So the Russian curling team was defeated by the Insolvent Islamic Republic of Carjackistan 27-0, and now they’re caterwauling about fixed judging?? After years of the late USSR’s Big Red Machine, the Soviets (oops, the Russians) are finding out what it’s like to have to live and survive in a market economy. Not easy, is it, guys?? Well, sour grapes are for sore losers.
I watched the US hockey beat the Russians 3-2 last night. Though some of the Russian players complained afterward about what they viewed as poor and biased refereeing, they would do well to look in the mirror. If the Russians had played the first two periods the way the played the third, they would have blitzed the Americans on the order of something like 13-3. If you don’t show up for 2/3 of the game, you have no right to complain about the referees or anything else.
Now, I don’t know about the figure skating “controversy”. I‘m not smart enough to know how to objectively judge an event in which the competitors wear the $50,000 creations of Vera Wang. Put a stick in their hands and a helmet on their head, and you’ve got something I can relate to. Women’s figure skating makes about as much sense to me as the Miss America pageant. All it’s lacking is a swimsuit competition.
I suppose it’s possible that the judging was fixed to pass over the Russian skater, but who would go to that much trouble? Or is there some unwritten rule that says no one named “Irina” may win a figure skating gold medal? Right. And no skater should be allowed to wear a dress made by anyone named “Vera”.
My advice to the Russians is pretty simple: Get over yourselves. Stop your whining, or go home. I really don’t care. Just shut the hell up so I can get on with trying to figure out if I can find one of those curling stones at Home Depot. Game on!!!
Me = Sick of olympics. But, Canadians won the skate deal, hands down they won. :-)
by Pristine at February 23, 2002 11:56 AM
sure, yes, the Canadians did deserve the gold, and there was some judge misconduct. utterly just. however, their lawyers going to the IOC and winning set a bad precedent, and seems to have inspired all sorts of spoilsport crybabies.
by kd at February 24, 2002 1:20 AM