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Messervy
02-17-2010, 01:10 PM
I'm following these games with utmost amazement regarding organisation and security.

I wonder how Canadian media reports these issiues?

Kaleun 1961 perhaps....

Messervy
02-17-2010, 01:10 PM
I'm following these games with utmost amazement regarding organisation and security.

I wonder how Canadian media reports these issiues?

Kaleun 1961 perhaps....

Celeon999
02-17-2010, 01:42 PM
The real important thing to Celeon is that the fatherland is so far leading with 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Pursued by the USA with 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

The USA should be careful....the ice can be very slippery http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Kaleun1961
02-17-2010, 04:28 PM
I don't bother watching sports on TV, especially the Olympics. I can't stand all the pomp and pageantry.

PhantomKira
02-18-2010, 12:00 AM
Here here!

Olympics? What's that? Not for me, that's for sure.

I, for one, have never understood the fascination with sports. You go out and do something with someone/several someones from which only one of you can be victorious, yet it is expected that after you'll part company on even ground? What's wrong with this picture? And people are surprised when riots ensue when a team looses... which must happen? Come on, people! Is it that hard to figure out?

Sports, and especially the Olympics, breeds discord among peoples where none may have existed before.

Us versus Them, We are better than They, etc, etc, etc. Why add yet another point of contention when it's so hard to get along in the first place?

The magazine Newsweek ran an interesting article along these lines recently that included some interesting history. A disputed soccer/football match in Central America in the late 1960's that got way out of hand and ended up in two countries taking up arms against each other was mentioned. Though these two have frequently been at each others throats, sports simply provided them with another excuse to go to war.

Another mentioned in the same article included two countries that had always seen eye to eye on a number of major issues. Yet after a "major" game, the politicians of both sides were talking about "grievances" etc, and the relations among two allies took a major downturn. Over a game!

It just makes very little sense to me.

I'll get off my soap box now.

Celeon999
02-18-2010, 07:42 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Though these two have frequently been at each others throats, sports simply provided them with another excuse to go to war. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Here in Europa, we consider this to be a cultural achievement. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Especially when England plays against Germany (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STwMpKFbFFc&feature=related)

Its usually better to keep a certain distance to such events as the Polizei tends to give everyone a beating who takes part in it even in the slightest way as sort of a "disciplinary action". Im sure the british police handles things the same way.

But usually they move in before things get out of hand like here between between german and polish hooligans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRv5OxfXejQ&feature=fvw)

Still better than dropping bombs i guess. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Luckily there are no olympic hooligans....i guess ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

gamer025
02-19-2010, 03:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
I don't bother watching sports on TV, especially the Olympics. I can't stand all the pomp and pageantry. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I couldn't have put it better myself. Did I mention the judged events and bribes? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Kaleun1961
02-19-2010, 05:48 PM
Oh, the judged events are by far the worst, not just at the Olympics but any international event. I remember some of the horrid officiating during the 1972 "Summit on Ice" Canada-Russia hockey tournament. Kampala would have been lynched if he came to Canada. Anything went if it meant, "victory for world socialism." Figure skating? Forget it! If it's China's turn to win, they will, if it's Russia's turn, etc. Objectivity seems to be lost. That is why I prefer, if I ever do take an interest, sports that have a clear winner or loser. Heck, even boxing is rigged; and has been for a long time. There's no doubting it when a guy is knocked out cold, but those split decisions are heartbreakers.