Fixing the Olympics
Problem: too many sports in the Olympics.
I'm shocked. I was sure more events would be eliminated. Apparently, NBC clutters up their programming with what I don't want to see. Considering E.R. is still on, I am not surprised. Is there anything on NBC I watch other than Earl and West Wing? Can't think of anything.
For the winter games, I'm only eliminating 4 2/3 disciplines. For the summer games, I've eliminated 5 disciplines. Scroll down and take a look...notice anything in common? That's right, I am eliminating all nonsport events. Which is not to say these people aren't athletes - they are. Many of them are incredible athletes; but this is about competition and beating your opponent, not performing in front of a judge.
I am tired of the irregularities we often see in judging events like gymnastics, and figure skating, and diving. There is just too much discrepancy to account for honest opinions. What we see is favoritism and nationalism. Not to mention abominations like synchronized swimming and rythmic gymnastics that should be stricken from the face of the earth.
In my Olympics, you win by scoring more points, being more accurate, going faster, farther, higher. In affect, being categorically and undeniably better. There is no waiting for the judges to add points and have their "judgement" clouded by comparing one performer to another. You win. You lose. You go home.
And boxing is just corrupt. If someone can figure out a way to score it fairly, I'll let it back in. I've left judo and Taekwondo in because it is my assumption the scoring is understood and fair. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I love watching ski jumping, always wanted to do it. But it isn't a sport. There are style points involved and if the jumpers start flying too far they start over. Fix it or take it away.
I have left one real sport on the list and that's tennis. An event in the Olympics should be a unique gathering of talent, but what do we have with tennis? Just another professional tour event with with fewer names. Is Olympic tennis much different than watching Wimbledon? I say the competition is the worse for it.
There you go. No judges, just harder, faster, stronger, longer.
Snowboard Cross: M | W
ALPINE SKIING (5 events)
BIATHLON (5 events)
BOBSLED (2 events)
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING (8 events)
ICE HOCKEY (men and women)
SHORT TRACK (4 events)
SKELETON (men and women)
SPEED SKATING (7 events)
24 track and field events