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Rants: The Olympics

By Tom H. Lawler
On April 25, 2012

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As you all may have been aware, the Olympics are to be held this year in London. As this discourse is being typed, athletes are training hard, and the east end of London gets a much needed face lift. 

Most of the usual sports will be included in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Yet, there are a few that raise my eyebrows. Allow me to explain.


The sport that I think does not belong on the Olympics level is table tennis. Table tennis, or ping-pong, is a parlour game.


Every man cave and teen hangout will have a ping-pong table wedged into a dark corner.  While I have only been in a few, I assume some Greek houses on university campuses have them also.


It just does not seem like a daunting task to win at a game of table tennis, especially since most games are won for soft drinks,  adult beverages, money or phone numbers.


Winning an Olympic ping-pong match is comparable to receiving a Nobel Prize for yo-yoing or Pig Latin. 


The other ordeal with table tennis is that this year's Olympics also include regular and more athletic forms of tennis. It is beyond me the reason behind having two versions of this event. 


Another issue I have is with horseback riding. There really is not much to be said on this one, except that it seems more like a sport for the horse than it does the person riding the horse.


No doubt skill is needed in controlling a splendid beast, but the real athlete seems to be the horse.


On the whole, however, I am quite alright with the Olympics. I do in fact think that it is a rather healthy for nations to compete.  The Olympics are a truly a global agora for the world's community, well, at least the sporting community. 


Unfortunately, world disputes will never be solved with sports, but at least it can keep our minds off of whose secret service slept with said prostitutes and the misdeeds of some anti-multicultural in Norway or wherever.


I have no real preference for the Winter or Summer Olympic Games.


Just the very fact of 153 nations coming together in a peaceful way and leaving in the same manner is a confident achievement worthy or praise, even if that peaceful way is table tennis (or curling, for that matter. 

By Tom H.

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