08-04-2012, 07:52 PM
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Sure ain't like it used to be.

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 08-04-2012, 07:59 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I agree...I find that I really do not care at all about the Olympics any more.

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 08-04-2012, 08:03 PM
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(08-04-2012, 07:59 PM)bullgoose Wrote: I agree...I find that I really do not care at all about the Olympics any more.

+1 What's the point? Like any major league "sport" it's nothing but big business.

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 08-04-2012, 08:07 PM
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I do really like swimming, Missy Franklin turns down endorsement money so she can swim on her high school team. She's a class act.Thumbsup

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 08-04-2012, 08:08 PM
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Come on guys. I know what y'all are getting at, but did y'all see the British gal when the heptathalon, the super star Phelps fighting back tears during the medal ceremony, a Chinese guy with an Australian coach obliterating the world record in the 1500?

Yes, now that pros are in the Olympics I do get a big kick out of a country like Lithuania giving our pros a run in basketball.

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 08-04-2012, 08:13 PM
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(08-04-2012, 08:07 PM)sunflake Wrote: I do really like swimming, Missy Franklin turns down endorsement money so she can swim on her high school team. She's a class act.Thumbsup

I agree that she is a class act. Too bad that is the exception and not the rule. Extrinsic rewards seem to be the calling card these days. Even the medals themselves bring monetary rewards...$50,000 for a Gold Medal, $25,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. So much for amateur sports.

I have nothing against pro sports per se...it just should not be the olympics.

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 08-04-2012, 08:28 PM
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(08-04-2012, 08:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-04-2012, 08:07 PM)sunflake Wrote: I do really like swimming, Missy Franklin turns down endorsement money so she can swim on her high school team. She's a class act.Thumbsup

I agree that she is a class act. Too bad that is the exception and not the rule. Extrinsic rewards seem to be the calling card these days. Even the medals themselves bring monetary rewards...$50,000 for a Gold Medal, $25,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. So much for amateur sports.

I have nothing against pro sports per se...it just should not be the olympics.

nothing motivates people more than a monetary incentive to be the best that they can physically be.

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 08-04-2012, 09:44 PM
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Either way it's sure hard for me not to watch and pull for the home team.

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 08-05-2012, 02:07 PM
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I don't watch the Olympics anymore. Between the pro athletes and the new made-up events, it's not worth tuning in.

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 08-05-2012, 02:20 PM
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You can thank the Russians for starting the whole thing with pro athletes participating in the Olympics. Also there is a lot of steroid use and nobody cares because it all about the bucks.

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 08-05-2012, 02:34 PM
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I think that horse left the barn long ago. Does anyone remember the Soviet hockey teams? At least it's a level playing field again.

I will say that the noble notion of 'all amateur' would be nice. Nonetheless I'm liking it. If only it were warmer for girls beach volleyball.Biggrin

One of the things I don't like is how the IOC is changing the the individual sports events. Badminton? Ping-pong? Air pistol? What happened to baseball? Where is the Womens softball? And why, oh why, are no more than two gymnasts from a given team allowed to participate in the overall, even though the third may be better than those from another team? Actually, I think I have the answer to that one.

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 08-05-2012, 06:00 PM
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(08-05-2012, 02:34 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: I think that horse left the barn long ago. Does anyone remember the Soviet hockey teams? At least it's a level playing field again.

I will say that the noble notion of 'all amateur' would be nice. Nonetheless I'm liking it. If only it were warmer for girls beach volleyball.Biggrin

One of the things I don't like is how the IOC is changing the the individual sports events. Badminton? Ping-pong? Air pistol? What happened to baseball? Where is the Womens softball? And why, oh why, are no more than two gymnasts from a given team allowed to participate in the overall, even though the third may be better than those from another team? Actually, I think I have the answer to that one.

edit to clarify

That is how I feel about it. I think we should have let our pro's play a long time ago.

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 08-05-2012, 08:46 PM
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(08-05-2012, 06:00 PM)Sully Wrote:
(08-05-2012, 02:34 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: I think that horse left the barn long ago. Does anyone remember the Soviet hockey teams? At least it's a level playing field again.

I will say that the noble notion of 'all amateur' would be nice. Nonetheless I'm liking it. If only it were warmer for girls beach volleyball.Biggrin

One of the things I don't like is how the IOC is changing the the individual sports events. Badminton? Ping-pong? Air pistol? What happened to baseball? Where is the Womens softball? And why, oh why, are no more than two gymnasts from a given team allowed to participate in the overall, even though the third may be better than those from another team? Actually, I think I have the answer to that one.

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That is how I feel about it. I think we should have let our pro's play a long time ago.

+1

Professional athletes are simply the best of the amateur athletes with additional training and experience. Why not allow the very best to compete?

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 08-06-2012, 04:40 AM
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Now Phil,,, I bet you wouldn't feel this way if they had an "Olympic Speedy Shipping" event. Get your paper work ready, you pro ! AaaaaAaaaa


(08-04-2012, 08:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-04-2012, 08:07 PM)sunflake Wrote: I do really like swimming, Missy Franklin turns down endorsement money so she can swim on her high school team. She's a class act.Thumbsup

I agree that she is a class act. Too bad that is the exception and not the rule. Extrinsic rewards seem to be the calling card these days. Even the medals themselves bring monetary rewards...$50,000 for a Gold Medal, $25,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. So much for amateur sports.

I have nothing against pro sports per se...it just should not be the olympics.

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 08-06-2012, 06:25 AM
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I want to know when "texting" is going to be an Olympic sport.....

On a personal level, I don't want the Olympics for various reasons.

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 08-07-2012, 03:59 PM
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I'm only interested in what I consider classic Olympic events: Track & field, swimming races, and in a class by itself, the marathon. I don't like weight lifting, but consider it a classic olympic sport. What I think works in the Olympic Games is a race or event where someone runs or swims (skis, skates...) faster than the competition, jumps higher, throws farther, or lifts more. Judging is only to police clear fouls and/or cheating ... not to determine final results.

Although I respect and admire the athletes, I don't watch or follow judged events (gymnastics, ice skating, diving, etc.) including boxing, fencing, wrestling, and the like. I love team sports, but not in the Olympics.

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 08-07-2012, 04:40 PM
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I don't get why some sports in the Olympics seem to permit professional athletes (e.g. Basketball, Tennis) while others (Wrestling) don't. Could someone explain it to me please?

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 08-08-2012, 02:25 AM
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(08-07-2012, 04:40 PM)raag Wrote: I don't get why some sports in the Olympics seem to permit professional athletes (e.g. Basketball, Tennis) while others (Wrestling) don't. Could someone explain it to me please?
That's relatively simple: if anyone is any good at a sport that is professionalised, they turn professional and earn a living from their sport. They would be daft not to. So, all the non-professional players in a high-earning sports (baseball, football, soccer) are the ones who can't make the cut.

When a sport does not have a lot of money associated with it (weight-lifting), everyone is an amateur.

So when it comes to the olympics, you either have the best athletes (as it is now) or all amateurs, which means that the level of competition is significantly reduced. I guess someone took a pragmatic view and decided that the audience would rather see the best athletes competing rather than just the best amateurs.

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 08-08-2012, 03:35 AM
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(08-08-2012, 02:25 AM)Persius Wrote: So when it comes to the olympics, you either have the best athletes (as it is now) or all amateurs, which means that the level of competition is significantly reduced. I guess someone took a pragmatic view and decided that the audience would rather see the best athletes competing rather than just the best amateurs.

Full ack.

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 08-09-2012, 12:04 PM
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Usain Bolt - the Man.

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