Olympics are upon us, with all their
drama and tragedy and triumph.
their confusing sports.
respect these world class athletes, and am thrilled for the medals
they’ve won and the patriotic spirit that their success inspires. But
as a simple football player, I’m trying to understand some of the
events. I mean, I wasn't on the luge team in high school.
example, as I write this, I'm watching Olympic snowboarding.
Not down a mountain slope like skiers, but up and down a
"U" that looks like the bottom half of a pipe with the top half
sawed off--kind of like where you see kids skateboarding on MTV. The
announcer is saying that the athlete is "looking liquid."
is an Olympic sport? It seems
to me that with sports like that, the next step would be to give Britney
Spears an honorary gold medal for the dancing in her video
a football player, I watch the events and ask myself, Where are the
collisions? Aren't big-time
sports supposed to have collisions?
then, as a football player, it's easy for me to not get it.
After all, we're sort of limited.
we wanted to be decathletes, we'd probably only be octathletes.
We wouldn't be able to throw the discus for beans (although we'd
stand there and try to catch it if the coach told us it was a punt).
And we'd really get messed up in the 1,500 meters.
See, football players never really know how far we're running; we
just keep going until someone smarter than us blows a whistle.
from the perspective of linebackers everywhere, here are some ideas on how
to make Olympic events more interesting to the likes of Bears, Cowboys,
start with luge--the one-person bobsled.
I think instead, we should have Chicken Luge.
Have the course shaped like a giant upright horseshoe.
Start each competitor at the top of either end; then they tally-ho
and head towards the middle.
person who chickens out and bails first, loses.
If neither bails, we get...a collision!
winner would then be the one who is the least dizzy (as evidenced by
walking a straight line blindfolded; the Highway Patrol could administer
you know team speed skating, where teams skate round and round an oval
like runners on a track? Well,
to make that more interesting to linebackers, have the two teams skate in
summer games are rich in potential as well.
As with the team speed skaters, the team bicyclists should ride in
opposite directions around the track.
That would add to ordinary collisions the thrill of sprockets
flying this way and that.
since baseball is working it's way into Olympic competition, we should
allow it the same opportunity.
example, you know how in football, a quarterback has to stand in the face
of a blitz and deliver an accurate pass just before getting drilled in the
sternum by a 250 lb. brute?
as it is, baseball pitchers can throw high heat under the chin at will,
with little fear of repercussions--the catcher tackles an irate batter
long before he gets to the mound.
say, lets blitz the pitcher! Opposite the batter at home plate, a blitzer takes off on a
mad sprint to the mound as soon as the pitcher starts his motion.
And just like a linebacker blitzing the quarterback, if he's within
two steps when the ball is released, he can drill the pitcher into next
would make baseball more interesting, don't you think?
(well, to Dick Butkus, maybe...)
it's all about collisions!
course, it would help if the Olympics would just add good ol' American
football. Wouldn't you love to see the New England Patriots, representing
the USA, play Team France?
okay, it's all wishful thinking, I know.
I respect all athletes who train and compete at a high level, even
if in my admitted limitations I don't understand their sports.
hey, Chicken Luge! I'd buy a
To you Olympic downhill skiers, who race at 80 miles per hour down
icy mountains, I have just one thing to say:
I am so not worthy!