2012 Olympics

Ok the games are already old news but here’s my take anyway.  As always the Olympics delivered, despite NBC’s coverage and our lack of interest in other countries.

Gabby:  We saw shot after shot of Gabby’s family.

Check this narrative: Father serving in the Army deployed in the Middle East, while his daughter competes in the Olympic games.  A story like this is usually the set up for one of those human-interest segments.  But NBC didn’t do it.  Moreover, I watched them show shot after shot after shot of Gabby’s family and not even a mention of dad the US soldier.   It seems they didn’t want to dispel the convenient and comforting Black father narrative.  In fact many online outlets were responsible for spreading the nonsense.

Then came the nonsensical chatter and criticism about her (Gabby) hair, a conversation started and driven by Black women. Not only was this petty and certainly not the stuff of secure and prideful people but the effect it can have: My wife and I sat watching Gabby compete and neither one of us noticed or focused on her hair.  After the chatter it was all I saw, kept getting in the way and kept having to brush it aside.  I hate that.

Next issue: NBC did a segment w/clips of Gabby performing followed by Bob Costas making a comment about her inspiring young African-American girls. They went to commercial and it was about a monkey competing in gymnastics. They’d used other animals, a penguin I believe and maybe others.  But there were comments on Facebook expressing outrage at NBC’s racist incident.    Well, I don’t naturally equate Blacks to monkeys so it went right over my head.   And seriously, if you do, or more to the point if you’re reacting because you think others do then it’s YOU who has the issue.

Silly ass Fox News (continuing it’s ridiculous narrative with all that masturbatory exceptionalism bullshit and who’s more American) questions her patriotism and pride based on her outfit.

And all the young lady wanted to do was compete.

US Boxing

I was shocked by the state of Men’s US boxing.  We have a long history of Olympic Boxing success but recently, only one medal in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.  The fact that no American male even reached the medal round is astounding.  The countries were: Thailand, the Ukraine, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, China and of course Cuba’s long tradition continues.  I’m looking at the British Gold medal winner and thinking, we can’t find a brother in Detroit or a farm boy from Iowa angry, poor and tough enough to knock this dude out?

Thanks to the women for picking up the legacy.

  • I didn’t like that no US man was in the 400 meter finals, losing the 4×400, an event we’ve dominated since Helsinki.
  • After all the set backs, I really wanted Tyson Gay to medal in the 100 and being edged by Gatlin didn’t seem fair. But he ran well and got a Silver medal in the 4×100.
  • So it was left up to the US women and they stepped up big time. The 4×100 was on my list of events that jumped off the screen. The 4×400 was a complete domination as well.  And I was happy Allison Felix got her Gold medal.
  • The Men’s 5000 meters was pretty amazing, the last 300 was almost a full-out sprint.  And it was cool to see Rupp, who it seems realized that pace was too much for him, run to the front to be with his training buddy one last time-giving him a little love before drifting back.
  • The Kenyan, David Rudisha in the 800M was another event that jumped off the screen
  • Amazing that these women who dropped a baby or 2 return to Olympic level competition.  I just hope people appreciate that even qualifying is a feat in itself.

And of course Usain Bolt.  I must admit (my wife gives me grief for this) but I was rooting for the Jamaicans.  I wanted to witness excellence and greatness so I was hoping Bolt swept Gold in everything.

Can’t wait til Rio 2016.  Minus Bob Costas and his flippantly dweeb comments-just give us Al Michaels.

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