America is desperately in need of a new pastime. Baseball is a beautiful sport, but kids these days have no patience for it. The millennials just aren’t into it. Football is plagued with numerous player safety issues that have drastically changed the game over the last decade. Who knows if it will even be around 10 years from now. So who are we supposed to rally around as a country? The NBA? Please. Nobody gives a shit about basketball. NHL? I could get on board with that, but unfortunately the majority of the country hasn’t. Soccer? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Get out of here… So, in my mind, that just leaves one option: curling.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A Russian Olympic athlete is suspected of taking performance enhancing drugs. In other news: grass is green, water is wet and Mac has given up on sports. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one considering the fact that Russia was banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang due to a systemic state-sponsored doping program. While some Russian athletes were allowed to compete in the Winter Olympic Games (168, to be exact), they were prohibited from wearing Russian colors or flying Russia’s flag and none of their medals will be attributed to Russia in the official record books. Instead, they are competing under the Olympic flag with the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia”. So again, it shouldn’t exactly shock anyone that a Russian athlete is being accused of doping. What is surprising is the sport that is impacted by these latest allegations: curling. Continue reading
Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.
Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.
If the NHL ever wants to gain some traction on the other Big 4 professional sports in the United States, they may want to take a page out of the U.S. Women’s team’s book. During a preliminary match against Team Canada, Gigi Marvin squared up against a referee and laid her out with a beautiful check. That’s the type of badassery that the NHL is missing. Sure, there’s plenty of fighting in the NHL and there’s no shortage of bone crunching hits, but most players don’t have the balls to take a run at an official. That may be just what they need to grow the fan base though. The hardcore hockey fans are going to love the sport no matter what, but the average idiot that knows nothing about hockey would be enthralled with it if you had players taking out referees left and right (hell, they’d probably even blog about it). After all, if there’s one thing every sports fan hates, it’s a referee. Continue reading
The Olympics continue to blow my mind. First there was the amazing drone light show during the Opening Ceremony that I’m still trying to wrap my head around, and now curling just dropped another bomb on me. I already have no idea how curling works. I have a tenuous grasp on the overall concept, but as soon as you try and get into the rules and strategies, I’m lost. I know that it looks like something someone like me could do. I also know that, in reality, if i tried curling I’d fall flat on my face and make myself look like an idiot. But one thing I didn’t know, at least until today, is that curling does not have any officials.
Ok, I may be a bit tardy to the party but thanks to the magic of DVR I’ve just managed to catch up on the 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony. I don’t tend to get too excited about the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Sure it’s cool that the host country gets a chance to display their culture to the world, and I’m sure it’s awesome for the individual athletes when they get to walk out with their fellow countrymen/women for all to see, but for the most part it just doesn’t do it for me. The ceremony in PyeongChang was no different, at least not at first. Some kids running around stage with a giant tiger and a dragon? Not feeling it. North and South Korean athletes walking out together under one flag? A North Korean athlete and a South Korean athlete carrying the Olympic torch together? Yawn. Gangnam Style playing during the Parade of Nations? Ok, I can get on board with that. That song is fire and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise. But even that wasn’t enough to get me on Team Opening Ceremony. I was starting to question why I even bothered wasting two hours watching the event on DVR, but then they sent in the drones and everything changed. Continue reading