The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Watching it?

8 Aug

I was so excited for the Summer Olympics to begin.  There’s nothing better than being a couch potato watching athletes from all over the world push their bodies to the limits while I’m eating potato chips and drinking a beer.  Ahhh…but then I remember why I get sick of the Olympics after two days and want it to be over:  THE STUPID “SPORTS”.

Okay, maybe I’m overreacting but it seems to me there are several so-called sports that could be eliminated (especially from TV coverage).  How can table tennis and badminton be considered Olympic sports when they’re usually played by people at parties who are half in the bag?  Why don’t they include bar darts, pool, and video games?  The crazy thing is, these “athletes” are playing sober!  What fun is that?!

It was even more hilarious when several players were kicked out of the competition because they were throwing their matches to play against weaker teams.  Whoa…scandal on the ping-pong, oops, table tennis court!  Wow, who needs James Bond when you have corrupt ping-pong!

Then there’s another thought…what kind of training is involved to become a super table tennis star?  Is there a lot of cardio involved or is it just endless hours of hitting a little white ball?  The gymnasts, for example, spend hours in the gym perfecting their routines.  I can just imagine the table tennis teams locked into a dark room with just a spotlight on the table and they can’t leave until they’ve hit the ball a million times.  Torture at its finest.

Well, I better get back to the action…I need to refill my bowl of chips and crack another beer.  Besides, I can’t miss the “Whack a Mole” competition…it gets pretty ugly!

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