Saturday, August 06, 2016
And I usually love the Olympics.
But this year, I dunno. The fact that it’s in Rio where the water is polluted and the air is worse puts a little crimp in my enthusiasm. You don’t want to hear the words “fecal matter” used in a description of Olympic swimming venues.
And surrounding the games, just out of camera view are slums and squalor, and we’re supposed to ignore all that to watch people twirl ribbons. Might the billions of dollars spent to stage these games be put to better use feeding the population?
Oh, and Brazil has an interim president because the real one is being impeached.
Then you have the Russian doping scandal. (I wonder if Donald Trump is rooting for the Russians?) And speaking of Trump, our upcoming election has been such a circus and the stakes are so high that any Olympic competition seems insignificant in comparison.
I didn’t watch last night’s opening ceremony. Those always come off like extended Orange Bowl halftime shows. And now that I think about it, my only real interest in the last Olympic games was whether Bob Costas’ eye problem was going to clear up.
So time will tell. Hopefully the games will be thrilling and fulfilling and half the U.S. team doesn’t get wiped out by dysentery. At the moment, may your players shine (whichever country you’re from). As long as Donald Trump loses in November I’m happy with anybody winning.
UPDATE: The U.S. ratings for the opening ceremony were the worst in 20 years. Maybe I'm not alone.
What about you? Are you excited about the Olympics? And if so, where are you from?
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM