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(NESN)   Dutch speedskating coach says US athletes' emphasis on playing football is to blame for US Men's dreadful Olympic performance, then drops the mic with, "you got zero medals. Zero, man"   (nesn.com) divider line 10
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2014-02-21 04:08:16 PM  
3 votes:
The coverage I saw of the speedskating events mostly centered around the American team blaming their shiatty performances on their new bodysuits (which struck me as a load of whiny horseshiat), and incredulity that countries like Poland could possibly beat Superior American Athletes™.

If the attitude of the athletes was at all similar to the attitude of the broadcasters, then a verbal beatdown from a Dutchman named Jill was probably in order.
2014-02-22 06:47:54 AM  
1 votes:

Solid State Vittles: "You kill each other in American football. It's so rough, and because you like it and you've got all the money into that sport, there's not a lot of money in the other sports," he said. "Just nobody in the world wants to compete in that sport with you."

The truth hurts.  He could just as well be talking about the overall lack of success of US soccer too.


To be fair, the money for athletes in the U.S. is actually significantly bigger in baseball, basketball, and even hockey than it is in football, and those are all sports that have more international appeal and fewer consequences from roughness; again, even hockey. He still has a point, especially if the U.S. is going to make a mainstream media spectacle of its skaters' failures.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/10/average-career-earnings-nfl-nba-mlb- nh l-mls/
2014-02-22 02:38:01 AM  
1 votes:

fickenchucker: Master P but not that one: The guy is right, but look at the medal standings.  The US leads in overall total and is trails for most golds by a few.  The Dutch should be happy we waste time on non-Olympic sports. Can you imagine if we took our real athletes and had them all participate in Olympic sports? The other nations would barely medal in a single event if we taught Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Devin Hester how to skate.

^^^^THIS^^^^

They would probably cancel the Olympics if all our best athletes ignored professional sports and concentrated on obscure ones.


And that's why baseball and softball are no longer Olympic sports. Same reason why golf is back in 2016. More European players are having success on the PGA tour.
2014-02-21 08:19:35 PM  
1 votes:

eurotrader: Can anyone name one speed skater let alone one that has made a good living competing?  Competing in a sport that has no spectators  others than friends and family along with no chance to make a living competing in the sport makes it a hobby sport. Americans and most of the world prefer their children to compete in real sports that offer the chance of buying the big house and cars and not just a few people watching every four years. I am will to bet none of NL's speed skating winners could even play for Ajax.


Apollo Ono?
2014-02-21 07:04:41 PM  
1 votes:

Scrotastic Method: PowerSlacker: Scoreboard.

Yeah, but there are fewer people in the Netherlands than there are in Florida, and they have less than half of our GDP, so they're doing way better with their resources than we are. Considering our population and money we should be in 1st or 2nd place every year, er, um, I guess I mean, every Olympiad.


If they gave 1 medal for speed skating like they do for ice hockey, the medal count would look a lot different.

And India would have 4x our medal count instead of 0.
2014-02-21 07:00:12 PM  
1 votes:
Scrotastic Method:
 Considering our population and money we should be in 1st or 2nd place every year, er, um, I guess I mean, every Olympiad.

By your metric, China should be atop the medal standings.
2014-02-21 06:24:30 PM  
1 votes:
The guy is right, but look at the medal standings.  The US leads in overall total and is trails for most golds by a few.  The Dutch should be happy we waste time on non-Olympic sports. Can you imagine if we took our real athletes and had them all participate in Olympic sports? The other nations would barely medal in a single event if we taught Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Devin Hester how to skate.
2014-02-21 06:08:55 PM  
1 votes:

eurotrader: Americans and most of the world prefer their children to compete in real sports that offer the chance of buying the big house and cars and not just a few people watching every four years.


Holy shiat -- "It's better because more money" is the most American response you could have possibly given. Bravo, Cletus.

Please re-read this quote from the skating coach and take it to heart: "Americans always believe they're right, always believe that they're the best. That's not true."
2014-02-21 04:14:03 PM  
1 votes:

eurotrader: Can anyone name one speed skater let alone one that has made a good living competing?  Competing in a sport that has no spectators  others than friends and family along with no chance to make a living competing in the sport makes it a hobby sport. Americans and most of the world prefer their children to compete in real sports that offer the chance of buying the big house and cars and not just a few people watching every four years. I am will to bet none of NL's speed skating winners could even play for Ajax.


Speed skating is a spectator sport, and a very popular one in The Netherlands.  They get a lot of talent with the money sunk into it.

As a country, we've decided to sink our talent reserves into football.  And baseball.  And hockey.  And basketball.  And track & field.  And gymnastics.  And rowing.  And volleyball.  And we're not actually too bad at soccer, although the Dutch are considerably better.  So he's right... no need for us to get mad.
2014-02-21 03:17:20 PM  
1 votes:
Can anyone name one speed skater let alone one that has made a good living competing?  Competing in a sport that has no spectators  others than friends and family along with no chance to make a living competing in the sport makes it a hobby sport. Americans and most of the world prefer their children to compete in real sports that offer the chance of buying the big house and cars and not just a few people watching every four years. I am will to bet none of NL's speed skating winners could even play for Ajax.
 
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