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2014-02-06 09:28:38 AM
With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.
 
2014-02-06 09:33:18 AM
It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.
 
2014-02-06 09:34:25 AM
I don't drink Chardonay, I only drink Malbec. Does that make me higher on the list of desirables to the IOC or lower?

/I really don't care, I just thought that was a funny way of "dissing" the President.
 
2014-02-06 09:37:41 AM
"What is the IOC, Alex?"
 
2014-02-06 09:39:00 AM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-02-06 09:41:00 AM
Dear Dick Pound: go pound dicks.
 
2014-02-06 09:45:24 AM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


FIFA's governing officials should be subject to summary execution.
 
2014-02-06 09:49:56 AM

MFAWG: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


Glad someone had that covered.
 
2014-02-06 09:50:23 AM
What is the IOC? looks Yes!
 
2014-02-06 09:58:47 AM
The only thing that will retard the growth of their corruption is for major countries to start sitting out the Olympics, and I don't see that happening.
 
2014-02-06 10:01:09 AM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


And yet, none of this was heard in Utah for some reason when they hosted the Winter Games. But, what corruption can be found in Utah?
 
2014-02-06 10:01:44 AM

Crewmannumber6: The only thing that will retard the growth of their corruption is for major countries to start sitting out the Olympics, and I don't see that happening.


Yep. Because it's important for kids to be inspired to get into sports instead of aspiring to take all of those silly science and technology courses.
 
2014-02-06 10:03:14 AM
My "silver lining" for these games is that if it really turns into the catastrophe that we all think it will, it may finally "break" the IOC, as multiple international investigations are launched into "why did the ski jump collapse mid competition, on live TV, injuring 3 athletes and 32 spectators?" You can be damn sure the US would investigate if something like that happened, and I feel that if you just poke it, the whole house of cards will collapse.

That's my hope. I know it won't happen, but a man can dream.
 
2014-02-06 10:04:08 AM

Crewmannumber6: The only thing that will retard the growth of their corruption is for major countries corporations to start sitting out the Olympics, and I don't see that happening.


FTFY.
 
2014-02-06 10:09:20 AM
I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.
 
2014-02-06 10:09:29 AM
They sound gay.
 
2014-02-06 10:17:40 AM

H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.


I find the Olympics to be mind numbingly boring.  It used to be a nice reprieve from watching anything on NBC.  However, recently there is nothing to watch on NBC.
 
2014-02-06 10:30:21 AM

Gosling: Dear Dick Pound: go pound dicks.


How do you think he gets those urine samples?
 
2014-02-06 10:38:51 AM

H31N0US: Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.


I enjoy the Olympics.  What NBC has done with the way over-the-top melodrama they try to create does numb my brain, however.  And the IOC does piss me off.  Sadly, I am cheering for the trainwreck in these Olympics, but not to the point where any of the athletes are injured.

I don't find the Olympics stupid, but some of the athletes on the other hand...

www.sickchirpse.com
 
2014-02-06 10:41:48 AM

006deluxe: MFAWG: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Glad someone had that covered.


Yup, me too.
 
2014-02-06 10:41:51 AM

Demetrius: Sadly, I am cheering for the trainwreck in these Olympics, but not to the point where any of the athletes are injured.


Too late.
 
2014-02-06 10:44:13 AM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


Done in 1. This was my exact thought as well.
 
2014-02-06 10:45:33 AM
If we get out of these Olympics without a terrorist bombing, consider it a win for the ex-commies and move on.
 
2014-02-06 10:54:43 AM
...activist Billie Jean King. (On Wednesday, King announced she would not attend the Games to care for her ailing mother.)

What a biatch. If my ailing mother was at the Olympics, and I was gay< i'd still go to Sochi to care for her...
 
2014-02-06 10:59:31 AM

Generation_D: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

Done in 1. This was my exact thought as well.


And that's even on a neutral site... combine it with Russia's special brand of graft and it turns into magic hour.
 
2014-02-06 11:03:38 AM

EyeballKid: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

And yet, none of this was heard in Utah for some reason when they hosted the Winter Games. But, what corruption can be found in Utah?


Wat? So the major corruption scandal that resulted in multiple IOC expulsions/sanctions and the countless articles written about it counts as nothing. Got it.
 
2014-02-06 11:21:33 AM

Chronomorte: It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.



There was absolutely no point and there were no references to anything to help make his point.  I think he hates the IOC for certain reasons, but then takes his hate and points it at this statement:
Please understand what our responsibilities are and what your responsibilities are," Bach said. "Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful, direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes. People have a very good understanding of what it really means to single out the Olympic Games to make an ostentatious gesture which allegedly costs nothing but produces international headlines."

On this point, I 100% agree with Bach.  Olympics should be a peaceful, nonpolitical competition where athletes display to the world that citizens from everywhere are very much alike despite our politicians and their agenda / propaganda.

This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.
 
2014-02-06 11:37:02 AM

MFAWG: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


Daniel Radcliffe really let himself go.
 
2014-02-06 11:37:22 AM
The Olympics should add eSports to regain some credibility.
 
2014-02-06 11:38:46 AM

H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.


I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.
 
2014-02-06 11:41:36 AM
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2014-02-06 11:43:11 AM

factoryconnection: Generation_D: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

Done in 1. This was my exact thought as well.

And that's even on a neutral site... combine it with Russia's special brand of graft and it turns into magic hour.


Aren't they hosting the world cup in 2018?
 
2014-02-06 11:53:24 AM

mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.


What are you, a Canadian?.
 
2014-02-06 12:01:42 PM

Nana's Vibrator: Chronomorte: It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.


There was absolutely no point and there were no references to anything to help make his point.  I think he hates the IOC for certain reasons, but then takes his hate and points it at this statement:
Please understand what our responsibilities are and what your responsibilities are," Bach said. "Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful, direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes. People have a very good understanding of what it really means to single out the Olympic Games to make an ostentatious gesture which allegedly costs nothing but produces international headlines."

On this point, I 100% agree with Bach.  Olympics should be a peaceful, nonpolitical competition where athletes display to the world that citizens from everywhere are very much alike despite our politicians and their agenda / propaganda.

This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.


If you're doing to be a dumbass, at least learn how to read first.

All while they scold, politicians and politics? The truth is this entire enterprise's popularity was built on the back of heated nationalism, political battles and even rivalries formed from outright wars. Jesse Owens in Berlin. USA-Russia hockey. So on and so on. You can never separate the politics from the Games.

His point is literally right there. The games is built on politics. To say that politics has no place is not only dishonest, but flat out incorrect. The author did a great job in this take down piece.
 
2014-02-06 12:07:00 PM

CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.


Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug
 
2014-02-06 12:13:23 PM
This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.


Would like a word:
static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-02-06 12:16:44 PM

mainstreet62: CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.

Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug


You can't be "objective" about what is exciting. I find a lot of the winter sports to be exciting, as long as I have a rooting interest. I'll watch the bobsled, curling, speed skating, probably the luge and of course the snowboarding and hockey.
 
2014-02-06 12:20:58 PM

mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.


don't forget the curling.
 
2014-02-06 12:28:46 PM

cameroncrazy1984: mainstreet62: CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.

Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug

You can't be "objective" about what is exciting. I find a lot of the winter sports to be exciting, as long as I have a rooting interest. I'll watch the bobsled, curling, speed skating, probably the luge and of course the snowboarding and hockey.


Oh yeah, forgot about luge and snowboarding. Those are fun to watch.

Wonder what else I forgot about.
 
2014-02-06 12:29:43 PM

justtray: If you're doing to be a dumbass, at least learn how to read first.

All while they scold, politicians and politics? The truth is this entire enterprise's popularity was built on the back of heated nationalism, political battles and even rivalries formed from outright wars. Jesse Owens in Berlin. USA-Russia hockey. So on and so on. You can never separate the politics from the Games.

His point is literally right there. The games is built on politics. To say that politics has no place is not only dishonest, but flat out incorrect. The author did a great job in this take down piece.


Sounded more like a name calling rant and knee jerk defense of Obama to me.
 
2014-02-06 12:30:24 PM

mainstreet62: CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.

Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug


And the occasional fight in the game. Then again, what I know from hockey come from vidyagaymes and movies.
 
2014-02-06 12:31:26 PM

mainstreet62: cameroncrazy1984: mainstreet62: CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.

Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug

You can't be "objective" about what is exciting. I find a lot of the winter sports to be exciting, as long as I have a rooting interest. I'll watch the bobsled, curling, speed skating, probably the luge and of course the snowboarding and hockey.

Oh yeah, forgot about luge and snowboarding. Those are fun to watch.

Wonder what else I forgot about.


Downhill ski racing, bobsled, skeleton
 
2014-02-06 12:31:32 PM
Sport is politics.  Everything is politics.  Get over it.
 
2014-02-06 12:32:14 PM

stir22: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

don't forget the curling.


I actually enjoy the curling. I've asked doctors, but that can't figure out what's wrong with me.
 
2014-02-06 12:38:44 PM

Shame Us: stir22: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

don't forget the curling.

I actually enjoy the curling. I've asked doctors, but that can't figure out what's wrong with me.


It must be the pants...

www.wired.com
 
2014-02-06 12:45:49 PM

Iceberg659: Wat? So the major corruption scandal that resulted in multiple IOC expulsions/sanctions and the countless articles written about it counts as nothing. Got it.


What I remember were all the stories of how Mitt Romney "saved the Olympics" after the corruption. And if you think bribery and/or corruption of some sort didn't play a role in the Romnifying of the Winter Games, I'll assume you and your sister wives are on your way to your cult meeting, and I won't offer you any coffee.
 
2014-02-06 12:47:52 PM
The Olympics have always been political and they will always be political. Should they be? No, but it's impossible to keep politics out of it at this point. For the new IOC president to act like the Olympics aren't laced in politics is akin to claiming that the Sochi hotels are just fine: it's pure fiction.
 
2014-02-06 12:50:45 PM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


I was all-in on FIFA.  Don't know how the hell I overlooked the IOC.  But yeah, you nailed it.
 
2014-02-06 01:11:44 PM

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


As I understand it, F1 is right up there, too, but there it's considered an actual part of the sport.
 
2014-02-06 01:22:42 PM

mainstreet62: CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.

Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug


Alpine skiing, particularly downhill, if the camera work is good enough to show what the skiers are really doing, and the announcers have the tools to show differences in tactics for the racers, and if they show enough of the action instead of filler.  It doesn' t happen much, sadly. (and candid shots of skiers in the starthouse or getting ready isn't filler.  The body language and facial expression of somebody about to do what they're about to do is a sobering part of the event)

Some of the freestyle events are watchable, and there's a local kid from the same tiny Indiana ski area that I ski at in the slopestyle skiing, so I'll watch that.

And I've always said, and will continue to say, that curling is the absolutely most perfect sport for TV watching ever invented.  Seriously.  Even if you have to force yourself to watch for the first end or two, it becomes totally compelling once you get past the initial hump.
 
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