Not much TV talk lately… it’s the Olympic doldrums.
Y’see, I dislike the Olympics. Not as in “don’t like, don’t enjoy” them, I mean I actively dislike them. It may sound odd coming from the guy who a couple weeks back was talking about how the Super Bowl pulls the nation together, but I think the Olympics have the opposite effect. It’s not the world coming together. It’s the world going against each other. The advertising is all “cheer on your country”. We’re supposed to support certain athletes because they’re from around here (“around here” being relative, of course; some of the Canadian athletes are from nearer by than the American ones.) It’s nation against nation, and before anyone says that it’s a non-violent distraction that leads away from war and politics, I think the history is the opposite. The Berlin games were all about the Nazis trying to demoralize the world with their superiority (making Jesse Owens one of two sports figures I recognize as a hero). The Munich games. The Cold War Olympic boycotts. And so forth. If you want to bring the world together in athletic competition, then stop with the national “teams”, stop with playing the anthem, and let’s just see people run.
And of course they’re the big gorilla on the TV schedule now, knocking away the entire NBC schedule and sending most of the competition into reruns since there’s little point throwing a new episode of a mid-range series against the athletic juggernaut.