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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The barbarization of sport

This is just... sad. The latest addition to the Olympics is a grand metaphor for the descent of the West:
Breakdancing is one of four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding, sources indicated Wednesday.

The list of additions is due to be revealed by the local organising committee (OCOG) on Thursday and must be signed off on by the International Olympic Committee. Their inclusion would come on top of the 28 sports already on the programme, although the Paris 2024 committee did not confirm the reports to AFP.

Breakdancing, an acrobatic style of street dance typically set to hip-hop or funk music, would be making its first appearance in the Olympics, while the three other sports will all be introduced at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Karate and baseball/softball, all part of the Tokyo programme, are also candidates, as well as squash, which has been repeatedly rebuffed, and petanque.

At least 20 disciplines from federations recognised by the IOC have applied for inclusion.
From the sporting arts of the gentleman to primitive posturing and thrashing about. Petanque, in case you don't know, is essentially horseshoes with metal balls, or to put it another way, curling on sand. There are few things more pathetic than an old institution attempting to create appeal for "the youth". And if that's the goal, they'd do better to simply throw up their hands and embrace esports.

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62 Comments:

Blogger Salt February 21, 2019 5:00 AM  

Teams could compete in Alterac Valley.

Blogger Rocklea Marina February 21, 2019 5:07 AM  

Heads will be spinning.

Blogger SSgt Snafui February 21, 2019 5:28 AM  

They are broke and this act of desperation will not aid the recovery.

I guess the good news is Pog was never added.

Blogger Servant February 21, 2019 5:31 AM  

No salt they would just all fight in the road.

Blogger Miguel February 21, 2019 5:32 AM  

This "embrace the youth" is one of the many things wrong with churchianity. I saw it endlessly in here and its awful in its effects.

Pastor Steven Anderson may have many flaws but this isnt one.

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile February 21, 2019 5:42 AM  

2024 Olympic Games in Paris

Gotta get Djibril and Mahmoud to buy a ticket somehow.

Blogger James Higham February 21, 2019 5:50 AM  

Pole-dancing?

Blogger JAG February 21, 2019 5:55 AM  

Here's the Gen X history of Breakdancing:

Everybody was into it during junior high school for about 6 months. You had to be able to spin on your back at least 4 or 5 times as well as perform the Worm or you sucked. People with actual talent could perform the Windmill.

Most of us then wasted the cost of a movie ticket to see that awful movie. Then the fad died, and none of us were aware that it was still a thing as of the announcement of this addition to the Olympics.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 21, 2019 5:56 AM  

@6 And everyone knows Africans just love them the breakdancing, amiright? It's not like it's a fad from the 80s. Nothing pathetic about it.

Blogger Rickaby007 February 21, 2019 6:02 AM  

"This year's winner of 23 Nobel Prizes and international best-selling crack-dealer whose work archive building was recently laid atop the rubble of the Goethe Institute is Yung Piffting, known for creating the seminal masterpiece of the century - the amazing Smoke Bluntz n Fuqq Hoe$ Mixtape! Truly a phenomenon in the world of elite literature, his penmanship transcends the bounds that were mere phantasms to the likes of Schiller and Kant! Now, in honour of this tour de force, we present for the first time the amended national anthem:lyrical mythical individual big syllables big blunt bizzables..."

Blogger JAG February 21, 2019 6:07 AM  

Rickaby007 wrote:"This year's winner of 23 Nobel Prizes and international best-selling crack-dealer whose work archive building was recently laid atop the rubble of the Goethe Institute is Yung Piffting, known for creating the seminal masterpiece of the century - the amazing Smoke Bluntz n Fuqq Hoe$ Mixtape! Truly a phenomenon in the world of elite literature, his penmanship transcends the bounds that were mere phantasms to the likes of Schiller and Kant! Now, in honour of this tour de force, we present for the first time the amended national anthem:lyrical mythical individual big syllables big blunt bizzables..."



You just wrote some lurker the next big hip hop album concept. I must admit that I'm morbidly curious enough to listen to that mixtape.

Blogger The Cooler February 21, 2019 6:07 AM  

Densign White of the UFC-partnered International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAF-WMMAA) has been working tirelessly to get MMA into the Olympics. That would bring youth in droves, but the IMMAF-WMMAA were recently denied "Observer Status" in the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), which is a required part of the Olympic process.

No official reason has been given for the denial but because human cock-fighting can be safely assumed.

*does the windmill*

Blogger Rickaby007 February 21, 2019 6:11 AM  

>And everyone knows Africans just love them the breakdancing, amiright? It's not like it's a fad from the 80s. Nothing pathetic about it.

It's just old enough that they can sneak it in without looking totally subversive. It's just another foot in the door. If Jews get their way and totally subvert the goy nations, you can bet you'll see twerking become an Olympic sport.

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile February 21, 2019 6:25 AM  

@9 - They do. They just call it "hip hop" dancing now.

https://youtu.be/eUfF8PelXkM?t=197

Blogger Jimmy February 21, 2019 6:29 AM  

Camp the graveyard.
Rush Balinda.
?
Profit!

Blogger Duke Norfolk February 21, 2019 6:39 AM  

James Higham wrote:Pole-dancing?

Yes, why not? Let's go full bore. Acceleration.

Seriously, why not? Probably too late for 2024, I suppose.

Pole dancing in 2028.
Competitive BJs in 2032. (is that a winter or summer sport?)

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile February 21, 2019 6:43 AM  

@10 - Andre Gide's got himself a Nobel, so why not?

"Gide's novel Corydon, which he considered his most important work, erects a defense of pederasty."

Blogger michimartini February 21, 2019 6:51 AM  

Breakdance is at least requiring athleticism, but the mention of petanque had me laughing - that is what old men do to pass the time. What next? Knitting?

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2019 6:57 AM  

It's time for Serral to add a Gold Medal to his Blizzcon Championship in Starcraft 2. If you want to see Skynet learning military tactics and economic management - watch AlphaGo playing human players.

I think it's time for beat-box battles at the Olympics.

Blogger Stilicho February 21, 2019 7:15 AM  

Twerking is part of "break dancing" now. It will be gymnastics for Africans. The Olympic committee has been wearing the skinsuit of its predecessor for some time now, but the suit is rotting through in many places and they aren't trying to pretend very much any longer. The inclusion of professional athletes completely killed the spirit of the Olympics-the rest of the debauchery is just jackals feeding on the carcass.

Blogger The Scribe February 21, 2019 7:16 AM  

This sounds like something MAD Magazine would have printed, back in the 1980s.

Blogger Stilicho February 21, 2019 7:18 AM  

How long until competitive intersectionality is openly included in the Olympics (as opposed to the disguised versions currently on display)?

Blogger McChuck February 21, 2019 7:30 AM  

So, petanque is French rules bocce ball.

Blogger McChuck February 21, 2019 7:34 AM  

@20 - The athletes of every single country other than the USA were professionalized long ago. Everybody else has a national Olympic team that pays its competitors.

Blogger Richard Gadsden February 21, 2019 7:36 AM  

Every small town in France there are a bunch of old men playing petanque in what looks like a long jump pit in the central square next to a cafe-bar. Usually drinking something vile like Ricard and smoking like chimneys.

I don't know if people play it in any other country, but it should be a demonstration sport in Paris, because it's the old men's national sport (like crown green bowling in England or curling in Scotland and Canada).

Blogger dienw February 21, 2019 8:02 AM  

Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club wrote:@9 - They do. They just call it "hip hop" dancing now.

https://youtu.be/eUfF8PelXkM?t=197


That video should a National Geographic yellow box around it.

Blogger dienw February 21, 2019 8:04 AM  

*have*

Blogger Red Pill Angel February 21, 2019 8:24 AM  

Well, I won't be happy unless trans women can completely trash every category in women's sports. They should share in the glory of the Olympic's self immolation. I want to watch.

Blogger Stilicho February 21, 2019 8:25 AM  

@24 McChuck-- and letting them get away with professional national teams is what killed it.

Blogger JG February 21, 2019 8:29 AM  

The Olympics still exists? I thought nationalism was the greatest evil facing mankind, er, peoplekind. And limiting women's sports to just women, well, that's so 2010.

Blogger Avalanche February 21, 2019 8:39 AM  

@16 "Competitive BJs in 2032. (is that a winter or summer sport?)"

It'll be both: indoors and outdoors -- separate divisions. (disgusted frown)

Blogger peacefulposter February 21, 2019 8:41 AM  

Indeed, multimillionaire pros slumming it in the Olympic village is comical.

Blogger Dave W. February 21, 2019 8:59 AM  

Breakin' 2: Olympic Boogaloo

Why not? Hollywood just remakes everything these days.

Blogger dvdivx February 21, 2019 9:01 AM  

You think fat people would try and add tug of war with rope. At least in that case that was one of the original sports in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Blogger Jail Cussox February 21, 2019 9:13 AM  

Not long before pole-dancing finds its way there.

Blogger Gregory the Tall February 21, 2019 9:17 AM  

bowling and table soccer have in the past been discriminated against, too.

Blogger Uncompliant February 21, 2019 9:20 AM  

Since gender is a social construct, the Olympics need to get with the Libtard Programme -- Gotta break out trannies into their own category !! Trannie track and field, trannie wrestling, trannie whatever-that-sport-is-with-horses-and-guns, trannie tennis, trannie swimming (what will they wear?!?) and all the rest. Same for the winter sports. I want to see trannie "It's Ma'am" throw another "Ma'am" while doing a triple loop !!

In all seriousness, this is just another means of inverting every aspect of WestCiv. What is important shall be made trivial.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 21, 2019 9:29 AM  

The Olympics still exists? I thought nationalism was the greatest evil facing mankind, er, peoplekind.

That's the funny thing. The Olympics *should* go hand-in-hand with nationalism, with people cheering for their nation's superior athletes to beat those foreigners. But they've turned it into such a fey Earth Day-type event that most viewers ignore the flags and just root for whoever's best looking or is boosted hardest by the media. Maybe after nationalism has been dominant for a while, people will drag the Olympics back to being a competitive event between nations.

Blogger Damn the torpedos February 21, 2019 9:59 AM  

At least e sports would be mildly entertaining

Give me some of the top players in the world duking it out in a fighting game over hip hop any
day.

Blogger Dangeresque February 21, 2019 10:01 AM  

Next up: twerking, washer toss, corn hole, and pogs.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira February 21, 2019 10:04 AM  

I thought the X Games already existed.

Blogger rcocean February 21, 2019 10:04 AM  

Break dancing = Ice skating on land, without the skates. Anyway, its hard to care. Once you allowed women's weightlifting (do we have women's boxing yet?) or beach volleyball, any pretense of it being about serious sports went out the window.

Blogger rcocean February 21, 2019 10:06 AM  

I'd recommend combining skeet shooting and surfing as the next new Olympic Sport (see "Top Secret")

Blogger NO GOOGLES February 21, 2019 10:21 AM  

@34
Nah, competitive tug of war is too dangerous. A lot of people have been seriously injured/killed doing tug of war.

At this point they really don't have an excuse not to allow MMA in the Olympics. You just admitted breakdancing - stop pretending you have "standards".

Blogger Anthony February 21, 2019 10:22 AM  

It's the IOC's attempt to pretend they're not *just* going for the yoof market.

Blogger Unknown February 21, 2019 10:38 AM  

Pankration when?

Blogger Clint February 21, 2019 10:41 AM  

I look forward to the day that the drinking game "Quarters" is an Olympic sport. I could brush off my old skills and be a gold medalist.

Blogger Fred G. February 21, 2019 10:44 AM  

@18 Knitting is too white.
https://quillette.com/2019/02/17/a-witch-hunt-on-instagram/

Blogger Ralph February 21, 2019 11:16 AM  

It will be fun watching all the 45- 50yr olds compete.

Blogger justaguy February 21, 2019 11:24 AM  

sports? If it takes a judge and a score-- it is not a sport. Faster than, higher than, more balls through a hoop etc-- those involve competition directly against another and are sports. Break dancing, karate, ice skating-- not sports.

Blogger Unknown February 21, 2019 11:26 AM  

They were on the verge of removing wrestling from the games a few years back.

Blogger Starboard February 21, 2019 11:32 AM  

48. That article reads like an awesome book that came out a few years ago. Knittergate is real. The ride never ends.

Blogger McJibblits February 21, 2019 12:00 PM  

BJJ both girls and no-gi should be included. Just wrestling, but with work from the back and locked hands allowed while on the ground. Would be a great addition to HS and College sports as well

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 21, 2019 12:16 PM  

It's a Boomer's idea of what de Yoof like.
And Petanque sounds like a euphemism for "ass". "Look at the petanque on that gal!"


Avalanche wrote:@16 "Competitive BJs in 2032. (is that a winter or summer sport?)"

It'll be both: indoors and outdoors -- separate divisions. (disgusted frown)

Men's and women's divisions too.

Blogger Steve Samson February 21, 2019 12:26 PM  

That was exactly my thought: if figure skating is a sport, then break dancing is a sport. And gymnastics. And anything else where you have to have some people in suits sitting at a table deciding the "winner."

Blogger Gregory the Tall February 21, 2019 12:45 PM  

also we need more mixed teams for soccer, volley ball, hand ball etc. (composed of male/female/trans athletes in equal shares). The trans athletes would, of course, not be submitted to the strict doping rules traditional genders have to adhere to.

Blogger Gregory the Tall February 21, 2019 12:49 PM  

Also weight categories (from light fly weight to heavy weight) need to be introduced in all disciplines to put an end to the rampant discrimination of athletes with a higher body mass index.

Blogger Hammerli 280 February 21, 2019 12:58 PM  

The frustrating-as-hell part is that the IOC dropped Free Pistol...which was one of the very few events from the first modern Olympiad in 1896 that had been unchanged.

Not to mention honest sports like international muzzle-loading shooting, which has been holding World Championships for 45 years...and is now up to nearly 30 participating countries, from all six inhabited continents. Which gives it a damned strong case.

The problem is that the IOC has become a subsidiary of NBC Sports. And of the American broadcast TV networks, they are the LEAST capable of handling the kaleidoscope that is the Olympics. ABC did it better, mostly because Jim McKay really understood that the best stories often aren't about the big-name athlete in the big-money sport, but the no-name competitor in the no-money sport who is competing for honor and pride. Not a paycheck.

Blogger Lance E February 21, 2019 1:14 PM  

Just seems to me like an excuse to add more Diversity to the Olympics. If the Diverse candidates can't win at the existing categories, we'll add new categories where they can win.

That will probably work for a few years, and then ironically will catch up to other Olympic games in being dominated by white men once they actually start training for it and taking it seriously. Everybody loses; the Diversity evaporates and Olympics are further debased.


JAG wrote:Here's the Gen X history of Breakdancing:

[...] Then the fad died, and none of us were aware that it was still a thing as of the announcement of this addition to the Olympics.


There is a contingent of Gen-Xers who have the Boomer mindset and think that their generation's culture is timeless and want to see it immortalized. You want proof, just watch a few episodes of Futurama. If you're not Gen-X yourself (and maybe even if you are), the premise that anyone will still give a shit about Beck or the Beastie Boys in a thousand years is every bit as cringe-inducing as Beatlesmania.

I'm definitely not saying this is all of Gen-X, or even most of it. But it exists, and it's probably at play here with the Olympic nonsense.

Blogger MrNiceguy February 21, 2019 4:24 PM  

Gotta be summer. Cold weather=shrinkage. Naturally there'll be separate divisions for male and female, the usual controversy about tranny competitors, and even with that, no shortage of volunteers for the judging staff.

Blogger Brett baker February 21, 2019 8:32 PM  

YES!YES!YES!

Blogger liberranter February 22, 2019 2:17 AM  

What's next? Competitive drive-by shooting?

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