Crushed Optimists

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Olympics = Seattle Sports

Admit it. You're pretty bummed these two won't make it to the medal round...

Honestly, I haven't watched that much of the Olympic coverage this year. For one, it's the Winter Olympics. Two, I already know the results before NBC airs the events. Three, there's only so much Scott Hamilton that I can take.

But, mostly, it's because this year the U.S. Olympians have taken to acting just like Seattle sports teams. Talented and vastly underperforming.

Can I list some of the disappointments??

Women's Curling: I admit, I have really enjoyed watching curling, but the women's team continually choked in the final end. I mean, they lost to Sweden because the best player just bombed her final stone. Just bombed it.

Men's Figure Skating: Vastly effeminate Johnny Weir "felt black inside" yesterday and failed to medal, thus saving me from having to watch figure skating. Instead, I was able to convince the significant other to watch some of "Band of Brothers".

Downhill Skiing: First Daron Rahlves completely tanks in the downhill, finishing tenth. Bode finishes fifth, and then D.Q.'s in the combined, opening the door for some no name kid to win. Which is fine, but, once again, the big names choked.

Men's Luge: Tony Benshoof was supposed to, at the very least, earn the U.S. it's first medal in singles. Nope. He finished 4th, as he just couldn't get going.

Skeleton: Both women's and men's skeletons featured people capable of medaling. Of course, they could not get the job done.

Women's Downhill: We crashed and burned. A gutsy performance by the main American to continue, but the medal hopes were dashed.

Double Luge: Again, the US medal favorites crashed. Absolutely no luck.

Men's Hockey: First game? A 3-3 tie to Latvia. LATVIA!!

Short Track: Anton Ohno falls in the semifinals.

Without the sport of snowboarding, which we invented, we would basically be shut out at these Games. What a terrible performance by some great athletes who should be strutting their stuff for all of America to pay attention to. But, sorry, if you want the attention, you have to deal with the criticism when you choke it away.

At least pitchers and catchers have reported, right?

posted by colin_hesse @ 11:45 AM  7 comments


At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are those girls, by the way?

At 5:50 PM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

Those are the top two American curlers, captain Cassie Johnson on the right and her sister Jamie Johnson on the left.

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the biggest difference between Olympic and Seattle sports is the level of media coverage. Where one month ago I couldn't find jack on the Seahawks, one week ago I was up to my ears in Bode Miller-this and Anton Ohno-that.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger nach said...

...not that it amounts to a hill of beans in Kazakhstan. Still, I think America player K-stan in hockey recetly...

At 1:45 AM, Blogger Gavin said...

Nach, hide your citizenship should the US win...

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Tash said...

Question: Is this the worst mock draft you've ever seen?

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

While I'm sure whatever Prisco comes out with will top it, it sure isn't a spectacular mock draft. DeAngelo Williams out of the top 10? Really? LenDale White a top five pick? Three TEs? There are an awful lot of mistake picks contained there.


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