Let the Games Begin

With almost exactly 24 hours to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics in London (a mere stones throw from Canary Wharf and perhaps the global heart of derivative trading), the hype on local news is building to fever pitch. The BBC has moved all of its reporting desks to a large glass building with a view over the sprawling Olympic park, the last 2 months have had non-stop coverage of a fairly pointless torch procession and a small grubby cafe in the east end has been forced to change its name (which it has held for nearly 20 years) to Olympi Cafe to avoid any tourists thinking it is an official Games venue...


So, let us put aside all this talk of insider trading, LIBOR manipulation, Sandy Weill's hypocrisy and discuss what really matters; sport.
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There has been some controversy over Oscar Pistorius who is due to compete in both the mens 400m and 400m Olympic relay as well as the 100m, 200m, 400m and 400m relay in the Paralympics on behalf of his native country, South Africa. Yes, science has finally created a man who can run faster with no legs than he could with 2. Should he be disallowed from entering the 'normal' Olympics as his speed is largely due to engineering capabilities? Should it be celebrated that a man who has gone for almost his entirely life without legs is competing to an Olympic standard and has not let it hold him back from pursuing his dream? Personally, I am extremely interested in this guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius

I'm going to come across as a slight chauvinist here, but I do not think that men and women should compete in separate events, they should all be mixed. You are either the best in the world or you are not. You can use the logic that men are just better at some events than women, but I would counter that women are better than men at others (gymnastics, beach volleyball, riding just to name a few). Also, if you decide to separate based on genetic differences depending on your Y chromosome count, why not take it a step further and have the 'black' and 'white' 100m as any viewer can tell you there is a huge advantage there.

My last discussion point is that outside of the athletic and quasi-althletic events, nobody seems to care about the Olympic rankings. People like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps are legends in their own right, but in the team games especially there is relatively little focus. For example, Spain care that they are World and European football champions, but nobody covets the 'Olympic Gold' football title. Basketball is either NBA, college or nothing. It's not like Kobe and co are going to be too fussed as to whether they beat the Chinese in Olympic basketball, nor will Lakers fans.

So there you have it, my brief and cynical take on the "greatest show on Earth". I am not a huge fan of sports in general, although world-class football, the NBA and Formula 1 do interest me. I guess I would always rather see something done to the absolute best it can possibly be done, rather than just the winner of a certain category. I don't care if you are the female number 2 at tennis in the world, you are either world number 1 overall or not. I don't care if someone runs the 100m in 9.56 or 9.48 seconds if there is a bionic man who can do it in 5 seconds.

As always, thoughts welcome!

Comments (16)

Jul 26, 2012
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Basketball is either NBA, college or nothing. It's not like Kobe and co are going to be too fussed as to whether they beat the Chinese in Olympic basketball, nor will Lakers fans.

You must not be into basketball.

Jul 26, 2012
GoodBread:
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Basketball is either NBA, college or nothing. It's not like Kobe and co are going to be too fussed as to whether they beat the Chinese in Olympic basketball, nor will Lakers fans.

You must not be into basketball.

Jul 26, 2012

I got my tickets in the mail today for women's beach volleyball. Looking forward to their tight asses, I mean skills.

Jul 26, 2012

The '92 Dream Team owns today's and I hope Phelps cleans house.

Jul 26, 2012

Ive got Spain at 13/2 and Argentina at 28/1 in Mens Basketball... I'm going with the contrarian play here hoping the US team is too cocky and plays And1 mix tape style instead of solid team ball.

Jul 26, 2012

i'm actually hoping the 2012 mens basketball team loses will teach them a lesson

Jul 26, 2012

you honetsly think women will beat men in beach volley ball?

jesus christ your a fucking moron

Jul 26, 2012
blastoise:

you honetsly think women will beat men in beach volley ball?

jesus christ your a fucking moron

This. He clearly has never played or watched volleyball. It wouldn't even be competitive.

Jul 26, 2012
blastoise:

you honetsly think women will beat men in beach volley ball?

jesus christ your a fucking moron

I think he confused hottness with ability.

Jul 26, 2012
bees415:
blastoise:

you honetsly think women will beat men in beach volley ball?

jesus christ your a fucking moron

I think he confused hottness with ability.

they're the same thing in some fields...

Jul 26, 2012

Let's talk about the traffic. And the tourists.

Minus the easy tourist girls, they are always welcome.

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Jul 26, 2012

Women's volleyball > men's volleyball...win or lose. That's all I have to say about that.

Every athlete at these events is better at what they do than I'll ever be, good luck to all competitors!

Jul 26, 2012

Lets hope that the track and field events win be more impressive then last time. Team USA basketball team will easily win because Kobe, Lebron, Carmelo, and Durant are too good.

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Jul 26, 2012
kmess024:

Lets hope that the track and field events win be more impressive then last time.

I thought the Bolt show was pretty sweet last time actually.

Jul 26, 2012
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For example, Spain care that they are World and European football champions, but nobody covets the 'Olympic Gold' football title.

No one cares b/c its U-23 teams, not the actual national teams

Jul 26, 2012
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