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Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« on: May 25, 2021, 10:17:24 AM »

https://apnews.com/article/japan-coronavirus-pandemic-business-olympic-games-2020-tokyo-olympics-72cc0b10127e8bab06406a6ec6bcedd6

The latest COVID surge in Japan is happening at a bad time. I wonder if the Olympics will be cancelled.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2021, 10:38:17 AM »

We can only hope.

They are a horribly crooked waste of tax dollars that give monstrous nations opportunities to showboat with drugged slaves.

But that's just my opinion.

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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2021, 02:22:35 PM »

Put me down for $50 on "I do not give even the smallest of shits."
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2021, 02:40:19 PM »

been a long, long time since I cared about the Olympics
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2021, 02:42:37 PM »

I would say if it is not cancelled, then brace yourself for a nationwide mask mandate from the Executive Branch. Mostly due to participants, media, and spectators bringing whatever Covid strain is raging in Japan back home with them.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021, 05:21:13 PM »

Put me down for $50 on "I do not give even the smallest of shits."

I want in on that action. I can't even remember the last time I watched or cared about the Olympics. I'm pretty sure my teen years. For all I know there's a gold medal for stand up paddleboarding now.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2021, 05:27:42 PM »

I gave up on the Olympics when they opened them up to professional athletes. It's not a level playing field when you have amateurs trying to play basketball against the best of the NBA, for example.

Now, if Kareen Adbul Jabar wanted to compete in Olympic table tennis or bobsledding, I wouldn't object to that. But to compete in the sport that he gets paid to play, and has the most elite coaching and training available? No way.

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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2021, 05:30:35 PM »

Surprised they haven't started giving every participant a gold metal yet
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2021, 05:48:21 PM »

Surprised they haven't started giving every participant a gold metal yet
Then it would be a fool's gold medal.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2021, 05:52:14 PM »

I think it will be cancelled...probably will be cancelled next year and Japan will have flushed all the money down the drain with nothing to show for it.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2021, 06:18:07 PM »

Nothing should be canceled for covid ever again, anywhere the in the world. That stupid, Chinese plague has caused enough damage.

OK, I guess I could make an exception, if we're cancelling the CCP.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2021, 06:40:18 AM »

I want in on that action. I can't even remember the last time I watched or cared about the Olympics. I'm pretty sure my teen years. For all I know there's a gold medal for stand up paddleboarding now.

I do like watching the winter Olympics, but summer? Bleh.

I love the ski jumping and downhill skiing, bob sled, luge, hockey, and yes, I've even been known to watch the figure skating and ice dancing.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2021, 08:57:31 AM »

I cared more about the Olympics during the height of the Cold War when it was a proxy for the West vs. the Warsaw Pact. Yay America, Boo Soviet Union, etc.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2021, 09:08:12 AM »

I do like watching the winter Olympics, but summer? Bleh.

I love the ski jumping and downhill skiing, bob sled, luge, hockey, and yes, I've even been known to watch the figure skating and ice dancing.

That was big in my house when I was a kid. My parents were into the Winter Olympics and it was a family thing to watch them. I remember my mom always rooting for the US and my dad rooting for the krauts.  :laugh:

It seems to me the Olympics have turned into something closer to that "Circus of the Stars" thing that used to be on the teevee.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2021, 09:42:58 AM »

I cared more about the Olympics during the height of the Cold War when it was a proxy for the West vs. the Warsaw Pact. Yay America, Boo Soviet Union, etc.

Bingo. Who doesn't remember where they were when word came out that Team USA beat the commies at Lake Placid in 1980?
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2021, 10:24:57 AM »

I gave up on the Olympics when they opened them up to professional athletes. It's not a level playing field when you have amateurs trying to play basketball against the best of the NBA, for example.

Now, if Kareen Adbul Jabar wanted to compete in Olympic table tennis or bobsledding, I wouldn't object to that. But to compete in the sport that he gets paid to play, and has the most elite coaching and training available? No way.

I don't really understand this argument. You can be good at a sport, but just not too good? I thought it was about watching the world's best athletes. Coaching and practice and all.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2021, 02:31:40 PM »

I don't really understand this argument. You can be good at a sport, but just not too good? I thought it was about watching the world's best athletes. Coaching and practice and all.

I suspect you are from a younger generation. Throughout my youth, the Olympics were touted as being a competition among the world's best amateur athletes. That was pretty much hard-wired into my mental circuitry so that's my default but, even when I reflect onit as objectively as I can, I still think it should be that way.

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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2021, 02:35:31 PM »

I suspect you are from a younger generation. Throughout my youth, the Olympics were touted as being a competition among the world's best amateur athletes. That was pretty much hard-wired into my mental circuitry so that's my default but, even when I reflect onit as objectively as I can, I still think it should be that way.

How young? Even before my day, there were controversies over the Russian teams who were obviously boosted, funded and selected by the government. If it was ever amateur, it must have been generations ago.
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2021, 06:04:38 PM »

It seems to me the Olympics have turned into something closer to that "Circus of the Stars" thing that used to be on the teevee.


I don't know who did it first, but they seem to be introducing the athletes like reality TV characters. (Or vice-versa). They like to find some personal tragedy in the athlete's past, to make you root for them. It's syrupy drama all the way down.

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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2021, 07:43:42 PM »

Did you know about the virtual Olympic events that are happening right now?

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Virtual.  As in video games.

These are the events:  Baseball, rowing, sailing, cycling, and motorsport.  All video games.

https://olympics.com/en/video/olympic-virtual-series
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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2021, 09:31:28 PM »

I was only ever interested in the Biathlon and sometimes skating.  The Biathlon because it combined shooting and skiing, which was is sort of like an actual hunter-gatherer activity.

But I wonder how good a cheek weld you can get with a mask on.  Is it like shooting with a beard?  Does it fog up your shooting glasses?

 Skating...? Just wished I could do it like they did.  To me it was mostly when the creek froze over and the ice was pretty rough.  I got skates for Wife1 and the oldest boy but they weren't as interested in it as I was.

I also remember the Olympics mainly as an Eastern bloc versus a Western bloc kind of chest-bumping, and later on, the testing of some of the women to check their genders.

To me, most of the contests involved rather artificial made-up tests of skills, like the hurdles... and sort of just as dumb as the Sottish caber toss.

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Re: Place your bets: will the Olympics be cancelled?
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2021, 09:35:25 PM »

Shooting is still an Olympic sport.  Air gun, skeet, trap, and rimfire are still events. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2021, 10:37:07 PM »

Shooting is still an Olympic sport.  Air gun, skeet, trap, and rimfire are still events.

Yes but it's a cold day in hell if they ever get any air time on US TV/news.
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« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2021, 10:45:24 PM »

Yes but it's a cold day in hell if they ever get any air time on US TV/news.
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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2021, 12:18:43 AM »

Did you know about the virtual Olympic events that are happening right now?

Virtual.  As in video games.

These are the events:  Baseball, rowing, sailing, cycling, and motorsport.  All video games.

https://olympics.com/en/video/olympic-virtual-series

I think a better concept for "virtual" Olympics would be distributed site events. If you want to enter to 100-meter dash, for example, you find some local college with standardized timing equipment, get three (or five) recognized coaches or officials to stand around and watch, and you go out and run a 100-meter dash. The officials solemnize your time, it gets submitted to the IOC, and on the appointed date all the results submitted from around the world get ranked and the top three get their medals by FedEx Express.
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