Sunday, February 26, 2006

Why I hate the Olympics

Okay, I think I must be the only person who genuinely hates the two weeks every two years when I have to deal with the Olympics. Now, I hate watching sports in general. As far as competitive sports, in the case of Hockey, my brain never got beyond the stage of "why am I watching this puck go back and forth along the ice while people try to get it into a net?" To me I just never saw the point of watching it. I can see how it can be fun to play it (though not really for me) but I don't get watching it.

Now, I very rarely hear any good reasons behind it...

  • Oh, it's exciting!
  • It's all about watching their skill!
  • It's the fights!
  • It's just something to do with the guys!

I just explained why I don't understand the excitement.

As for skill, if I don't care about putting a rock into a hole (or a puck into a net, a ball into a basket, etc.) I don't see why I would care any more about someone who does it well.

With Hockey, people seem to love watching it just for the fights that break out. This makes less sense to me. Why not watch wrestling, ultimate fighting, or a kung fu movie? These fights are probably just as staged as the others...

As far as something to do with the guys, I guess if you have a bunch of guys who feel the same, they can feed off of each others' excitement, but personally, when I'm around a bunch of these sporty types I just feel out of place, even when it's friends. I feel like I don't know these deranged, yelling people around me.

Alright, that covers the Hockey, and any other competitive sports, but that's just a part of the Olympic events. As for the rest, I guess I can see that it's a more filtered version of competitive sports that deals with just the elements of skill and the excitement of having your country (or country of preference) win. However, in this case my brain sees it as nyah, nyah, I skate faster than you can! So, while I give credit where credit is due—recall, I've never said I don't appreciate the talent these people have at what they do, nor do I disrespect the amount of effort they put into their activities—this doesn't mean I can spend two weeks caring about it.

Now, I must clarify one thing: I don't watch television. So none of this should be blamed on complaints of oh, my favourite show is cancelled... stupid Olympics! It's purely my dislike of Olympic events.

On top of everything, I have to deal with people constantly thinking I care. There's always someone who says something like so, anything good happen today? and in some cases I have to keep up with these things just to prevent having to deal with the television being turned on to check on the events. That will just mean an hour that I genuinely consider wasted for me. Maybe not for the other viewers, but I certainly don't appreciate having to watch it.

I'm just glad it's over today. At least I get 2 years PLUS a few months this time since I have until the summer.

Edit: I just discovered a more in-depth rant about the Olympics that entertained me very much.


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