Monday, February 20, 2006

The Need for Enemies at the Olympics

Of late I have been busy watching the winter olympics, but they just don't seem to have the same drama any more. Upon further reflection I realized that since the Cold War ended there just isn't the same vested interest in seeing your nation win. Since the Cold War never became a hot war it was an event like the olympics that took the place of winning battles. What greater thrill was there than to see a Western nation beat a Communist nation? Now what do we hope for... to beat some little Baltic nation that has an economy smaller than New York City? It's just not the same.

My proposal to bring some excitement back to the Olympics and to boost nationalistic sentiments is to allow non-nations to participate in the Olympics. By this I mean allow certain factions that operate on an international level to compete. Can you picture the IRA vs. Great Britain soccer match? Israel vs. Hamaas basketball game? Or the USA vs. Al Q'aida in hockey? Now that would make the the 1980 Miracle on Ice seem like pee wee hockey at the local civic center.

I do hope someone from the International Olympic Committee reads this blog because this idea will breath some much needed new life into the Olympic Games.

4 Comments:

Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

Would our players be allowed to carry ball bering laden suicide belts in the event of a loss? It seems to work for the other side.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 5:35:00 PM  
Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

"bearing" Dave, excuse me.
(viva le superhomme!)
pardon my french.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 5:37:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

One of the great things about having control over our comment fields is having the ability to delete and re-enter our comments. For instance, you could delete all three of the comments here, re-type your original comment with the correct spelling and use of "bearing" and no one would know the difference.

It would be funnier though if they had ball baring suicide belts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 8:22:00 PM  
Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

The Olympics were created to promote world peace. World peace leads to a reduction in nationalism. A reduction in Nationalism reduces the need to compete. A loss of compitition leads to stagnation. Compitition drives evolution and new technology. Therefore: 1)the Olympics a paradox 2) If it were to succeed it would mean the end of them, 3) We would stagnate and die as a culture, we would face extinction and ultimatly we would never get off this rock we are destroying so rapidly.

Ergo- Erasmus is right, not only is conflict more entertaining it is good for us. As long as it isn't you getting a nuclear warhead shoved down your throat.

Friday, February 24, 2006 2:41:00 PM  

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