swimming , boating, wind surfing, etc in raw sewage is a perfect metaphor for the modern olympics

Anonymous rienzi August 06, 2016 12:08 PM  

Back in 1980, after years of practice, a cousin of mine made the Olympic team in flat-water kayaking. Not exactly something you can make a well-paid career at. Jimmah Carter yanked the US out of the games to try to bolster his re-election chances. My cousin went ballistic with rage. Hasn't forgiven Carter to this day. I stopped watching the Olympics then, and haven't since.

Anonymous Susan August 06, 2016 12:22 PM  

Sorry #8 But you would be wrong. I am under 60 and I remember watching that as it unfolded on international television.

Most don't watch any more simply because it has become all about the commentators, not the sports.

Anonymous Unamused Flyover Resident August 06, 2016 12:24 PM  

We live in a world where nations matter less than individuals

Straight up Kalgeri Plan bullshit. What exactly is the appeal of turning the diversity of the world's people's into an undifferentiated mass of grey goo?

*Sigh* (It was a rhetorical question. Profit uber alles!)

Anonymous BGKB August 06, 2016 12:29 PM  

What exactly is the appeal of turning the diversity of the world's people's into an undifferentiated mass of grey goo?

To water down the IQ, only one people have ever caught the (((elites))) before they had completely looted an economy. They want everyone to be stupid enough to take payday loans.

Blogger jandolin August 06, 2016 12:34 PM  

The long, acrid hangover from the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, during which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

A good reason not to watch the Olympics is the Jew run media constantly harping on the 1972 Palestinian war against Israel in Munich.

Anonymous Eduardo August 06, 2016 12:36 PM  

Kfg

Errrr... There is no stereotype for Brazilian looks. Direct European descendents, mixed people, Amerindians, Black, Japanese, Chinese, Slavs; Brazil has it all. Swimming teams mostly come from the Southeast where the majority is white, all our greatest swimmers were white.

Anonymous Eduardo August 06, 2016 12:51 PM  

Wow apparently watching the Olhmpics in the First worlds sucks... I remember watching some NBC broadcast of some sports and thinking they overhyped the whole thing.

Btw... I am watching it right now, it is pretty good so far, i thought the drug dealers would be shooting at the athelets by now, that means that pur tactical teams got a nice security cordon and the Mayor probably cut a deal with the dealers XD.

Anonymous Bowman August 06, 2016 12:51 PM  

Olympics business model is to plunder the hosting country (through the local government), not to get an audience.
And in the plundering department, it's quite a success.

Anonymous FP August 06, 2016 12:52 PM  

1. "Go to hell Costas."

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

2. Moroccan boxer accused of attempted rape:

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/boxing/rio-2016-boxer-rape-arrested-hassan-saada-olympics-moroccan-latest-a7174191.html

Anonymous Jack Amok August 06, 2016 12:54 PM  

A few years ago Seattle made a (thankfully losing) bid to host the Olympics. Geographically, just west of Seattle is the Olympic peninsula and the Olympic mountains. So there area a lot of small businesses in the area named "Olympic" this and that. They got a bunch of threatening letters from the USOC about trademark violations. Hard to support an organization with that sort of attitude. Latter revelations about scandals weren't really a surprise.

I do remember coverage of the games when I was a kid that captured the sense of a sporting festival, all sorts of athletes come together to compete and celebrate their competition. But I haven't felt that for a long time. Sometimes I wonder if I've just gotten jaded as I've gotten older or if the world has changed. Maybe both.

Anonymous Jack Amok August 06, 2016 12:59 PM  

We live in a world where nations matter less than individuals, a reality that is mirrored by the increasing number of 'nation-hopping' Olympians.

I'd say part of the decline in popularity is because the Globalists and their nation-hopping Olympians are out of sync with and offend the average, nation-loving, person in the world.

Blogger collisioncat67 August 06, 2016 1:47 PM  

The Olympics is just another host that the parasitic SJWs have infested and are killing from within.

I couldn't care less about what has now become an over-hyped, putrid slop of globalist/LGBT/environmentalist propaganda (with only a light seasoning of athletic competition) .

Anonymous Genera August 06, 2016 2:06 PM  

The endless freaking sob stories. Yes, Yes, Yes. I can't stand them. The thought of having to listen to them and all of the SJW multicultural crap while trying to watch the Olympics practically causes me to start twitching (well, not really, but it makes me have no interest in watching any of the Olympics).

In the 1970s, as I recall, the number of personal interest stories was somewhat limited and were actually interesting. Also, they were not necessarily sob stories. I believe the stories were often about European or maybe Soviet athletes as well as American ones.

Blogger Alexander August 06, 2016 2:13 PM  

the ideal Olympics for the powers that be would be a three day ceremony about LBGTQZXCLIMATECHANGEFEMINISM culminating in a world peace prayer led by an Athislamist before 600 gay mud tranny athletes all come out waving the UN flag and all given medals for showing up.

The whole thing would cost a few trillion.

Blogger Forbes August 06, 2016 2:15 PM  

15. Hours of TV programming and ads for minutes of competition.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 06, 2016 3:15 PM  

For me at least it was the lack of actually being able to watch the, you know, competition. Every event is 45 minutes of sob story, and the top three competitors +the US athlete if not in the top 3.

And they don't even broadcast the interesting events any more. Pentathlon, the shooting events, fencing, equestrian events, it's hard even to find online.

It's all human interest and not the competition. And I have very little interest in humans.

I do remember the 1972 Munich tragedy.

But no, nobody was calling Avery Brundage an old Nazi in 1972. He wasn't a Nazi. That's for our oh so delicately sensitive modern SJW types. The 1932 Olympics were held in Berlin. Brundage was the head of the organization, or course he was in Hitler's box.What was he supposed to do? Boycott his own event? Refuse to attend the Olympics because it was held in Germany?
Talk about self-righteous pricks....

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 3:18 PM  

78. "EduardoThere is no stereotype for Brazilian looks."

Nor for a Usian. That was the point.

Blogger eharmonica August 06, 2016 3:41 PM  

If you are in the US, NBCOlympics.com has live streams of almost everything.

Also, the NBC Spoorts app, has TONS of live stuff.

Anonymous The OASF August 06, 2016 3:58 PM  

"It's no longer the Olympics of "a miracle on ice", it is a politically correct SJW fest with coverage that devotes more time to sob stories than it does to sports."

Ah ha! The culprit has finally been revealed!

ESPN is secretly running the Olympics lmao...

Anonymous Alice De Goon August 06, 2016 4:02 PM  

I think the big interest-killer was when they decided to stagger the Olympics so they would be held every two years. That took away the specialness and anticipation and made it seem too common an occurrence. It also made me lose track of which years were Olympic years and which ones weren't.

Hearing that the Olympic Village was basically one huge coked up orgy also made me care less about the athletes. When I thought they were all wide-eyed kids trying to make good for their home countries I could bring myself to be invested in their struggle, but after hearing about the level of debauchery they were sinking to, I realized they had no better morals than NBA Basketball players. I'd rather watch the kids in the local Pee Wee Baseball team play than these spoiled brats.

Anonymous Alice De Goon August 06, 2016 4:03 PM  

I think the big interest-killer was when they decided to stagger the Olympics so they would be held every two years. That took away the specialness and anticipation and made it seem too common an occurrence. It also made me lose track of which years were Olympic years and which ones weren't.

Hearing that the Olympic Village was basically one huge coked up orgy also made me care less about the athletes. When I thought they were all wide-eyed kids trying to make good for their home countries I could bring myself to be invested in their struggle, but after hearing about the level of debauchery they were sinking to, I realized they had no better morals than NBA Basketball players. I'd rather watch the kids in the local Pee Wee Baseball team play than these spoiled brats.

Anonymous Eduardo August 06, 2016 4:19 PM  

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Oh! Right... I... Err... Didn't really notice...

Anonymous andon August 06, 2016 4:22 PM  

Alice De Goon August 06, 2016 4:03 PM
I think the big interest-killer was when they decided to stagger the Olympics so they would be held every two years. That took away the specialness and anticipation and made it seem too common an occurrence.


agreed with the rest of your post too, but especially this part

Blogger rcocean August 06, 2016 6:56 PM  

Brundage has been constantly attacked for 70 years because he didn't promote Jewish interests. That lead to people calling him an "Nazi". Defensively, wanking on about how he was really a great friend of the Jews, only invites further attacks.

Blogger rcocean August 06, 2016 6:59 PM  

Why can't people understand that when insincere people attack someone, defending them with facts or 'Gosh, he wasn't a racist/bigot/hompophobe because blah, blah" accomplishes nothing because the attacks aren't motivated by intellectual honesty.

Anonymous BGKB August 06, 2016 7:15 PM  

before 600 gay mud tranny

Even Houston & NYC together don't have that many.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants August 06, 2016 8:00 PM  

😨 I remember it clearly & I'm 49...

Anonymous kfg August 06, 2016 8:25 PM  

@98:

Really? Are you from Texas? Because I wouldn't be surprised at all if, around midnight in the summer, Houston Street alone had that many.

Blogger SemiSpook37 August 06, 2016 9:13 PM  

MadMax 1861 wrote:Apologies for OT @22

I was shocked and dismayed when I heard that, too. What was Trump thinking? I hope Ryan loses and Trump makes a big show of congratulating Nehlen.


I think that's what he's going for. Tepidly support the establishment and let 'em hang.

Anonymous JAG August 06, 2016 9:54 PM  

Bob Costas was the main reason I stopped watching. He's killed my ability to watch the NFL on NBC even when my favorite team is playing.

I'm also a person without a country these days so I have no shits to give about who wins what.

Blogger Kona Commuter August 06, 2016 10:05 PM  

The Olympics are corrupt and hosting them is a huge impost on the local population whom get screwed over six ways from Sunday

Anonymous Genera August 06, 2016 10:06 PM  

Alice De Goon

"Hearing that the Olympic Village was basically one huge coked up orgy also made me care less about the athletes. When I thought they were all wide-eyed kids trying to make good for their home countries I could bring myself to be invested in their struggle, but after hearing about the level of debauchery they were sinking to, I realized they had no better morals than NBA Basketball players."

I totally agree with this and also your comment about holding the Olympics every 2 years. Every change that's been made to the Olympics over the past 40 years seems to have made them worse. I can't really think of any change that has made them better.

Blogger AdognamedOp August 07, 2016 1:05 AM  

I enjoy the Olympic competition. It's mainly no named kids that train hard for years in the hopes of representing their country and winning a medal. A lucky few might go on to give commentary for a major Network but most will be forgotten. If we're talking about SJW convergence then MLB, NFL, NBA and any other major sport aren't worth watching anymore.

Anonymous wildcard August 07, 2016 2:29 AM  

Why I don't care for the Olympics:

I just tuned in and saw a ping-pong match between two asians. The two flags on the scoreboard were USA and Spain, and the announcer kept referring to one of them as "The Spaniard". lol?

Blogger eharmonica August 07, 2016 3:40 PM  

Live foil RIGHT NOW on -- ahem -- MSNBC.
The American made an amazing comeback in the previous round to get to this point.

Anonymous Darth Wheatley #2415 August 08, 2016 9:10 AM  

Absolute worst part of watching the Olympics so far has been all the blatantly leftist commercials, and the "GLOBUL WARMANG" rainforest thing in the opening ceremony. All the talk of "refugees" and "globalism" and everything just induces uncontrollable eye-rolling.

The actual events so far have been pretty good.

Blogger sysadmn August 08, 2016 9:13 AM  

A little before your time, perhaps, but 1980 was arguably as great an impact as Munich 1972. Munich was sold as a tragedy and act of terror; Carter's election year boycott of the 1980 games legitimized politicizing the games, because it was done by one of the major governments. It also crippled the 1984 LA games.

Blogger sysadmn August 08, 2016 9:14 AM  

A little before your time, perhaps, but 1980 was arguably as great an impact as Munich 1972. Munich was sold as a tragedy and act of terror; Carter's election year boycott of the 1980 games legitimized politicizing the games, because it was done by one of the major governments. It also crippled the 1984 LA games.

Anonymous Sagramore August 09, 2016 3:23 AM  

Poor Ben Johnson.

Anonymous Sagramore August 09, 2016 3:27 AM  

@110 1984: the official Current Year of the Summer Olympics.

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