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Sport and Politics


There was a time when I was idealistic about sports, and it being non political.  It seems now that it is more politics than sport.  We have governing bodies with lobby groups, we have bribery, cut throat back room deals, and all in the pursuit of the mighty dollar.

The current controversy is over the new Russian anti-gay laws, which while I read, I cannot claim I truly understand all their implications, and the fact that the next winter Olympics are due to be held in Sochi, Russia (the fact that Sochi is sub-tropical, and was awarded winter games is another controversy entirely).

Lots of prominent people are saying to boycott the games, or to stage them elsewhere.  The second option I can support somewhat, the first, I feel is up to the individual athlete, because really who does a boycott hurt but the athlete?  What I really want is to still be an idealist, and have the Olympics where there were awarded, keep politics out of it.  They should be a thing ono their own, with their own police, a UN task force maybe?

I know, I know, I’m reaching.  Just seems very frustrating that so many of these events get caught up in the turmoil of politics.  I do not support the law in question, nor do I support any law that discriminates against anyone, but I wish there were away to separate the politics from the games.

Feeling more and more like its time to scrap them altogether, because they are just used as a tool, not as a celebration anymore.

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March Madness of a different sort


I am or used to be at least a fairly big sports fan, but I’ve found myself somewhat disillusioned over the years.  It’s refreshing for me when this time of the year rolls around then, because as everyone knows, its time for curling!!!  (If you thought I was gonna say March Madness, pffft on you!)

I love the game, the strategy, the shot making, I even love Vic Rauter’s tired and true commentary.  I know outside Canada, and Northern Europe it’s a sport that hardly anyone has heard of, but it is growing from what I can see, most likely because of its Olympic Exposure.

I only wish there was more of it on tv, displacing some of the other crap, but we mainly only see the national and world championships.  Would love to see more from whatever source, worldwide.

Hurry broadcasters, hurry hard!

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