August 13, 2012
From the Cheap Seats
2012 Olympics – Final Thoughts
I just finished watching the men’s 4×100 meter relays and I have to say that I am officially glad I won’t be hearing from Usain Bolt anymore. I stomach his ego because it is the Olympics and I don’t feel like changing the channel because my wife will think I’m done watching sports and we all know that ain’t gunna happen. But I digress, I’ll get back to Bolt later in this article.
The media, in all its’ forms will be churning out all these feel good stories about the Olympics and justifiably so, but I for one won’t be. No, my take is on the lame performance put out by the men’s Olympic team. For years I commented about how the women’s Olympic squad has been the weak link and has kept us from coming out on top of the medal count, well not this time.
The women vastly out-performed the men in many different areas. I’m not here to kick athletes while they’re down but this was by far the worst showing by the men in my memory. First off, let’s just rule out the men’s basketball team ok? It took our best pro’s to regain what we had only because the Olympic committee finally admitted that other countries were using pro athletes, so we leveled the playing field there. It really became clear to me that the men were in trouble when swimming started. Our top swimmer, Ryan Lechte won his opening event, and then began to fade like a cheap pair of Wal-Mart jeans. It took the re-emergence of Michael Phelps to lead the team and not allow them to fall from greatness, through him, even Lechte managed to regain some form.
From there things moved over to men’s gymnastics where the men’s team imploded and put forth an embarrassing effort in the team event. The hype around London was that the men’s team would be competing for the gold medal but ended up watching the event from the golden arches at McDonalds. After their performance, the track and field events couldn’t start up fast enough for me. But I shouldn’t probably use the term “fast enough” in the same sentence with the men’s track team because they just didn’t run very fast, at least not fast enough. As we all know, the sprints were dominated by Jamaica and blah, blah, blah.
What brought things to a head was the disappearance of the men’s 400 meter runners. I can honestly say I don’t follow track all that much outside the Olympics, I do watch the college nationals but overall that’s it. The 400 has been an event that the Americans dominated for decades, well that dominance came to an end this week. I acknowledge the young man that ran the first leg of the 4×400 relay with a broken leg, one heck of an effort but talk about bad timing. The men replaced him in the finals with this old dude who was the “most experienced” 400 meter guy on the team, what they failed to say was that he was the slowest 400 guy on the team and the runner from the Bahamas reeled him in after a sensational 3rd leg by the American.
The American 4×100 meter relay was won by the Jamaicans but the US team tied the American record time for the silver. Considering who they were going up against (which in my mind were a bunch of juiced island dwellers), they did a respectable job. But the luster of the former gold American sprinters once had is gone and I don’t see anyone on the horizon. Believe me; nothing would make me happier than to see Usain Bolt shut his pie hole about his greatness. We will have to see what transpires over the next few years to see if the USA can regain its former glory.
In closing, I would like to say congrats to the USA Women’s Olympic team, you’ve done this country proud. To the men, you have your work cut out for you, rest up then get back to work, win or lose I do appreciate your hard work and dedication.
Lastly, I want to address all these American haters on the various media outlets rubbing Americans noses in their losses. To you I say, win or lose, the USA is a great country and if it weren’t for Americans, your piddley little bug-eating countries wouldn’t be where you are. Your athletes come here to go to school and train with the best, most of the time using scholarships that should go to Americans, but that’s a whole different article. If we aren’t allowing your athletes to come into our country, we’re saving your country from some dictator or we’re bailing you out of some sort of financial crisis.
Win or lose, show some respect because you only have to look back about 70 years to see that if it weren’t for the greatness of Americans, you all would be eating a butt-load of streusel and bratwurst.
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