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2012-07-26 12:02:34 AM  
List fails for including beach volleyball!
 
2012-07-26 12:22:19 AM  
Table tennis. Oh, for f*ck's sake.
 
2012-07-26 12:22:43 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: List fails for including beach volleyball!


THIS! I loves me some Gabrielle Reece!
 
2012-07-26 12:33:44 AM  
Fails for not including race walking/speed walking, table tennis, baseball and softball. Fails for including beach volleyball and basketball. "Dream Team" for the USA will be pros until the USSR's gold medal from Munich is rightfully returned to the USA. We sent college players and they sent soldiers who happened to be in the Basketball Brigade. For all intents and purposes they were pros.

Speed Walker Link
 
2012-07-26 02:32:13 AM  
All lists fail. Stop giving so much credence to them.
 
2012-07-26 07:44:48 AM  
Disagree with shooting and beach volleyball. Both are interesting. Rest of the list sounds pretty good.
 
2012-07-26 07:45:47 AM  

teto85: Fails for not including race walking/speed walking, table tennis, baseball and softball. Fails for including beach volleyball and basketball. "Dream Team" for the USA will be pros until the USSR's gold medal from Munich is rightfully returned to the USA. We sent college players and they sent soldiers who happened to be in the Basketball Brigade. For all intents and purposes they were pros.

Speed Walker Link


Baseball and softball were eliminated from the olympics.
 
2012-07-26 08:28:07 AM  
Gotta give them props for including men's basketball. I'd expand this to include every team sport that's filled with ringers from the pro world. I'm looking at you, hockey.
 
2012-07-26 08:29:24 AM  
Tennis & golf, and pros in basketball.

Anything that has a well-established, high-paying season doesn't belong. The only exception is hockey.
 
2012-07-26 08:34:25 AM  
The shooting part of the pentathlon is nothing without using real projectiles. Lasers travel in a straight line, which means if you've got yourself sighted well, it should be a piece of cake to hit the target. Bullets travel in a curve, and the shooter must take that into consideration, not to mention possible wind influences.
 
2012-07-26 08:34:40 AM  
Why does it matter if there are professionals playing?

If you want to encourage competition and performance at a high level why handicap yourself?

And what exactly is the difference between Lebron James, who has played basketball his entire life, from gymnasts/swimmers/track and field athletes that play their sport for a living for their entire lives?
 
2012-07-26 08:35:55 AM  
Subby, your blog sucks.
 
2012-07-26 08:36:13 AM  

Khazar-Khum: Tennis & golf, and pros in basketball.

Anything that has a well-established, high-paying season doesn't belong. The only exception is hockey.


why not hockey.
 
2012-07-26 08:36:34 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Table tennis. Oh, for f*ck's sake.


Badminton too.

2012 Olympic "sports" list (half way down)
 
2012-07-26 08:36:42 AM  
Team sports have no place in the Olympics. Also, eliminate all multi-discipline sports. Add more individual competitions, and bring back judged art competitions
 
2012-07-26 08:36:43 AM  
The list and my opinion.

10. Men's Basketball - It's played world wide and there is no other 'best of the best' available. Let it stay.
9. Synchronized Swimming - no opinion
8. Trampoline - Yea, I think we can let this one die.
7. Cycling BMX - I suppose we need to get rid of snowboarding in the winter Olympics as well? Let it stay.
6. Shooting - Not sure about most of the summer events, but the Biathlon during the winter is awesome.
5. Laser Pointing (a.k.a. Modern Pentathalon) - Strange mix of events. Change out some of the events to make it more interesting and it can stay.
4. Beach Volleyball - HERETIC!
3. Rhythmic Gymnastics - Combines dancing with gymnastic skills, I like it.
2. Women's Wrestling - Just women's wrestling? Seems biased, why not pick on women's weight lifting instead?
1. Equestrian Dressage - This one depends on how well you can train your horse and not so much on your own abilities. Let it die.
 
2012-07-26 08:38:11 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The shooting part of the pentathlon is nothing without using real projectiles.


Yes.
 
2012-07-26 08:38:47 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Lasers travel in a straight line, which means if you've got yourself sighted well, it should be a piece of cake to hit the target. Bullets travel in a curve, and the shooter must take that into consideration, not to mention possible wind influences.


No.
 
2012-07-26 08:38:47 AM  

Slives: why not pick on women's weight lifting instead?


www.fitzness.com

Because they eat you
 
2012-07-26 08:45:09 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: List fails for including beach volleyball!


teto85: Fails for including beach volleyball ...


You mean the softcore porn event? Yeah, that's a sport. Sure.
 
2012-07-26 08:47:21 AM  
List fails for not including: Sailing & Badminton or Table Tennis. Sailing because well it's sailing and so much depends on your gear. Badminton because they already have tennis, and China OWNS this event.

The shooting events are one of my favorites. The stuff they do in the summer olympics is not easy at all. Skeet, trap, rapid fire pistol, are all fun to watch.

Shooting at the Summer Olympics
 
2012-07-26 08:52:58 AM  
the pic he used for vollyball explains why it needs to remain an event
 
2012-07-26 08:54:19 AM  

Carl Winslow's .9 MM: Khazar-Khum: Tennis & golf, and pros in basketball.

Anything that has a well-established, high-paying season doesn't belong. The only exception is hockey.

why not hockey.


Because hockey isn't dominated by any single country. 6 countries have won the IIHF world championship in the last 10 years.
 
2012-07-26 08:56:28 AM  
Baron de Coubertin introduced the modern pentathalon to the 1912 Stockholm games because he believed this "sport" tested "a man's moral qualities as much as his physical resources and skills, producing thereby a complete athlete." The event combines fencing, horse jumping, shooting, a 3-K run and 200-meter swim. This year in a move that makes the modern pentathlon ever-more-modern (and to the great delight of video gamers who'd never considered themselves athletes before), the competition will add a twist. Instead, of firing lead pellets during the shooting event, pentathaloners will fire a laser pistol powered by a AA battery.

This is wrong on so many levels. Part of the idea of the pentathlon was to simulate the skills required of a soldier back then.

mikemoto: Baseball and softball were eliminated from the olympics.


Which is silly, because it's played at a competitive level in at least as many countries as badminton and dozens of other quasi-sports. And unlike basketball, MLB wouldn't participate, and we'd send either college players or minor leaguers, so the field would be a little more level.

The real argument for getting rid of baseball is that it requires a lot of athletes, a long tournament, and a large, specialized field. Logistically, it's a lot harder to support than badminton of whatever. But that wasn't the argument the IOC went with.
 
2012-07-26 08:59:17 AM  
I could not care less what's done with the summer Olympics, long as they don't mess with the winter Olympics - there's nothing like seeing a skier from someplace like Senegal on the same slopes as Franz Klammer or whoever.

Also, tiny countries like Liechtenstein actually have a shot at medals in the winter games.
 
2012-07-26 09:04:45 AM  

Great_Milenko: Gotta give them props for including men's basketball. I'd expand this to include every team sport that's filled with ringers from the pro world. I'm looking at you, hockey.


My issue with basketball is that it isn't competitive. There needs to be a lot of luck for the US to lose. Hockey, on the other hand, is highly competitive (mens at least, and if you only dumped womens you would get cries of sexism and at least two countries compete for gold).

Mega Steve: BarkingUnicorn: List fails for including beach volleyball!

THIS! I loves me some Gabrielle Reece!


You clearly have access to the internet. You can use it to find naked women playing on the beach instead of women in bikinis. We don't need a porn substitute as an Olympic sport.
 
2012-07-26 09:06:51 AM  
Gymnastics isn't really a sport anyway; too much subjective scoring. Eliminate the whole section of the Olympics. Bring back softball and baseball, dump trampoline and boxing (subjective scoring again) and that's a start right there.
 
2012-07-26 09:07:00 AM  

Jubeebee: Carl Winslow's .9 MM: Khazar-Khum: Tennis & golf, and pros in basketball.

Anything that has a well-established, high-paying season doesn't belong. The only exception is hockey.

why not hockey.

Because hockey isn't dominated by any single country. 6 countries have won the IIHF world championship in the last 10 years.


You could say the same thing golf. Tennis, however, is absolutely going to be won by one of the top three guys on the men's side. I didn't realize hockey had that much parity, that's pretty cool.
 
2012-07-26 09:09:44 AM  

phimuskapsi: List fails for not including: Sailing & Badminton or Table Tennis. Sailing because well it's sailing and so much depends on your gear. Badminton because they already have tennis, and China OWNS this event.

The shooting events are one of my favorites. The stuff they do in the summer olympics is not easy at all. Skeet, trap, rapid fire pistol, are all fun to watch.

Shooting at the Summer Olympics



I don't understand how you can scratch badminton for being too much like tennis in the same sentence as you support various shooting events. The sports are alike in that they're racquet sports with nets, but they're as similar as handball and basketball.

W.r.t. shooting: I wish the summer games treated them like the biathlon, where you have to be in awesome physical shape, and the misses are physically punitive. The claim I often hear from shooting fans against those who would besmirch their athleticism is how they must control their breathing, muscle twitches, and even blinking. I imagine that'd be more difficult if they had to be running between sessions. What I'd really love to see is an assault course, where you have to run, shoot, climb a rope/wall, shoot, hit moving targets, etc. Basically an all-around shooting-athlete competition, rather than the static shooting with all the crazy gear we see now.
 
2012-07-26 09:11:22 AM  
I don't know that I could come up with 10, but I would include the following:

1. Equestrian events. When a large part of your success depends on a competitor that's not a human, you fail as an Olympic event. Get out.

2. Football/soccer and tennis. There are already higher-profile ways to determine a "champion" in both of these sports, making the Olympics kind of a waste. You could arguably extend this to basketball too, but let's be honest, nobody gives a shiat about FIBA Worlds.

3. Sailing. As someone else pointed out, a large part of this is dependent on how good your gear is. Gone. (Side note, there are TEN medal events in sailing this year. WTF.)

4. Badminton and table tennis. If they're going to keep these sports, which are such obvious and transparent sops to the Asian contingent of the IOC, they ought to at least bring back baseball and softball.

5. Race walking. Success in this sport is determined largely by how well you can cheat without the judges noticing (you're supposed to always maintain contact with the ground). The mere fact that an athletics event requires continuous monitoring by judges to make sure the competitors aren't cheating should be grounds for disqualification in itself.
 
2012-07-26 09:12:10 AM  
Trampoline? Really?
 
2012-07-26 09:12:50 AM  

chimp_ninja: And unlike basketball, MLB wouldn't participate, and we'd send either college players or minor leaguers, so the field would be a little more level.


Sending the Big Leaguers would be fine. The best players may generally play in the US (though there are great players in Japan and South Korea plus you have Cuba), but there are a lot of great foreigners in the Majors and could definitely have a competitive tournament. Look at the WBC, you can easily have a half dozen or so competitive teams with Major Leaguers.
 
2012-07-26 09:15:15 AM  

teto85: Fails for not including race walking/speed walking, table tennis, baseball and softball.



Er, um, they're not in the Olympics this year.
 
2012-07-26 09:16:12 AM  
Sorry, I skipped straight to Naked Women Invade the Loop!.
 
2012-07-26 09:18:01 AM  

chimp_ninja: The real argument for getting rid of baseball is that it requires a lot of athletes, a long tournament, and a large, specialized field.


Soccer requires more athletes, a longer tournament (the women's started yesterday, and the men's started today, and the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow), and a larger, though not as specialized, field. No one is calling for that sport's removal.
 
2012-07-26 09:18:38 AM  
The author is a moron. He seems to have done no research except for the names of the sports and who has won them the past few years.

This year's U.S. team, led by LeBron James and Kevin Durant, will be equally dominating -- and unsporting.

Unlikely. Foreign teams have gotten much better in previous Olympics. That's why the American men lost in 2004.

And, by the way, why is it that synchronized swimming remains a female-only event when traditionally male sports such as boxing and wrestling have all added women in recent years?

Because there aren't enough men participating in the sport worldwide for it to qualify.

Since then the "sport" has been dominated by the Americans, Brazilians and Australians -- the only people who seem to give a shiat about this event or, perhaps, the only nations with enough oceanfront and free time to bother fielding a team.

So we should get rid of the marathon because only black Africans seem to win it? Or ban sprinting because North Americans always win it? How about gymnastics because it was dominated by the USSR for so long?
 
2012-07-26 09:18:42 AM  

dywed88: There needs to be a lot of luck for the US to lose.


Or a roster of Duncan, Iverson, Carmelo, Wade, LeBron, Stoudemire, Marbury, Boozer, Emeka Okafor, Shawn Marion, Odom and Richard Jefferson.
 
2012-07-26 09:21:49 AM  

ArkAngel: Foreign teams have gotten much better in previous Olympics. That's why the American men lost in 2004.


Not exactly. They lost because they were incredibly arrogant, and assumed they wouldn't have to try to win. I fear the same thing this year. We'll see.
 
2012-07-26 09:23:06 AM  
the photo for womans wrestling is great
"does this feel good?"
 
2012-07-26 09:23:13 AM  
It's not a medal event, but the post-competition gymnastics exhibition where the gymnasts prance around to modern music and doing wacky things they can't do in competition is goddamn waste of time.

And the tag-team diving thing is stupid too.
 
2012-07-26 09:24:47 AM  
List includes Women's Wrestling? Me thinks Chad Garrison probably got his ass handed to him by a woman who was athletic at one point is his life. Yes Mr. Garrison, let's remove a woman's sports from the Olympics where you have to be at the top of your game mentally, physically and emotionally because well, you know, they're chicks...they're only there to look hot and serve you chicken wings.
 
2012-07-26 09:26:04 AM  
All of which is to say, until the U.S. goes back to fielding a team of college athletes, this sport will continue to be one of the biggest bores of the summer games.

The USOC approved professional basketball players because all the NBA players from other countries were ALREADY playing for their teams. And for Tebow's sake, can we just get over the idea of Olympians being amateurs? None of these athletes are traditional amateurs - they get years of top-quality training, and those USOC training facilities are paid for by sponsors.

How about this for a criteria as to whether a sport stays or goes? Do you need a judge to assign a score at the end of the contest?

If you cross the line first, if you put the ball in the goal more than your opponent, you can stay.

Did you need an extra tenth of a point because your "routine" was more difficult? Your event is not a sport, and shouldn't be in the Olympics. And you should feel bad.
 
2012-07-26 09:26:47 AM  

justneal: the photo for womans wrestling is great
"does this feel good?"


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KAMAKAZI ATTACK!
 
2012-07-26 09:34:09 AM  

Publikwerks: justneal: the photo for womans wrestling is great
"does this feel good?"

[blogs.riverfronttimes.com image 560x314]

KAMAKAZI ATTACK!


That picture is...intriguing.

/Accidental UFIA, or something more...
 
2012-07-26 09:36:30 AM  
And if shooting is an Olympic sport, why not darts or knife-throwing or, hell, competitive bass fishing? (That's assuming the origin of the shooting competition derives from hunting and not warfare, in which case, the IOC should consider adding such modern-day tactics as "roadside bombing" and "Drone strikes.")

Lost it. Author owes me a keyboard for that one.
 
2012-07-26 09:44:56 AM  

Publikwerks: justneal: the photo for womans wrestling is great
"does this feel good?"

[blogs.riverfronttimes.com image 560x314]

KAMAKAZI ATTACK!


I believe that move is known as the taint ripper
 
2012-07-26 09:50:36 AM  

schief2: 3. Sailing. As someone else pointed out, a large part of this is dependent on how good your gear is. Gone. (Side note, there are TEN medal events in sailing this year. WTF.)


If a result in a sport is highly dependent on the gear people are allowed to use, then one might say that bobsled & luge (aerodynamics of the sled), speed skating, cycling, and swimming (low-drag body suits), all alpine skiing, cross country skiing, and boarder/skier cross (best skis get made for the best athletes), and all track events (light weight, cleated shoes) should be removed as well.

Specialized sports will develop specialized equipment to compete. It's natural to the progression of competition.
 
2012-07-26 09:54:00 AM  
I'm fine with most of the sports. I would focus on eliminating events from some sports. If the same athletes keep winning multiple events with the same basic skill set, eliminate some of them (I am looking at you swimming).
 
2012-07-26 09:54:22 AM  

Great_Milenko: Gotta give them props for including men's basketball. I'd expand this to include every team sport that's filled with ringers from the pro world. I'm looking at you, hockey.


Basically everyone at the Olympics is a professional. Why is that a bad thing?
 
2012-07-26 09:55:35 AM  

IlGreven: chimp_ninja: The real argument for getting rid of baseball is that it requires a lot of athletes, a long tournament, and a large, specialized field.

Soccer requires more athletes, a longer tournament (the women's started yesterday, and the men's started today, and the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow), and a larger, though not as specialized, field. No one is calling for that sport's removal.


To be fair, virtually every country plays soccer at a competitive level. Baseball is basically North/Central America, the Caribbean, a couple countries in South America, Japan, Korea. It's not obscure or "local", but it's not in the same group as soccer, either.

I could see the IOC making the argument that baseball isn't worth the money/effort/scheduling for semi-global participation. You'd need at least two, and probably 3-4 fields to get a tournament done in a reasonable amount of time. London certainly doesn't have any baseball stadiums handy-- you'd probably have to modify several second-tier soccer stadiums, at significant expense, along with pissing off the locals by cancelling dozens of soccer games for a sport they don't watch.

Contrast that with table tennis, which I think is both unwatchably bad and "local" to east Asia. What does it cost the host city? $500 worth of tables and two cameramen in someone's basement? Mint three more medals and bang, you have an event. The argument against it is weaker.
 
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