Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Eh-lympics

I've never really gotten that worked up about the Olympics. I used to watch gymnastics and ice skating when I lived at home, but that was because my Mom watched them and I was too lazy to go outside. To be honest, for a country that won't get behind Soccer as a real televised sporting event instead of an activity for kids, I'm surprised there's so much buildup behind the Olympics. I enjoy watching real Football (huge monsters slamming each other to the turf) and Basketball. Those are fast paced, head to head competitions. Break all the stuff you do in those sports (running, throwing stuff, jumping, waving, etc) into separate events and you've got the Olympics.


Sure, women's beach volleyball is fun to watch, but it's not worth cancelling everything else on TV. Maybe that's just me getting old. Then again, when I want to see the best parts of women's beach volleyball I've got the Internet. Plenty of free hotness on there that doesn't interfere with my regularly scheduled down time.

Now, I did have a bit of an epiphany when I flipped to the Olympics on the HD channels. That was really cool to watch, but in the same way that the nature channels are cool in HD. Once the shiny factor wears off, it's time to flip. I guess it's just not my thing. In a country that is gobbling up MMA in all its forms and doesn't have the patience to wait through a Hockey game for the fights, watching track and field events or swimming up and down a pool shouldn't be so riveting. It could just be that the press building up the games and throwing all those athletes on every ad you can see, but I don't think so. From what I've seen, people really are into this stuff.

Good for them. Go USA. I just don't get it.

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I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

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